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 SIG also focuses on problematising and innovating methodological approaches and research practices beyond the academic milieu: how to tailor research designs based on research problems identified by practitioners themselves; how to establish purposeful interfaces concerning the relevance and utility of academic research between requirements for publications in scholarly journals and managers; and how to translate principles of rigorous methods into the sphere of management consultancy and in-house research efforts within corporate and public organisations. 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. As part of this effort, the SIG also encourages innovation through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary application of methods and research designs by engaging with other disciplines, such as Political Science, Social Anthropology, visual methods and Natural Sciences. 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 across disciplinary and research philosophical traditions – and it seeks to use that diversity to help facilitate advancement in research methods, research practice, engagement with practitioners in international work-life and the knowledge that stems from those methods and practice.
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 and discipline. Papers on challenges faced when seeking to operationalise research methods during field-research of international work-life and/or within work organisations are especially welcome. Examples of such challenges include, but are not exclusive to: building trust and gaining access, working cross-nationally/cross-culturally, catering for different audiences in addition to promoting positive impacts for managers and practitioners through establishing partnerships with non-academic partners as well as disseminating and translating the knowledge produced by management scholars beyond the academic milieu. Authors of outstanding papers will be encouraged to submit them for consideration for publication in the forthcoming “Methodology Matters” section of the European Management Review.