Category Archives: Qualitative Methods

VHB ProDok Kurs in Kooperation mit ASSIOA

Advanced Topics in Management and Organization Theory

Content and Learning Objectives:
This course is centered on broad topics related to social evaluation, from categorization to status, stigma, boundary work, moral legitimacy and inequality in organizations. The material ranges from ‘recent classics’, to papers fresh from print, to unpublished empirical cases.
Students will be asked to prepare in advance in order to present the main themes of the assigned literature and discuss empirical material with a hands on approach.

Learning objectives:

  • Exposure to advanced and emerging themes (and their established roots) in the field of management and organization
  • Understanding the broad variety of methods (inductive, deductive and abductive) used in the field in a complementary way
  • Learning different abductive methods and Dos and Don’ts in abductive theorizing

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The billing of the course will also be done by ASSIOA.

Registration Fee

Assioa or VHB members: 500 Euro
Non Assioa or VHB members: 560 Euro

VHB ProDok Kurs “Design Science”

Design Science

Abstract and Learning Objectives

Design Science Research (DSR) is a promising research paradigm that intends to generate knowledge on the design of innovative solutions to real-world problems. As such, DSR is specifically useful in contributing to the solution of societally and practically relevant challenges. At the same time, matured methodological foundations are available today, specifically supporting publishing DSR research both at conferences and top-tier journals.

This course gives an introduction to Design Science Research (DSR). It focuses on planning and conducting design science research on Ph.D. level. It is intended to provide state-of-the art methodological competences for all Ph.D. students in business whose research is not solely descriptive/explanatory, but also comprises components where artefacts are purposefully designed and evaluated.

While Design Science Research is very common in Information Systems research, purposeful artefact design and evaluation are found in many other business research fields like, e.g., General Management, Operations Management/Management Science, Accounting/Controlling, Business Education, or Marketing. Although Design Science is often conducted implicitly, the methodological discourse in the Information Systems has led to a high level of reflection and to the availability of a large number of reference publications and cases, so that examples and cases will often originate from this domain. It should however be noted that Design Science as a paradigm is applicable and is used in nearly all fields of business research. As a consequence, this class is not only part of the Information Systems ProDok curriculum, but intentionally being positioned as cross-domain class.

The goal of the course is to provide Ph.D. students with insights and capabilities that enable them to plan and conduct independent Design Science research. To achieve this goal, students will engage in a number of activities in preparation and during this four-day course, including preparatory readings, lectures, presentations, project work, and in-class discussions. The course format offers an interactive learning experience and the unique opportunity to obtain individualized feedback from leading IS researchers as well as develop preliminary research designs for their own Ph.D. projects.


20.9. bis 30.09.2021
face to face time: Mo, Tue, Fr, Tue, Thu


offline and online





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As this course is offered as an digital course, the participation fee is reduced by 160 Euro.

Registration Deadline: August 22, 2021

VHB ProDok Kurs “Qualitative Empirical Accounting Research”

Qualitative Empirical Accounting Research

This course offers advanced insights into the use and usefulness of qualitative research approaches in the field of accounting. Using published work in the areas of financial accounting, auditing and management accounting, we will discuss (1) the main rationales for choosing a qualitative research approach; (2) differences between different qualitative research designs, such as single case studies or cross-sectional studies; (3) guidelines for applying qualitative research methods such as interviews and observation; (4) the role of theory in qualitative work; (5) the process of doing qualitative research, from the start of a project to its publication; (6) quality criteria that editors and reviewers apply when evaluating qualitative work. In addition, participating students who carry out qualitative PhD projects will have an opportunity to present their work/ideas and get feedback from fellow students and the lecturers.




University of Innsbruck
Universitätsstraße 15
6020 Innsbruck, Austria


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VHB ProDok-Kurs “Longitudinal Data Analysis: Event History Models”

Longitudinal Data Analysis: Event History Models

The life course of organizations as well as individuals is characterized by a succession of important events. Organizations change their strategies, their structure, their leadership etc. and might cease to exist at some point in time. Individuals move from one job to another, climb up the career ladder, or get fired. These events indicate transitions from a certain origin state, e.g. an organization before a change of the CEO, to a certain destination state, here: the same organization with a new CEO. The best empirical tool for the analysis of these transitions are techniques of event history analysis. These methods, which belong to the wider class of longitudinal data analysis, are tremendously important in management research. An impressive amount of studies in this field addresses research questions, which are related to transitions from one state to another one.

This course aims at providing students with the most relevant techniques of event history analysis. At the end of this course, students should be able to understand the theoretical concepts of event history analysis as well as to apply these methods by themselves.


September 7-10, 2021


vorausichtlich München




Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Beck
Università della Svizzera Italiana


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Registration Deadline: 2. August 2021

VHB ProDok-Kurs Quantitative and Qualitative Content Analysis

Quantitative and Qualitative Content Analysis

This course addresses young scientists of business administration who want to use quantitative or qualitative content analysis in their research. The main objective of this course is to provide participants with methodological basics and further knowledge in content analysis. After attending the course, the participants are able to:

  • identify research questions that are suitable for qualitative and quantitative content analysis;
  • understand the methodical approach of data collection and -analysis of quantitative and qualitative content analysis as well as transfer it for individual research projects;
  • identify, analyze, and deal with core problems during the planning, implementation, analysis and paper writing phase;
  • assess the quality of content analysis based on quality characteristics.


