Theory Construction and Publishing in Leading Journals (SoSe 2021)

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Field(s) of Study
PhD students

University Calendar

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PhD Seminar

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Course schedule

Day Time Frequency Date Room
Wednesday   single date 15.09.2021  
Thursday   single date 16.09.2021  
Friday   single date 17.09.2021  
Monday   single date 20.09.2021  


Please note that it is not certain that "Theory Construction and Publishing in Leading Journals" will take place this semester, but we are currently talking to the MCM guest lecturers (including Prof. Dr. Kohli) regarding a suitable scheduling. Thank you for your comprehension.


The course is given by Prof. Dr. Ajay Kohli.

The course takes place at the MCM, room 006 (1st floor).

Applications for this course are possible for all doctoral students of the faculty of business and economics and minor research students by sending an email to Tanja Geringhoff ( within the application period. 

For didactic reasons, the number of participants is limited (this limit is also dependent on the occurent COVID-19 distancing rules). The decision on participation of an applicant will be based on the courses s/he has previously participated in. Please include the relevant information about your previous doctoral courses in your e-mail to Tanja Geringhoff. In case of an equal score, the second criterion will be the first-come, first-served principle. Applications are open from May 2 to July 31, 2021. You will be informed about your admission status in the second half of August.

Additional course information (e.g., on examination modalities) and materials will be sent to the course participants via e-mail.

Information for students of the Minor Research: If your application was successful, please register at the examination office for the early examination period. 

Information for all PhD students: The course is handled as an A certificate /  theory course for the PhD program.


Professor Ajay Kohli will be visiting the University of Muenster to teach a Ph.D. course on "Theory Construction and Publishing in Leading Journals" as part of the faculty-wide doctoral program. Dr. Kohli is Professor of Marketing and Gary T. and Elizabeth R. Jones Chair at Georgia Tech University and the former editor of one of the marketing discipline's outstanding academic publications, the Journal of Marketing. In addition, his work on market orientation and other areas is among the most-cited in marketing. 

The course deals with the following issues: Writing for academics, identifying research problems, construction of theory and conceptual models, working with co-authors, research integrity, paper submissions, responding to reviewers, and writing reviews.


  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hennig-Thurau (responsible)