Advanced Topics in Engaged Strategizing


The course has three major aims. First, you will become cognizant of a series of prominent academic articles covering several subfields of strategic management. Second, you will discover “engaged strategizing,” that is, applying academic insights around the strategic opportunities and limitations of business in addressing real-world societal challenges. Third, you will come to grips with the epistemological and contextual specificities of performing engaged research.


This intensive course will cover state-of-the-art research in a variety of strategic management topics, including corporate venturing, strategic collaboration, scaling up, and institutional relations. During a week of intensive interactions on campus, you will discover, present, and discuss recent and landmark publications around strategic capita selecta. You will peruse several important publications around a particular topic prior to the course, analyze the academic strengths and limitations of different readings, discuss their adopted approach and practical relevance with fellow PhD candidates and seasoned researchers, and write a paper on an “engaged strategy” topic of your choice.


Assessment will consist of individual presentations (30%), participation in classroom discussions (30%), and an end-term individual paper (40%).


Selected chapters from the book “Engaged scholarship” by Andrew Van de Ven (Oxford University Press, 2007) and a series of journal articles.

Additional info

The timetable for this course can be found in the EUR course guide.

ERIM PhD candidates and Research Master students can register for this course via Osiris Student.

External (non-ERIM) participants are welcome to this course. To register, please fill in the registration form and e-mail it to the ERIM Doctoral Office by four weeks prior to the start of the course. For external participants, the course fee is 260 euro per ECTS credit.