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Introduction to Research and Academic Writing

The students shall learn how to craft papers (e.g., their thesis) in a way that it is meaningful, i.e. relevant and rigorous. To do so, they will develop an understanding of how to search for and use existing research, how to frame their contributions, and how research design choices may influence the execution of their research projects.
Course code
Course type
BSc Course General Studies
Weekly Hours
HS 2019
Juniorprof. Dr. Victor Frederik Jan van Pelt
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of scientific research in economics and business as well as the stylistic and formal aspects of academic writing. The main goal of the course is to help students conduct research projects and write research papers. This course is particularly useful for students looking to write an excellent Bachelor Thesis.

After an introduction to the foundations of economics and business research, we will cover all stages of a research project, such as searching for literature, building hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. The course will also give you practical tools for giving an excellent research presentation and for writing an excellent research paper. Lastly, we will also cover formal aspects of the Bachelor Thesis and the citing of references following the APA style. These topics are roughly spread across four sessions:

  • Session 1: The Foundations of Research
  • Session 2: Conducting Research
  • Session 3: Presenting Research (+ Student Presentations)
  • Session 4: Reporting about Research
Date Time
Thursday, 19.09.2019 15:30 - 18:45
Monday, 23.09.2019 15:30 - 18:45
Wednesday, 09.10.2019 15:30 - 18:45
Thursday, 17.10.2019 15:30 - 18:45
Supplemental Reading MaterialStyle: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (Williams)The Elements of Style (Strunk and White)Economical Writing (McCloskey)
Lecture (100%)
Presentation (25%), Short Paper (75%)
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