Researching, Writing, and Publishing a Literature Review

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Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christina Hoon (Bielefeld University)

Date: Thursday, 14/09/17 (09:30 – 18:00 h)

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English


As you embark on your PhD, or indeed any research undertaking, you always start with producing a review of the existing literature on the topic of your research field. However, given that a literature review constitutes a study in itself, a review study can also be one of the separate, publishable papers your PhD thesis consists of.

This workshop outlines the purpose, scope, methods, and contribution of a literature review. What constitutes a good literature review? How do you evaluate and assess the broad range of knowledge and information? How do you make a substantive contribution, thereby producing a publishable paper? This course will address the different forms of literature reviews (systematic reviews, meta-synthesis, meta-analysis). The analytical tools and methods of each of these different forms of a review are offered, along with illustrative examples. This course is structured to guide students throughout the process of conducting and writing a literature review: identifying and developing individual research interests, searching for relevant information resources, assessing and evaluating the extant literature, and concluding with the writing of a literature review.

Requirement of students: None.

Recommended literature and pre-readings:

  • Rousseau, D.M., Manning, J. and Denyer, D. (2008). Chapter 11: Evidence in management and organizational science: Assembling the field’s full weight to scientific knowledge through synthesis. Academy of Management Annals, 2, pp. 475–515.
  • Torraco, R.J. (2005). Writing integrative literature reviews: Guidelines and examples. Human Resource Development Review, 4, pp. 356-367.

You have to register for the 11th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.