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Writing Meaningful Introductions

Introductions to academic texts are supposed to raise and clarify expectations. Their purpose is to prepare interested readers for what they will learn on the following pages. This generally includes the question dealt with by the author, an explanation as to why the question is raised (its scientific relevance) and a short description of the methodological approach.

In the Master’s course on Organizations offered at the university’s Faculty of Sociology during winter semester 2012/13, which was conceived as a writing workshop, participants dedicated themselves to the crux of writing a meaningful introduction. What emerged from this are twelve recommendations for successful introductions to academic texts that can serve as models.


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