Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The key objective of the course is to help participants develop a good dissertation proposal. After the course the participants have an understanding of many important tools and frameworks for theory development and research design and an ability to apply them in the development of their own research proposals.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 24.01.2022 - 27.03.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Markku Maula

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course covers areas relevant for developing a good research proposal including problem formulation, literature review, theory and hypothesis development, research designs, and methodological choices. The course is intended to be an arena where students can discuss about their research projects and get feedback from the faculty and from their fellow students.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Attendance in seminar sessions, assignments, seminar presentations, readings, exam, and developing a research proposal.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    5 ECTS = 5 x 27h 135 h (Contact hours: 15h, Entry exam: 3h, Independent work: 117h)


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III-IV

    2021-2022 Spring III-IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    The course is intended primarily for first-year doctoral students majoring in strategy and venturing, but suitable also for related areas of organizational research. The course builds on for the fall term course Research Methods in Industrial Engineering and Management. Students wishing to participate in the course are recommended to take first the fall term course. However, passing the fall term course is not a prerequisite for the participation.