Theory of Knowledge and Core Theories in Management
Included in Study
School of Business and Law, PhD programme
Language of instruction
Students who have not had a master-level course in international business or organization theory are expected to develop knowledge in this area based on individual reading.
Upon successful completion of the course the student will:
understand the role and interplay of ontology, epistemology, and methodology in management research.
be able to contextualize their own research and find their ontological and epistemological position.
choose and develop their methodology in line with their ontological and epistemological position.
have a good understanding of core theories in management and their underlying ontological assumptions.
be able to select, criticize and apply appropriate theories for their own studies.
The main objective of the course is to introduce the most important (prevalent) ontological and epistemological positions in the philosophy of knowledge and relate these to some of the most widely used theories in management in order to criticize and apply these in the student's own research.
Ethics in research
Theory of knowledge - ontology - epistemology - methodology
The logic of social science explanation - What is a "good" theory and what theory is not
Middle-range theory and "Grand" theory
The role of theory in management research
Micro-level theories: Agency theory, Stewardship Theory, Self-determination theory
Macro-level theories: Resource-based view, Transaction cost theory, Institutional theory
Combining micro and macro-level: Social capital theory
Is there a "Grand" theory in management research?
The course will be a combination of lectures and student discussions as well as presentations by the students.
Estimated Work Load
Reading before course: 40 hours
Course (7 days * 8 hours): 56 hours
Group work/ preparation of presentations: 30 hours
Course paper: 80 hours
Total: 206 hours
Students are required to participate during lectures and class discussions and to do their own presentations on selected topics.
Assessment methods and criteria
Course paper. Pass/Fail - where Pass must be equivalent to the letter grade B or better.