Doctoral studies in Entrepreneurship

Learning outcomes

The entrepreneurship programme provides postgraduate students with the competence to work as researchers and specialists in demanding tasks related to entrepreneurship and innovation in both academia and business.

Content

Entrepreneurship is one of the strength areas of the Turku School of Economics. Research on entrepreneurship is conducted in close collaboration with various departments and faculties as well as in international research networks. Entrepreneurship research focuses on two themes in particular: entrepreneurship and new working modes; and entrepreneurial behaviour and business growth. Research encompassess the processes of entrepreneurship and innovation as well as on entrepreneurial behaviour from the point of view of business creation, growth, internationalisation and renewal in different contexts both in private and public sector organisations. The role of entrepreneurship in changing societies is studied in different economic, social and cultural contexts.
Postgraduate studies are largely built around the student's own scientific interests. Students are free to choose their specialisation area as well as their theoretical and methodological approaches. However, most of the dissertation topics are related to the focal research areas described above.
Entrepreneurship research is highly networked and the students are offered good opportunities for international research collaboration.. The students are also highly encouraged and supported to include international research visits into their study programme in order togain access to several esteemed international professors and researchers in entrepreneurship.
It is recommended that the students select courses which support the doctoral thesis work. The minimum number of credits required in the major subject is 32 cr. Postgraduate students of Entrepreneurship construct their studies according to the following principles.
All students must complete YRS1 Theoretical Perspectives and Current Issues in research on Entrepreneurship either prior to their postgraduate studies or take the YRS1 course while studying their postgraduate studies.
Compulsory courses for all students:
- YRS1 Theoretical perspectives and current issues in research on entrepreneurship, 6 cr
- YRJ3 Contemporary Perspectives and Classical Ideas of entrepreneurship, 8 cr
At least one of the following courses:
- YRJ1 The Survey Method in Entrepreneurial Research, 4 cr
- YRJ2 Qualitative Methods in Entrepreneurial Research, 4 cr
In addition to the above, at least 20 cr according to the student's own interests
- YRJ100, 3-32 cr.
- It is possible to compensate studies with postgraduate courses, seminars or similar offered by other institutes, such as those in the KATAJA programme (The Finnish Doctoral Program in Business Studies), European institute for advanced studies in management (EIASM) or in various pre-doctoral seminars organised with the frame of entrepreneurship conferences (e.g.by European Council of Small Business ECSB, and International Council of Small Business (ICSB)). Students should ask their thesis supervisor for further advice.
Postgraduate students may also choose courses in their specialisation area from the general advanced course offerings (YRS1-YRS6) from those courses that are not included in the Master's degree. See the advanced courses in the Study Guide.

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Turku School of Economics
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Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Management and Organisation
Entrepreneurship
Information Systems Science
Information Systems Science
Finnish Study Modules