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Doctoral Workshop “Constructing the Research Question and Contribution”

  • September 15 and 18, 2014.
  • Course lecturer: Phil Phan (Professor for Corporate Governance & Technological Entrepreneurship, Executive Vice Dean at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, USA)



Course content:

“A major problem found in 20 years as an editor of various journals is that authors are often not clear about the research question and the contribution to the literature. The course will consist of 3 parts over 2 days (Monday and Thursday). Part 1 will consist of a discussion of a set of readings on theory building, including understanding what editors look for in a good paper. Students are expected to read and be prepared to discuss and debate articles distributed in advance. Part 2 will consist of students presenting their research ideas (the more the better) and hands on practice in refining the research question so that it clarifies the contribution and the positioning of the paper. Students are asked to present their research topics and use the principles from the first part to assess and refine their ideas. Part 3 will consist of final presentation, with a literature review and brief summary of the research model. Students are asked to re-present their refined ideas and discuss ways they can begin to implement their research. Between Part 2 and 3 students should work on their projects. Other faculty members are also welcome to join since the result of this is an original research project. To receive credits for a doctoral seminar, participants are requested to actively participate in class.”


  • Application deadline is September 1. Please register with Prof. Urbig and Prof. Procher (jackstaedt{at} at the Jackstädt Center. Your application should include your CV and a working paper (a first draft is sufficient). 15 slots are available which will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.
  • Lectures and paper discussions will take place during the morning (9:30 – 12:30) and afternoon sessions (14:00 – 17:00). Course language is English.
  • Accreditation as doctoral seminar at the Schumpeter School is given only if students hand in a first working paper (by September 1) and re-submit a revised version after the course has finished (by September 30).
  • Course deliveries: Mandatory attendance and active participation during seminar, delivering working paper and working on improvements