August 30-31 and September 06-07, 2021






Prof. Dr. Josip Kotlar (Politecnico di Milano School of Management, Italy)


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Registration deadline: August 1, 2021

VHB ProDok Kurs “Qualitative Research Methods”

Qualitative Research Methods

Date: 21.-24.09.2021
Processes and Methods of Qualitative and Mixed Method Research

Grundlegendes Ziel dieses Kurses ist es, den Teilnehmern Kenntnisse über den Prozess und die Methoden qualitativer Forschungsdesigns zu vermitteln und die Eignung solcher Designs für konkrete Problemstellungen der Teilnehmer zu diskutieren (Werkstatt-Prinzip).

  • Grundlagen und spezifische Merkmale qualitativer Forschung
  • die Indikation qualitativer Forschung und die Rolle der Wissenschaftstheorie
  • der qualitative Forschungsprozess und der Einfluss von Theorien
  • die Erhebung qualitativer Daten
  • die Auswertung qualitativer Daten: Grounded Theory, Ethnografie, Qualitative Heuristik, Diskursanalyse, Sequenzanalyse, Qualitative Inhaltsanalyse
  • Gütekriterien und Geltungsbegründung qualitativer Befunde
  • Methodenintegrative Designs (Mixed Methods)

Technische Universität Hamburg
Am Schwarzenberg – Campus 1 (Gebäude A)
21073 Hamburg




Prof. Dr. Thomas Wrona

Institut für Strategisches & Internationales Management, Technische Universität Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Philipp Mayring
Institut für Psychologie der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt;


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Anmeldefrist: 20. Juni 2021

VHB ProDok Kurs “Foundational Theories of Strategic Management Research”

Foundational Theories of Strategic Management Research

Date: 19.07.-22.07.2021

The main objective of the course is to familiarize doctoral students with the basic assumptions, concepts and theories underlying the field. In essence, we want to help doctoral students to become independent scholars who are knowledgeable on the major theories in the field of strategy.

We typically start with reading the seminal work on the topic, followed by examining several recent empirical applications of the theory. The course is comprehensive, encompassing the following domains: Overview of the field of Strategic Management, Industrial Organization Approaches to Strategy, Resource-based View Approaches to Strategy, Transaction Cost Economics and Vertical Integration, Real Options and Sequential Decision Making, Principal-Agent Theory and Corporate Governance, Top Executives and the Upper-Echelons Perspective, the Governance Performance Relationship.


Freie Universität Berlin

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Prof. Michael J. Leiblein, PhD,

Ohio State University

Freie Universität Berlin


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Registration Deadline: 20. Juni 2021

Promotionsstudiengangskurse der Universität Hamburg / Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften / Graduate School

Promotionsstudiengangskurse im  Sommersemester 2021

Die Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften der Universität Hamburg bietet auch im kommenden Sommersemester 2021 wieder eine Vielzahl interessanter Kurse an. Nähere Details zu Kursen, Anmeldungen und Terminen entnehmen Sie bitte dem beigefügten Link.


VHB-ProDok Kurs Theoretical Perspectives On Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Theoretical Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Datum: 22.03. – 25.03.2021

Inhalt und Ziele:

Inhalt des 4-tägigen Workshops sind die Diskussion und das Entwickeln eines gemeinsamen Verständnisses über grundlegende theoretische Ansätze in der CSR-Forschung. Dies soll helfen, den Teilnehmern nicht nur ein fundiertes Verständnis der Forschung zu vermitteln, sondern auch, den State-of-the-Art der Literatur und aufkommende „hot topics“ mit relevanten Forschungsfragen zu verknüpfen. Der Workshop beinhaltet thematische Diskussionen zu verschiedenen Themenfeldern sowie themenübergreifende Inputs durch die Workshopleiter/in z.B. zum Publikationsprozess in der CSR Forschung, Karriereplanung, sowie Einbeziehung von Praktikern in die Forschung.

Der ProDok-Kurs CSR wendet sich in erster Linie an NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen der Betriebswirtschaftslehre, die in ihrer Forschung einen Schwerpunkt auf die Bereiche CSR, unternehmerische Nachhaltigkeit sowie das grundlegende Verhältnis von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft setzen.


22. bis 25. März 2021





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Anmeldefrist: 21. Februar 2021

VHB ProDok Kurs zu Qualitativen Methoden

Qualitative Research Methods

Date: 8. – 11. March 2021

This course is designed for doctorate students in business administration who want to use qualitative methods in their research. The basic goal of this course is to provide participants with the methodological foundations and advanced knowledge in qualitative research in business. After attending the course, participants should be able to

  • understand the philosophical and methodological foundations of qualitative research and to classify, differentiate and choose different qualitative research methods;
  • assess goals and purposes, as well as strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research;
  • understand and raise key questions for planning and preparing a qualitative research design, data collection and analysis;
  • identify, analyze and manage core issues during the planning, execution, analysis and writing of qualitative studies;
  • to differentiate rigourous from non-rigourous qualitative management research

Location: ONLINE

Course Language: German / English

Prof. Dr. Jana Costas,Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
Prof. Dr. Markus Reihlen,Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Anmeldung bis zum 07. Februar 2021 per E-Mail an

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