Schedule and Readings - Part Two (2021)

(May be subject to changes)

Part Two (6-8 September 2021) of the PhD course provides room for a discussion with regard to the concept and importance of theory in business research. Thus, the course offers PhD students the tools to build theory and insights into the instruments and concepts of validating theory. As such, we offer students guidance to link research questions to theory, for defining constructs, thinking through relationships and processes that link constructs, and deriving new theoretical models (or building on existing ones) based on those relationships. We seek to illustrate how to use analyses as well as grounded and emergent approaches to theory construction based on some of the classic theories used by researchers in the MGMT department. In this way, the PhD students become enabled to develop ideas across theoretical and analytical levels as well as from neighboring research fields. An explicit aim of the course is to provide students with a deeper appreciation of theory-building in order to support them in crafting effective research papers and grant applications.

This part of the PhD course:

1) Provides the student with a better understanding of the role of theory in the wide domain of business research
2) Introduces the students to the tricks and trades of the role of theory in social science research - particularly - in a business school environment. 

Part Two runs for three consecutive days and is taught by Professor Tino Bech-Larsen and Professor Lars Frederiksen.

Schedule - TBA

Preliminary literature

Astley, W.G. and Van de Ven, A.H. (1983) Central Perspectives and Debates in Organization Theory. Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 28, June, pp. 245-273.

Bacharach, S. (1989) Organizational theories: Some criteria for evaluation, AMR 14: 496-515.

Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.C., Williams, J.M. (1995) (2nd. edition) The Craft of Research. Chicago, Ill.: The University of Chicago Press.

Colquitt, Jason A. & Zapata-Phelan, Cindy P. (2007) Trends in Theory Building and Theory Testing: A Five-Decade Study of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, 50: 1281-1303.

Corley Kevin G. & Dennis A. G. (2011) Building Theory About Theory Building: What Constitutes a Theoretical Contribution? Academy of Management Review, 36: 12-32.

Davis, M. (1971) That’s interesting! Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 1: 309-344.

Eisenhardt, K. (1989) Building theories from case study research, Academy of Management Review, 14(4): 532-550.

Ghoshal, S. (2005) Bad management theories are destroying good management practices, AMLE, 4(1): 75-91.

Hunt, S. D. (2013). The inductive realist model of theory generation: explaining the development of a theory of marketing ethics. AMS Review 3(2).: 10.1007/s13162-013-0040-2.

Kohli, A.K. & Jaworski, B.J. (1990). Market Orientation: The Construct, Research Propositions, and Managerial Implications. The Journal of Marketing, 54(2),1-18.

Langley, A. (1999) Strategies for theorizing from process data, Academy of Management Review, 24(4): 691-710.

Lave, C.A.  & March, J. G. (1993) An introduction to models in the social sciences, Chapter1 (1-49)

Locke, K.; Golden-Biddle, K. (1997) Constructing opportunities for contribution: structuring intertextual coherence and 'problematizing' in organizational studies, AMJ, 40(5), 1023-1062.

Makadok, R, Burton, R., Barney, J. (2018) A practical guide for making theory contributions in strategic management, SMJ, 39(6): 1530-1545

Smith, K. & Hitt, M. (2005) Epilogue: Learning to develop theory from the masters, Great Minds in Management: The Process of Theory Development, Oxford University Press, pp. 572-589.

Suddaby, R. (2006) What Grounded Theory Is Not, Academy of Management Journal, 49, 4, 633-642.

Sutton, Robert I. & Staw, B.M. (1995) What theory is not, Administrative Science Quarterly, 40: 371-385.

Whetten, David A. (1989) What constitutes a theoretical contribution? Academy of Management Review, 14: 490-495.

Wood, G. Phan PH, Wright, M. (2019) From the Editors: The problems with theory and new challenges in theorizing, Academy of Management Perspectives, 32(4): 405-411.

Varian, H. “How to build an economic model in your spare time, people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~hal/Papers/how.pdf

Zeithaml, V.A., Jaworski, B.J., Kohli, A.K., Tuli, K.R., Ulaga, W., Zaltman, G. (2020) A Theories-in-Use Approach to Building Marketing Theory. Journal of Marketing. 2020;84(1):32-51.