Graduate seminar: PhD Seminar: Phenomenon-Driven Theory Development - Details
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Course name Graduate seminar: PhD Seminar: Phenomenon-Driven Theory Development
Semester SS 2023
Current number of participants 8
expected number of participants 15
Home institute Prof. Dr. Jan Muntermann - Financial Data Analytics
Courses type Graduate seminar in category Teaching
First date Wednesday, 21.06.2023 09:00 - 18:00, Room: (Vortragsraum Bibliothek)
Performance record DISCUSSION LEADERSHIP: Each student will be designated as “discussion leader” for multiple class sessions (dependent on course enrollment). The requirements are to lead the session and summarize briefly (because all students will have read) 45 minutes maximum – the key points/issues of the required readings and to “kick off” the general discussion. In particular, the discussion leader should (1) highlight the key themes/issues across the assigned and supplemental readings rather than summarize each reading; and (2) develop some questions or points for class discussion. The discussion leader will also help the class to explore some of the research issues the leader feels are important to the topic. I may deviate from these issues where necessary to address other important aspects on the topic. The discussion leader prepares a brief synthesis for his/her colleagues to guide the discussion. The synthesis will be provided to all seminar participants prior to the session. Your synthesis should be posted at least two days before the class you are leading.

CLASS PARTICIPATION: There are assigned readings. Some readings students will access themselves; others will be made available using an online platform designed to encourage engagement with the materials and your classmates. Students will be given instructions during our first class about how to access these readings. Students are expected to contribute to all the seminar discussions. Preparation for each class session by demonstrating that content has been read will significantly determine each student’s ability to fulfill this requirement. Even if a student is not the discussion leader, they should still be ready to share their thoughts on the integration, evaluation and extension of the readings. This should include discussion of the research question or issues being addressed and purpose of the article: The important ideas, concepts, theories, methods, results, and conclusions for each article.

THEORY PRESENTATION: You are expected prepare a presentation of a potential theory development paper related to you own PhD project. You should draw on your in-depth understanding of a novel yet poorly understood phenomenon and incorporate rich examples. Alternatively, you should draw on primary data collected and analyzed with methods for inductive theory development discussed in this course. Either way, the presentation should establish the phenomenon as a foundation for developing a theory that is relevant and timely. The quality expectation is that the presentation works as a draft for later submission to a leading journal, such as Academy of Management Review or Academy of Management Journal. The quality and the originality of the presented theory as well as the process of coming up with the theory will be valued in assessing the paper. The envisioned paper should make original contributions to a well-specified literature.
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise READING LIST

Alvesson, M. and D. Kärreman (2007). "Constructing Mystery: Empirical Matters in Theory Development." Academy of Management Review 32(4): 1265-1281.
Alvesson, M. G. and J. Sandberg (2011). "Generating Research Questions Through Problematization." Academy of Management Review 36(2): 247-271.
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Barley, S. R. (2006). "When I Write My Masterpiece: Thoughts on What Makes a Paper Interesting." Academy of Management Journal 49(1): 16-20.
Barney, J. (2018). Editor’s Comments: Positioning a Theory Paper for Publication. Academy of Management Review, 43(3), 345-348
Berente, N., Seidel, S., and Safadi, H. 2019. "Data-Driven Computationally Intensive Theory Development," Information Systems Research (30:1), pp. 50-64.
Bergh, D. D. (2003). "From the Editors: Thinking Strategically about Contribution." Academy of Management Journal 46(2): 135-136.
Bundy, J., A. J. Shipp and S. Brickson 2022. “Demystifying and Normalizing the Psychological Experience of Writing for AMR: A Qualitative Analysis of the Highs, Lows, and Suggested Coping Strategies,” Academy of Management Review, 47(3), 341-357.
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Rooms and times

(Vortragsraum Bibliothek)
Wednesday, 21.06.2023 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday, 22.06.2023 13:00 - 18:00
Friday, 23.06.2023 12:00 - 17:00


Prof. Dr. Robert Gregory (University of Miami)

A significant starting-point for theorizing in the field of management is the researcher’s intellectual dwelling with the phenomenon under study (Fisher et al. 2021). For example, theorizing the digital age, researchers must allow themselves to be inspired from our different touchpoints with such phenomena,
whether it is through consultancy, teaching, or sheer immersion into the world of digital innovation, transformation, and entrepreneurship. Phenomena-driven theorizing is a powerful way of developing theories relevant to explain novel yet poorly understood phenomena.

The objective of the course is to familiarize the student with theory development in management and business research. The focus is on methods and practices that help the researcher to develop theories that are interesting, rigorous, and valid.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the module, the student should be able to:
I. Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy of a theory:
o Different types of theory
o Boundary conditions
o Representations
II. Demonstrate an understanding of important dimensions of theory
o Causality
o Generalization
o Prediction
III. Demonstrate an understanding of the practice of theory development:
o Conceiving the theory
o Constructing the theory
o Communicating the theory

The student must be a PhD candidate.

Physical attendance in the classroom is required for in-person classes and attendance (participation) will be part of the grade. Absences will only be excused in cases of documented serious illness, injury, isolation or quarantine, religious observance, or civic obligation.
With your registration you confirm that you will participate on-campuse on the dates mentioned.
Due to a limited number of participants, there will be an application process. If you are interested in a seminar place, please send an email with your name and the respective chair to Dennis Metzler.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Anmeldung gesperrt (global)".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • Admission locked.