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 intended learning outcomes of this doctoral course are aligned with the core learning objectives of the PhD Curriculum at the Aalto School of Business. The main goal of this course is to support doctoral students in learning how to approach and conduct theoretically original and relevant entrepreneurship research. Specifically, students will:

  • gain an overview of the main research traditions and current themes in entrepreneurship research and learn about the different concepts and theoretical perspectives commonly applied;
  • be able to identify research problems and under-explored phenomena in the entrepreneurship literature and learn to develop theoretically motivated research questions for generating novel contributions;
  • learn to use theories from other disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, economics, and geography, for studying entrepreneurship as a multifaceted phenomenon and pronouncedly multi-disciplinary field of scholarly inquiry;
  • learn about different ways of theorizing and gain deeper insight into the process of publishing different genres of entrepreneurship research with a particular focus on making a theoretical contribution;
  • be able to discuss their research ideas with peers and experienced entrepreneurship scholars, and collectively brainstorm about potential ways to advance their ongoing research;
  • build and strengthen their research network and move from generating research ideas to writing a short academic—review, theoretical or empirical—paper of topical interest.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 22.04.2024 - 26.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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:

    All contact teaching will be organized as part of a one-week course workshop. A detailed course outline, including lectures, workshop sessions, materials, and assignments, will be handed out by the teacher several weeks before the course workshop. Prior to the course, students are also required to read academic articles assigned by the teacher, submit a short paper proposal, read two paper proposals of other participants, (virtually) meet other course participants to discuss an academic article provided by the teacher, and prepare a short team reflection about the article. During the course, students are required to present their prepared team reflections, present their submitted paper proposal, and to be prepared to engage in the discussion about their peers’ paper proposals in-class. After the course workshop, students are required to build on their paper proposals and submit a short academic paper. 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching, independent studying, (virtual & in-class) group work, individual & team presentations, Q&A/panel discussions, personal guidance/feedback


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    All learning materials and guidelines will be handed out by the responsible teacher

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - V
    2023-2024 Spring III - V