Theory and Research Evaluation

MET504 Theory and Research Evaluation

  • Topics


    In this course we will address three domains that researchers are facing:

    1. the theories we develop or apply,

    2. the empirical observations we make,

    3. and the world or things we try to describe, predict and understand.

    Research in many respects deals with bridging the gaps between these three different domains and an important goal of the course is to provide perspectives on how they are interrelated and how we as researchers go about to connect them. In the course we will discuss different approaches to how we can proceed and we also focus on criteria that allow us to evaluate how we should do it.

    We will be drawing on literature in philosophy of science, methodology and on contributions in areas like psychology, organization theory and marketing. The readings will address different issues that arise in the intersections between the three domains listed above. We will address different perspectives (e.g. rationalism, idealism, empiricism and (critical) realism) on the relationship between theories, empirical observations ant the "world".

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

    After completion of the course, the students will be able to:


    *critically assess the role of theories for describing and understanding the world

    *critically assess the logic behind procedures for discovering and testing theories

    *evaluate and assess what we should require of a "good" theory and to be familiar with criteria for evaluating research

    *understand the foundations of philosophy of science and implications of doing research


    *formulate research problems and investigate them in a scholarly manner

    *challenge established knowledge and practice in their fields of study

    *apply sound criteria for evaluating theories and research contributions

    General competence:

    *contribute to the development of new knowledge, better theories, and application of more appropriate methods,

    *identify ethical and philosophical issues and implications of different theoretical approaches and research practices

    *discuss and raise questions from a philosophy of science perspective.

  • Teaching


    Taught intensively (one week).

  • Assessment


    Written term paper (one long and three shorter essays).

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Pass / fail

  • Computer tools

    Computer tools


  • Semester



  • Literature


    The program with a complete list of readings will be available in due time prior to the course.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Course responsible

Sigurd V. Troye, Department of Strategy and Management