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PhD seminar: CSR Communication - A strategic corporate communication perspective - 21.07.2013
September 17-18, Aarhus University, Denmark. Registration until August 15!

The aim of the seminar is to provide doctoral students in the CSR field with an opportunity to discuss their dissertation research with fellow students and leading academics in the field of CSR and CSR Communication. The Seminar will consider main topics and methodological approaches within the field of CSR. The Seminar also serves as a platform for students working in these areas to establish a valuable network and examine issues, such as publishing, which are important for their future careers. The faculty involved in the seminar includes renowned scholars from a variety of disciplinary and geographical backgrounds.

Topics
The PhD seminar will cover current issues in the CSR and CSR Communication field as well as dissertation and publication topics:

  • Introduction to CSR theories. Participants will get insights into main theoretical fields and research streams of CSR and have the opportunity to discuss relevant problems and issues related to these.
  • CSR communication, marketing and management perspectives. Significant issues, models, frameworks and concepts will be brought up and critically scrutinized and discussed with the participants.
  • Discussions on dissertation issues. Participants will be able to approach their dissertations’ issues via discussing the topics, methodologies and research designs with renowned scholars and fellow participants.
  • Publication process. Participants will be able to examine the publication process with journal editor in order to learn how to formulate, write, submit and revise papers for top journals.
  • Reviewing. With submitting their own papers into the reviewing process, the participants will gain insights into the art of reviewing via the reviews made by experienced scholars. This will help them later in the process of publishing their own work.

Activities & Requirements
The main focus of the Seminar is on the work in progress of participants. The seminar is organized primarily around participative interaction. During the Seminar participants will make a brief presentation (5-10 minutes) of their work and will give a structured feedback including comments and questions to previously assigned proposal(s) of a fellow participant(s). A feedback of facilitators will also be provided on each proposal. The proposals will be made available to all participants to allow everyone to prepare for the discussions. The lectures will be related to the topical and/or methodological angles of participants’ work and some will include discussions on selected readings from the reading list provided for the participants.

The participants should submit:

  • An abstract (proposal) of the (planned) doctoral research, outlining the research problem against the existing literature, discussing the methodology and showing some initial empirical results (if applicable). Proposals should be no longer than 3 pages (plus figures, tables, and references). It is recommended that the proposal raises and points to specific problems rather than being conclusive. It should describe the subject of interest and the theoretical and methodological approach. It should also specify the development phase of the doctoral research, in order to get an appropriate feedback.
  • A short summary (one or two paragraphs) of the evaluation of a fellow student’s proposal, which should be submitted at the seminar.
  • A paper of 6,000 words of a doctoral project as a submission for the review. The paper can be either conceptual (including propositions and/or hypotheses) if the candidate is at his/her initial stage of dissertation or empirical, showing some (preliminary) results of the doctoral research. When writing the paper, candidates should follow the guidelines for authors provided by the CCIJ.

Competencies
This seminar is relevant for students within the CSR research field and is appropriate for doctoral students in different stages of their dissertation process. After the seminar you will be provided with:

  • New specific knowledge about the dissertation topic
  • Knowledge of the current issues in the broader CSR and CSR communication field specifically
  • General competencies within research design and knowledge dissemination via publishing in peer-reviewed journals in the field of CSR and CSR communication
  • General competencies related to communicating your position regarding a certain CSR issue and critically evaluating the work of peers

Teachers

  • Professor, PhD, Anne Ellerup Nielsen, Department of Business Communication, Aarhus University
  • Associate professor, PhD, Christa Thomsen, Department of Business Communication, Aarhus University
  • Professor, PhD, Mette Morsing, Copenhagen Business School
  • Associate Professor, PhD, Ursa Golob, University of Ljubljana
  • Associate Professor, PhD, Frederike Schultz, VU University Amsterdam/Copenhagen Business School

Registration
There are offered different rates for registration and a reduced rate for Communication Conference participation for members of the PhD seminar. Registration is possible until August 15th.

All the participants of the PhD seminar will receive a certificate.

Location
Aarhus University
AU Conference Centre
Fredrik Nielsens Vej 4
8000 Aarhus C
Building 1421, Meeting Room 2.3

Contact person
Vibeke Vrang: vv@asb.dk

More info
PhD seminar website




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