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2017 edition of the PhD course

PhD course - The Process of Theorizing and Theory Building in Management Research

This 5 ECTS PhD course aims to acquaint the PhD students with the process of theorizing and theory building in management research.


21.05.2018 - 25.05.2018


We start from the premise that it is critical for PhD students to master the process of theorizing and theory development from the extant knowledge and empirical data quite early in their Doctoral studies.

By the end of the course the PhD students will have gained skills and knowledge in (a) gaining sensitivity to theoretical development during the literature review process, and (b) analyzing and theorizing from qualitative data.

The students will have the opportunity to meet three distinguished scholars who are invited as guest lecturers: Professor Emeritus Nikhilesh Dholakia, University of Rhode Island and Dr. Andy Lowe, Grounded Theory Institute. PhD students also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Dr Barney Glaser via live Skype from California.

This PhD course attracts PhD students in their eighteen to twenty-four months of the doctoral programme on the basis of the common issue they face, i.e., how to theorize and build theory in management research. To start the application process, please go to application section on the course website.

Participation fee is 275 EUR. The fee will cover costs related to lunches, coffee breaks, two dinners, and course material. Each participant is responsible for his/her own travel and accommodation. 


  • DL1: Essay submission - March 4, 2018
  • DL2: Essay acceptance - March 16, 2018
  • DL3: Registration and payment of the course fee - April 16, 2018

Learn more about earlier editions of the course and doctoral researchers’ reflections.


275 EUR


Aalborg University (AAU, Denmark), Halmstad University (HH, Sweden), and University of Oulu (OULU, Finland).


Halmstad University, Sweden

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