Course description

Course description

This PhD course aims to acquaint PhD students with the process of theorizing and theory building in management research.

We start from the premise that it is critical for PhD students to master the process of theorizing and theory development from the extant knowledge and empirical data quite early in their Doctoral studies.

By the end of the course the PhD candidates will have gained skills and knowledge in (a) gaining sensitivity to theoretical development during the literature review process, and (b) analyzing and theorizing from qualitative data.

The students will have the opportunity to meet three distinguished scholars who are invited as guest lecturers: Prof Emeritus Nikhilesh Dholakia of University of Rhode Island, Prof Michael Saren of University of Leicester and Dr. Andy Lowe of Grounded Theory Institute. The course faculty also includes Dr. Michael Fast and Prof Romeo V. Turcan of Aalborg University.

The PhD course will be delivered using a mixture of lecture-based and interactive teaching methods, including group assignments and feedback to PhD candidates on their identified issues and challenges. The course generic structure could be found here.

This PhD course attracts, as primary target, PhD candidates in their first eighteen months of the doctoral programme. However, we also welcome PhD candidates in their later stages of the doctoral programme.

This is a 5 ECTS PhD course. The course admits maximum 20 students.

Registered Docotoral Researchers will have full access to the course programme and material via course Intranet. Upon receiving the registration fee, each student will get an e-mail with log-in instructions. Any queries about course intranet shall be directed to the PhD Course Secretary.


  • DL1: May 16, 2022 - Essay submission. Please go to application to start the application process.
  • DL2: May 23, 2022 - Essay acceptance.
  • DL3: May 30, 2022 - Registration and payment of course fee. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

Participation fee is 300 EUR. The fee will cover costs related to lunches, coffee breaks, two dinners, and course material. Participation: in person only. Each participant is responsible for his/her own travel and accommodation.

The 2022 Edition that takes place on June 20-24, 2022 is hosted by the Aalborg University Business School.

Any queries about application, registration and administration, please contact the host, Michael K. Simonsen.

The PhD Course is a programme run jointly by Aalborg University (AAU, Denmark), Halmstad University (HH, Sweden), and University of Oulu (UOULU, Finland).

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Michael K. Simonsen