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Dr Gayle Allard
Dr Allard is Professor of Economic Environment and Country Analysis and Vice Rector of Research at IE Business School. At a time when European unemployment rates are soaring, particularly in countries such as France and Germany, her research on the effects of welfare-state policies on employment and unemployment is of particular relevance.
Her most recent areas of focus include how the welfare state affects productivity as well as jobs, and what effect immigration flows have on the labour market. She has developed an indicator for employment-protection legislation that covers all of the OECD countries since 1950, and a new indicator for the generosity of unemployment benefits, called the net reservation wage, for the same countries and period. And as with her research, Prof Allard’s teaching of economic environment and international economics is always done in reference to what is happening in the real world. “I try to touch on everything that’s relevant to business,” she says. “I give real life examples constantly and I’m always bringing up comparative data, different models and different approaches. Operating at the level of the ivory tower just doesn’t seem intuitive and it is natural to me to deal with the real world.”

Gayle Allard

Dr José Esteves
Dr Esteves is Professor on Information Systems at IE Business School and also chair of eGovernment Software AG- Alianza Sumaq which focus on the analysis and understanding of eGovernment initiatives in Spain and Latin America. Focusing on areas such as knowledge management, the implementation of enterprise systems and, more recently, enterprise risk management, Prof Esteves believes it is the way people interact with information technology that will determine the success or failure of its implementation. In addition to his research and teaching, Prof Esteves continues to act as a consultant to a number of companies - something he believes makes an important contribution to his academic activities. And his theories continue to be aired in prominent journals and books, such as his chapter on Understanding ERP Systems Implementation in a Higher Education Institution: A Grounded Theory Approach, in Idea group’s 2004 book Qualitative Case Studies on Enterprise Wide Systems. "Consulting provides fieldwork, data and results because, without examples, it’s all just theory. So it’s a cycle - consulting, research and then applying it in the classes”.

José Esteves

Dr Eileen M. Trauth
Eileen is Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University, with affiliate appointments in Women’s Studies, International Affairs, Labor Studies & Employee Relations, and Management & Organization. Her research is concerned with societal, cultural and organizational influences on information technology and the IT professions with a special focus on diversity and social inclusion. She has lectured about and investigated gender under representation in Europe, Africa, Oceania and North America where she has conducted over 200 interviews with women working in the IT field. Dr. Trauth is editor of Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology (2006), and was the 2008 Universität Klagenfurt (Austria) – Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies. Her current work is on the intersectionality of gender, ethnicity and class in the IT profession.

Eileen Trauth

Dr Isabel Maria Pinto Ramos
Isabel has a doctorate degree in Information Technologies and Systems, specialization in Information Systems Engineering and Management, since 2001. She also has a master degree in Informatics for management. Dr Ramos is an Assistant Professor in the Information Systems Department of the Minho University, Portugal. She is Chair of the Information Systems Master Programs of the University. She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, a member of the editorial board of Enterprise Information Systems and Secretary of the Technical Committee 8 (Information Systems) of IFIP – International Federation for Information Systems.  She has been awarded with the IFIP Outstanding Service Award (2009). Isabel coordinates a research group in Knowledge Management at the University of Minho and advises several PhD and Master dissertations in the area. She is the principal researcher in several projects in partnership with Portuguese companies and governmental agencies. These projects focus organizational memory, distributed cognition supported by Information Systems, and open innovation. She is author and co-author of two books and more than 4 dozens of scientific and technical papers.

Isabel Ramos

Dr George Allan
George studied Grounded Theory as a research methodology under Dr Barney Glaser, the surviving originator of the methodology (Glaser & Strauss, 1967) and has become one of the world’s foremost exponents of Grounded Theory. He has led research seminars on Grounded Theory at the University of Portsmouth, Universitie Putra Malaysia, Trinity College Dublin, Tampa University Florida USA, George Washington University USA, Auckland University, Lincoln University England and now at Victoria University Wellington New Zealand. His current research focus is on the ontological and epistemic grounds for managing projects in developing Information Systems

George Allan

Dr Andrew Armitage
Andrew Armitage is programme director for Postgraduate Training at the Ashcroft International Business School and a tutor for the Open University MBA B852 Research Methods course. He teaches management development and research methods on a diverse range of postgraduate programmes both in the UK and abroad. His research interests are High Performance Working and Wellbeing, and Critical Management Studies. Andrew has also published research and conference papers on the use of Structured Literature Reviews and the autobiographical approach as a method of collecting and reporting research data.

