Re-thinking Quantitative Research: From Discovery to Destiny

Helping doctorate students at any level to reflect on their research process from the beginning to end in search of meaning and creating both personal and scholarly value is the underlying objective of this working seminar.


The seminar will begin with model development workshop that aims to reveals one's personal style and will continue with research design workshop that aims to examine the paradigmatic consistency and validity of one's research project. In the second day, we will explore the potential impact of positive scholarship and its added value in one's research project. Finally, we will conclude with a pragmatic discussion of the doctorate research journey and attempt to align it with one's personal career goals and aspirations.

The working research seminar format includes guided discussions, mini workshops, and teacher and student class presentations. The seminar is designed with quantitative methods and confirmatory research orientation. Therefore, it will serve best students who pursue the investigation of theoretically grounded social phenomena using structured analysis of empirical data. Although we adopt a quantitative methods orientation, we will not focus on any specific research method, but help the participants to identify blind spots in their research process and to take a wider perspective linking the dissertation project to their career prospects.


Aalto-University School of Economics, Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki

Monday 23rd - from 9 to 17 in C-350

Tuesday 24th - from 9 to 17 in A-410


Professor Michel Avital, Copenhagen Business School 

Organizer: Professor Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto-University


This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD-students. For others the participation fee is 700 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.

The registration period ends on the 20th of April.


Monday 23rd, Day 1:
09:00-12:00 – Model Development
12:00-13:00 – Lunch Break
13:00-17:00 – Research Design Workshop

Tuesday 24th, Day 2:
09:00-10:30 – Research with a Positive Lens
10:30-12:00 – The Quest for PhD
12:00-15:00 – Optional personal consultation


The doctoral student participating in the seminar can obtain two (2) credit points. This requires participating on both days and completing the assignments given at the seminar.