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Learning from Others

Research Methodology Workshop on Literature Review and Replication

Dates 19 - 20 January 2019 - CALL CLOSED
Location Amrita School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Campus, Tamil Nadu, India

Participants from host instituitions € 35 (including food and accommodation)
External participants: 45 participation fee + 15 for food and accommodation

Contact Sreeram Kongeseri:

This workshop addresses an often neglected aspect of research methodology and is focussed on how to conduct a literature review and how to replicate others’ work as a tool to learn from them. As an academic researcher or a non-academic embarking on a research project we often do not know where to begin where it comes to searching for literature and writing a literature review. In the case that we have a clear idea of what we want to do, we conduct a literature search to find out if others have done something similar (and hopefully not identical!). The other alternative (and this is much more common), is that we have a rough idea of what we want to research and our literature search is intended to help us develop and refine these ideas further. In both cases, it is worthwhile to learn tools on how we can both effectively and efficiently learn from others.

In this workshop, we will learn four main tools. These are

  1. how to find literature,
  2. how to efficiently read journal articles,
  3. how to write a literature review and
  4. how to learn from others work by replicating their work (by re-estimating models on their datasets).

We will use the statistical software R in the replication exercises (prior experience with R is useful but not necessary).

This workshop hopes to welcome researchers in social science and management. It will take place on the beautiful Coimbatore campus of Amrita School of Business situated in the outskirts of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India and is easily reached by train and air transport.


Webster, J., & Watson, R. (2002). Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review. MIS Quarterly, 26(2), 13-23.

Bettis, R. A., Helfat, C. E. and Shaver, J. M. (2016), The necessity, logic, and forms of replication. Strat. Mgmt. J., 37: 2193-2203. doi:10.1002/smj.2580

  • Prof. dr. Ruud Koning, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.
  • Mr. Sandeep Pillai, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.
  • Dr. Padma Rao Sahib, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Full attendance at all modules on both days is required to obtain the participation certificate.

Application process

Interested students and researchers should register online (and submit the required documents) no later than 12 January 2019. The number of participants will be limited to ensure interaction and learning. The coordinators and host institution will conduct the selection among the applicants. Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae.
  • One page description of his/he r (doctoral) research or intended area of research, indicating the general objectives.

Participants will be selected based on application materials.

Participation fees

Fees include participation in the workshop and tea and coffee during the breaks. The summer school fees will vary according to the designation of the participant:

  • Participants from host institution: 35 (including food and accommodation)
  • External Participants: 45 + 15 for food and accommodation.
Accommodation & other practicalities

Simple dormitory style accommodation maybe reserved at the Amrita University campus. The accommodation consists of shared rooms with at most two additional members of the same gender sharing the same room and toilet facilities.

Participants preferring to stay in hotel style accommodation may make their own arrangements.

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