Professor Paul D. Reynolds’ recent visit to the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research brought a unique opportunity for PhD students at QUT Business School. Paul is not only well known for his numerous contributions to the field of entrepreneurship research but also for his expertise in theory construction and research methods. He is the author of the classic “A Primer in Theory Construction” which, first published in 1971, still sells about 1,500 copies each year. Paul shared his knowledge and long-time experience as a researcher with research students during a half day workshop in social science theory construction.
QUT Business School research students from various fields and majors took this opportunity to learn at first-hand about empirically based knowledge, research procedures and strategies for developing theory. Paul addressed many important issues and topics relevant to the research journey of PhD students and thereby could clarify misunderstandings and confusion about a topic which many early-stage researchers perceive as being tricky and hard to grasp. Paul also took time to discuss and respond to specific issues some PhD students face during their research journey.