5611440: Theorizing in Business Research

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Semester:WS 23/24
Scheduled in semester:1
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:40.0 L / 30.0 h
Self-directed study time:120.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Doctoral degree programme in Business Economics (01.09.2008)


The aim of this module is to encourage students to reflect upon their dissertation project from different theoretical angles. The changing nature of technology, and concordant transformation of the social and organizational landscape means we continuously need both new tools, techniques, approaches, thinking and theories and to adapt existing ones to our particular situation. Hence, this module should provide the students with an overview on current theoretical approaches that fit with their research focus and have a solid basis for future research endeavours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Summarized information on theories widely used in business research
  • Basic understanding of the connection between research question, theory and application
  • Basic understanding of different theoretical approach from diverse disciplines
  • In depth understanding of their own theoretical approach and its application

Students will be able to:
  • Gain an overview about various theories in business research
  • Critically review their own approach to theory and its shortcomings
  • Adjust and strengthen their theoretical approach of their dissertation project


Lectures Method

Lecture; self-study; presentation and paper by students, Inverted-Classroom

Admission Requirements



Accessible via the university intranet.


The students will be assessed in this module through:
- Paper
- Presentation of Theoretical Approach


  • PWW-DS_Theorizing in Business Research (WS 23/24, in Planung)