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Call for Papers, Posters, Round Table Proposals, Practitioner Contributions and Product Demonstrations


Each year the European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM) provides a forum to meet and exchange views on our lives as researchers and academics, with others who understand the world in which we live. Over a few days, with those impassioned with all that is and could be methodology, we hear the words ‘paradigm’, ‘mixed methods’, ‘research strategies’ and many more, both in the formal sessions and later around meal tables and elsewhere.  For many participants this conference has become an eagerly awaited stop on the personal voyage of discovery that is ‘research’. 

Publication opportunity

Papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings. ECRM Proceedings have an ISBN and are accredited on various lists. Click the star in the right hand box to view these accreditations. Papers will also be considered for publication in a special issue of the Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods. The latest issue of the journal is available to read online.

The conference committee is attracted by both theoretical and practical papers on many subjects, as well as by innovative ideas and experiences. We are also interested in case studies that demonstrate how research strategies have been applied and the lessons learned. We welcome contributions on many topics, presenting a range of scholarly approaches. theoretical and empirical papers employing qualitative, quantitative and critical methods are eagerly awaited. Action research, case studies and work-in-progress/posters are welcomed approaches. PhD Research, proposals for roundtable discussions, non-academic contributions and product demonstrations based on the main themes are also invited. You can find full details in the submission types document (.pdf format).

In addition to the main conference topics below, submissions are welcomed to eight mini tracks: Critical Management Research, chaired by Dr Andrew Armitage of Anglia Ruskin University, UK; Teaching Research Methods and Methodologies, co-chaired by Dr Marie Ashwin, Normandy Business School, France and Dr Angela M. Benson, University of Brighton, UK; Research Methodologies for Project Management, co-chaired by Dr Gary Bell of London South Bank University, UK, Dr Roger Atkinson of Bournemouth University, UK and Professor Jon Warwick of London South Bank University, UK; Ethnographic Research Methods, chaired by Dr Ann Brown of City University London, UK; Unleashing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry, chaired by Dr Renalde Huysamen, University of the Free State, South Africa; Mixed Methods – A Different Approach?, chaired by Jonathan Lord, University of Salford, UK Innovations in Research Data Management Principles and Praxis, chaired by Professor Julie McLeod, Northumbria University, UK; Researching the Student Experience in Higher Education, chaired by Professsor Jim Stewart, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and Agent-Based Modelling Methodologies and Applications, chaired by Dr Kevin Voges, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Details of how to submit are given below. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

General topics:   

§         Projective techniques

§         Scales development and constructs measurement

§         Methods for Ensuring Survey Research Quality

§         The use of qualitative and quantitative research methods

§         Theoretical and empirical research

§         IT adoption research

§         Economic research

§         Design-oriented research

§         Evaluation research

§         Dissertation development process

§         Developing research proposals

§         Research design and triangulation

§         Getting academic papers accepted by journals

§         Theory development

§         Concept verification

§         Research supervision

§         Research protocols

§         Research ethics

§         Research questions

§         Reflexivity

§         Field-work

§         Problem solving

§         Reflective practice

§         Usability scale implementation

§         Data structuring

§         Experimental procedures

§         Replication logic

§         Codes of conduct

§         Human subjects

§         Conjoint analysis, cluster analysis and segmentation

§         Business and management education

§         The role of Paradigms in business and IS research

§         Mutual research designs

§         Interpretative theory

§         Paradigmatic divide

§         Researcher roles

§         Focus groups

§         Marketing research

§         Mixed designs

§         Design research

§         Intercultural research

§         Agent based approaches in business research

§         Research in the Middle East

§         Delphi method

§         Case study research method

§         Action research

§         Computer modelling and simulation

§         Visual methodologies

§         Online research methods

§         Relativist approaches to qualitative research.

§         Use of self-research and autobiographies as a means of undertaking and reporting research

§         Research teaching within 21st century higher education institutions

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.

§         Ethnography and the Risky Workplace

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Prizes will be awarded for the best
PhD paper and best poster

Mini track Call for Papers: Critical Management Research
Track Chair:
Dr Andrew Armitage, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Critical Management Research (CMR) is a response to organisational domination, that advocates emancipatory, ethical and creative research practices that upholds the dignity and  values of those who take part in a research study or project, whether it be the researcher or the researched. CMR thus aims to challenge and rupture social reality that is espoused by traditional quantitative and qualitative research approaches. As such, CMR turns its attentions towards, and questions the asymmetrical power relations engendered within modernist political, social, economic, and cultural contexts, and articulates the relationship between the two diverse intellectual traditions of critical theory and postmodernism in order to question the “given” social order to be found in organisational and wider societal settings of human engagement.

