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Eden Doctoral Seminar On Doctoral Dissertation Writing

EDEN Doctoral Seminar on Applied Methods and Methodology in Cross Cultural Research 29.5. - 2.6.2017

Time and place: 29.5. - 2.6.2017, Vaasa University, Vaasa

Learning goal and objectives: Due to globalization and higher international trade volumes there is an increasing trend in management research to conduct cross-cultural, cross-national and cross-disciplinary studies. Methods and methodology for comparative studies, however, require special knowledge and special skills. Researchers involved in cross-cultural research projects need to be familiar with the cross-cultural research methods and even be able to create novel methods and techniques in order to increase the validity, reliability, and trustworthiness of cross-cultural research. The empirical design becomes even more complicated, when studies are conducted in transitional and developing economies.
The course provides knowledge in:

  • designing theory based cross-cultural/ international studies
  • conducting cross-cultural research
  • quantitative and qualitative cross-cultural comparative methodology
  • doing cross-cultural collaborative research
  • doing research in transitional and developing economies
  • doing research outside your own home country


After the course the participants are familiar with relevant methodological literature on cross-cultural methods. They are able to use the literature as a guideline for their own methodological choices. The participants will understand the difficulties but also the opportunities of conducting cross-cultural research. The participants will receive knowledge, understanding and preparedness to independently develop skills in conducing empirical cross-cultural research.

Instruction and examination: In order to pass the course you are required to
•    read literature for each session (see the preliminary program)
•    be active during the sessions
•    send in for all participants one page research proposal with emphasis on methods ONE week before the start of the course
•    prepare 3 ppt slides for your brief research proposal presentation in the beginning of the course, include a figure summarizing your project
•    hand in a revised research proposal focusing on cross-cultural methods one month after the course that reflects ALL the course literature (articles, books, and slides) as well as other information given during the course (ca. 15 pages)
•    in order to get credits you need to pass all the above parts of the course

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: 1-5 (1=pass; 2=satisfying; 3=good; 4=very good; 5=excellent)

Prerequisites:  Doctoral students and post doctoral researchers who are conducting or are aiming to conduct comparative cross-national/cultural or international research. The participants should be doctoral students or faculty members of universities of KATAJA or cooperation partners of KATAJA.

Admittance: Apply through the EIASM course website:

Instructors: - Professor Hartmut H. Holzmueller, TU Dortmund University, Germany: Culture theory, multi-centric team management, experiences from cross-cultural research, qualitative/ explorative research methodology
- Professor Edwin Nijssen, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands: Research designs, use of borrowed scales, experiences from cross-cultural research
- Professor Thomas Salzberger, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria: Measurement theory, emic and etic methodology, quantitative/ confirmative cross-cultural research

Course coordinator and contact information: The course coordinator is Professor Jorma Larimo ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and for practical arrangements, please, be in contact with Tiina Leposky ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) at the Department of Marketing of the University of Vaasa.


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 The Finnish Doctoral Programme in Business Studies



Prof. Anne Kovalainen, University of Turku (Programme Coordinator)
Prof. Päivi Eriksson, University of Eastern Finland (Programme Coordinator)
Prof. David Silverman, University of London

The course is designed particularly for doctoral students who use qualitative approaches in their own doctoral dissertation. The course is suitable for students at the early stages of their doctoral studies although basic knowledge of qualitative research is required in order to be able to follow the course. The participants will be selected partly based on their university’s EIASM affiliation.

The objectives are three-fold:

  • to broaden the participants’ basic knowledge and skills within the qualitative research,
  • to show the variety within the existing qualitative approaches and
  • to identify methods and methodologies suitable for doctoral research projects.

The course consists of readings, hands-on exercises, individual consultation, dialogue and collective learning. Teachers’ will tackle each participant’s methodological and methodical questions through consultations.

Learning outcomes: The course has several educational objectives. The first objective is to broaden the participants’ knowledge concerning the various qualitative approaches, as well as to outline their potential for doctoral dissertations in the area of business research in various European countries. The third objective is to help students to identify appropriate qualitative methodologies and methods for their own doctoral research projects. The objective of enhancing publication process based on doctoral thesis is among the educational objectives on the course. 

The course is built on prior reading, on-site action learning, consultative discussions and hands-on-exercises on how to do qualitative research. The course consists of intensive small group work sessions and discussions, individual consultations, some lectures and also of presentations made by the students. The course will be supervised by two teachers (Päivi Eriksson and Anne Kovalainen) with visiting lectures by David Silverman. The course will be helpful for doctoral students by assisting in decision making, and selection concerning methods and methodologies, data gathering and analyzing.

1. Individually performed analysis and a written report of max 10 pages. The report is based on analysis of a pre-assigned doctoral dissertation;

Reports are due prior to course and all participants need to read all reports.

2. An exam.
3. Dissertation analysis and evaluation as a group work. Small exercises on data collection and analysis based on the materials provided during the course.

4. Presentations prepared by the students on various qualitative approaches

5. Individual consulting is based on a short presentation by the student.
6. Active participation in small group sessions and general discussions during course.
7. Writing a field diary during the course.
8. A learning diary (max. 10 pages), submitted after the course (based on the field diary notes).

*The course will be graded on a scale from 1 to 5 (low–high). Evaluation is based on individual assignments.

Required readings:

1. Eriksson & Kovalainen (2008) Qualitative Methods in Business Research. Sage.
2. Doctoral dissertations specified by the teachers.
3. Other materials specified by the teachers (articles and texts related to the exercises)

The course will be graded on a scale from 1 to 5 (low–high). Evaluation is based on individual assignments.

6 ECTs will be assigned to the seminar.

Interested doctoral students should submit register online and submit the required documents at EIASM website no later than February 28, 2014. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the following documents which should necessarily complement each application form:

  • 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.

Recommended hotel for students

Please book your room as soon as possible to benefit from special rate.

Apart'Hotel Citadines

Quai au Bois à Brûler 51 (Place Sainte-Catherine)- 1000 Brussels

Breakfast: 14 Euros

To take advantage of these special rates, please send an e-mail to

Hotel NH Atlanta ****
Boulevard Adolph Max 7
1000 Brussels
Tel 00800 0115 0116 (free of charge) -

Special rate (single or double room) 155 EUR (including breakfast) (subject to change)
Please mention "EIASM " when making your reservation.

 Hotel Métropole *****
Place de Brouckère 31 - 1000 Bruxelles

During the week :
Superior Single room at € 160 ,-/ night
Superior Double room at € 190,-/night
including buffet breakfast and all taxes

During the week-end :
Superior Single room at € 140 ,-/ night
Superior Double room at € 170,-/night
including buffet breakfast and all taxes

To take advantage of these special rates, please mention “EIASM” when making your reservation. However, according to the period of the booking, some better rates could be offered by contacting the hotel directly. We advise you to check on the web site first.

Contact : Mr.Chafik HABIB - Tel. : + 32 2 214 24 25 or + 32 2 214 24 26 or + 32 2 2142424 - Fax : 32 2 2180240


The seminar will be held at the
Hotel Metrople
Place de Brouckère 31
1000 Brussels,, Belgium.

The programme will start on May 12, 2014 and is scheduled to end May15, 2014

The normal participation fee for an EDEN seminar is 1.100€. This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, lunches and two group dinners.
It does not include travel, accommodation and any additional expenses.

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. 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.

The Institute offers a limited number of scholarships of 600 € per member institution. 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.

Cancellations made before April 10, 2014 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.



For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nina Payen
Tel: +32 2 226 66 61 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29