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 and dissemination. 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 to find ways of disseminating the findings of that research to all parts of the broader community who might be affected by that research and have an interest in it. 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’s objective is 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. The RM&RP SIG celebrates the intellectual diversity that exists both within and outside of Europe and it seeks to use that diversity to help facilitate advancement in research methods, research practice, and the knowledge that stems from those methods and practice.
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GT 12_00 Research Methods and Research Practice General Track
Management academics' capability to manage their co-operation with industry, public bodies, civil society institutions and broader communities depend on their ability to generate reliable research in settings over which they may exercise limited control. The Research Methods and Research Practice track welcomes papers on all types of research methods of data collection and analysis and their application from any intellectual standpoint. Contributions on challenges faced when seeking to operationalise research methods are especially welcome. Examples of such challenges include building trust and gaining access, working cross-nationally, catering for different audiences and promoting positive impacts.
RESEARCH METHODS AND RESEARCH PRACTICE STANDING TRACK
ST 12_01 Developing an Evolutionary Epistemology? Evolutionary Approaches in Management Research
How do social organizations evolve? This track seeks to contribute to the lively critical discussion about the possibility and opportunity to develop an evolutionary epistemology in management research. Scholars have provided much debate on what common features and differences exist in how organisms and organizations behave. Thus, the track aims to attract contributions interested in elaborating on whether important phenomena associated with the current practice of business can be conscientiously explained through the partial (or general) adoption of Charles Darwin’s thought in social sciences. This is why, from both conceptual and methodological points of view, the track is open to all the various approaches that flourished in the organizational evolution research field over time. Perspectives based on co-evolution, system thinking, ecology, memetics or agent-based modelling are only examples of the welcomed submissions. Cross-disciplinary approaches are also encouraged.