Critical Perspectives on Business, Management and Accounting

NOTE: Course cancelled

Time & place: June 4-8, 2018, University of Tampere

Learning goal and objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have gained an overview of critical research conducted in the fields of business, management and accounting, and relating to both private and public sector organizations. The student will be able to recognize societal injustices, problems and risks requiring critical academic scrutiny. The student will also possess a theoretical and methodological toolbox for understanding and analysing these phenomena. The student will also have gained an initial understanding of how to articulate research implications in the form of societal action programs. 

The instructors’ approach to the theme is broad and cross-disciplinary. The course is hence suitable for doctoral students across a variety of disciplines (e.g. accounting, CSR, management, marketing, organization studies).

Instruction and examination

The instruction on the course will consist of lectures, small group discussions, and mentoring sessions. In order to pass the course, the students should attend the lectures and sessions as well as write an analytical, reflective essay on a topic to be assigned by the instructors.

Credits: 5 ECTS

Grading: On a scale from 1 (pass) to 5 (excellent).

Prerequisites: The participants should have a Master’s degree and be enrolled as doctoral students in their respective universities. A pre-readings list comprising key articles will be compiled by the instructors and sent to the participants shortly after acceptance. The participants are also required to write a short (max 1,000 word) description of their PhD research and the most pressing problems that they would like the instructors to comment on (this will be requested after acceptance).

Admittance: In selecting the participants the general guidelines of KATAJA will be followed. The maximum number of students is 25. There is no participation fee for the course, although each student will need to cover her/his travel expenses, accommodation and meals.

Interested students can apply for the course by sending the following documents by email to the course coordinator Hannele Mäkelä by 28 February 2018.

  • -KATAJA course application form (see below)
  • -the applicant’s academic CV
  • -a one-page summary of the applicant’s doctoral research

The applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15 March 2018.


Prof. Jesse Dillard (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ & University of Central Florida, US)

Reader Helen Tregidga (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

Prof. Eija Vinnari (University of Tampere)

Academy Research Fellow Matias Laine (University of Tampere)

Dr. Hannele Mäkelä (University of Tampere)


Course coordinator and contact information: Dr Hannele Mäkelä; email: hannele.makela@; tel. 050 318 6010.

KATAJA Course application form:








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