PhD Workshop 20.-21.8.2019


The workshop provides a limited number of PhD students with a forum for presenting their research and getting feedback from fellow PhD students and experienced researchers in the field.

The workshop is open to doctoral students within all fields of business administration, and all topics, pertinent perspectives and methodological approaches will be considered.

The workshop is intended not only to be a source of scientific inspiration, but also a social event. As max 20 students can be admitted, doctoral students who are about halfway through their projects will be given priority, since they are most likely to benefit from the workshop. Priority will also be given to doctoral students from NFF member institutions. Work mode: presentation, discussion and reflection as well acting as an opponent to a fellow doctoral student.

The workshop will be held in a cooperative, open and friendly atmosphere. In the spirit of this philosophy, participants are required to attend the entire workshop. All participants are expected to present, discuss, and reflect upon their work to and with fellow students and faculty, and also act as an opponent. Sessions will be organized in smaller groups based on the submitted material with a senior scholar in each group.


The workshop will be coordinated by Assistant Professor Susanna Kultalahti, University of Vaasa (School of Management).

A faculty of scholars specialized in different fields of business administration will take part in the PhD Workshop, provide support and feedback, share their experiences, and engage actively in the discussions. We are pleased to have the following faculty with us:


  • Professor Wilhelm Barner-Rasmusson, International Business, Global Marketing, Åbo Akademi
  • Assistant Professor Denis Davydov, Finance, School of Accounting and Finance, University of Vaasa
  • Professor Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist, Organization studies, Management, Gender, Gothenburg Research Institute, University of Gothenburg
  • Assistant Professor Anne-Maria Holma, Networks, School of Management, University of Vaasa
  • Assistant Professor Anu Norrgrann, Marketing, Design, Autoethnography, Hanken School of Economics
  • Professor Morten Thanning Vendelø, Department of Organization, Coordinator for Copenhagen Center for Disaster research (COPE), Copenhagen Business School
  • Associate Professor Martin Wood, Process studies, Leadership, Film, University of Leicester, UK

The application deadline is March 1, 2019. In order to apply for the PhD workshop students must submit a motivational letter (including CV of maximum two pages), recommendations from a senior researcher (i.e., recommendation letter) and a short project presentation (4-7 pages) to with stating ‘PhD Workshop’ to the subject of theemail. All three documents must be submitted as PDF files. There are no particular writing guidelines or templates for the documents.

Notification of acceptance of the abstract will be made by April 1, 2019.

We encourage doctoral students to participate in the main conference after the workshop. However, doctoral students who want to present their paper during the main NFF conference must also submit an abstract to a regular track.

Cost and Fees
There will be no fee for participation in the PhD Workshop. Accepted students will also get accommodation for one night in single/twin rooms, dinner (Tuesday), lunch, coffee and refreshments during the PhD Workshop.

PhD students who also want to participate in the main conference must register and pay the main conference fee (student fees apply).