Theory Building Research Programme (TBRP) is an excellent international, inter-institutional, collaborative research space with critical mass, the highest academic standards, peer review, evaluation and monitoring, international teams supervising doctoral candidates and integral engagement of non-academic partners that fosters innovative, multi-disciplinary, relevant and creative research exposed to and integrated with industry and public and not-for-profit sectors. Through harnessing the research strengths, facilities and senior academic personnel of TBRP members, TBRP provides an unrivalled resource for the training of the doctoral candidates.
Newness and theory building are the foundation of TBRP. In our society of rapid change, seeking to cope with complex, large scale new challenges to economic, social and political development, there is an urgent need for a new perspective in high level research and doctoral training to address how best to interpret and respond to escalating new local, regional, international and global challenges. The volume of data and sources of information for evidence based research is daunting, reinforcing the need for effective new ways to improve understanding and interpretation, build new theories, and understand theory building process.
Nowadays doctoral researchers have the opportunity to receive training in quantitative and qualitative methodologies and methods. However, the opportunity for the doctoral researchers to receive hands-on experience and training on theorising and theory building is scarce. TBRP aims to contribute to fill this gap by:
- Developing new and sharpening extant theory building methodologies, methods, tools and techniques
- Applying these methodologies, methods, tools and techniques to cross-disciplinary research and empirical settings to develop new theories
- Training young doctoral researchers on how to theorise and build theory from extant theoretical and practical knowledge and data.
Since its inception, TBRP doctoral training continues to have successful impact in translating theoretical level research into employability in private and public sectors, including outside academia of doctoral students in nursing; sport management; agriculture; pre-school teaching; emotions and learning; business ethics; entrepreneurship; innovation; construction; medical equipment; collective memory and cultural heritage; sociology and health; project management; institutional change (follow this link for more information: http://www.tbrp.aau.dk/phd-course/earlier-editions/).
Underpinning the quality of the doctoral training are the high level research projects that are innovative in their multi-dimensional focus on the dynamic, emerging and complex social, economic technological and policy challenges of rapid change, mass data and contested evidence bases. These projects are: