PhD Courses

Rethinking Classical and Modern Theory and Methodology: theorizing and method sensitivity in Social Science

This PhD-course aims at providing the PhD-students with appropriate skills, knowledge, and capacity to choose and develop the best possible theoretical and methodological framework for their projects. Furthermore, the course will teach the students how to theorize. Very few students know the art of theorizing. The course will stress the importance of the classical tradition within social science theory and methods but the project is to rethink and modernize the classical legacy in order to conceptualize problems and challenges in the 21st century. We need a new mode of theorizing combined with more coherent methodologies. Finally, the course will present some fairly new middle-range theories, and some methods. Throughout the whole course the PhD-students will work on their projects in relation to the theories and methods discussed in class.

The course is structured around five issues:

– What is theory, what is theorizing and how do we increase the ability to theorizing?

– We read and discuss classical texts within organization studies and comparative political economy – how is theorizing understood here?

– We discuss problems and challenges when we want to do comparative studies
(unit of analysis, comparing what?, diachronic comparison, synchronic comparison)

– We read and discuss two types of more recent theory development: 1) substantialist theories (institutional theory and rational choice) 2) relational theory (Bourdieu, Elias, Abbott). How do they theorize? What is theory? Are they all empirical sensitive?

– We are introduced to social network analysis. We discuss problems and prospects of this method.

Lars Bo Kaspersen (CBS)

August 28 – September 01, 2017

Beijing, China

Please find the full programme and course detail on the course page.

Social Network Analysis Ph.D. Course November 2017

The course is intended for researchers and PhD students who are studying networks in business, organization or social life and who wish to acquire this network analytic tool and the skill to map and analyze networks. The course does not presume acquaintance with network analysis (although familiarity with quantitative research methods will be useful).
The course is free.

The aim of the course is to empower the participants to analyze networks and to integrate theory and methodology in the analyses of social networks, specifically business networks.

The course will teach the general theoretical and methodological principles and apply them to business networks. The course has two goals:

  1. First, the participants will be exposed to, and discuss, a variety of conceptual and theoretical perspectives on the study of business networks, along with methods utilized in these theoretical frameworks.
  2. Second, the participants will learn to conduct quantitative analyses of networks.


Professor Thomas Schøtt, Dept. of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark,

aided by Dr. Ye Liu from Zhejiang S&T University, and with guest lectures by Chinese network researchers.


From Sunday afternoon, 12 November, to Saturday morning, 18 Nov 2017.

Sino-Danish Center on UCAS Yanqihu campus in north-east end of Beijing, China.

Please find the full programme and course detail on the course page.