8th Nordic Conference on
Construction Economics and Organization

May 28-29 2015, Tampere, Finland

PhD Workshop

What kind of research are you doing: scientific research or pseudo-scientific research?

Time and venue:
Wednesday May 27, 2015, 13:00-16:00
Tampere University of Technology
Department of Civil Engineering
Venue: RH215 (in “Rakennustalo”-building)
Visitor guidance and campus map: http://www.tut.fi/en/visitors/index.htm
Contact person: Marko Keinänen +358 400 984353

Target group:

  • PhD students
  • Also applicable to other researchers interested to improve their understanding over the fundamental logic of scientific research


  • Clarification of what is, and what is not, scientific research.

1. Registration, coffee & tea
2. All: presentation of workshop participants
3. Participants: hand up if you think you are doing scientific research
4. SF: pseudo-scientific research compared to scientific research
5. Participants: hand up if you still think you are doing scientific research
6. Q&A: how can participants implement scientific best practice in applied research
7. Conclusion: why not being scientific is not being practical
8. Wrap up & workshop closing

Workshop moderator:

Stephen Fox MSc PhD
Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Adjunct professor, Tampere University of Technology

Dr. Fox as twenty-five years of experience industry: as an apprentice; craftsman, supervisor, manager and director. He obtained all his vocational, technical, and higher qualifications while working full-time in industry. His research and development work is published in a wide range of periodicals including: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology; Journal of Architectural Engineering; Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management; Technology Forecasting and Social Change; Technology in Society.