Philosophical Foundations of Responsible Research (online course)

Applications to join the 2023 course cohorts are due June 23, 2023

Course Overview

This doctoral course is an introduction to scientific research on business and management. It focuses on the philosophical foundations of empirical science. These foundational issues are central to the work of a scientist in constructing understanding and explanation of important phenomena in our natural and social world.


See below for specific course information, a preview version of the course syllabus, and instructions on how to register for the course. Click here to be notified of updates regarding course information and the Dare to Care Dissertation Scholarship.




The two-credit equivalent (U.S.)/three-credit equivalent (H.K.) course is for doctoral students in business and management. It is suitable for doctoral students in all disciplines within the business school.



Students applying for the RRBM Dare to Care Scholarship are encouraged to take this course which will help them in preparing the dissertation scholarship proposal. Scholarship applicants are welcome to participate as auditing students in either option or to take for credit through HKBU.


All auditing students will receive a certificate of completion from RRBM, upon completing the course. Due to the nature of the course design, we accept auditing students who are committed to participate fully in all ten sessions and to complete all assignments. To gain the most benefits from the discussions, students are expected to have done all the readings assigned. We encourage reading as many of the assigned readings as possible before the course begins in August/September.


Click here to read what past participants have to say about their experience in the course.

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Option AOption B
Institution Offering Course

Responsible Research in

Business and Management Network

Hong Kong Baptist University,

School of Business,

Dept. of Management


Tuesdays 9:00am – 12:00pm/noon

(Phoenix, Arizona Time)

To be announced

(Hong Kong Time)

First SessionAugust 22, 2023To be announced (early September)
Last SessionDecember 5, 2023To be announced (early December)
InstructorsProfessor Anne Tsui and othersProfessor Xu Huang and Professor Song Chang

for Credit?

RRBM certificate provided in lieu of creditYes, 3 credit hours
FeesNot Applicable

Auditing students: not applicable

Credit-seeking students: TBD

Syllabus*Syllabus (Preview) Syllabus (Preview)

*Syllabi presented here are previews and subject to change. 


Course Information Sessions

Separate information sessions will be held regarding the RRBM/ASU course and the HKBU course:


How to Apply

Deadline for applications to either course option will be Friday June 23, 2023, so that we can notify you of your status by June 30.


Register here to receive updates regarding the 2023-24 RRBM Dare to Care Dissertation Scholars Award.