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The Finnish Doctoral Programme in Business Studies
Professor Rebecca Piekkari, Aalto University School of Business, FIN-00100 Helsinki, Finland
Rebecca Piekkari is Professor of International Business at the Aalto University, School of Business (formerly Helsinki School of Economics) in Finland. She has published on qualitative research methods, particularly on the use of case studies in international business. Her most recent book entitled ‘Rethinking the Case Study in International Business and Management Research’ was co-edited with Catherine Welch and published by Edward Elgar in May 2011. Rebecca’s teaching and research focus on international management, particularly on control, coordination and communication issues in multinational corporations. During the past few years, she has developed a special interest in multilingual organisations and the challenges associated with managing people in such organisations. Rebecca has worked as Visiting Professor and researcher at several well-known business schools and universities such as INSEAD, University of Leeds, University of Sheffield, University of Sydney and Copenhagen Business School.
Associate Professor Catherine Welch, The University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia
Catherine Welch is a Associate Professor in International Business at the University of Sydney. She has a longstanding interest in qualitative research methods, and at the moment her research lies in applying process approaches to the study of firm internationalization. Together with Rebecca Piekkari, she has edited two volumes on qualitative research published by Edward Elgar: Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for International Business (2004) and Rethinking the Case Study in International Business and Management Research (2011). She has published on numerous aspects of doing qualitative research, including interviewing, writing up and the case study. She and her co-authors have published their work on the case study in Organizational Research Methods, Journal of International Business Studies and Industrial Marketing Management. She has taught PhD-level courses on the case study in five countries.
The purpose of this course is to introduce doctoral students from Europe and around the world to the diversity of ways of conducting case study research and to improve their own research practice. It aims to provide an overview of recent trends and debates on the case study in management and organization research.
This course will focus on issues that are often left out of methodology courses and training, notably: What are the different views on the theoretical contribution that a case study can make, and what lies behind these differences? As researchers, how can we theorize from case studies? How do ontological and epistemological assumptions affect views about case study quality and design? What is the ‘disciplinary convention’ regarding the case study in your own field of research, and why does it matter? What are your options when writing up your case study for publication? What are the current trends in case research in top management journals? What can management researchers learn from case study trends in other fields, such as political science? Detailed lecture notes and handouts will be provided and examples from top journals will be collectively analyzed by course participants.
This course has a strong focus on the process and practice of conducting case studies which necessitates interaction with fellow students and faculty. After this course, the doctoral student will be able to evaluate case research with increased confidence and enhance his/her own case study design.
The course consists of the following elements:
Your written article analysis should address the following questions (not necessarily in this order):
The report is due Thursday 18 December, 2014.
6 ECTS will be assigned upon completion of the seminar
Programme will be posted soon.
The seminar is intended for doctoral students who conduct or at least are considering whether to conduct case study research and who have already passed an introductory research methods course. They will be given the opportunity to share their own research topics.
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This fee covers participation to the seminar, the course materials, lunches as well as two group dinners.
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