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Frontiers in Strategy Research

Archive StampProseminar Scientific Methods

Prof. Dr. Anja Tuschke, Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer, David Uhde, Leon Zucchini

Course Overview

This course is targeted at Master of Science students with an interest in strategy. It aims to provide them with insights on "hot topics" in strategic management research.

The course has two goals: First, students will gain an overview of the evolution of several "hot topics" in strategy research. Second, they will learn to critically read academic papers, enabling them to assess causal arguments and the merits of different research designs. We expect the course to be useful as a preparation for a Master thesis in the field of strategy.

Course Structure

The course is conducted as a guided reading group. That means participants will read academic papers on a group of topics that form the basis of a discussion in class. Additionally, for each topic a group of students will dig deeper and give a presentation outlining a proposal for a research project.

The course has two central elements:

  • Ad-hoc introductions: Short presentations by the students will provide an introduction to each topic (presenters will be drawn by lot); it is therefore essential that all participants read all the assigned papers
  • Detailed presentations: Each group of students will be assigned a topic and will have several weeks to go in detail; in the session, they will present a brief overview of existing literature on the topic and identify potential questions for future research (basic ideas!); guidance on how to develop research questions will be provided by the teaching assistants

Based on the provided readings as well as further literature research, the "new" concepts are to be developed by the students.


This course is limited to Master of Science students. To apply, please send your CV and a recent transcript to Leon Zucchini (E-Mail schicken an until 16 April 2012 (confirmation of participation: 19.04.2012).



  • The course will be held as a block seminar in English
  • The seminar will serve for admission to writing a Master thesis at the ISTO
  • The number of participants is limited to 20
  • By attending the kickoff session, you are bindingly enrolled for the seminar; please note the remarks of the examination board (Prüfungsausschuss)
Dates Wednesday, 30.05.2012, 9:00-13:00, Ludwigstr. 28/VG, Room 211b (Kickoff session)
Monday, 18.06.2012, 13:00-18:00, Kaulbachstr. 45, Room HS 004 (Interim presentations)
Wednesday, 27.06.2012, 8:00-12:00, Ludwigstr. 28/VG, Room 211b (Interim presentations)
Deadlines Monday, 16.04.2012 (Application)
Credits 3 ECTS in module WP4 (PO 08)
Examination Interim presentations and participation in class