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Sascha Albers, Professor of International Management, Dept. of Management, University of Antwerp, Belgium (Programme Coordinator)
Jenny Gibb, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Strategy and HRM, University of Waikato, New Zealand
All research is based on theory, but not all theory is based on research. If this claim is true, it is essential for every scholar to understand what theory is, what theory is not, which types of theory there are, how to skillfully apply, extend, build on and connect extant theories and even, how to develop new theory. Every PhD student will attempt to develop theory in at least one of the aforementioned ways.
The key purpose of this course is to increase participant understanding on how to identify and read theories, as well as to apply theory building techniques in management. We purposely aim to provide a broad range of understanding of theory in this course for two key reasons. First, it is important to be able to identify and understand a range of different theory types. Second, it is critical that participants are able to differentiate theory proper, from proximate constructs such as models and frameworks, which themselves may constitute important, valuable and significant conceptual contributions.
Hence, the theme and rationale for calling this course: Conceptual paper development and theory development. Theory papers are sometimes called the most difficult and the most prestigious art of scholarly paper writing. In this course we will examine why this is the case and work to systematically build understanding on how to develop theory and conceptual contributions. In working on theory and conceptual paper development we intend to deepen participants’ appreciation of theory building and to assist them to craft potentially valuable and effective research papers.
This course will also encourage participants to improve their analytical abilities to critically evaluate contemporary management research.
Students will develop an understanding on developing theory and making valuable conceptual contributions. They will learn about the key elements of a theory, the approaches to build and to evaluate theory. More specifically, after the 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.
Prerequisites: Participants will be enrolled in a PhD program.
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Evaluation/Assessment: There are five component parts to the assessment which are due on May 15, June 15, July 25, August 15, August 20, 2017
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, supporting logic, and intended contribution. This assignment is worth 20% of the final grade. The proposal must be submitted by May 28, 2017 via E-Mail to email@example.com (i.e. prior to the course).
Component 2 and 3: Participants will prepare two reviews on a project proposal from one of their peers. One review needs to be completed prior to the course; one review (on the same, but improved project proposal) is to be completed after the course. Both reviews are individual pieces of assessment, each worth 20% of the final grade. The first review must be submitted by June 15, 2017 via E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (i.e. prior to the course; students will receive the project proposal they need to review by May 20, 2017).
Supporting sources: Academy of Management Review Reviewer Guidelines and Resources (available at http://aom.org/Publications/AMR/Reviewer-Resources.aspx)
Component 4: Participants prepare a revised project proposal and a response letter to their reviewers. This will be an individual assessment where students incorporate feedback on the initial proposal they submitted to this course, based on the material covered in course and peer reviews. This assessment is worth 30% and needs to be submitted by July 25, 2017 via E-Mail to Sascha.email@example.com (i.e. after the course).
Component 5: 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 10% of the final grade and is due on August 20, 2017 via E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (i.e. after the course).
Students will receive individual feedback from the professors on each assessment component.
Full attendance is required to obtain the certificate.
Interested doctoral students should register online (and add the required documents) no later than April 30, 2017 (new deadline). Besides doctoral students, other researchers may participate. The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the following documents which should necessarily complement each application form:
TIME AND LOCATION
EIASM (2nd Floor of the Hotel Metropole)
NH Collection Brussels Centre (former NH Atlanta)
During the week :
During the week-end : (Night of Friday/Saturday & Sunday) :
* Hotel Marivaux (very close - 3 mins walk from Seminar venue)
Monday-Thursday incl.: € 135.00/night (breakfast and city tax included ) - single Club room
To book a room: send a e-mail to email@example.com (mention EIASM).
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The EDEN Team
EIASM - Rue FOSSÉ AUX LOUPS - 38 - BOX 3 - 1000 BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
Tel: +32 2 226 66 69