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Empirics of Organizations

Archive StampSeminar Empirics of Organizations

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grohsjean, Prisca Friedrichs, Dr. Ferdinand Mahr

Course Overview

This course is targeted at Master of Science students with an interest in organization science. It aims to provide them with insights on topics in research on both organization design and organizational behavior. After a kickoff session on the research process with a special emphasis on empirical organizational topics, students will work on a research proposal for a research project.

The course has three goals: First, students will gain an overview of the evolution of fundamental topics in organization science. Second, they will learn to critically read academic papers, enabling them to assess causal arguments. Third, students will learn how to develop research questions and how to make a theoretical contribution. Finally, they will learn how to develop a sound research design that helps them to rigorously answer their research questions. We expect the course to be useful as a preparation for a Master thesis in the field of organization.


To apply, please send your CV and a recent transcript to Thorsten Grohsjean ( by 01.10.2013, 12:00 (confirmation of participation: 02.10.2013). Students have to confirm their participation by 07.10.2013, 12:00. Once confirmed, you are bindingly enrolled into the seminar. Please note that we will first assign seminar spots to those students which do/did not take part in current or prior seminars in order to enable fast academic progress for all students.



  • The course is held as a block seminar in English
  • The course is limited to Master of Science and MBR students
  • This seminar qualifies for a Master thesis at the ISTO
  • The number of participants is limited to 10
Dates Friday, 25.10.2013, 09:00-17:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 407 (Kickoff session)
Deadlines Tuesday, 01.10.2013 (Application)
tba (Written research proposal) 
Credits 3 ECTS in module WP4 (PO 08)
2 SWS in module B/I (MBR)
Examination Written research proposal (24.000 characters/12 pages)