7th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies
Regent’s College, London, UK
19-20 June 2008
The European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM 2008) 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.
Topics may include, but are not limited to: Theoretical and empirical research; Action 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; 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; Online research methods; Visual methodologies; Research in the Middle East; Relativist approaches to qualitative research.
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