Andrew Armitage

Dr Marie Ashwin
Marie Ashwin is a Professor of Marketing and Management at the Normandy Business School. With almost two decades of experience as a teacher of Academic Research Methods and supervisor to students at all levels of study around the world, she follows developments in this discipline with great interest. Her personal experiences as a part time, mature student have been instrumental in the development of her commitment to the content and process of academic research methodology for tutors and students.

Marie Ashwin

Dr Marian Carcary
Marian completed her PhD in 2008. Her research on ex-post ICT investment evaluation in the Higher Education sector was funded by a research scholarship from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). She previously completed a research MSc degree also funded by IRCSET on the area of ERP systems implementation and a first class honours BBS in Business Computing degree. She has published her research in peer-reviewed academic journals and presented her findings at European conferences and national and international seminars. She currently works as a Teaching Assistant in the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, and has previously lectured in Limerick Institute of Technology and Griffith College.

Marian Carcary

Dr David Douglas

Dr David Douglas is a member of Staffordshire University Business School where he holds various appointments within the University and the Business School’s postgraduate activities. His particular areas of research interest situate within four related fields: 1. Research Methodology - interests in post-positivist and post-modernist approaches, critical and interpretive methodologies with particular interests in grounded theory, case study, and repertory grid analysis. 2. Decision Theory - particular interests in entrepreneurs’ cognitive decision framing, management decision-making, naturalistic decision theory and human decision processes. 3. Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management - particular interests in actors’ interfaces and behaviours. 4. David also has a professional-pedagogical interest in research supervision. David has published a number of ECRM and EJBRM papers.

David Douglas

Dr Wyn Jenkins
Wyn Jenkins is a Senior Lecturer and a Learning and Teaching Fellow in Staffordshire University Business School. He teaches Strategy and Business Research Methods. His present research projects are focused on competitive strategy in a natural environmental context, and student learning. He has published journal articles on competitive strategy, corporate social responsibility, and student performance, and is the joint author of a text book on strategic management.

Wyn Jenkins

Professor Ganesh Prabhu
Ganesh N. Prabhu is Professor of Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. A doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, he has published in Academy of Management Review and Research Policy and was earlier on the editorial board of the Journal of Management. His areas of research and teaching are product innovation, business strategy and entrepreneurship. He teaches doctoral courses in strategy process research and qualitative research as well as executive programs in strategy and product innovation. He did practice case projects for International NGO Research and Training Center UK and University of Pennsylvania Institute for Advanced Study of India.

Ganesh Prabhu

Professor Mark Saunders
Mark Saunders is Professor in Business Research Methods at the University of Surrey School of Management.  He teaches research methods to undergraduate, masters and doctoral students and is co-author of six management textbooks. These include Research Methods for Business Students (2009, 5th edition, Financial Times Prentice Hall), which has also been translated into Chinese, Dutch, Vietnamese and Russian and Statistics: What you really need to know ( 2008, McGraw Hill).  His research focuses upon research methods (including online methods and tools for understanding and improving organizational relationships) and human resource aspects of the management of change.

Mark Saunders

Dr Jocene Vallack
Dr Vallack is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow in Education at CQ University, in Australia. Her postgraduate theses were about qualitative research methodologies and arts-based research. Jocene created Sub-Phenomenology, a methodology that allows the researcher to investigate his or her own, subjective experience of the research question, in order to reach universal insights. It is an application of pure phenomenology, in the Husserlian sense, and it is currently attracting interest from PhD students wishing to focus on reflective practice. Before turning to academia in the early 1990’s, Jocene was a working actor, director, TV presenter and puppeteer for some years in the 1980’s. Since then, her published plays about academic research methodology have been performed at conferences and seminars. She has a persistent curiosity about the ways in which art can support research.

Jocene Vallack



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