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.


In this doctoral course, students will gain a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship theory. Specifically, students will gain an overview of the main research traditions and current themes in entrepreneurship research and learn about the different theoretical perspectives commonly applied in the literature. Students will be able to identify research problems and under-explored phenomena in the entrepreneurship literature and be better equipped to develop theoretically motivated research questions for generating novel contributions. They will also learn to use theories from other disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, and geography, for studying entrepreneurship as a multifaceted phenomenon and pronouncedly multi-disciplinary field of scholarly inquiry. Students will gain insights into different styles of theorizing and gain deeper insight into the process of publishing different types of entrepreneurship research with a particular focus on making a theoretical contribution. Students will be able to discuss their own research ideas with peers and experienced entrepreneurship scholars and to collectively brainstorm about potential ways to advance their ongoing research. Finally, students will learn to move from generating research ideas to writing a short – theoretical or empirical – academic paper of topical interest which can be directly applied to their PhD thesis.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.02.2022 - 31.05.2022

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Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ewald Kibler

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Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


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    Prior to the four-day course workshop, students need to read a small selection of (~ five) articles and the paper proposals of two other course participants. Before the course, students are also expected to (virtually) connect with two/three other participants to discuss and prepare a short team presentation (max. five ppt-slides) about one scientific article. Importantly, students are required to submit a paper proposal (1500-3000 words) by 1 April 2022. The team reflections as well as the short paper proposal need to be presented (each ~10min) during the course workshop. Following the paper proposal and feedback received during the course, students will write a short academic paper of their interest (minimum of 6000 words, excl. reference list) to be submitted about 6 weeks after the course. The paper will be evaluated and graded by the instructor. All contact teaching (including class discussions, presentations, teamwork, and workshops) will be organized as a four-day intensive workshop in April 2022. Upon notification of acceptance to the course, students will receive a detailed syllabus which outlines the learning content and outcomes, every work task and assignment as well as the schedule of lectures, presentations, group/peer discussions, social events, and submission deadlines. 


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    Maximum number of participants is 25. Deadline for course applications is 11th February 2022. Applications should use the following application form and be sent by email to the instructor: Acceptance notifications will be emailed to the applicants by 18th February 2022.

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