MET9003 Literature review for academic writing in business and innovation management

Where and when:
25.04.23 (digital), 03.05.2023-05.05.2023 (Bodø)
Faculty: Professor Tommy Høyvarde Clausen, Nord University Business School​Professor Dermot Breslin, Chief-Editor of International Journal of Management Reviews
Senior advisor(s) from the Library at Nord University​
Administrative coordinator: Grete Knudsen
Course responsible person: Tommy Høyvarde Clausen
Costs: No costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature. However, external course participants must be prepared to cover travel and accommodation expenditures. NORSI students are exempt from semester registration fee.
Course evaluation: Evaluation (survey) will be sent to PhD students after the seminar​
Application deadline: March 27, 2023
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Course contents:

Providing a good review of the scholarly literature is an essential part of most research projects, such as a PhD thesis. However, this can be a difficult task. The PhD course therefore has a twofold purpose: (1) To introduce the genre of literature review to PhD students more generally and (2) to give PhD students skills and knowledge for how to conduct a good individualized review of the scholarly literature on a specific topic.  Particular emphasis in the PhD course will be given to what is called systematic literature reviews. ​

Learning outcomes:

After successfully completing the course the participants:


  • Will have acquired sophisticated understanding about the purpose and role of a literature review in a research project
  • Will know what constitutes a good and comprehensive review of the literature that advances knowledge, theory and research within the field
  • Will have achieved an advanced understanding of how different methods and approaches for reviving the literature can advance research on a specific topic/issue.

General competence: 

  • Will be able to plan and carry out a literature review of a high international standard
  • Will have learnt how to critically discuss and evaluate the quality of scholarly reviews of the literature
  • Will have learnt how to use literature review as a scholarly method to synthesize prior knowledge, identify gaps in the scholarly knowledge, and to advance theory in management and business research,
  • Will have acquired an elaborated understanding of the major methods and approaches that can be used to review the scholarly literature on a specific topic


  • Will have acquired advanced methodological skills in how to carry out an individualized review of the literature.
  • Learnt how to position own research relative to prior scholarly  literature on a given topic in order to contribute to the scholarly development and accumulation of knowledge
  • Wil have obtained skills in how to write-up an individualized review of the literature that can be published in a recognized peer-reviewed international journal and/or be included in a PhD thesis.
  • Will have acquires skills for reviewing a systematic literature review

Mode of delivery:

Physical/digital lectures, presentations, group discussions.  ​

Learning activities and teaching methods:

Compulsory lectures, presentations/discussions of (ongoing) literature reviews and (group) discussions. ​

Assessment methods and criteria:

To pass the course, participants need to (i) have minimum 80 % attendance, (ii) present a tentative topic for a literature review (2-3 slides) at the start of the course, (iii) present a more elaborate version of a systematic literature review during the end of the course, (iv) be a junior discussant on a systematic literature review presented by another student, and (v) submit a reflection note  that will be evaluated (pass/no pass) . ​

Recommended or required reading:

Jones, O. and Gatrell, C. (2014), “Editorial: The Future of Writing and Reviewing for IJMR”, International Journal of Management Reviews, Volume 16, Issue 3, Pages 249–264.

Macpherson, A. and Jones, O. (2010), “Editorial: Strategies for the Development of International Journal of Management Reviews”, International Journal of Management Reviews, Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 107–113.

Jesson et al (2011). Doing your literature review. Sage Publications (192 pages)​

Booth et al (2016). Systematic approaches to a successful literature review. Sage Publications (336 pages).

The reading list is subject to amendments at semester start.  ​


Denyer, D., & Tranfield, D. (2015). Doing a literature review in business and management. Sage.​

Breslin, D., & Gatrell, C. (2020). Theorizing through literature reviews: The miner-prospector continuum. Organizational Research Methods, 1094428120943288.

Elsbach, K. D., & van Knippenberg, D. (2020). Creating high-impact literature reviews: an argument for “integrative reviews”. Journal of Management Studies, 57(6), 1277-1289.

Fan, D., Breslin, D., Callahan, J. L., & Iszatt‐White, M. (2022). Advancing literature review methodology through rigour, generativity, scope and transparency. International Journal of Management Reviews24(2), 171-180.

Hiebl, M. R. (2021). Sample selection in systematic literature reviews of management research. Organizational Research Methods, 1094428120986851

Post, C., Sarala, R., Gatrell, C., & Prescott, J. E. (2020) ‘Advancing theory with review articles’. Journal of Management Studies57(2), 351-376.

Jones, O. and Gatrell, C. (2014), “Editorial: The Future of Writing and Reviewing for IJMR”, International Journal of Management Reviews, Volume 16, Issue 3, Pages 249–264. ​​

Date & Location

Start date: 25/04/2023
Date digital: 25.04.23
Date physical: 03.05.2023-05.05.2023
Location: Zoom / Bodø