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Conducting a Literature Review - 2 ECTS

Date and time

Wednesday 13 November 2024 at 13:30 to Friday 15 November 2024 at 16:00

Registration Deadline

Thursday 3 October 2024 at 23:55


Dalgas Have - room DHV 2.69, 2.70 & 2.71 (second floor), Dalgas Have 15, 2000 Frederiksberg Dalgas Have - room DHV 2.69, 2.70 & 2.71 (second floor)
Dalgas Have 15
2000 Frederiksberg

Conducting a Literature Review - 2 ECTS

Course coordinator: Tanusree Jain, Department of Management, Society and Communication


Associate Professor Dr. Tanusree Jain
Department of Management, Society and Communication, CBS


In this course, we will learn to understand, evaluate, and juxtapose the different kinds of literature reviews on offer within the broader stream of Management and Organization, and learn to apply various approaches to conducting a systematic review. The objective is for you, a postgraduate student, to understand the criticality of a good quality literature review, what it entails, and identify and formulate a plan to incorporate a literature review within your own doctoral research work. This module will not build your knowledge on your subject area, rather it will equip you with the knowledge and tools to conduct a systematic literature review, which you can apply to your own area of interest.

Learning objectives

Having completed this course, the student should be able to: 
  1. Learn to use library resources to identify journals and literature. 
  2. Learn to critically analyse existing review papers in terms of research design, method adopted, paper structure and flow.
  3. Understand and evaluate the different kinds of literature reviews on offer.
  4. Juxtapose various approaches employed in conducting literature reviews and assess their suitability to specific kinds of research questions.
  5. Identify and formulate a plan to incorporate a literature review within your own doctoral research work.

Pre-workshop preparation: 34 hours 
Class sessions: 16 hours 
Project preparation and presentation: 6 hours 
Total 56 hours 

Course content
This module draws on resources from multiple sources. This is arranged by lecture topic. Required core course reading will be shared on canvas. Along with these readings, we will be basing our discussions on specific literature reviews provided as exemplars that have been published across a variety of high-quality AJG journals. Many of these exemplar reviews were authored by the professor of this course and students will get an insider perspective to crafting as well as publishing different kinds of reviews across different AJG ranked journals. Students are expected to read all these literature reviews in advance of classes as strategies informing these reviews will be actively discussed and built on in this seminar. 

The course is designed as a 2.5 day face-to-face in person seminar at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). Day 1 of the seminar will start with a 2-hour hands-on library workshop to understand how to use online library resources for searching, downloading, and organizing literature. Day 2 and 3 will follow a research seminar format that includes lecture presentations and guided discussions from 9 am to 4 pm with breaks. Day 3 will conclude with student presentations of their own literature review ideas that they will further develop during this course by applying seminar learnings. These presentations will be developmental in nature to get feedback and demonstrate understanding of the course. In addition to a critical and appreciative review of existing work, the seminar emphasizes constructive discussions aimed at helping students to design their own literature reviews. 

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, student presentations and discussions.

Lecture plan

All sessions for Day 2 and Day 3 will be taught by Dr. Tanusree Jain
Day 1: 
13.30-14.00: Welcome coffee and introduction to the course
14.00-16.00: Library workshop 

Day 2: 
9:00- 10.30: Part 1: Introduction to a literature review 
10.30-10.45: Coffee Break
10.45-12.15: Part 2 A: Mechanics of a Literature Review 
12.15- 12.45: Lunch Break 
12.45-13.30: Discussion 
13.30 – 14.30 Part 2 B: Mechanics of a Literature Review 
14.30 – 14.45 Coffee Break 
14.15- 15.45: Discussion 
15.45- 16.00 Wrap up 

Day 3:
9.00-10.30: Part 3: Beyond Mechanics: Theorizing in a Literature Review 
10.30-10.45: Coffee break
10.45-12.15: Discussion 
12.15- 12.45: Lunch Break 
12.45 – 14.00 Part 4: Writing your own literature review within a doctoral thesis
14.00 – 14.15 Coffee break 
14.15 – 15.45 Student Presentations 
15.45 – 16.00 Conclusion to the Course.

