Universität Wien

390008 DK PhD-M: Topics in Human Resources and Organizations 3 - Theory of Networks (2022S)

Continuous assessment of course work

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: English



The course will be organized online and in hybrid form!
Please send me an email by March 23, if you will participate!
First meeting - APRIL 6!!!
MI 06.04.2022 13.15-20.00 Seminarraum 4 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock (Bestätigt)
DO 07.04.2022 13.15-20.00 Seminarraum 4 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock (Bestätigt)
MO 27.06.2022 13.15-20.00 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß (Bestätigt)
DI 28.06.2022 13.15-20.00 Seminarraum 4 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock (Bestätigt)


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course provides a discussion of the theoretical foundation of networks (strategic alliances, joint ventures, franchising, licensing, consortia, clusters, cooperative networks, networks in digital economy). It emphasizes the relationships between different theories and networks. The sessions provide an overview of a number of the major theoretical and methodological approaches adopted in network research as it evolved into a specific research field. The course incorporates sessions on essential aspects of network research including transaction cost economics, property rights theory, information economics, resource- and knowledge based theory, real options reasoning, stakeholder theory and the relational view of networks. In particular, the course highlights current research challenges and methodological issues facing the research in economics and management of networks and encourages a discussion among the participants to determine what constitutes an appropriate future research strategy, especially applied to your PhD-project.
The course aims to:
1. Confront students with the theoretical approaches applied to networks;
2. Share insights on contributions made to the field and discuss relevance to students own PhD research project
3. Present a research project

Assessment and permitted materials

1.) Active Class Participation (10)
2.) Preparation of two Review Reports of Recent Working Papers (30)
Here are some rules for the structure of the review:
1. Summarize the reading's argument
2. Do an'internal' critique: Accepting the author's starting assumption, identify the strengths and weaknesses of this study (including applied methods).
3. Do an 'external' critique: Examine critically the author's assumptions, and identify how they might question the author's argument. Criticize and compare the author's approach with others.
4. Discuss the contribution of the paper to the relevant literature

3.) Presentation of a research project (60)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance
<50% positive assessement

Examination topics

The course is organized in two parts:
Lectures - Theories of Networs (Part 1)
and student presentations and discussion (Part 2)

Reading list

Latest publications and working papers on the Theory of Networks (Transaction cost theory, agency theory, signaling theory, screening theory, resource-based and organizational capabilities theory, real option theory and stakeholder and relational governance perspectives on networks), published on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Tu 22.03.2022 09:50