Welcome to Academic Information Searching, Publishing and Management (AISPM).

Please observe that this course is intended for PhD students within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Please enrol in the course here: https://phd.moodle.aau.dk/course/view.php?id=1484

Date: 30 March 2020, Langagervej 2, Room number L2.301, ‘Shakespeare’


31 March 2020, Langagervej 2, Room number L.2.301a, ‘Einstein’

 Time: 9.00 - 15.00

Description: This 2-day course gives you skills and knowledge within a wide range of relevant areas useful during your PhD. The objective of the course is to facilitate your entrance into the academic research world, so it is recommended that you take it when starting your PhD.

The course will cover these essential areas (see the attached file for a detailed programme):

• Searching, evaluating and organising information – How to apply a structured method to search information e.g. for a literature review. How to prepare and apply relevant criteria for assessing and documenting the search results. How reference management tools can facilitate the process of organising search results

• Research evaluation – What research evaluation entails. Citations and h-index as measures for evaluating research. How to use the most central databases in research evaluation for your subject

 • Publication strategy - How to increase publications’ visibility and searchability in databases through well-informed choices regarding an article’s key features (titles, keywords and abstracts) and choice of publication channel such as BFI and other relevant impact measures. How to use relevant tools and websites for choosing where to publish

 • Research visibility, networking and profiling - How to register research in VBN, knowledge and use of researcher identifiers, scholarly networks and Open Access

The course is a “toolbox for research”-course with a mix of presentations and hands-on exercises, either working on your own focusing on your own PhD-project or in small groups with a shared focus. Please remember to bring your computer.

Preparation before the course: Please see the attached file with articles of subjects covered in the course. As preparation for the class exercises, you are asked to skim an article, which is also attached. Prior to the course you also need to make sure you can log in to Aalborg University Research Portal at vbn.aau.dk/admin. For support, please contact vbn@aub.aau.dk.

Exercises: There will be both class exercises and home exercises. The home exercises will be introduced during the course. You arerequired to finish the home exercises at home and return them by a specific date.

Accommodation: There will be coffee and tea during the day. However, you will have to bring your own lunch. Alternatively, you have to go to the canteen at Fibigerstræde 15. It is approximately a 10 minutes’ walk.

Course language: English

Important: In order to pass the course you are required to be present for the duration of the course’s two days and complete the home exercises.

Organizers: Anne Marya Greve, e-mail: amj@aub.aau.dk

Lecturers from Aalborg University Library Infoteam and VBN Team


Tilmeldingsfrist tirsdag den 18. marts 2020



General course objectives

This PhD course aims to acquaint PhD students with the process of theorizing and theory building in management research. We start from the premise that it is critical for PhD students to master the process of theorizing and theory development from the extant knowledge and empirical data quite early in their Doctoral studies.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, the PhD candidates will have gained skills and knowledge in: (1) gaining sensitivity to theoretical development during the literature review process, and (2) analyzing and theorizing from qualitative data.


We target PhD students who are in their first eighteen - twenty-four months of the doctoral programme; students in their later stage of their studies are welcome also to apply. We accept max 20 students.


The PhD course will be delivered using a mixture of lecture-based and interactive teaching methods, including group assignments and feedback to PhD candidates on their identified issues and challenges.

The following TBRP faculty will be presenting: Dr. Andy Lowe, Grounded Theory Institute in California; Professor Emeritus Nikhilesh Dholakia; Dr. Michael Fast, University College of Northern Denmark; Dr. Romeo V. Turcan, Aalborg University (host).


Participation fee

300 EUR: the fee will cover costs related to: lunches (5), coffee breaks (2/day), dinners (2), and course material. Each participant is responsible for his/her own travel and accommodation.


DL1: Essay submission - March 31, 2020

DL2: Essay acceptance - April 10, 2020

DL3: Registration and payment of course fee – April 30, 2020


Aalborg University

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