Theories in Management Research (PHD602)

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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Spring, Autumn

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The course is a supervised reading course that covers in- depth topics in the leadership and management research literature. The course is tailored to the state of the art in the specific field, and typically aims to review salient elements of the literature as one or more of: the research history, main theories, research traditions and current research. Through a series of seminars/workshops with the course leader, the candidates are guided through their selection of interesting segments of the management- and leadership research literature, their selection of review method and towards writing an appropriate review paper (e.g., a narrative review, an integrative review, a systematic review etc. as appropriate).

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The candidate

• has advanced knowledge of a specific topic within theories and methods in management research

• knows how to identify knowledge gaps in the research literature

• can critically evaluate characteristics and appropriateness of different types of literature reviews


The candidate

• can plan, conduct and present an appropriate literature review at an advanced level within a chosen topic

• can participate in advanced discussions at the research front within the chosen topic

General competence

The candidate

• can lead and conduct literature review projects at an advanced level

• can synthesize research that may generate new knowledge that can contribute to the research front.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Participants must be enrolled in a PhD programme. 


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Take home exam 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

Written paper of 15-30 pages excluding references and appendices (APA7 format).Grade: Passed / not passed.

Coursework requirements

Conditions for taking the exam:

Mandatory and documented (minimum 5) meetings with the course leader.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Lars Ingvar Bergkvist

Method of work

Supervised reading course, with scheduled workshops/meetings for planning and discussions.

Open for

PhD candidates enrolled in the PhD program in Social science at the University of Stavanger.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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