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Empirics of Organizations

Seminar Empirics of Organizations

Pooyan Khashabi, Ph.D., Ambre Nicolle, Ph.D.

Seminar Overview

This seminar is targeted at both Master of Science and Master of Business Research students with a broad interest in organization topics, especially with an empirical approach. The seminar will provide insights on scientific methods and the process of research, focusing on applications in organization design and strategic organization research. After lecture sessions, students will work on a short proposal for a research project.

Seminar Goals

The seminar has three goals in the broad field of empirical organizations. First, students will learn to critically read academic papers, enabling them to assess causal empirical arguments. Second, they will learn how to develop research questions and how to make a contribution. Finally, they will get familiar with relevant research methods and will be able to develop a sound empirical research design to rigorously answer their research questions. We expect the seminar to be useful as a preparation for a master thesis or a PhD paper in the broad field of organization and its intersections with innovation or strategy research.

Application procedure

This seminar is limited to Master of Science and Master of Business Research students. The number of participants is limited to 10. To apply, please send a CV and a recent transcript to Pooyan Khashabi ( by 15.10.2020. We will get back with a decision e-mail regarding your participation by 25.10.2020.


The seminar is in English.


  • Monday 02.11.2020, 09:00-12:00: Seminar presentation and Lecture 1: Finding a good research question and structuring the paper.
  • Thursday 05.11.2020, 09:00-12:00: Lecture 2: Building theory, identification and writing.
  • Monday 23.11.2020, 09:00-12:00: Students’ presentations.
  • Friday 18.12.2020: Deadline for sending the research proposal.

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Password: 80539

Credit 6 ECTS in module WP4
Evaluation Research proposal (max 24.000 characters or 12 pages)

Further Information

Lea Holzemer, M.Sc. (