Theories and Research in International Business

Time: 20. – 23.10.2015

Place: Turku School of Economics, Turku, Finland

Learning goal and objectives: During the course students read, analyse, and discuss research publications in international business and develop skills in scientific argumentation and writing. The course aims to facilitate designing of doctoral theses in international business. The course should give a good platform to formulate research problems and start doctoral research in the international business field.

Instruction and examination: The course consists of three parts: 1) a pre-reading package that is informed beforehand, 2) lectures with interaction and teamwork and 3) written assignment as the examination of the course. Students read the pre-reading package beforehand and write a 1-2 page reflective summary on one of the articles named for each of the course days. In the reflective summary the choice of the article and the main learning points for own research should be discussed in addition to the contents of the article. During the lectures the students are expected to actively participate and present their views on the topics. The written assignment can be planned to support own doctoral research but should still cover the minimum of half of the course literature. Presence and informed participation in all four days of lectures are compulsory and the contribution to discussion during the classes is evaluated. The final assignment is evaluated by the faculty, which is named according to the topics. The whole course evaluation is based on the continual assessment during the teaching and learning activities and on the written assignment paper.

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: 1-5

Prerequisites: none

Admittance: Admittance is based on email applications. The deadline for applications is 15th September 2015. In your application email please state your name, your organization, the beginning year of your doctoral studies, a few sentences describing your research topic, and your supervisor’s name. Applications should be sent to the course coordinator ( The maximum number of students admitted to the course is 25. Should the number of applicants exceed 25, those studying in FIGSIB universities will be given preference.


Niina Nummela, Professor, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku
Ulf Andersson, Professor, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Jorma Larimo, Professor, University of Vaasa
Jan-Åke Törnroos, Professor, Åbo Akademi, Turku

Course coordinator and contact information:

Riikka Harikkala, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku (