NORSI Virtual Writing the Introduction to Article-based Dissertations: “Kappa”-workshop 2020

Writing workshop: This four-day workshop is for NORSI students in the later stage of their PhD work who are writing article-based dissertations.
Dates: 2-5 June 2020 Location: Online and your home/office
On Zoom: 2-5 June, 2019
On Zoom: Pre – meeting – 19 May at 13:00 -14:00


Kappa kick start: This seminar is designed to kick-start the development of the cover story “kappe” of the participants’ article based PhD dissertation. The aim is to develop a clear sense of what is expected from a “kappe”, and to start developing your own “kappe” with a particular focus on framing the introduction and structuring an outline. The seminar will build on the traditions from the institutions represented at the seminar, discussing the requirements and analyzing completed dissertations. There will be allocated time to discuss each participant’s “kappe” project, as well as time for writing on your own introduction.
The seminar will be an intensive four-day workshop which demands that you are well prepared and ready to work!


How kappas are usually written: The seminar will focus on how “kappas” usually are written and students’ own individual “kappas” that are in progress.
Analysis of different kappas: Each of the students will analyze about three “kappa” of approved dissertations and present and reflect on these together online before the online workshop. We will discuss various forms of “kappas,” their strengths and weaknesses, and how to fit “kappa” to the articles in the thesis.
Your Kappa: However, primarily, the seminar focuses on the “kappa” of the individual candidate.
Writing Sessions: There will also be some writing sessions for students to immediately incorporate feedback they receive for their “kappa’s’”.

Participating NORSI Faculty

Gry A. Alsos, Nord
Bjørn-Erik Mørk, BI
Roger Sørheim, NTNU

Required preparation before the seminar

As preparation for this seminar you will need to prepare:

  • 3-4 pages abstract of your “kappe” with a focus on introducing the topic, main research question(s), and short description of theory, method and contributions.
  • Short abstracts of your articles to be included (100-200 words per abstract)
  • An outline (headings) of your “kappe”

Preworkshop kappe reading
– A group assignment – analysis of 3 published “kappes”. Groups of 3 students and 3 kappes. Prepare with at leas one joint online meeting with your group. Deadline: Ready for seminar. Written report (short 2 pages). Joint discussion on 2 June.

Information about Group Work
Group discussion on individual dissertations – How will it work?
45 min per candidate; 3-4 candidates and one faculty member per group

The opponent starts the discussion by giving his/her prepared feedback, followed by joint feedback and discussion. As all group members should have read all submissions, the discussion will start right away without any presentation first. However, the candidate can start by telling if there is something specific the group should know or something he or she particularly needs feedback on.

What do you need to prepare?
There will be a discussion in the group with feedback from all group members including the faculty member leading the group. Hence, you are required to read the submissions of all the members of your group.
You have a particular responsibility to act as opponent and provide feedback on one of the other participants’ submissions. Prepare feedback, totaling 10-12 minutes.

The other group members submissions will be available in Dropbox. You will receivced an email with folder invitation from Dropbox.

Preliminary Program

Tuesday, 2 June 2020
09:00 Plenary Zoom session: Morning coffee
09:15 Plenary Zoom session: Introduction
Aim, content, requirements
10:30-11:30 Plenary Zoom session: Pre work on «kappa» – discussion
11:30 Break
14:00- 14:30 Plenary Zoom session: Reflection session (15/20 minutes)

Wednesday, 3 June 2020
09:00 Plenary Zoom session: Morning coffee
09:15- 11:30 Break out Group Zoom session:
3 candidates + 1 faculty per group 3×45 min
11:30 Break
12.30 Plenary Zoom session: Setting the hook – introduction + exercise
14.00 – 14:30 Plenary Zoom session: Reflection session (15/20 minutes)

Thursday, 4 June 2020
09:00 Plenary Zoom session: Morning coffee
09:15 Individual Session: Shut up and write session 90 minutes (Positioning and introduction)+ 10 zoom break + 60 minutes (rewrite ontline)
11:45 Individual Session: Share (email) written text with group + break
13.00 Individual session: Read other group members’ texts
14.00 – 14:30 Plenary Zoom session: Reflection session (15/20 minutes)

Friday, 5 June 2020
09:00 Plenary Zoom session: Morning coffee
09:15- 11:00 Break out Group Zoom session:
3 candidates + 1 faculty per group 3×30 min
11:00 Individual Session: Shut up and write session (integrate feedback)
12:00 Break
13:00 – 13:30 Plenary Zoom session:Summing up – reflection and feedback


Application: NORSI students that would like to participate, should register by sending an application by email to Birte Horn-Hanssen: with all documents.
Application deadline: Registration is now closed.

The application should include:
– Name and institution
– Supervisor(s)
– An abstract of your PhD thesis (max 1 page)
– A short account of the status of your PhD thesis, including an account of the articles included and their status (article title, degree of completion, whether it has been presented at a conference, submitted to a journal and if so, status of journal submission), an an account of how far you have come with your “kappe” (In total maximum 1 page)
– Date of expected completion of PhD thesis

We have availability for maximum 20 Norsi students. Priority will be given to students that are close to complete their articles and about/ or has started writing their “kappa”.

Travel and Costs

The seminar is free. And as this is online there are not travel costs associated with this activity.


NORSI Virtual Writing the Introduction to Article-based Dissertations “Kappa” workshop 2020




Date & Location

Date: 02/06/2019
Where: Zoom