It is intended that this mini track will attract an eclectic set of submissions from those who have an interest, or are conducting research studies that focus upon the ethical and human aspects of the research act. Papers considered for this mini track can be either empirical studies or theoretical/positional papers that explore how CMS has, and can contribute towards more authentic research practices both in terms of process and ethical considerations. Submissions could include, for example, the use of dialogue and dialogical studies and methodologies, participatory research, action research, gender studies, critical ethnographies, postmodernist perspectives, the relationship and use of art to research organisational contexts, post-structuralism and organisational power relations.

Possible themes could include:     

§         Critical perspectives in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research: Approaches, problems and solutions

§         Critical Research: Emancipatory, participatory and democratic organisational practices  

§         Ethics and critical research

§         Critical research, reflexivity and self

§         Doing critical research: Methodological and methods of enquiry  - insights and perspectives

Andrew Armitage

Mini track Call for Papers: Teaching Research Methods and Methodologies
Track Co-Chairs:
Dr Marie Ashwin, Normandy Business School, France and Dr Angela M. Benson, University of Brighton, UK

The teaching of research methods is a core component of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Over the past decade continued increases in student numbers, class sizes and the reality of relatively inexpensive and easily accessible computer processing power have had significant implications both for how research methods is taught and for what is taught. In addition to this, the internationalisation of the student population in institutions across the globe requires an awareness of the cultural differences linked to different models of pedagogy. As we teach and support students within an environment that promotes self-directed learning, there is a need to address the differences between the research activity and their previous academic experiences.

Two core themes run throughout this track. A range of options are given below but we are happy to consider other topics.

1. The teaching of research methods and methodologies

§         course design and innovative teaching methods (including blended learning and supporting distance learners)

§         data collection and/or analysis techniques

§         research philosophies

2. Support and guidance throughout the research process

§         avoiding plagiarism

§         supervision at all levels

§         integrating research ethics

Marie Ashwin

Angela M. Benson

Mini track Call for Papers: Research Methodologies for Project Management
Track Co-Chairs:
Dr Gary Bell, London South Bank University, UK, Dr Roger Atkinson, Bournemouth University, UK and Professor Jon Warwick, London South Bank University, UK

Organisationas are continually evolving which has lead to increased levels of change.  Projects are a means by which change is introduced.  Moreover, the management of projects is becoming a critical issue for business.  However, too many projects are associated with the symptoms of cost overrun, schedule slippage and poor quality.  This has led to new thinking within the project management community.  Recently, projects have been described as highly complex phenomenon.  This has encouraged the use of alternative approaches (associated with different disciplines) being applied to various complex project problems.  At the same time those involved with the education for project management are considering the best methods to identify both the topics that need to be included and how those can best be learned or experienced and finally how the assessment of knowledge, understanding,  application and experience can be achieved.   The mini-track allows presenters to discuss their project management related study and highlight the underpinning research methodology.  The overarching aim of the mini-track is to facilitate discussions about the ‘development of knowledge and nature of knowledge’ also how to achieve excellence in learning and teaching within the project management discipline.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

§         Discussions about scientific philosophy, social theory and metaphors.

§         Ontological issues ,e.g. complexity and uncertainty

§         The utility of Soft and Hard Operational Research approaches, e.g. Cognitive Mapping and System Dynamics.

§         The use of research design in the rigorous development of new theory, methodology, and explanations that informs practice.

§         Discussions on the applicability of interpretive research strategy, e.g. action research

§         Connectivity and puzzles between Operational Research methodology and Research methodology

§         Exploring Research Methodology and General Systems Theory

§         Research into excellence in Learning and Teaching of project management

Gary Bell

Roger Atkinson

Jon Warwick

Mini track Call for Papers: Ethnographic Research Methods
Track Chair:
Dr Ann Brown, City University London, UK

Ethnographic researchers try to immerse themselves in a setting and become part of the group being investigated in order to understand the meanings that actors put upon phenomena or situations. Since organisations can be viewed as societies with their own peculiar customs and practices, ethnographic research is well suited to the study of management in organizations and can yield results which are inherently more valid and relevant to the organizational actors. It produces an extra-ordinary depth of knowledge on the context of the research study and can therefore produce rich insight into the problem. First-hand knowledge of what happens in the field may contradict commonly held assumptions, highlight hidden agendas and reveal fundamental misconceptions. Nonetheless, it still forms only a small subgroup of empirical studies in Business and IS journals. The method is time consuming and presents a number of problems in application. The purpose of this minitrack is to assemble and publicise work being carried out by this method with the aim of exploring when this choice of method is appropriate and valuable and of helping researchers plan and implement research studies using this technique.  

