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, the subsequent development of theory and the dissemination of findings and knowledge. 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 its dissemination. Good research approaches are indispensable to the asking of important research questions, the development of useful theories and meaningful engagement with broader societies. 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 aims 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.
Main Track Chairs:
SIG Plenary Chairs:
Prof. Dr Petra Poljsak-Rosinski (BAU International Berlin – University of Applied Sciences) - poljsak-rosinski@
SIG Communication Officer:
GT 12_00 Research Methods and Research Practice General Track
Management academics' capability to turn research into action will depend on their ability to develop and apply appropriate methods to generate and interpret findings and to consider suitable theories to guide action for the application of that knowledge. The RM&RP track invites papers on all kinds of research methods, analytical techniques, epistemological and ontological approaches, management theories. It also welcomes papers on the challenges faced by researchers including building trust, gaining access, co-creating knowledge with different stakeholders, working internationally, catering for different audiences and promoting positive impact.
RESEARCH METHODS & RESEARCH PRACTICE SIG TRACKS
T 12_01 Developing an Evolutionary Epistemology? Evolutionary Approaches in Management Research
The track builds on a constantly growing body of evolution-based research within a wide range of disciplines such as management, organization, decision making, entrepreneurship and innovation, economic geography, philosophy and psychology. This is why, from both conceptual and methodological points of view, the track is open to all the various (and also cross-disciplinary) approaches flourished in the organizational evolution research area over time. Thus, perspectives based on multi-level co-evolution, system thinking, ecology, memes, or agent-based modelling, constitute only examples of the welcomed submissions. In line with the EURAM 2018 Conference theme, submissions with a strong practitioner orientation are particularly encouraged.
T 12_02 Management Theory
The Management Theory General Track invites contributions to the fields of management and organisation theory. Open to all paradigms, we welcome papers that address the general significance of theory in our fields or reappraise classical key concepts and their adequacy to the post-millennium context. Submission may be fascinated with smallest details or grandest narratives of management and organisation theory. We are also keen to hear from examples of theory in action as well as exemplars of theories that resist application. Yet another set of contributions might explore futures of management and organization theory. Management Theory General Track is your track if you wish to meet and discuss with a theory-oriented, field experienced, and paradigmatically diverse group of researchers in management and organization.
T 12_03 Management Theory and Social Theory (Co-Organised by the European Sociological Association)
If it is true that management theory is a becoming a compendium of dead ideas (The Economist, 17.12.2016), then one action that would reverse the trend is the interaction of management research and its neighbouring disciplines. In this spirit, the European Academy of Management and the European Sociological Association are pleased to co-sponsor the Management Theory and Social Theory track at the European Academy of Management Confrerence 2018 in Reykjavík, which invites theoretical and conceptual contributions from scholars with backgrounds in management, sociology, economics, and further social sciences. Interdisciplinary by nature, social theory provides a mirror in which to reflect both management science and its reflection theories, and the aim of this track clearly is to turn social theoretical feedback of all paradigmatic backgrounds into a source of inspiration for management theories of the 21st century.
T 12_04 Theories of Management, Information, and Systems
The Theories of Management, Information, and Systems track's main objective is to stimulate debate and confront different views regarding the use of information systems to support strategic practice and management theory building. We also welcome theoretical, conceptual, and experimental contributions on formal modelling including game theoretic approaches or computational approaches such as system dynamics, agent-based modelling, genetic algorithms, or neural networks. Moreover, we are keen to read submissions combining theoretical interest with rigorous methodology to deal with complexity when articulating long-term scenarios in general and those that appear as unexpected, counterintuitive, and undesired in particular.
T 12_05 The New Frontier: Combining Computational, Qualitative, and Quantitative Methods
This topic is open to research on advanced computational/mathematical modeling and simulation techniques applied to management as well as to any combination of qualitative, quantitative, and computational methods. It aims at attracting methodological points, case study applications, technical advancements, software developments and applications, epistemological and philosophical views, and studies that simply apply computational and/or mathematical techniques together with qualitative and/or quantitative methods, broadly defined. Papers relevant to this topic may include simple methodological points, cases or studies that use one method but indicate how to move research forward using multiple methods.
T 12_06 Using persuasion science in practice
People are central to the success of any project. Understanding and influencing people’s behaviour should be a part of every project, yet this is frequently overlooked. Persuasion or behavioural science is the study of why people act the way they do. It explains the reasons behind people’s actions and decisions, based on evidence from psychology and sociology. This topic invites scholars to discuss cases where people’s behaviour has been central to a project’s progress, how they have influenced behaviour, and how principles of persuasion science can be applied to explain and inform decisions made by stakeholders, workers and consumers.