Philosophical Foundations of Responsible Research (online course)

Applications to join the 2022 course cohorts are due June 3, 2022



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 Scholars Award.




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 or to take for credit from one of the options listed below.


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 September.


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

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Option A

Option B

Option C

Institution Offering Course

Responsible Research in

Business and Management Network

Arizona State University,

W.P. Carey School of Business,

Dept. of Management

Hong Kong Baptist University,

School of Business,

Dept. of Management


Tuesdays 8:30am – 11:15am

(Phoenix, Arizona Time)

*Class combined with Option B.

Tuesdays 8:30am – 11:15am

(Phoenix, Arizona Time)

*Class combined with Option A.

To be announced

(Hong Kong Time)

First Session

August 23, 2022

August 23, 2022

To be announced (early September)

Last Session

November 29, 2022

November 29, 2022

To be announced (early December)


Professor Anne Tsui and others

Professor Don Lange & guests

Professor Xu Huang and Professor Song Chang


for Credit?


Yes, 2 credit hours

Yes, 3 credit hours


Not Applicable

Yes, see the fee schedule

 (graduate, online, 2 credit hours).

Non-ASU Students also need to apply as a non-degree seeking student.

Auditing students: not applicable

Credit-seeking students: TBD


Syllabus (Preview)

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 3, 2022, so that we can notify you of your status by June 17.


Register here to receive updates regarding the 2022-23 RRBM Dare to Care Dissertation Scholars Award.