Training Programs

2018 PMR Teacher Training Workshop – Call for Applications

Call for Applications

Teacher Training Workshop for the

“Philosophy of Management Research” course

Application deadline: June 25, 2018


Date: December 13, Thursday 5 pm to December 17, Monday 5 pm (4.5 days)

Place: School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai


Workshop Description

This Teacher Training workshop is to prepare faculty colleagues to teach the Philosophy of Management Research (PMR) course. This PMR course, which has been offered for three years at three leading business schools in China, is to introduce doctoral students to the nature of scientific work in organizations and management. It focuses on a few of the key issues relating to the philosophy of science and especially the philosophy of social science. These issues play a pivotal role in guiding researchers’ understanding and explanation of important phenomena in our natural and social world. Understanding these issues will help the students to gain clarity on the role of scientific research in advancing the practice of management, and in linking insights gained from business research and the advancement of humanity. Failing to have a proper understanding of the role of science or of the scientist can impede scientific work, undermine knowledge creation and accumulation, and stall scientific discoveries. The primary purpose of this course is to develop a new generation of responsible social scientists for business schools.

This course has been taught at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Fudan University School of Management, and the Antai School of Management of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2015. To help other business schools to develop and offer this course to their doctoral students, we developed and offered a “Teacher Training” workshop since 2016.

The purpose of this workshop is to train faculty colleagues interested in teaching “Philosophy of Management Research” in their own schools. Over 30 faculty members from over 20 leading universities have participated in the workshop in the last two years.  The workshop is a shorter version (4.5-day) of the actual course (which is a ten-session course, for a total of 30 class hours). We are calling for applications to the third “Teaching Training” workshop in December 2018. The preliminary workshop schedule and syllabus is available on this webpage(

Applicant Requirements

  1. The applicant should be a tenure-track faculty member, in any rank from assistant to full, in a research-oriented business school or other related disciplines.
  2. Have experience conducting empirical research and have published empirical research papers in high quality English language journals.
  3. Proficiency in English, speaking, writing, and reading.
  4. An active member (fee-paying member) of IACMR.
  5. Two letters of support. One letter from the Dean and a second letter from the Department Head, indicating support of the applicant to attend this workshop and that the school will offer this course to doctoral students in the near future.
  6. Before applying, the applicant should read the preliminary workshop schedule and syllabus carefully to fully understand the intense nature of the workshop, in terms of both readings and schedule. The hours are 8:30 am to 9:30 pm daily. There will be pre-work preparation over three month period before the workshop.
  7. This is a residential workshop. All the participants are required to stay at the hotel designated by the workshop organizers. No absence during the workshop is allowed, barring extreme circumstance or emergency.
  8. A pledge to (a) complete the pre-workshop preparation assignment, (b) attend all 4.5 days of the workshop, and (c) stay at the designated hotel during the workshop.


  1. There will be no tuition fee for participants. Faculty facilitators are all volunteers.
  2. The host Tongji School of Management will provide all the meals and course materials.
  3. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation and hotel accommodation.
  4. Participants will purchase their own books used in the workshop.

Application Procedure

  1. Applicants should send the application documents The application documents include a copy of applicant’s CV, two letters of recommendation, and a one-page cover letter, in which the applicant should state the key reasons for why they want to participate in this workshop. Also, in the letter, the applicant should include the pledges (a, b and c) stated in point 8 of Applicant Requirements above.
  2. Application must be written in English.
  3. The workshop will admit only 18 participants. It will be highly competitive. Please prepare your application professionally and carefully.
  4. Application deadline isJune25, 2018
  5. Acceptance decisions will be made by July30, 2018.

We look forward to your application. For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Wei He at or Weiguo Zhong at

Faculty Facilitators

Wei He, Nanjing University

Xu Huang, Hong Kong Baptist University

Liangding Jia, Nanjing University

Runtian Jing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Xuhong Li, Fudan University

Jian Liang, Tongji University

Anne Tsui, University of Notre Dame

Haijiang Wang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Tao Wang, Grenoble School of Management

Weiguo Zhong, Peking University