Interdisciplinary Project "Business in Society" I (Developing Skills for Theoretical Research)


Course Objective

Upon having successfully passed this course, students
• Have acquired knowledge of the process of conducting conceptual
• Have developed their ability to conceive of a research project
(i.e., formulate a relevant research question for their conceptual
• Have improved further their ability to critically analyse and
evaluate existing theories in order to identify an interesting gap in
the literature that justifies the interest in studying the research
question driving the conceptual paper.
• Have started acquiring the ability to synthesise the existing
literature (i.e., reviewing the literature) and to integrate existing
knowledge to produce novel insights (i.e., in the form of original
propositions supported by an integration of different ideas from the
existing literature).
• Have started acquiring the ability to integrate feedback from
others to improve their project
• Have started acquiring the ability to work in a team of researchers
• Have improved further their skills at communicating their ideas
with their peers and academics at the VU and UvA both in writing and
• Have started developing an independent, academic and critical
attitude and way of working.

Course Content

This course involves 4 weeks of work on a theoretical research project.
During this period, teams of 2 or 3 students work toward proposing a
fresh theory (model with propositions) which helps to better understand
contemporary issue and builds on a review of the relevant literature.
This course will give the opportunity to students to apply what they
have learned in the courses Business Theories in Perspective, Philosophy
of Science for Business Administration, Business in Society and the
Specialization Seminar(s).
In class activities aim at improving the students’ research skills
including, among others, how to craft a theoretical contribution, how to
review the literature, and how to write for a scholarly audience and
present scientific work. These discussions around research skills will
be based on sharing experience with the students and accompanied by
detailed feedback on students’ team project so that students can learn
by putting the knowledge immediately in practice in their team project.
The deliverables of the course include: a paper, and a mini course-
conference, during which teams of students will present their work to
peer students and School/faculty members of VU and UvA.

Teaching Methods

Weekly: one two-hour workshop and meeting with the teacher for feedback
on the team project.

Method of Assessment

The final grade consists of:
• A written paper (60%);
• A presentation of the paper graded individually (40%).

In the case of a resit only the written paper can be submitted and
graded again. There is no resit for the presentatin.

Conditions to pass the course:
Attendance is mandatory. Student who miss more than one class will not
pass the course.
All partial grades and the final grade should be a 5.5 or higher.


Course material is available on the Canvas site of the course.
Main costs are costs related to printing and copying costs.

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 by the
programme director, to other Research Master programmes or PhD students.

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_IPBS1
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. F.M. Bridoux
Examiner dr. F.M. Bridoux
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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