Department of Business Administration

Lund University School of Economics and Management

PhD courses

Compulsory and optional courses in Business administration and research policy

Our intensive courses offer a combination of lectures, seminars, and workshops for students to learn and receive guided feedback on their PhD projects from leading scholars.

Please note that due to the current circumstances, the information on this page is preliminary and might be subject to change.

Compulsory courses | Business administration


Introduction to Business Research Methods | 15 credits
Cancelled – prel autumn 2021
Course leader: Associate Prof Peter Svensson
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Theory in Business Administration | 7.5 credits
Cancelled – prel autumn 2021
Course leader:  Associate Prof Jens Rennstam
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Philosophy of Science | 7.5 credits
Prel April–June
Course leader: Prof Tomas Hellström
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Quantitative Methods | 7.5 credits
Cancelled – prel spring 2022
Course leader: Prof Johan Anselmsson
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Qualitative Methods | 7.5 credits
Cancelled – prel spring 2022
Course leader: Prof Mats Alvesson
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Compulsory courses | Research Policy



Research Policy | 7,5 credits
Prel spring 2021
Closed for applications
Course leader: Prof Merle Jacob

Innovation Studies | 7,5 credits – this compulsory course will be given autumn 2021 (prel). Course leader: Prof Merle Jacob

Optional courses


Online + 1.5 day physical workshop
Digital monies for a sustainable future | 7.5 credits
1 Sep–13 Oct
Course leader: Prof Ester Barinaga
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Qualitative data analysis and theorization | 7.5 credits
11 Sep–27 Nov
Course leader: Associate Prof
Jens Rennstam
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Commercialize your research |
3.5 credits
2, 14 & 28 Oct
Course leader: Prof Hans Landström
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Course call – International PhD courses spring 2021

Critical Perspectives on Leadership | 7.5 credits
19–23 April | Apply
Course leader: Associate Prof Sverre Spoelstra
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Critical Management Studies |
7.5 credits
10–14 May | Apply
Course leader: Associate Prof Roland Paulsen
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Reflexive and Creative Methodology | 7.5 credits
17–21 May | Apply
Course leader: Prof Mats Alvesson
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Corporate Social Responsibility | 7,5 credits – this course will be given in early autumn 2021 (prel). Course leader: Associate Prof  Susanne Arvidsson.
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Entrepreneurship and Well-being | 7.5 credits – this course will be given at the earliest 2022. Course leader: Prof Johan Wiklund.
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Director of Research and PhD Programme
Merle Jacob
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 42 24

Doctoral programme coordinator
Charlina Lunvald
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 41 73

Apply for our courses

If the number of applicants exceeds available places, applicants are prioritised as follows:

  1. PhD students from the Department of Business Administration
  2. PhD students from other departments at LUSEM
  3. External PhD students

Course fees spring 2021

The compulsory courses are free of charge for external participants. The cost of each optional course is 2.500 SEK + VAT (25%). Only Swedish governmental organizations are exempt from VAT.

Note: non-exempt students attending two courses will be charged a reduced rate of 4.000 SEK (plus VAT), and students who take three courses will be charged 5.000 SEK (plus VAT) in total. Students from Lund University and, in some cases, students from partner universities will be exempt from payment.