The following are outlines for the Keynote Speeches which will take place at ECRM 2018.
Getting your Hands Dirty: A Critical Approach to Interventionist Research
Prof. John Dumay, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Academic research is often criticised for not being relevant to practitioners because we are seen to be sitting in academic ivory towers and watch the world around us. However, there is a growing interest in interventionist research which allows academic researchers to get their hands dirty working with managers in organisations to solve real-world problems. Unlike consulting, that just looks for solutions; interventionist research applies theory to help create experiments and to analyse and present how the problems are solved. In this talk, I also explore how critical management theory is a valuable theory to help advance interventionist research so that the outcomes not only solve real-world problems but also propose what needs to be done in the future to prevent problems from recurring.