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"Contributing" to the Strategy Literature

Archive StampSeminar Empirics of Organizations

Ph.D. Workshop

Dr. Hart Posen

Course Overview

What does it take to get your research published in top management journals? Editors and reviewers at top journals seek papers that make important "contributions" to the literature. But what is a contribution? How do you know when your paper is making a contribution? More importantly, how do you write your paper to highlight its contribution?

In this workshop, Hart Posen will share his experience publishing in and/or serving on the editorial boards of: Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Management Science, and the Strategic Management Journal. His objective is to help you get your work published in these journals by framing your research to clearly articulate the contribution of your paper.

Course Structure

Over the course of the three day workshop, the focus will be on identifying and framing contributions to the literatures in strategy and organization theory. Each of the days will be divided into two parts.

In the morning sessions, published papers that highlight ways of contributing to the literature will be read and discussed. While some of these papers are big blockbusters, others are less well-known. Nonetheless, each paper finds some way to make a clear and important contribution to the literature. In reading these papers, students should focus on answering the question: What was the contribution that got this paper published in a leading journal?

In the afternoon sessions, the focus will be on your own working papers. Each student is required to submit a working paper that will be the focus of his/her attention during the workshop. The objective in this part of the workshop is twofold. First, a discussion focusing on the contribution of your paper will enable you to improve the paper and the likelihood of publication in a top journal. Second, one of the best ways in which to come to understand how to craft a paper that makes a contribution is to help others do so.


As a prerequisite for participation in the workshop, each student must have a working paper that they are willing to share and discuss, and be able to commit to attending all three class days. While the workshop is hosted by LMU, it is open to students from across Europe.
To apply, please send a copy of your working paper to Dainis Zegners ( by 05.10.2014, 12:00.



  • The course is held as a block seminar in English
  • The course is limited to Ph.D. students
  • The number of participants is limited to 10
  • Please find further details in the course syllabus (119 kB)
Dates Tuesday, 28.10.2014, 09:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00, Kaulbachstr. 45, Room 202
Thursday, 30.10.2014, 09:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00, Kaulbachstr. 45, Room 202
Friday, 31.10.2014, 09:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00, Kaulbachstr. 45, Room 202
Deadlines Sunday, 05.10.2014 (Application)
Credits 2 SWS in module B/I (MBR)
Examination Examination will be based on students' contribution to the seminar discussion and on an improved version of their working papers' introduction, where students will be expected to apply what they learned during the seminar. Dates will be announced during class.

Further Information

Dainis Zegners, Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 6111,