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Frontiers in Strategy Research

Archive StampSeminar Empirics of Organizations

Seminar Research Methods

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer, Prof. Dr. Anja Tuschke, Christine Auer

This seminar will be jointly organized with the Institute of Strategic Management (ISM)

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.


To apply, please send your CV, a recent transcript and a brief e-mail motivating your application to Christine Auer ( by 30.09.2014, 12:00. Students have to confirm their participation by 03.10.2014, 12:00. Once confirmed, you are bindingly enrolled into the seminar.



  • The course is held as a block seminar in English
  • The course is limited to Master of Science students
  • This seminar qualifies for a Master thesis at the ISTO and the ISM
  • The number of participants is limited to 12
Dates Thursday, 23.10.2014, 13:00-16:00, Kaulbachstr. 45, Room 202 (Kickoff session)
Monday, 24.11.2014, 09:00-12:00 & 16:00-19:00, Kaulbachstr. 45, Room 202 (Student presentations)
Deadlines Tuesday, 30.09.2014 (Application)
Credits 3 ECTS in module WP3 or WP4 (PO 08)
Examination Interim presentations
Participation in class

Further Information

Christine Auer, Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 6192,