62352 Managing the Research Process, 8 cr

Doctoral studies
Teaching language: 
Course Description: 

The aim of this course is to introduce the doctoral research process to students. The course is a joint course between several departments. Doctoral students of all subjects are welcome to the course. The course is also mandatory in some majors, check with your exam supervisor if this applies to you.

This is a joint course between Marketing, Management and Organisation, and Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility.

This course is compulsory for all doctoral students admitted to the doctoral programmes in Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Management and Organisation, and Entrepreneurship, Management and Organisation.

Learning Goal: 

You are aware of the requirements of a doctoral thesis and have the skills to manage your doctoral studies.

After completing the course, you will be able to: 
  • understand the requirements on a doctoral thesis
  • present your ideas in front of an academic audience
  • discuss and critically evaluate academic work
  • understand and manage the process of publishing
  • apply the principles of research ethics in your research
Total Student Workload: 

214 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 30 h
Non-scheduled work: 184 h


Various individual assignments, group discussions, lectures and workshops

Students from Vasa need to travel to Helsinki for participating in the classes.

Participation in the introductory lecture is mandatory.

Literature and Course Material: 
  • Luker, K. (2010). Salsa dancing into the social sciences: research in an age of info-glut. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674048218 (paper back). 336 pages.
  • Abbott, Andrew (2004). Methods of discovery: Heuristics for the social sciences. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN-10: 0393978141 ISBN-13: 978-0393978148. 281 pp.

Articles on the research process and on the publishing and review processes of academic papers, approximately 100 pages.


Individual and group assignments, term paper, presentations.

All assignments and all parts of the course need to be passed to get the credits. All parts of the course need to be passed in the same study year.

Recommended Time of Performance: 

Should be taken as the very first doctoral course.

Additional Information: 

All parts of the course need to be passed in the same study year. Apart from information about the introduction of the course, all course information will be transmitted through platform on Moodle, under SCM&SR courses. All course participants need to 1) sign up for the course in WebOodi, and 2) sign into Moodle.