ECRM Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday 19th June 2019

10:00 – 13:00

Effectively Engaging with the Academic Literature and Producing Critical Reports

Led by Ben K. Daniel, University of Otago, New Zealand

Effectively Engaging with the Academic Literature and Producing Critical Reports

The ability to effectively engage with the academic literature is an integral part of scholarly and scientific work. Literature review enables students and researchers to gain better knowledge in their field of research, and develop intellectual capabilities to identify current trends, critically evaluate existing academic debate and frame essential research questions. However, our research suggests that many postgraduate students and early career researchers find it difficult to engage with the academic literature effectively. Others are not able to organise and present credible and critical literature reports.

Goals and Objectives of the workshop

In this workshop, we will explore systematic strategies and tools to engage with the academic literature effectively, and produce critical reports. At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • describe common challenges academics and postgraduate students face when engaging with the literature
  • understand how to employ a systematic approach for engaging with the literature
  • use a set of strategies and tools for effectively presenting various forms of academic literature.
  • Reflect and share their approaches to engaging with the literature.

13:30 - 16:00

Grounded Theory Method

Led by Dr. Dan Remenyi, extraordinary professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Grounded Theory Workshop

Grounded Theory Method (GTM) is one of the great methodological success stories of the 20th century but it is a much misunderstood concept. It has to be carefully implemented if it is to produce effective research results. Developed by Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss and published in their book The Discovery of Grounded Theory in 1967, it is sometimes called a data-orientated method as it is highly dependent on the way that the researcher interprets data and extracts meaning from it. In its originators’ own words “Grounded theory is an inductive, theory discovery methodology that allows the researcher to develop a theoretical account of the general features of a topic while simultaneously grounding the account in empirical observations or data”. Barney Glaser famously pointed out that “Data is all” but this has to be understood in a particular context.

There is a series of skill based activities required of the GTM researcher and he or she has also to master a vocabulary specific to this a method. This seminar explains what is required and addresses the GTM specific concepts and processes.

There are different approaches to GTM which have generally not being well explored and these differences will be addressed. GTM is of increasing importance in social science research and this seminar explains the rationale behind the method as well as giving the participants an opportunity to see if it is relevant to them and how to get started.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To explain what is meant by the GTM and discuss what may be achieved using it
  • To explore the opportunities which grounded theory offers the researcher
  • To discuss the skills required for GTM
  • To point out the limits of theory developed by using GTM.

This seminar is relevant to students and more established academics, either new to GTM or wanting a refresher on the technique from most Faculties, Departments and Schools.

This seminar delivers practical useful information which may be put to use immediately. It also gives participants an opportunity to network with other researchers and authors.

Workshop Application details:

The cost of attending each workshop is £35 for participants registered for the 18th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM) and £70 for anyone wishing to participate who is not attending the conference. The workshop will take place at Wits Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa

To reserve a place on this workshop please use the online form:

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