Modules SS 2023

Besides a more in-depth knowledge in epistemology doctoral students in entrepreneurship and management research require an applicable base of research methods and tools.

The course will cover the following topics:
  • Epistemology in entrepreneurship and management research
  • Research design and the use of theory
  • Research questions and hypotheses
  • Quantitative methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed method procedures
  • Transdisciplinary research
The module "Research Methods in Information Systems" aims at deepening the students' skills in research design. It focuses on pivotal issues of conducting and structuring research activities as part of information systems research.

Subjects dealt with in the module comprise (but are not limited to):
  • Introduction into design science
  • Design science vs. behavioral science
  • Rigor vs. relevance
  • Design science in information systems research
  • The design science research process
  • Reviewing the literature
  • Design science examples
  • Design science challenges
  • Theorizing in design science
  • Publishing design science
This module includes participation in a specialized external methodology course and (in case of missing ECTS) in the "Finance Research Seminar", offered at the University of Liechtenstein.
Research Methods in International Financial Services can vary widely in design and content, as they cover a specific research area either in Banking or in Finance or in Taxation. This module description is an example and developed for a student with a need for advanced methods in econometrics. For students with different needs appropriate courses will be chosen and credited.

  • Principles of Estimation and Testing
  • Limited Dependent Variable Methods
  • Longitudinal Data Models
  • Stationary Time Series Models
  • Stochastic Trends and Co-Integration

Finance Research Seminar:
Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in the "Finance Research Seminar", a seminar with invited guest speakers from foreign universities, presenting a piece of their most current work.
By attending the "Finance Research Seminar" the student has the opportunity to extend the knowledge gained from the very specific outside methodology course with further methodological approaches and to relate and his chosen research methodology to other methodologies in use in the field of Banking, Finance and Taxation. The "Finance Research Seminar" will be offered every semester or every second semester.

In case outside courses are offered with less than 5 ECTS, the student could earn additional ECTS by presenting a well developed paper in the "Finance Research Seminar".
The module is designed to guide students in developing their scientific writing skills in particular, and critical thinking in general. Students learn how to make their scientific arguments clear and how to convey them convincingly in writing. They also gain insights into academic publishing and learn about different editorial and review processes. More importantly, the module prepares students to participate meaningfully in the global scientific discourse of their academic disciplines.

The module covers three areas:
  • The structure and style of scientific manuscripts
  • Peer-review and other editorial processes in academic publishing
  • The principles of academic writing
Just as the doctoral consortium, the summer school serves multiple purposes in the educational programme of the students: Whereas the doctoral consortium aims at presenting the own work in an international frame, the summer school intends to deepen methodological skills in a specific field of choice relevant to the PhD theses of the students. In addition, working together with professors and PhD-students from abroad also contributes to social and communicative skills of the students in an international and intercultural environment.

Doctorate entrepreneurship and management students participating in an international Ph.D. summer school study contemporary issues in research design and/or methodology.
Just as the doctoral consortium, the summer school serves multiple purposes in the students' education: Whereas the doctoral consortium aims at presenting the own work to an international audience, the summer school is supposed to deepen the students' methodological skills. In addition, working together with professors and PhD students from abroad also contributes to developing the students' social and communicative skills in an international and intercultural environment.