MAN 801: Advances in Entrepreneurship and Management Research

PhD Seminar Spring Semester 2017 Chair of Small and Medium Sized Companies and Entrepreneurship (Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode and Prof. (em.) Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Alfred Kieser)

This Ph.D. course on recent advances in entrepreneurship and management research contains three sections. Ultimately, this course aims at preparing Ph.D: scholars for thorough scientific work.

1. Section on Modes of Explanation in Entrepreneurship Research

In the first section of the PhD Seminar on Advances in Entrepreneurship and Management Research we aim at providing insights into alternative modes of conducting research in entrepreneurship and management. The following alternative modes of explanations in the social sciences will be discussed: (1) the deductive-nomological mode (DN explanation or positive science explanation), which was adopted from the philosophy of the natural sciences and was the received view of social research for a long period of time. The DN mode will be contrasted with alternative conceptions of social scientific research, in particular with (2) Interpretivism and (3) Critical Theory. Each mode will be developed on the basis of the Philosophy of Science and illustrated by the discussion of an example project.

The discussion of the different modes of explanation will be based on the following chapters of The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory, edited by Christian Knudsen and Haridimos Tsoukas. This Handbook is available online from the Library of Mannheim University.

Andreas Georg Scherer: Modes of Explanation in Organization Theory

Lex Donaldson: Organization Theory as a Positive Science

Mary Jo Hatch and Dvora Yanow: Organization Theory as an Interpretive Science

Hugh Willmott: Organization Theory as a Critical Science? Forms of Analysis and ‘New Organizational Forms’

2. Section: Discussion of selected scientific articles

The following articles will serve as examples for the alternative modes of explanation:

Deductive-nomological mode:
Cassar, G. (2010). "Are individuals entering self-employment overly optimistic? An empirical test of plans and projections on nascent entrepreneur expectations." Strategic Management Journal 31(8): 822-840.

Perren, L. and C. Dannreuther (2012). "Political signification of the entrepreneur: Temporal analysis of constructs, agency and reification." International Small Business Journal 31(6): 603–628

Critical Theory:
da Costa, A. d. S. M. and L. A. Silva Saraiva (2012). "Hegemonic discourses on entrepreneurship as an ideological mechanism for the reproduction of capital." Organization 19(5): 587-614.

Finally, the relationship between rigor and relevance in entrepreneurship and management studies will be discussed on the basis of
Kieser, A., Nicolai, A. and Seidl, D. (2015). "The practical relevance of management research: Turning the debate on relevance into a rigorous scientific research program." Academy of Management Annals 9(1): 143–233.

3. Section: presentation and discussion of current research ideas/ research projects in entrepreneurship and management

The participants are asked to present their own research ideas and to reflect on their scientific/methodological research approach. In addition selected experts from the entrepreneurship/management field will present their work. The goal of this final course section is to strengthen the research which the participants have developed so far.

All these references are required readings.


Course structure:

First meeting: 10th of February 2016, 10 am - 11:30 am (Introduction) Raum 210, L9, 1-2, 2.OG
Second meeting: 16th of March 2016,   9 am – 6 pm (Section 1) Raum 210, L9, 1-2, 2.OG
Third meeting: 13th of April 2016,   9 am – 6 pm (Section 2) Raum 210, L9, 1-2, 2.OG
Fourth meeting: t.b.d. May 2016,   9 am – 6 pm (Section 3) Raum 210, L9, 1-2, 2.OG


Course requirements:

Participants are required to prepare and attend the sessions and to actively participate in the discussion (50%). Furthermore, participants are asked to present their own research and to organize a discussion session (50%).


Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Raum:  106
Telefon:  +49 621 1812894
Prof. (em.) Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Alfred Kieser
Telefon:  +49 621 1812273
Fax:  +49 621 1812892
Initiativen und Portale des ifm:
Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Prof. (em.) Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Alfred Kieser
Prof. (em.) Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Alfred Kieser
Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode