The aim of the PhD seminar is to provide doctoral students in the corporate communication and CSR field with an opportunity to discuss their dissertation research with fellow students and leading academics in the field of CSR and Corporate Communication.

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The PhD seminar will consider main topics and methodological approaches within the field of Corporate Communication and 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.

This seminar is relevant for PhD students within the Corporate Communication and CSR research field and is appropriate for doctoral students in different stages of their dissertation process. After the seminar you will be provided with:
tortica_oranzna brez.jpg New specific knowledge about the dissertation topic,
tortica_oranzna brez.jpg Knowledge of the current issues in the Corporate communication and CSR and field specifically,
tortica_oranzna brez.jpg General competencies within research design and knowledge dissemination via publishing in peer-reviewed journals in the field of Corporate communication,
tortica_oranzna brez.jpg General competencies related to communicating your position regarding a certain CSR issue and critically evaluating the work of peers. 

The PhD seminar will cover current issues in the CSR and Corporate 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.
Corporate 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.

Activities & Requirements

The main focus of the PhD 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 (10 minutes) of their work. A feedback of facilitators and peers will be provided to each proposal. The proposals of all participants will be made available to everyone. Participants will provide structured feedback to one specifically assigned presentation of another participant. They are also encouraged to read all proposals and give feedback to each other’s work during the sessions. The lectures will be related to the topical and/or methodological angles of participants’ work and some will include discussions on selected readings provided for the participants.

The participants should submit:
tortica_oranzna brez.jpg 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 3-4 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.

tortica_oranzna brez.jpg Poster presentation. Participants in the PhD seminar are invited to prepare a poster on their dissertation topic and possibly initial findings; posters will be displayed at the main conference.

All participants of the PhD seminar will receive a certificate of participance (with ETCS) and certificate of presentation/participation.

Important dates

July 6, 2017 Submission of PhD proposals (3 pages + figures, tables and references)
July 13, 2017 Distribution of proposals for peer review
July 14, 2017 Deadline for Phd seminar registration
September 20-21, 2017 PhD SEMINAR at University of Vienna

They are offered different rates for registration and a reduced rate for conference participation for members of the PhD seminar!

Fees: EUR 220  only PhD seminar, EUR 400 PhD seminar plus conference (+5% manipulation cost)

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Preliminary program for PhD seminar is available here!


Teachers for the PhD seminar:

Craig Carroll, New York University
Timothy Coombs, Texas A&M University
Sabine Einwiller, University of Vienna
Ursa Golob, University of Ljubljana
Anne E. Nielsen, Aarhus University
Juliet Roper, University of Waikato
Christa Thomsen, Aarhus University
Franzisca Weder, Alpen-Adria University
Wolfgang Weitzl, University of Vienna

PhD Seminar Venue

PhD seminar will be held in September 20-21, 2017 at the University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, UZA2, 2H316 (seminar room, 3rd floor, Rotunde), 1090 Wien.