ECRM Future and Past

Future European Conference on Research Management

If you would be interested in hosting ECRM, please read the hosting document and contact Sue Nugus, Conferences Director, for more information.

ECRM 2021

A virtual conference hosted by ACI and University of Aveiro, Portugal

Date:  17-18 June 2021

Conference Proceedings 

The Electronic Proceedings from ECRM are included in your registration and are available to download for conference participants.  They are also available to purchase in 2 different formats.

      • PDF Version - £50 plus Postage  and Packaging
      • Printed Version - £60 plus Postage and Packaging

Purchase Proceedings from previous ECRM Conferences

Best PhD Papers

1st Place

Develoment of Boundary Object Supported Method to Study Children's Healthcare Customer Journeys
Lauri Litovuo, Tampere University, Finland

2nd Place

Using firm‐level data from Various Sources: Researching Start‐ups in Ireland
Thi Ngoc Dao and Clare O'Mahony, Technological University Dublin, Ireland

3rd Place

Literature Review: A Technique for Conceptualising Management research in South Africa
Basia Dennis Bless, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa

Competition Winner

Revitalizing the Methodological know-how Behind Typologies and Taxonomies
Martin J. Eppler, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

 Runner ups:

Raising Green Hydrogen Energy Awareness while Teaching Research Methodology
Ning Ding and Uli Mathies 

Students Helping out Fellow Students: Peer-to-peer Instruction on Research Methods in Portugal
Manuel Au-Yong-Oliveira, Cláudia Miranda Veloso, Cicero Eduardo Walter, Adriana Nishimura, Maria José Sousa, Ramiro Gonçalves, José Martins and Frederico Branco

Conference Executives 

Conference Co-Chairs

Dr. Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira and Professor Carlos Costa, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Ana Maria da Palma Moreira, ISPA‐Instituto Universitário, Lisbon & ISMAT,   Portimão
The Future of Data Analysis

Maria José Sousa, ISCTE‐Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and CIEO Algarve University
Unlocking the Algorithm of Research Methods

Message of Thanks

We extend our thanks to all participants at the conference, both presenters and attendees and gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of Aveiro, Portugal and the assistance provided by the Conference Chair and keynote speakers. The stream and mini track chairs are to be applauded for their efforts in ensuring that timekeeping requirements were respected by all participants and the chair and discussants of the PhD Colloquium are thanked for their invaluable contribution to this important part of the conference.

Finally, we value and unreservedly acknowledge the essential role performed by the executive and programme committees in respect of the double blind review process.

We trust that that overall the conference exceeded your expectations; we welcome your feedback

Previous ECRM Conferences

ECRM 2020

Hosted by:

Virtually Hosted by: ACPI and University of Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-143 Aveiro Portugal

18 - 19 June 2020

Winners at ECRM 2020

Best PhD Winners

Rural and Peri-Urban Communities in South Africa: Using innovative qualitative research to hear their voices
Dorothy Queiros, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Sensemaking and Identity Work in a Foreign Host Culture
Anna Kimberley, University of Westminster, UK

An Observational Analysis of the Entrepreneurship Policy Discourse in Hamburg, Germany
Moritz Philip Recke, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Best Poster Winners

Research Paradigms for Business and Management: Multicultural Axiology and Constructive Epistemology Perspectives
Nazik Roufaiel and Magdy Roufaiel, State University of New York-ESC, Saratoga Springs,USA

Team Management Automation
Olaf Flak, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland

Competition Winners


Developing First-Year Undergraduate Business Students’ Research Skills: Using a Model United Nations Framework
Dr Gyuzel Gadelshina, Northumbria University, UK

Joint Second Place

A Holistic Approach to Academic Competences:  Creating an Immersive Learning Experience
Kenny Meesters, Tilburg University and Yan Wang, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Research Methods Index: A Case Study
Marcia Mkansi, University of South Africa, South Africa

Conference Executives 

Conference Co-Chairs:

Dr. Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira and Professor Carlos Costa, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Paul Griffiths
Re-thinking Research Methods in Social Sciences: Moving away from Determinism

João José Pinto Ferreira
How to help students effectively use keywords (thesis, dissertation or research article)

ECRM 2019

Hosted by:

Wits Business School,
University of the Witwatersrand,
2 Saint David’s Place,
Parktown, 2193,
South Africa PO Box 98,
Wits, 2050, Johannesburg

20-21 July 2019

Winners at ECRM 2019

Joint PhD Winners
The use of Mobile Learning Technologies for the Professional Development of Academics at a University of Technology
Granny Setswe and Maria Madiope, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
The Role of HRM as an Enabler of Creativity: Initial Research Findings
Anastasia Kulichyova, Sandra Moffett and Judith McKnight, Ulster University, Londonderry, UK

Best Poster Winner

Demystifying the Meaning and Role of Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks in Postgraduate Research Education
Ben Daniel and Navé Wald, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Conference Executives

Conference Chair:
Anthony Stacey, WBS, University of the Witswatersrand

Programme Chair:
Prof. Louise Whittaker, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Dan Remenyi, University of the Western Cape
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Dr Jayshina Punwasi, Helen Joseph Hospital, Gauteng
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ECRM 2018

Hosted by:

The University of Roma TRE,
Rome, Italy

12-13 July 2018

Winners at ECRM 2018

Joint PhD Winners
Native Narratives: Making Sense of Living in a Different Culture

Anna Kimberley, Lorna Stevens and Alison Rieple, University of Westminster, Haaga-Helia UAS, Finland

Financial Literacy Level in the Czech Republic and Selected European Countries
Josef Nesleha, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Joint Best Poster Winners
Maximum Variation (MV): A Framework for Determining Adequate Sample Sizes in Qualitative Research Ben K. Daniel, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Cooperative Research in Dual Study Courses
Helmut Döring, Internationale Berufsakademie (IBA), University of Cooperative Education, Germany

ECRM 2017

Hosted by: 

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT),
Dublin, Ireland

22-23 June 2017

Winners at ECRM 2017

Joint Best PhD Papers
Evaluating the Impact of Effectuation on new Social Enterprise Ventures in Ireland
Gavan Cleary, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Using Insider Action Research in the Study of Digital Entrepreneurial Processes: A Pragmatic Design Choice
Kisito Futonge, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Best Poster
Why Use a Mixed-Method Research Approach in Business Clusters?
Jamie Meehan, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Competition Winners
Developing Research Designs for Studies into Complex Socio-Technical Systems
Jolien Ubacht, Bertien Broekhansand Bert Enserink, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands