The Research Methods and Research Practice (RM&RP) strategic interest group (SIG) exists to promote debates – and stimulate innovation – around all aspects of academic research, from its conception through to its execution, the subsequent development of theory and the dissemination of findings and knowledge. The RM&RP SIG seeks to draw understanding about research methods and research practice from all business and management disciplines including Accounting, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, Learning and Development, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behaviour, Strategy, and Systems Management. By sharing novel approaches and advancing knowledge about the usefulness of different methods and the facilitators of – and constraints on – the use of those methods in the research and broader environment, it seeks to enable researchers to improve the design and execution of their research and its dissemination. Good research approaches are indispensable to the asking of important research questions, the development of useful theories and meaningful engagement with broader societies. The RM&RP SIG aims to stimulate debate in a supportive environment in which all levels of academic from doctoral students through to senior professors feel at home. The RM&RP SIG aims to promote understanding across national borders and to draw strength from the diversity of research approaches that exist across Europe and beyond. It seeks to generate continuous debate between conferences through its use of a range of different media including electronic newsletters and a presence on the world wide web.
SIG Plenary Chairs:
Prof. Dr Petra Poljsak-Rosinski (BAU International Berlin – University of Applied Sciences) - poljsak-rosinski@
SIG Communication Officer:
GT12_00 Research Methods and Research Practice General Track
Management academics' capability to contribute to the development of knowledge in the future will depend on their ability to develop and apply appropriate methods to generate and interpret findings and to consider suitable theories to guide action for the application of that knowledge. The RM&RP track invites papers on all kinds of research methods, analytical techniques, epistemological and ontological approaches and management theories. It also welcomes papers on the future challenges facing researchers including the establishment of trust in their research, gaining access, co-creating knowledge with different stakeholders, working internationally, catering for different audiences and promoting positive impact.
RESEARCH METHODS AND RESEARCH PRACTICE SIG STANDING TRACKS
ST12_01 - Evolutionary Approaches in Management Research
How do open, adaptive systems in socio-economic contexts, such as firms and industrial networks, evolve? This track aims to build on the growing body of evolution-based research within disciplines such as management, business history, marketing, decision making, entrepreneurship and innovation, economic geography, philosophy and psychology. In the production of knowledge regarding the evolution of socio-economic systems, we encourage the exploration of a wide range of methods, as well as discussions on how these can advance evolutionary-oriented management research. Thus, perspectives based on multi-level co-evolution, system thinking, ecology, memes, or agent-based modelling, constitute only examples of the welcomed submissions.
ST12_02 - Management and Organization Theory
As researchers in management and organization, we want to develop or apply adequate, impactful, and future proof theories. Yet, there is more concern than ever that "management theory is a becoming a compendium of dead ideas" (The Economist) and that there is a lack of up-to-date management and organization theories (Panel I @EURAM 2018). The "Management and Organization Theory" track is a response to this theoretical vacuum. Open to all paradigms, it invites decidedly theoretical and conceptual contributions from scholars with backgrounds in management and organization studies, sociology, economics, anthropology, history, information science, and communication studies, and other relevant disciplines.
ST12_03 - Research Methods for Complex Adaptive Systems
This topic is open to research on a variety of methods that would help identify, describe, categorise, analyse, forecast, and/or evaluate those systems that show adaptability to a level that depict complexity. Organisations show, to some extent, these elements and have been labeled complex adaptive social systems. While complexity is not new in management studies, recent technological developments and related methodologies have made it tractable. Hence, the topic is directed to any methods—qualitative, quantitative, simulation, hybrid, mixed—that show how complex adaptive social systems are, could, or should be studied.
RESEARCH METHODS AND RESEARCH PRACTICE SIG TRACKS
T12_04 - Research Methods in Ostrom's Governance Studies
Elinor Ostrom and colleagues inspire large audience and active researchers when applying their various research methodologies to governance studies.
This EURAM topic proposal invites submission of work in construction as much as finalized research report to interact.
T06_13 - Necessary Condition Analysis. Method and Applications (co-sponsored by Innovation SIG-06, Research Methods and Research Practice (RM&RP) SIG-12 and Strategic Management SIG-13)
Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) is a novel methodology, recently published in Organizational Research Methods. The method has already been applied in fields such as innovation, strategy, entrepreneurship, organizational behaviour, and human resource management. Given the novelty of the method the goal of this track is twofold:
- Give a platform to researchers who apply NCA to present their draft papers (contributions based on full paper, competitive sessions).
- Support researchers who have started or intend to apply NCA and help them to develop this towards a publication (contributions based on extended abstract, paper and idea development sessions).