EDEN Doctoral Seminar in Case Studies in Business and Management Research

Time & place: 1.12.–5.12.2019, Aalto University, School of Business, Espoo (10 km from Helsinki)

Learning Goal and Objectives

The purpose of this course is to introduce diversity of ways of conducting case study research and to improve the research practice.

It aims to provide an overview of recent trends and debates on the case study in management and organization research. This course will focus on issues that are often left out of methodology courses and training, notably: What are the different views on the theoretical contribution that a case study can make, and what lies behind these differences? As researchers, how can we theorize from case studies? How do ontological and epistemological assumptions affect views about case study quality and design? What is the ‘disciplinary convention’ regarding the case study in your own field of research, and why does it matter? What are your options when writing up your case study for publication? What are the current trends in case research in top management journals? What can management researchers learn from case study trends in other fields, such as political science? As a case researcher, how can you best defend your methodological choices? Detailed lecture notes and handouts will be provided and examples from top journals will be collectively analyzed by course participants.

This course has a strong focus on the process and practice of conducting case studies which necessitates interaction with fellow students and faculty. It is intended for doctoral students who conduct or at least are considering whether to conduct case study research and who have already passed an introductory research methods course.

Instruction and examination:Available on the EIASM course website:  http://www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/eden_announcement.asp?event_id=1414

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: 1–5

Prerequisites: PhD students

Admittance:Apply through the EIASM webpage:  http://www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/eden_announcement.asp?event_id=1414

Instructors: Professor Rebecca Piekkari, Associate Professor Catherine Welch

Course coordinator and contact information: Riku Reunamäki (   riku.reunamaki@aalto.fi)