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Hauptseminar: Building Theory for Innovation & Strategy Research

Advanced Seminar Strategy, Technology and Organization

Prof. Uriel Stettner, Ph.D., Maren Mickeler

Course Overview

The process of building on the extant knowledge by developing and testing theories has been a critical part of academic research. This course provides an introduction to theory building in Innovation Strategy research. By discussing the fundamental issues, the course provides guidelines for framing a research problem, theory development, theory testing and writing an academic research piece.


The purpose of this course is to prepare students to master the process of applied theory development on the basis of current Innovation Strategy literature. Since conducting a robust academic research involves various interdependent stages, the course will also discuss the implications and requirements of theory building on every stage of an academic project. The full cycle of a research project - from design, connecting to the literature, theorizing and analysis to reporting - will be covered. Also by discussing recent developments in Innovation and Strategic Management literature, the course provides potential research ideas and opportunities for interested students in writing a bachelor thesis on related topics. By the end of the course, the students will gain the required skills, knowledge and strategies in developing applied theory and executing a research project.



  • 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 (PO 2008) and examination regulations (PO 2015).
  • The number of participants is limited to 20.
  • Attendance to all sessions of the course is mandatory.
  • The application process is centrally organized. 
  • Mandatory attendance: Kick-Off, Final Presentation and two further appointments


Wednesday, 21.04.2021 09:00 - 12.00 Kick-Off

Wednesday, 05.05.2021 09:00 - 12:00 Session I

Wednesday, 12.05.2021 09:00 - 12:00 Session II

Wednesday, 19.05.2021 09:00 - 12:00  Individual Meetings I

Wednesday, 16.06.2021 09:00 - 12:00 Individual Meetings II

Wednesday, 07.07.2021 09:00 - 12:00 Presentations

Submission Deadline: 01.08.2021


Online lectures via Zoom (Link will be provided)


6 ETCS in "Vertiefung Betriebswirtschaftslehre (Pflichtseminar)"


Written Introduction
Seminar paper [Please strictly adhere to our formal requirements (206 kB)]

Further Information

Maren Mickeler, Phone: +49 (0)89 2180 6111,