18th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies
20-21 June 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa

Location of Conference

Wits Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to ECRM 2019

Welcome to ECRM 2019

The European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies will be on tour to Johannesburg in 2019.

The European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies was established 17 years ago. This event has been held in countries across Europe, including Ireland, England, France, Malta, Portugal, Spain to mention only a few of the countries who have hosted it. The conference is generally attended by participants from more than 25 countries. The Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods (indexed by Scopus) publishes a special edition of the best papers presented at this conference.

The conference will once again play host to the Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards

ECRM Chairs

Conference Chair

Anthony Stacey

WBS, University of the Witswatersrand

Programme Chair

Prof. Louise Whittaker 

Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria


A personal message from the Conference Chair

It gives us great pleasure to host the 18th European Conference on Research Methodology (ECRM) for Business and Management at Wits Business School (WBS), Johannesburg, South Africa.

One of the oldest business schools in Africa, WBS celebrated its 50th birthday in 2018. WBS has a strong reputation for academic and teaching excellence. The school offers a variety of postgraduate academic programmes, including its flagship MBA and a number of specialist Master of Management degrees. WBS is also known for its PhD centre which attracts doctoral candidates from all over Africa.  Situated in Parktown, a leafy, historical part of Johannesburg, the vibrant, commercial hub of the continent, WBS also offers a range of open enrolment and in-house executive education programmes.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Johannesburg, the ‘city of gold’ and to our beautiful, vibey campus!

Prof Anthony Stacey and Prof Louise Whittaker

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadlineSTILL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Notification of abstract acceptance10 December 2018
Full paper due for review17 January 2019
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)28 March 2019
Earlybird registration closes11 April 2019
Final paper due (with any changes)25 April 2019
Final Author registration date16 May 2019
Excellence awards abstract submission01 January 2019Extended until 31 January 2019
Excellence awards notification of abstract acceptance12 January 2019
Excellence awards full case history submission21 February 2019
Excellence awards finalists announced12 April 2019

ECRM Publication Opportunities

Publication Opportunities



ECRM Publication Opportunities

Papers accepted for the ECRM after the double-blind peer review process, will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. The conference proceedings have an ISSN ( 2049-0968) and will be assigned an ISBN on publication.

Additionally, papers that have been presented at the conference will also be considered for further development an possible publication in the journals listed below. Note that journal editors are provided with the conference proceedings and will make selections if they feel work is appropriate and of sufficient quality for the journal. If invited to publish in a journal authors will be expected to develop the work by 40-50%, including a change of title and abstract. Individual journal procedures will need to be followed and there is no guarantee of publication.

ECRM Conference and Journal Accreditations

Accreditations & Listings


ECRM 2016 Conference and Journal Accreditations

Proceedings of the European Conference on Research Methods (ECRM) are:

  • indexed in the Thomson Reuters ISI  (WOS) Conference Proceedings Citation Index
  • indexed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in the UK
  • indexed by Elsevier SCOPUS abstract and citation database
  • listed in the EBSCO database
  • listed in the ProQuest database
  • indexed by Google Books
  • indexed by Google Scholar

Proceedings are submitted for accreditation on publication. Please note that depending on the accreditation body, this process can take several months.