The 3rd Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards at ECRM 2018

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Teaching research methodology is a major challenge for many academics. To be a competent researcher it is necessary not only to acquire skills in the techniques, but also to have an understanding of the philosophical issues which underpin research. As a result, many research methodology courses are quite superficial with the emphasis being placed on collecting and analysing data. This is not really sufficient for the purposes of quality academic research.  However, some good work is being done in this field in various parts of the world and the Innovation in the Teaching of Research Methodoloty Awards provides an opportunity to highlight such initiatives.

The 2017 award winners were Jolien Ubacht, Bertien Broekhans and Bert Enserink, from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands with their initiative Developing Research Designs for Studies into Complex Socio-Technical Systems.  You can read their case history and the other 2017 finalists in the Anthology of Case Histories, available from:

To enter the competition this year we ask you, in the first instance, to submit a 300 word word abstract describing the initiative. If your proposal is suitable you will be invited to submit a case history of no more than 3000 words which will be considered as an entry to the competition. A panel of international adjudicators will evaluate the case histories. When preparing your abstract, keep in mind that full case history submissions will be structured around the following headings:

Your full case history submission will be structured around the following headings:

  1.  Introduction to the specific objectives of the teaching initiative;
  2. The infrastructure i.e. people, systems, exercises, or perhaps hardware, software if any;
  3. The challenges that were encountered, how they developed and how they were overcome;
  4. How the initiative was received by the learners;
  5. The learning outcomes that were achieved and how they were measured and evaluated;
  6. Plans to further develop the initiative.

Authors of the top rated initiatives will be invited to register and attend the European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM) in Rome, Italy on 12-13 July 2018 to present their case histories to the judges and conference participants.  Finalists will also have their case histories included in a book.  Prizes will be awarded to the initiative judged to be the most creative thinking with regards to teaching Research Methodology.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission – 23 January 2018

Notification of Abstract Acceptance – 03 February 2018

Full Case History Submission – 15 March 2018

Finalists announced – 24 April 2018

If you have any queries please email:

Click here to submit your entry

Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards Winners

The winner at ECRM 2017

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




The winner at ECRM 2016

Awards winner ECRM 16


Human Resource Reflective Project: Developing Researching Professionals
Paul-Alan Armstrong  and Patricia Bryans, University of Sunderland, UK


If you would like to view the Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards book click here.



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Finalists at ECRM 2016

ECRM 16 Award finalists

Using Storytelling to Teach Sampling Techniques
Smirti Kutaula , Kingston University, Alvina Gillani, Surrey Business School and Mark Saunders, Birmingham Business School, UK

Developing Agents of Professional Learning in the Further Education Sector
Julie Haddock-Millar , Middlesex University Business School, London, UK

Field Training Research Assistants: Underpinning Methodological Skills in Qualitative Research
Martin Jamieson , Canterbury Christchurch University, UK