8th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM 2009)
Venue: University of Malta
|Event Date/Time: Jun 22, 2009||End Date/Time: Jun 23, 2009|
As in previous years, the conference committee is interested in both theoretical and practical papers concerning research models and methods. We are also interested in case studies that demonstrate how research strategies have been applied and about the lessons learned therefrom. Papers will be welcome on a wide range of research paradigms, including critical analysis, discourse analysis, adaptive structuration theory, ethnography, ontology, epistemology, conjoint analysis, cluster analysis, naturalistic enquiry, case studies, hermeneutic methods, critical systemic thinking, hermeneutic dialectics, structural equation modelling, observational studies, participatory appraisals, etc.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
General topics: Theoretical and empirical research; The use of qualitative and quantitative research methods; Economic research; IT adoption research; Evaluation research; Design-oriented research; Developing research proposals; Dissertation development process; Getting academic papers accepted by journals; Research design and triangulation; Concept verification; Theory development; Research protocols; Research supervision; Research questions; Research ethics; Field-work; Reflexivity; Reflective practice; Problem solving; Data structuring; Usability scale implementation; Replication logic; Experimental procedures; Human subjects; Codes of conduct; Business and management education; Conjoint analysis, cluster analysis and segmentation; Mutual research designs; The role of Paradigms in business and IS research; Paradigmatic divide; Interpretative theory; Focus groups; Researcher roles; Mixed designs; Marketing research; Intercultural research; Design research; Use of self-research and autobiographies as a means of undertaking and reporting research; Agent based approaches in business research; Case study research method; Delphi method; Computer modelling and simulation; Action research; Online research methods; Visual methodologies; Research in the Middle East; Relativist approaches to qualitative research.
Teaching research methods; How research methods can be relevant in business; Embedding a research culture into teaching; Teaching research skills effectively; Managing the transition from didactic learning to learning through research; Avoiding, and detecting, plagiarism; The challenge of adopting analytical, rather than descriptive, approaches.
Researching Sensitive issues: Confidentiality and ethics; Ethnicity; race; gender; age; disability; sexuality; ill-health; mental health; stress; relationships at work; intimacy; bullying; emotions in organisations; ideology; propaganda; union membership; whistle blowing; trust and distrust; honesty; work and home life balance; superstitions; belief and disbelief; faith; religion and cultural practices.
Mixed methods: Purposes of mixing methods; Prioritisation; Sequential or concurrent methodologies; Waving; The use of narratives to add meaning; Innovative ways of integrating qualitative and quantitative data; Paradigm mixing problems and standardisation issues; Computer technologies for integrating mixed method data.
Grounded theory: Empirical applications; Theoretical papers; Classical grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss); Revised grounded theory; Combination of classical and revised approaches; Grounded theory with multi-methods; Grounded theory combined with case study; Computer based support of grounded theory (eg. Atlas.ti, Nudist); Grounded theory uses in any business & management feld of interest; The future of grounded theory; Grounded theory and post-modernism; Critiques of the processes of grounded theory.
Papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings. ECRM Proceedings have an ISBN and are listed in the Thomson ISI Index Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings (ISSHP/ISI Proceedings) and the Thomson Index to Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings (ISSHP). Papers will also be considered for publication in a special issue of the Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods. The latest issue of the journal is available to read online.