Department of Business Administration

Lund University School of Economics and Management

PhD courses

Compulsory and optional courses in Business administration and research policy

Our intensive courses offer a combination of lectures, seminars, and workshops for students to learn and receive guided feedback on their PhD projects from leading scholars.

Compulsory courses | Business administration


Introduction to Business Research Methods | 15 credits
1 Nov 2023–6 Feb 2024
Course leader: Peter Svensson
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Quantitative Methods | 7.5 credits
Prel spring 2024
Course leader: Johan Anselmsson
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Theory in Business Administration | 7.5 credits | Prel spring 2024
Course leader: Peter Svensson
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Qualitative methods  | 7.5 credits
Prel March–June 2024
Course leader: Peter Svensson

Philosophy of Science | 7.5 credits – the course will be given in the autumn 2024.
Course leader: Tomas Hellström
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Compulsory courses | Research Policy


Innovation Studies | 7.5 credits
Prel autumn 2023
Course leader: Merle Jacob
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Optional courses


Qualitative data analysis and theorization | 7.5 credits
8 Sep–24 Nov 2023
Course leader: Jens Rennstam
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Corporate Social Responsibility |
7.5 credits | 7 Nov–29 Feb | Apply
Course leader: Susanne Arvidsson
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Digital monies for a sustainable future | 7.5 credits | Apply
April–May 2024
Course leader: Ester Barinaga
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Critical Management Studies |
7.5 credits | Prel May 2024
Course leader: Roland Paulsen
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Reflexive and Creative Methodology | 7.5 credits | 
Prel May 2024
Course leader: Dan Kärreman
& Mats Alvesson
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Director of Research and PhD Programme
Jens Rennstam
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 43 49

Doctoral programme coordinator
Charlina Lunvald
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 41 73

Apply for our courses

If the number of applicants exceeds available places, applicants are prioritised as follows:

  1. PhD students from the Department of Business Administration
  2. PhD students from other departments at LUSEM
  3. External PhD students

Course fees 2023

The compulsory courses are free of charge for external participants. The cost of each optional course is SEK 3.125 (including 25 % VAT). 

Note: non-exempt students attending two courses will be charged a reduced rate of 5.000 SEK (including VAT). Students from Lund University and, in some cases, students from partner universities, will be exempt from payment.