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Scientific Storytelling and Readings in Dynamic Capabilities and Relationships

Exam number: PhD course

Semester: from 1st semester

Duration of the module: One semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective etc.): Elective

Frequency of module offer: variable

Prerequisites: Viadrina PhD students. The number of participants is limited. If you are interested in taking part in in the course you need to apply by March 31st 2017 via e-mail (

Applicability of module for other study programmes:
Obligatory or elective in other study programmes. For further information check regulations of the study programme.

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Albrecht Söllner

Name of the professor: Prof. Dr. Albrecht Söllner

Language of teaching: English

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 6

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Contact time (Lecture, tutorial etc.): 45 h; self-study: 135 h

Contact hours (per week in semester): 2

Methods and duration of examination:
Assignment I: Each participant has to hand in a 5-page comment about the assigned paper and a powerpoint presentation (for 15 minutes).
Additional Assignments: will be handed out throughout the course.

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Please check regulations of the study programme

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
Fachliche Kompetenzen:
- get to know "storytelling" as a potential means to gain attention for and to create impact with their research,
- get to know the theoretic foundations of the field of dynamic capabilities and relationships
- further their skills to develop their own scientific "stories".
Außerfachliche und überfachliche Kompetenzen:
- Definition of scientific problems
- Presentations
- Discussions
- Understanding the use of theories

Contents of the module:
The course covers classical readings in the field of dynamic capabilities and relationships. Key terms and constructs will be defined and discussed. Different theoretical perspectives on the research object will be evaluated. Participants will be strengthened in their ability to find interesting scientific stories in the research area and to tell them.

Teaching and learning methods:

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Articles will be assigned to the participants individually together with their task. Every participant is supposed to have read all articles.

Further information:
Registration in Moodle Viadrina required.