Theory Building in Business and Management


Course Objective

Upon completion of this course, students will have:
1. Acquired academic knowledge of and insight into the literature on
building in business administration
2. Further developed their ability to critically analyze and assess
related to business administration as well as how their own work
to the existing literature
3. Further developed the ability to generate new knowledge through the
thoughtful application of construct development, counterfactual
and analogical reasoning tools
4. Further developed their skills at communicating about theories with
academic audience

Course Content

Theory and theory development are seen as crucial to making meaningful
academic contributions to bodies of knowledge in management and
organisational research. Despite its prominence, the constituent
around theorizing are often left implicit, and not typically discussed
or taught
in doctoral training programmes.
The course tries to address this very point; participants will
through a series of exercises, practical assignments and readings be
in ‘reading’ theory in journal articles, and will also develop skills in
development and assessment of theory.

Teaching Methods

• Lectures and discussions
• In-class exercises
• Interactive soap-box exercises
• Formative feedback on take-home assignments

Method of Assessment

• Academic paper (individual)
• Take-home assignments (individual)
• Soap boxes (group)


At least 3 required readings per afternoon. A list of readings will be
on the course site on Canvas.

Target Audience

Due to the entry requirements of the programme, the courses of the
Research Master Business in Society are only available for students
registered for this master’s programme and, upon approval of the
programme director, to other Research Master programmes or PhD students.

Additional Information

The very first class of this course already contains prior group work
preparation, i.e., students prepare a soap-box.

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_TBBM
Credits 6 EC
Period P6, P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. O.N. Solinger
Examiner dr. O.N. Solinger
Teaching Staff dr. O.N. Solinger

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture
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