Possible themes could include:     

§         Cases using ethnographic methods illustrating the strengths and weaknesses of the method

§         The application of  Empirical ethnographic methods

§         The evaluation of empirical Ethnographic work

§         Examples of Professionally Qualified Doctoral Student (PQDS) work (see Klein and Rowe (2008))

§         Comparison of ethnographic methods with other qualitative research methods

Ann Brown

Mini track Call for Papers: Unleashing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry
Track Chair:
Dr Renalde Huysamen, University of the Free State, South Africa

Appreciative Inquiry is an innovative action research model introduced in 1986 that has become popular with a large number of organisation development practitioners worldwide. This track is designed to provide presenters with the opportunity to inspire delegates for developing an Appreciative Organisation through appreciative inquiry as a methodology. Papers for this track focus on appreciative inquiry as an action research model that creates effective transformation

The core theme is Experience AI across Organisations and Communities, within organisations and beyond the workplace. A range of options are given below but we are happy to consider other topics.

§         Utilising AI in order to cope with global challenges that calls for partnerships to be formed between organisations and communities/society.

§          Appreciative sharing of knowledge and valuing organisational change.

§         The powerful processes of appreciation thrive in all domains of organisational life. The domain of leadership is an optimal venue for unleashing these forces.

§         Utilising AI to generate dialogues that lead to a new reality/vision/product.

§         Applying AI beyond the workplace in one's life, the family or wherever we connect or play or collaborate.

Renalde Huysamen

Mini track Call for Papers: Mixed Methods – A Different Approach?pdficon_large.gif
Track Chair:
Jonathan Lord, University of Salford, UK

The use of Mixed Methods research has increased considerably over the last decade and therefore will be of useful to researchers undertaking this research technique, to those sceptics of mixed methods and those that don’t understand / miss-interpret mixed methods will benefit from sessions on this topic. I’m currently undertaking a mixed methods study at the moment so it is quite relevant and interesting to me at present as well.

Key topics include:     

§         The nature of mixed method research

§         How to collect mixed method data

§         Why use a mixed method approach to data collection

§         Analysing and interpreting data in mixed method research

§         The various models of mixed method research

Jonathan Lord

Mini track Call for Papers: Innovations in Research Data Management Principles and Praxis pdficon_large.gif
Track Chair:
Professor Julie McLeod, Northumbria University, UK

Good data is need for good business and management and good research data management (RDM) is required wherever research takes place. The importance of managing research data effectively and efficiently is being emphasised by national and international external drivers, in particular:

§           research funder requirements (e.g. ESRC Research Data Policy.

§           regulatory compliance e.g. Freedom of Information and Data Protection

§           a general societal drive for greater openness, transparency and accountability.

Additionally, developments in digital technologies have changed the way research is done, providing new opportunities for doing research and also presenting challenges for managing research data and information.

This track will share developments in supporting and promoting good RDM including infrastructure, systems and tools, training and implementation strategies. It will also facilitate debate about future directions in RDM and implications for the HE sector.

Key topics include:     

      infrastructure i.e. policy and procedures, human and technical

      systems and tools e.g. citing, linking and integrating research data; data management plans

      knowledge, skills and training for researchers and research support staff


      impact of RDM on research strategy and policy & implications for all research stakeholders


Case studies relevant to RDM in the business and management context are particularly welcome as are papers on other relevant aspects of RDM.

Julie McLeod

Mini track Call for Papers: Researching the Student Experience in Higher Education pdficon_large.gif
Track Chair:
Professor Jim Stewart, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Higher education in the UK is subject to increasing forms of measurement and evaluation. Measures are focused primarily on attempts to assess and evaluate effectiveness of the student experience and student satisfaction. There is though often confusion and, not unusually, conflation of the two distinct concepts of effectiveness and satisfaction. This is true of measures applied internally and externally at module, course, programme, faculty and university levels. There is also an increasing focus on evaluating specific aspects of the student experience and assumed outcomes; e.g. enterprise characteristics and employability. This measurement orientated context is leading to increasing interest in design of evaluation research studies, and projects concerned with identifying appropriate methods for collection and analysis of relevant data. This mini track is therefore intended to provide a forum for papers addressing debates on the purposes, design and implementation of evaluation research in higher education. Any and all foci are of relevance to the track and we will not be exclusive in selecting papers from other disciplines so long as matters to do with evaluation are addressed.

