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.


Upon completion of the course, students will:

- Understand how the historical method can be applied to the study of diverse topics in business research,

- Understand the development of management & organizational history as a special field of economic and business history,

- Understand how central concepts in strategy, management & organizational studies, marketing, accounting and finance and other business disciplines (e.g. dynamic capabilities, market orientation, the notion of international business etc.) have evolved and how they have been applied in longitudinal/historical research,

- Have the capacity to benchmark their own research ideas to different historical methodologies applied in extant studies (studies discussed in class, and studies reported in some of the articles, e.g. the traditional realist approaches of Lamberg et al. 2021; 2009; Lamberg and Peltoniemi, 2020; Jacobides 2007, interpretive history of Lamberg and Pajunen 2010 or the post-structural approach by Karababa and Ger, 2011). 

Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.03.2023 - 09.03.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Henrikki Tikkanen

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:

    History paradigms, Historical research in different areas of business studies, Historical methodologies, Practical conduct of historical studies


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Doctoral (master’s students interested in the doctoral program are also admitted to the course)