Doctoral Seminar on Entrepreneurship

Course Description: The objective of the course is to offer the students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with some of the recent theoretical themes in Entrepreneurship research and to identify interesting research questions related to these themes.

During the seminar, through readings and discussion, the students develop an understanding of the current research on entrepreneurship and emotions, opportunity processes and firm exit. These themes have recently drawn the attention of entrepreneurship scholars and offer interesting avenues for future research. These areas pose challenges for research and our class discussions will cover available study designs and data collection techniques, among other topics.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course, the students should have a basic understanding of some of the recent theoretical discussions in entrepreneurship research. They should be able to identify interesting research questions related to these current research themes, and to design studies seeking to answer these questions. The course will also give students an opportunity to develop their existing research projects through presentations and feedback from the instructors and the audience

Course requirements: See course work and evaluation

Target group: The seminar is intended for students who are developing their research in the field of entrepreneurship. The course content and assignments are designed in a way that both students starting their PhD research and advanced students working on Post Doc research plan are welcome to the course.

Time: 05.05. – 08.05. 2014.

Place: Helsinki

Course Language: English

ECTS: 6 Credits

Number of students: 25

Course work and evaluation:

Precourse assignments:

  1. Students are expected to read the assigned theoretical article material and to prepare a presentation on one of the assigned articles for in-class discussion.
  2. Students are expected to prepare a 4 ppt slides presentation on own research to be presented in class during the course.
  3. Please submit both precourse assignments to professor Pia Arenius ( latest on April 21st, 2014.

Postcourse assignment:

Two alternatives are offered for the postcourse assignment.

  1. Students, who are in the early stages of their research career, are to submit a reflection paper discussing what they learned during the course and how this helps to build their own research.
  2. Advanced students are required to prepare a proposal for research paper. The proposal should discuss in detail the research questions, theoretical framework and the study design. Actual empirical data collection and analysis is not required.
  3. The postcourse assignment is to be submitted within two weeks following the seminar sessions. Please send your assignment by email to professor Pia Arenius (

Upon successful completion of the course (full attendance, assignments before and after the course), the participants will be given a certificate and granted 6 ECTS.

Required readings:


Prof. Pia Arenius, Hanken School of Economics

Prof. Maija Renko-Dolan, Associate Professor (Entrepreneurship)Department of Managerial StudiesUniversity of Illinois at Chicago

Course Coordinator and contact person: Prof. Pia Arenius,

Application deadline: 01.01. – 28.02.2014

Interested doctoral students should register online at EIASM website ( and add the required documents:

• the applicant’s curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research;

• a letter of recommendation of his/her local faculty supporting the application;

• a two-page description of his/her doctoral research, indicating the general objectives.

The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the required documents which should necessarily complement each application form.

There is a participation fee of 1100 € for the course. This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, Lunches, and 2 group dinners. However, as part of the collaboration between KATAJA and EIASM, the participation fee is waived from a maximum of 10 students from the KATAJA Finnish member universities. KATAJA supports these students by paying the fee with the help of a Finnish trust fund. The fee is paid by KATAJA directly to EIASM without the student having to apply for funding. Students need, however, to cover accommodation and travel costs. No additional student funding, on top of the fee, is covered by KATAJA. The students are requested to make their own hotel arrangement.
EAISM offers a limited number of scholarships of 600 € each. Scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from an EIASM Institutional Member (the Academic Council). Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.

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