Key topics include:     

§         Conceptual papers on measures of effectiveness in HE

§                                 Conceptual papers on measures of student satisfaction in HE

§                                 Conceptual papers on design of evaluation studies in HE

§                                 Reports of and reflections on design of evaluation studies in HE

§                                 Reports of and reflection on implementation of evaluation studies in HE

§                                 Papers reporting and reflecting on conceptual and/or empirical work related to evaluating specific aspects of HE programmes; e.g. enterprise, employability, internationalisation. 

Jim Stewart

Mini track Call for Papers: Agent-Based Modelling Methodologies and Applications pdficon_large.gif
Track Chair:
Associate Professor Kevin Voges, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Papers exploring both the theoretical and practical applications of agent-based modelling are sought from both academics and practitioners. Papers demonstrating practical applications are particularly welcome. Traditional models of employee and consumer behaviour often employ techniques that analyse aggregated variables such as attitudes and intentions. However the top-down approach of these traditional methods cannot deal with key factors influencing behaviour, such as the role of social networks in propagating attitudes. New modelling methodologies, based on developments in computational-based disciplines, have become available in the last few decades in an attempt to deal with these limitations.

One such methodology is agent-based modelling, where the dynamic nature of individuals can be incorporated into any models developed. An agent is a software entity that is situated in an environment and is able to sense the characteristics of that environment (including other agents) and act autonomously within it. Agent-based modelling uses these agents as the basic entities in an artificial social system in which the agents interact with each other and the environment in reasonably realistic ways, such as monitoring and communicating with other agents and achieving goals.

This mini track will explore the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of agent based modelling in a variety of management settings. Possible topics include:     

§         Artificial societies, economies, markets, and social simulation

§         Simulation techniques, tools and environments

§         Agent behaviours – planning, reasoning, cognitive models, knowledge representation, belief revision, bounded rationality,

§         Social behaviours – communication, game theory, social choice theory, auctions, bargaining, negotiation

§         Applications of agent-based modelling methodologies

Kevin Voges

Submission details:

Abstract details:

All submission types require an abstract in the first instance. The Abstract should be a minimum of 300 and no more than 500 words including up to five keywords and keyphrases to be received by 9 December 2011 3 January 2012. Please read the Abstract Guidelines before submitting.


Online via the submission form. Please ensure that you complete all relevant sections of the form, including the conference track the abstract is intended for, the proposed title for the paper, the full names (first name and surname, not initials) and email addresses of all authors and a postal address and telephone number for at least one contact author. Please indicate clearly if the contact author is not the lead author.

Full paper:

Only required after acceptance of abstract and not to be more than 5,000 words including abstract, keywords and references. Submission date will be no later than 27 January 2012. Please read the style guidelines document. Papers should be submitted as .doc or .rtf file attachments by email to the Conference Manager, Julia Hawkins with the submission checklist and copyright form..


Due to the large number of papers expected for this conference, the committee prefers that an author presents only one paper. However, if multiple papers are accepted for publication and presentation, each paper requires a separate registration fee. Author registration and payment must be completed by 25 May 2012 and there are special discounts available for earlybird registration and group bookings, including a special reduced rate for supervisors and students attending together.

Important information

§         The selection panel of the conference committee will consider all abstracts received by the deadline date to ensure that the proposed submission is relevant to the Conference.

§         Abstract selection notifications will then be sent out to relevant authors.

§         All full papers will be double-blind reviewed by members of the conference committee to ensure an adequate standard, that the proposed subject of their abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate and the paper is appropriately referenced.

§         For authors whose first language is not English we request that you have your work proof read prior to submission by a native English speaker (or at least a fluent English speaker). Papers can be rejected due to a poor standard of English. We do offer proof-reading services.

§         Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings providing at least one author registers and presents the work at the Conference (see the registration section of the conference website for more information about registration).

§         Due to the large number of papers expected for this conference, the committee prefers that an author presents only one paper. However, if multiple papers are accepted for publication and presentation, each paper requires a separate registration fee.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline:

09 December 2011

  Now closed

Notification of abstract acceptance:

16 December 2011


Final copy of full paper due:

27 January 2012


Notification of paper acceptance (subject to any requested changes):

6 April 2012


Earlybird registration closes:

20 April 2012

  Now closed

Final paper submission (with changes): 

4 May 2012


Final author payment date:

25 May 2012



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