9th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM)

Venue: IE Business School

Location: Madrid, Spain

Event Date/Time: Jun 24, 2010 End Date/Time: Jun 25, 2010
Registration Date: May 20, 2010
Early Registration Date: Apr 15, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 03, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Jan 21, 2010
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The European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM 2010) is an opportunity for academics to share the latest thinking on research strategies, tactics and paradigms. The variety of methods in common use and the continuing debate on what constitutes ‘new knowledge’ makes this a lively field and one which affects all academics and others involved in business research. The search for new ideas, new methodologies and even new paradigms is both endless and fascinating. This conference offers an opportunity to engage with contemporary thinking in Business research and join in the sometimes lively debates, inside and outside of the formal sessions, that are a regular feature of the conference.

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. Research in progress, case studies, poster submissions and proposals for roundtable discussions based on the main themes are also invited. Practitioner contributions and product demonstrations relevant to the conference are also invited

Submission details are given below. 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

§ Research in the Middle East
§ Agent based approaches in business research

§ Case study research method
§ Delphi method

§ Computer modelling and simulation
§ Action research

§ Online research methods
§ Visual methodologies

§ Use of self-research and autobiographies as a means of undertaking and reporting research
§ Relativist approaches to qualitative research.

Teaching research methods:

§ Embedding a research culture into teaching
§ How research methods can be relevant in business

§ Managing the transition from didactic learning to learning through research
§ Teaching research skills effectively

§ The challenge of adopting analytical, rather than descriptive, approaches.
§ Avoiding, and detecting, plagiarism

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.