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390037 DK PhD-M: Theory of Networks (2015W)

Continuous assessment of course work


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


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

  • Tuesday 20.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
  • Tuesday 20.10. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
  • Tuesday 27.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
  • Tuesday 27.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
  • Tuesday 27.10. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
  • Thursday 05.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
  • Friday 29.01. 09:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
  • Saturday 30.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
  • Wednesday 24.02. 15:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß


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). 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 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.

Assessment and permitted materials

1.) Active Class Participation (20)
2.) Preparation of 6 Review Reports (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 the research project in progress (50)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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. Complete a research project

Examination topics

The course is organized in two parts: Lectures and student presentations

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 and relational governance perspectives on networks).

Association in the course directory

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