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The one-hour free webinar 'Research design with Idea Puzzle' was lectured by Ricardo Morais 313 times in 95 higher education institutions from 26 countries. Some doctoral schools also offer a course on research design with Idea Puzzle:

 Belgium, European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (4 ECTS)
 Estonia, Estonian Business School (3 ECTS)
 Portugal, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (4 sessions)
 Spain, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (1 ECTS)
 Spain, Asociación Iberoamericana de Control de Gestión (4 sessions)


1. Relation between epistemology, methodology, ontology, and axiology;

2. Coherence between theory, method, data, rhetoric, and authorship;

3. Empirical research as a system of 21 dilemmatic decisions.


PhD candidates, supervisors, and methodology teachers in any field of knowledge.



After the webinar, participants will be able to coherently align the theory, method, data, rhetoric, and authorship of a research proposal, article or thesis in the light of Philosophy of Science. They will also be able to review the strengths and weaknesses of a research project in any field of knowledge.



Ricardo Morais, married and father of three daughters, is Assistant Professor of Management at Católica Porto Business School and Director of Idea Puzzle. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, having graduated in Management from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. He is also an alumnus of HPI School of Design Thinking in Germany. His research interests are interdisciplinary, including Philosophy of Science, Strategic Management, and Design Thinking. Since 2002, he has published more than 30 academic articles, chapters, and papers about these topics and lectured in 95 higher education institutions from 26 countries. He is a member of the Philosophy of Science Association, Strategic Management Society, and Academy of Management. 

Previous webinars
Australia, Flinders University
Australia, Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference
Austria, International Society for Professional Innovation Management Conference
Belgium, European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM)
Belgium, European University Association Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE)
Belgium, European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc)
Brazil, Universidade Católica do Salvador
 Brazil, Universidade Federal de Goiás
Brazil, Universidade Federal do Pará

Chile, Universidad Catolica de la Santisima Concepción
Chile, Universidad de Concepción
Chile, Universidad del Bío-Bío
 Colombia, Universidad de San Buenaventura Cali, Ibero-American Congress of Management Control
Denmark, Aalborg University
Denmark, Southern Denmark University
Estonia, Estonian Business School
Finland, Aalto University
Finland, Finnish Graduate School of Applied Bioscience
Finland, HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences
Finland, Hanken School of Economics
 Finland, The Finnish Doctoral Programme in Business Studies (KATAJA)
Finland, University of Jyväskylä
Finland, University of Tampere
 Finland, University of Vaasa
Germany, Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden
 Indonesia, Telkom University
 Ireland, Doctoral Net

Lithuania, ISM University of Management and Economics
New Zealand, University of Auckland
Pakistan, GC University Lahore
 Poland, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Portugal, Academia Militar
Portugal, Escola Superior Artística do Porto
Portugal, Escola Superior de Saúde de Viana do Castelo
Portugal, Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde do Porto
Portugal, Escola Superior de Turismo e Tecnologia do Mar
Portugal, Escola Superior Gallaecia
Portugal, Escola Superior Náutica Infante D. Henrique
Portugal, Instituto de Estudos Superiores de Fafe
Portugal, Instituto de Telecomunicações
Portugal, Instituto Piaget
Portugal, Instituto Politécnico da Guarda
 Portugal, Instituto Politécnico de Beja

Portugal, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
Portugal, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa
Portugal, Instituto Politécnico de Santarém
Portugal, Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave
Portugal, Instituto Português de Administração de Marketing
Portugal, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão
Portugal, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Portugal, ISCTE
Portugal, ISMAI
Portugal, Sociedade Portuguesa de Terapia da Fala
Portugal, Universidade Aberta
Portugal, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Portugal, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Portugal, Universidade da Beira Interior
Portugal, Universidade da Madeira
Portugal, Universidade de Aveiro
Portugal, Universidade de Coimbra
Portugal, Universidade de Évora
Portugal, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal, Universidade do Algarve
 Portugal, Universidade do Minho

Portugal, Universidade do Porto
Portugal, Universidade Europeia 
Portugal, Universidade Fernando Pessoa
Portugal, Universidade Lusíada
Portugal, Universidade Lusófona
Portugal, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Portugal, Universidade Portucalense
Portugal, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
 Romania, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi
 Romania, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi

Slovakia, University of Economics in Bratislava
 South Africa, University of the Western Cape
 Spain, Asociación Iberoamericana de Control de Gestión

Spain, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Spain, Universidad de La Coruña
Spain, Universidad de León
Spain, Universidad Nebrija
Spain, Universidade de Vigo
Spain, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Spain, Universitat de Barcelona
Spain, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Spain, Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Sweden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Sweden, Stockholm School of Economics
Sweden, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship
Sweden, University of Uppsala
Switzerland, University of St. Gallen
 United Arab Emirates, University of Wollongong in Dubai

United Kingdom, University of Lancaster
United Kingdom, University of Salford
United States, UCLA University of California, Los Angeles