Join to strengthen your methods skills and to be presented with the increasing number of new methods which are developing not least due to major technological innovation.

As SDC-students you must be able to walk on two legs. In other words, you need competences in both quantitative and qualitative methods. Consequently, the course seeks to provide you with strong skills in various forms of methods.


March 2 – March 6 2020

The event will take place at the SDC building at:
Eastern Yanqihu campus of the University of Chinese Academy of Science
380 Huaibeizhuang, Huairou district, Beijing



Poul Poder, Copenhagen University (KU)

Lars Bo Kaspersen, Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

Jens Olav Dahlgaard, Copenhagen Business School (CBS)


The participants must hold a degree in social science. They must be familiar with theories and methods within social sciences.

It is expected that the participants have read the pre-scribed reading and take part in class discussions. They need to attend the whole course in order to receive the diploma. In particular this course targets doctoral students who work within organizational studies, economic sociology, political economy, international political economy, business history, business studies, and innovation studies. However, everybody who fulfills the requirements is welcome!

The paper

Each of the participants must produce a paper about their PhD projects.

It must be no longer than three pages (first page: your topic, your research question/problem, your structure; second page: choice of theory/methods, method’s relevance for research question. Third page: methodological considerations, relationship between theory and methods).

The paper is due February 15, 2020. Please, send it to Lars Bo Kaspersen

Travel Stipends

The course is open to all PhD students on the terms listed above. The Principal Coordinator of the SDC Social Sciences offers 3 travel stipends of 6,000 DDK each. The stipends can be applied by non-SDC financed PhD students enrolled at the course. SDC financed PhD students must cover their cost of travel and accommodation within their overall budgets.

Applications for travel stipends should be send to Lars Bo Kaspersen – no later than February 1, 2020.

The Principal Coordinator Stine Haakonsson will shortly after decide on the distribution of the stipends.


This PhD course aims at providing the PhD students with appropriate skills, knowledge, and capacity to choose and develop the best possible methodological framework for their projects. Furthermore, the course will teach the students how to use different methods. Very few students know both qualitative and quantitative methods, but this course will stress the importance of knowing both traditions.

Teaching style

The teaching style of the course is a mixture of lectures, exercises, and student presentations. A large part of the course consists of dialogues in which students are expected to be active.


PhD level course at 5 ECTS taught in English. 6 – 20 participants. No tuition fee required.