Essential Readings 

Kunisch, S., Menz, M., Bartunek, J. M., Cardinal, L. B., & Denyer, D. (2018). Feature topic at organizational research methods: how to conduct rigorous and impactful literature reviews?. Organizational Research Methods, 21(3), 519-523.

Short, J. (2009). The art of writing a review article. Journal of Management, 35(6), 1312-1317.

Hiebl, M. R. (2023). Sample selection in systematic literature reviews of management research. Organizational research methods, 26(2), 229-261.
Simsek, Z., Fox, B., & Heavey, C. (2023). Systematicity in organizational research literature reviews: A framework and assessment. Organizational Research Methods, 26(2), 292-321.

Aguinis, H., Ramani, R. S., & Alabduljader, N. (2023). Best-practice recommendations for producers, evaluators, and users of methodological literature reviews. Organizational research methods, 26(1), 46-76.
Laasonen, S., Fougère, M., & Kourula, A. (2012). Dominant articulations in academic business and society discourse on NGO–business relations: A critical assessment. Journal of Business Ethics, 109, 521-545.
Shepherd, D. A., & Sutcliffe, K. M. (2011). Inductive top-down theorizing: A source of new theories of organization. Academy of Management Review, 36(2), 361-380.
Breslin, D., & Gatrell, C. (2023). Theorizing through literature reviews: The miner-prospector continuum. Organizational Research Methods, 26(1), 139-167 
Sharma, G., & Bansal, P. (2023). Partnering up: Including managers as research partners in systematic reviews. Organizational Research Methods, 26(2), 262-291.

Exemplar Literature Reviews for all Sessions

Aguilera, R. V., Rupp, D. E., Williams, C. A., & Ganapathi, J. (2007). Putting the S back in corporate social responsibility: A multilevel theory of social change in organizations. Academy of management review, 32(3), 836-863.
Jain, T., & Jamali, D. (2016). Looking inside the black box: The effect of corporate governance on corporate social responsibility. Corporate governance: an international review, 24(3), 253-273.
Zaman, R., Jain, T., Samara, G., & Jamali, D. (2022). Corporate governance meets corporate social responsibility: Mapping the interface. Business & Society, 61(3), 690-752.
Jamali, D., Jain, T., Samara, G., & Zoghbi, E. (2020). How institutions affect CSR practices in the Middle East and North Africa: A critical review. Journal of World Business, 55(5), 101127.

Kirsch, A. (2018). The gender composition of corporate boards: A review and research agenda. The Leadership Quarterly, 29(2), 346-364.
Aguinis, H., & Glavas, A. (2012). What we know and don’t know about corporate social responsibility: A review and research agenda. Journal of management, 38(4), 932-968.
Donaldson, T. (2012). The epistemic fault line in corporate governance. Academy of Management Review, 37(2), 256-271.
Nardella, G., Brammer, S., & Surdu, I. (2023). The social regulation of corporate social irresponsibility: Reviewing the contribution of corporate reputation. International Journal of Management Reviews, 25(1), 

Registration deadline and conditions

The registration deadline is 3 October 2024. If you want to cancel your registration on the course it should be done prior to this mentioned date. By this date we determine whether we have enough registrations to run the course, or who should be offered a seat if we have received too many registrations.

If there are more seats available on the course we leave the registration open by setting a new regsitration deadline in order to fill remaining seats. Once you have received our acceptance/welcome letter to join the course, your registration is binding and we do not refund your course fee. The binding registration date will be the registration deadline mentioned above.

Payment methods
Make sure you choose the correct method of payment upon finalizing your registration:
CBS students:
Choose payment method CBS PhD students and the course fee will be deducted from your PhD course budget.
Students from other Danish universities: 
Choose payment method Danish Electronic Invoice (EAN). Fill in your EAN number, attention and possible purchase (project) order number.
Do you not pay by EAN number please choose Invoice to pay via Danish electronic bank payment (+71). 
Students from foreign universities:
Choose payment method Payment Card. Are you not able to pay by credit card please choose Invoice International to pay via international bank transfer. 

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Organizer Contact Information

CBS PhD School
Nina Iversen

Phone: +45 3815 2475

Organizer Contact Information

CBS PhD School
Nina Iversen

Phone: +45 3815 2475