Netherlands, Nijmegen

Making Systematic Literature Reviews Work for You

when 1 July 2019 - 5 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 600

Narrative literature reviews and systematic reviews have become popular across all disciplines. This course covers methods for (systematic) literature reviews, and how findings are converted into research design and publications.

This course about (systematic) literature reviews is based on the methods for systematic reviews across all disciplines. It is necessary to know about these methods because the vast quantity of research findings published each year require clarifying sometimes conflicting conclusions, inform empirical research and, ultimately, influence practice and policy, when studies are amalgamated. Moreover, these types of literature reviews, particularly narrative literature reviews and systematic reviews, have become more popular across all disciplines and are seen as the golden standard.

The course Making Systematic Literature Reviews Work for You will cover the basics of a literature review (review questions, sourcing literature, databases, analysis, etc.) and demonstrate how the findings of a (systematic) literature review are used for designing research methodologies. To this purpose, the course contains sessions about methods, but also provides opportunities to work on your own literature review individually and in groups. These methods cover quantitative and qualitative ones, and mixed studies. A unique feature of this course is that the sessions connect the literature reviews to research philosophies and propositional logic. Also, examples of literature reviews will be presented to demonstrate the concepts and support you in developing your own design of the literature review.

An important aspect of (systematic) literature reviews is how they are reported and published; this includes doctoral theses, postgraduate dissertations, manuscripts for journal submissions, etc. During the course there will be discussion about how to write a literature review without losing your own voice, while also incorporating standard reporting practices in a meaningful way. Examples will be used to demonstrate writing and how writing can be supported using appropriate software. This includes the availability of generic and institutional repositories for systematic reviews, including trends in research data management.

Course leader

Rob Dekkers
Reader in Industrial Management
Adam Smith Business School
Glasgow, Scotland
United Kingdom

Target group


Doctoral students, postgraduate students and early career researcher that are in any stage of their research will benefit from this course. The interactive course offers the opportunity to design or to review the method that you have followed for writing a literature review.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

Position your literature review in a methodological context for research,
Design your own method for a systematic or narrative literature review,
Analyse the results of a literature review, including implications for further research, informing practice and policy,
Report the outcomes of a literature and demonstrate awareness about relevant features for literature reviews for publication.

Fee info

EUR 600: Normal fee


€ 540 early bird discount – deadline 1 March 2019 (10%)
€ 510 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 450 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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