Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Conducting a Literature Review for PhD/DBA Research

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Conducting a Literature Review for PhD/DBA Research

A literature review is a critical part of a PhD/DBA thesis, and often the first major academic challenge for a PhD/DBA student. Building on the knowledge gained by major thinkers to make intellectual progress is exactly why a literature review is vital. A solid literature review will enable you to stand on the shoulders of giants. This session will focus on what a good literature review is, and how to conduct a robust literature review. In particular, the following issues will be discussed:

  • Articulating the research objectives;
  • Defining the conceptual boundaries (and key concepts);
  • Identifying key literature in publication databases;
  • Reading, synthesizing and evaluating literature;
  • Writing up the literature review chapter.


Catherine Wang, PhD

  • Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Brunel Business School, Brunel University London, UK
  • Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Brunel University London, UK

Previously, Professor Catherine Wang worked at Royal Holloway University of London (where she served as the PhD Director) and Oxford Brookes University. Prior to joining academia, she worked in industry for over seven years in the UK and China, in the areas of small business management, and international trade and investment.

Prof. Wang is a co-author of the well-regarded textbook “Exploring Entrepreneurship” (with Professor Richard Blundel and Professor Nigel Lockett). She has published in leading journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Research, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, European Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Management Reviews, and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research. She currently sits on several journal editorial boards, including British Journal of Management and International Journal of Management reviews, and was a Co-Editor of the European Journal of Innovation Management. She also serves on the ESRC evaluation panels, and evaluates grant applicants for research councils in the US, Portugal, Finland, the Netherlands, and Kazakhstan.


Free of charge

Date & Time

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 7.00pm – 8.00pm (HK time/GMT+8)

Join us for this interactive webinar!

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Ms Sharlotte Liu
Phone: (+852) 2774 8536