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Purpose and contents: As a PhD candidate you will need to develop theory in one way or the other. It is therefore important to understand what theory is, in which types it comes along and what differentiates theories proper from proximate constructs such as models and frameworks, which themselves may constitute important, valuable and significant conceptual contributions.
Based on this understanding, participants will get to know types of conceptual papers and discuss criteria for assessing theoretical contributions. Accordingly, this module aims to deepen participants’ appreciation of theory building and to assist them in crafting potentially valuable and effective conceptual research papers. This module will also encourage participants to improve their analytical abilities to critically evaluate contemporary management research. This course combines lectures with group exercises, critical discussions, and participant presentations.
After this course students will be able to:
The course is offered in an intensive, blocked format that combines traditional lectures with group exercises, critical discussions, and participant presentations. Students should complete readings prior to attending the relevant session.
DAY 1: September 24, 2019
9.00- 9.30 Welcome
9.30 -12.30 Foundations of Theory Building, Theory Types, Paper Types
14.00-18:00 Student Workshop: Defining your theoretical contribution
DAY 2: September 25, 2019
9.00 -12.30 Strategies to Make Contributions
14.00-18:00 Student Conference: Presenting your theoretical contribution
DAY 3: September 26, 2019
9.00 -12.30 Paper Submission, Processing, and Reviewer Handling -- Reconstructing the Journey and Evolution of the 2016 Albers et al. Journal of Management article
14.00-18:00 Student Workshop: AMR Best Paper Analysis:
DAY 4: September 27, 2019
9.00 – 12.00 Learning from AMR Best Papers
12.00 – 12.30 Evaluation and Farewell
Required readings prior to the course (read with a focus on the architecture of the article, not necessarily the contents):
For days 1 and 2:
Suarez, F. F., & Lanzolla, G. (2007). The Role of Environmental Dynamics in Building a First Mover Advantage Theory. Academy of Management Review, 32(2), 377-392.
For days 3 and 4:
Original, initial submission of: Albers, S., Wohlgezogen, F., & Zajac, E. J. 2016. Strategic Alliance Structures: An Organization Design Perspective. Journal of Management, 42(3): 582-614. [text will be provided by the lecturers]
Further useful readings:
Alvesson, M. & Sandberg, J. 2013. Constructing research questions: doing interesting research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Bacharach, S. B. 1989. Organizational Theories: Some Criteria for Evaluation. Academy of Management Review, 14(4): 496-515.
Bunge, M. A. 1996. Finding Philosophy in Social Science. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press.
Corley, K. G. & Gioia, D. A. 2011. Building Theory about Theory Building: What Constitutes a Theoretical Contribution? Academy of Management Review, 36(1): 12-32.
Cornelissen, J. (2017). Editor’s Comments: Developing Propositions, a Process Model, or a Typology? Addressing the Challenges of Writing Theory Without a Boilerplate. Academy of Management Review, 42(1), 1-9.
Grant, A. M., & Pollock, T. G. 2011. Publishing in AMJ—Part 3: Setting the Hook. Academy of Management Journal, 54(5): 873-879.
Lange, D., & Pfarrer, M. D. (2017). Editors’ Comments: Sense and Structure—The Core Building Blocks of an AMR Article. Academy of Management Review, 42(3), 407-416. doi:10.5465/amr.2016.0225
Whetten, D. A. 1989. What Constitutes A Theoretical Contribution? Academy of Management Review, 14(4): 490-495.
Evaluation/Assessment: There are three component parts to the assessment which are due on September 16 and in October 21, 2019.
Component 1: Participants will complete a project proposal for a conceptual research paper. This will be an individual piece of assessment. The proposal will include a problem statement, objective, short description of its structure, and intended contribution (length: 1000 words max.) and a brief Powerpoint presentation that summarizes these main points (5 slides max.). This assignment is worth 30% of the final grade. The proposal must be submitted by September 16, 2019 via E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (i.e. prior to the course). Supporting sources: Grant & Pollock (2011) and Lange & Pfarrer (2017).
Component 2: Participants prepare a revision plan for their project proposal that summarizes their action plan for its revision. This revision plan should explicitly related to (a) the key feedback points from the student workshop and conference, and (b) potential learnings from the course (length: 1000 words max.). An actual revision is NOT required. This will be an individual assessment worth 40% of the final grade. It must be submitted by October 14, 2019 via E-Mail to email@example.com (i.e. after the course).
Component 3: A reflective essay in which students will identify and critically analyze the immediate and long term value they believe they have got from the core component parts offered in this course. This assessment will account for 30% of the final grade and is due October 21, 2019 via E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (i.e. after the course).
Credits: 4 ECTS
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