Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.6261 Scientific Citizenship
(Scientific Citizenship)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Urska Kosi
Ansprechpartner (contact): Dr. Jan Riepe ()
Credits: 5 ECTS
Workload: 150 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): WS
Studiensemester (study semester): 1-4
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Zur Zeit sind keine Lehrveranstaltungen bekannt. (No courses are known.)
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):

Inhalte (short description):

This module provides participants with an overview of trade-offs, empirical regularities, and future considerations in the academic research publication process in business.
A) It covers the vital discussion on rigor and relevance that has evolved over more than 50 years and keeps on showing up in today’s discussions on the future of research in business.
B) We will also talk about “what is a contribution”, discuss different letters from editors on this point, and talk about strategic considerations when designing and writing academic research. This will be done by discussing the publication process as well as the empirical findings on potential biases from the author’s location and gender.
C) We will further discuss the different measures how the quality of academic papers or academic journals are assessed and explicitly talk about the limitations of each measure.
D) This is followed by a discussion on academic misconduct and the empirical evidence on the consequences of academic misconduct.
The module’s reading material is carefully selected so that it depicts the development and current state of research-about-research in business with a small focus on empirical research in accounting, finance, but also in management. Participants are required to work through selected research papers, critically discuss them in class and make a presentation. The knowledge is essential for young researchers to navigate the scientific environment in a responsible way and conduct good research.

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):

1.1.    Have good understanding of the key developments and pitfalls of academic research processes.
1.2.    Have knowledge about empirical regularities in the academic publication process.

Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):

​2.1. Are able to evaluate the quality of academic research in a balances and holistic way.
2.2. Are able to conduct their own research in a responsible way.
2.3. Are able to promote scientific progress identify theoretical underpinnings of a paper.
2.4. Learn to identify the implications of design choices in journals’ publication processes.

Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):

​3.1. Independently read and understand research papers on academic research as well as identify any weaknesses.
3.2. Actively discuss selected research papers in class.
3.3. Actively benchmark their own research ideas against the principles of good research as articulated in different editorial statements.

Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):

​4.1. Critically and independently evaluate theoretical underpinnings of research and rigour of methodology applied.
4.2. Critically and independently evaluate research findings.
4.3. Critically assess their own research ideas and constructively respond to comments by others.
4.4. Independently participate in public debates and actively use research findings as sound arguments.

Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulabschlussprüfung
Art der Prüfung
(type of examination)
a) Präsentation 30-40 Min 50.00 %
b) Besondere Form der Leistungserbringung. Details siehe Prüfungsumfang 2 Aktive Teilnahme in Diskussionen 50.00 %
Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
Das Modul wird mit der Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 1)
Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
Promotionsstudium an der Fakultät WW
Umfang QT (participation requirements):
Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
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Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):

​Teaching language is English.

The contact person is Prof. Dr. Jan Riepe (

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