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Building Theory from Qualitative Research

Archive StampAdvanced Seminar Strategy and Organization in Technology Markets

Advanced Seminar Strategy, Technology and Organization

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grohsjean, Christine Auer, Johanna Glauber, Anke Schulz, Philipp Staiger

Course Overview

The course provides an introduction to qualitative research, with a particular emphasis on the role that theory plays across the different stages of the research process. It examines the underlying philosophical assumptions of qualitative research methods, and the implications that these assumptions have for framing a research problem, data collection, analysis, writing, and other dissemination strategies.


The purpose of this course is to prepare students to critically design, carry out, report, read, and evaluate qualitative research projects. It covers the full cycle of a qualitative research project, from design, to data collection, analysis, reporting and disseminating. The course has the dual aims of equipping students with both conceptual understandings of current academic debates regarding different methods, and the practical skills to put those methods into practice. This course will provide students with a solid understanding of the core methods of qualitative data collection and analysis, critical skills in interpreting and evaluating reports of qualitative studies, and experience in putting qualitative skills into practice. The course is an ideal preparation for a bachelor thesis.



  • The course will be held as a block seminar in English.
  • The term paper is a prerequisite for writing a Bachelor thesis at the ISTO.
  • This seminar qualifies for a Bachelor thesis according to the examination regulations (107 kB).
  • The number of participants is limited to 20.
  • Attendance to all sessions of the course is mandatory.
  • The application process is handled by the LSF. For further information, see here.
Dates Monday, 20.04.2015, 09:00-13:00, Kickoff session I
Tuesday, 21.04.2015, 09:00-13:00, Kickoff session II
Monday, 04.05.2015, 09:00-12:00, Writing a Compelling Introduction
Tuesday, 05.05.2015, 14:00-17:00, Developing Theory
Monday, 08.06.2015, 09:00-13:00, Interim Presentation I
Tuesday, 09.06.2015, 09:00-13:00, Interim Presentation II
Friday, 10.07.2015, 12.00, Deadline of Submitting the Paper
Location Kaulbachstr. 45, Room 202
Credits 6 ECTS in Module V/VII or M/F-BWL
Examination Written Introduction
Seminar paper [Please strictly adhere to our formal requirements (206 kB)]

Further Information

Thorsten Grohsjean, Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5069,