DR427E Academic Writing

15 november 2016 00:00 - 28 april 2017 00:00

Bodø and Trondheim

We have the great pleasure of inviting you to a doctoral course in Academic Writing.

The course will consist of three seminars:

Bodø, Saltstraumen, November 15th – 17th 2016
Bodø, Nord University, February 7th – 10th 2017
Trondheim, April 26th – 28th 2017

The course is coordinated by Nord University Business School and Trondheim Business School/NTNU.

Deadline for registration: September 15th 2016.
Maximum number of participants will be 15. Decision concerning admission is made according to the time of registration among the qualified applicants.

the objective of the course

The participators should, during the course seminars, prepare a scientific paper with a quality high enough to be considered for submission to an international "blind reviewed" journal.

The course focuses on a number of issues (listed below under Topics) pertaining to writing as knowledge construction. The overall aim of the course is to become familiar with the writing practices of the social sciences/economics. Illustrations and exercise material will be drawn from the (sub)disciplines represented in the group.

expected learning outcomes

Based on this course students should be able to:
- turn a research idea into a text
- persuade other researchers of the relevance of the research question(s)
- understand the importance of formulating adequate research problems
- be aware of the linguistic and argumentative tools used in one’s discipline
- understand the relationship between problem formulation, research design and developing an academic text
- critically assess and evaluate academic texts
- understand the process from research to develop an academic text which is publishable in scientific journals

Knowledge - The candidate...
is in the forefront of knowledge within the craft of publishing academic work
has knowledge of the main differences between language use in everyday contexts and language use in research communication
has knowledge of relevant linguistic concepts and terms within academic writing
has knowledge of the main genre characteristics and functions of the various parts of a research article
has knowledge of the social constructionist and rhetoric of science traditions in academic writing can evaluate the appropriateness and application of different methods and processes in research and scholarly development projects

Skills - The candidate...
can formulate problems, plan and carry out research
can carry out research and scholarly research work of a high international standard
can handle complex academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field
can contribute to the development of new knowledge, theories, methods, interpretations and forms of documentation in the field

Competence - The candidate...
can identify relevant ethical issues and carry out his/her academic writing with scholarly integrity
can manage complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects
can communicate research and development work through recognized Norwegian and international channels
can participate in debates in the field in international forums
Can reflect on his/her own writing practices
Can target a text to the intended audience
Can reflect strategically on publication issues


The course is offered on a PhD-level. It aims at students who already have collected some empirical data, and students with empirical data will be prioritized. The participators may have different professional backgrounds, however, the main disciplinary approaches should be within the broad field of management, business and economics with diverse research methodologies.

The course will address each student's work on research methodology, research design, data gathering etc. Individual supervision will be also given.

The participation in the course is based on the development of a draft of paper to qualify for being published in a scientific journal. During the course, the research problem, the theoretical framework, empirical material, discussion and conclusion will be discussed.

The number of participators should be no more than 15. Informal discussions and a continuous ongoing evaluation of the participators contributions will be promoted. The course leader is responsible for the practical arrangement.


The main faculty will be Professor Anatoli Bourmistrov, Nord University Business School and Professor Inger Johanne Pettersen, Trondheim Business School/NTNU. Both the professors Anatoli Bourmistrov and Inger Johanne Pettersen have been involved in educational programs at graduate levels (masters and doctoral levels) on a national and international scale, and they are actively publishing in scientific journals and books.
In addition to the main faculty, guest faculty will be involved for the second workshop held in Bodø in February 2017. During the second workshop, course participants will be divided to work in the field specific groups and get comments from experienced professor in specific fields. Depending upon the research fields of PhD projects and students, several parallel field specific workshops can be organized, e.g. in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, accounting and management control, international business and marketing, etc.
This course is the seventh one which the faculty has arranged during the years.

preliminary programme

The course starts with a plenary session on the theme of the research process (The craft of research). The next theme of the course is the review process itself. Each participator should study and comment on a manuscript which is submitted for evaluation in a journal (ex: Scandinavian Journal of Management).
The main part of the course focuses on the participators' own development of the paper through the writing-processes. This writing process will be organized by 2-3 revisions during the course period. This includes plenary presentations and discussions in the group of participators. The participators are expected to comment on each paper.
The course is organized as plenary lectures, individual presentations and comments on written work.

suggested literature

Bailey, S. (2011), Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students (3rd edition). London: Routledge (some chapters)

Booth, Wayne G., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams (2008), The Craft of Research, 3rd Edition, Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing.
Golden-Biddle, K. & Locke, K.D. ( 2007), Composing Qualitative Research, Sage Publications.

Johanson, L. M. (2007), Sitting in your reader's chair: Attending to your academic sensemakers. Journal of Management Inquiry 16, 290-29.

Kimberly D. Elsbach, Roderick M. Kramer (2016), Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods. London: Routledge
Supplementary reading into quantitative research to be suggested.
Supplementary articles
Two volumes of an international scientific journal according to course participators’ own research field.

Student credits

Participation at this course may give 7,5 international student credits. The students should have to participate actively during all the seminars. Upon submitting the finished paper/article and an editorial review of a scientific journal, the student will earn the full credentials. The faculty will evaluate the paper.
The program includes plenary sessions followed by active discussions in the group. Informal discussions and a continuous ongoing evaluation of the participators contributions will be promoted.
Language used will be English and Scandinavian.

Requirements for admission

Participants should have finished a course on PhD-level in "Social science methods" - or a similar course on research methods and have some basic knowledge in social methods and post graduate theory study. Further, participants are required to have collected empirical data to be developed into a scientific article/working paper.
The course can accommodate around 10-15 students, with a limit of 15 participants. In case of demand over this limit, the criterion of selection will be the amount of course work previously done in the doctoral program.
Researchers in the field may also participate in the course.
An abstract (300 words) on research subject should be attached with the registration form and personal CV.

practical information

We kindly ask you to notice the following deadlines:
- Registration and submission of CV September 15th 2016
- Deadline for submission of final paper will be announced later
The course itself will be free.
Participation fee will be announced later.
Doctoral students will have to pay for their travel to/from Bodø/Trondheim and for their stay during the courses.