2019 IACMR Research Methods Workshop was successfully held in Harbin from July 14 to 18. The School of Management of Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) hosted this workshop.
The IACMR Research Methods Workshop is designed to meet the need for high quality research-based management knowledge in the Chinese contexts – to offer local talent training on scientific methods.
The workshop this year were joined by 120 participants from 47 universities from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, the US, Canada, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Australia. Six of them were young faculty members and the remaining were doctoral students. All participants were divided into 12 discussion groups and each group was led by one faculty advisor for group discussions.
Professor Ray Friedman of Vanderbilt University, President of IACMR, is the program chair of this workshop. He started one year ago to invite famous scholars in the field of organization and management to be faculty advisors whose research area and expertise perfectly match the program sessions. Prof. Jing Zhou of Rice University, Past President Fellow of IACMR, served as the on-site chair of the workshop and ensured smooth running of the workshop. The whole faculty provided systematic and in-depth lectures to 120 participants from home and abroad and led them through eight group discussions in four days.
Faculty team (in alphabetical order):
The program started with plenary lectures on the scientific research process, followed by sessions on how to choose a research topic, defining the research question, and developing theory and hypotheses. These sessions laid the foundation for subsequent parallel sessions.
The Scientific Research Process and Types of Empirical Studies (Zhixue Zhang)
Choosing a research topic, defining the research question and contributions (Jing Zhou)
Developing Theory and Hypotheses (Chao Chen)
The parallel sessions focused more specifically on guidance for micro scholars (OB/HR) or macro scholars (Strategy/OT). Students went to the track that best matched their research focus. The first session was on micro or macro constructs, which illustrated major distinct but related dimensions of the OB/HRM and Strategy/OT theories, followed by sessions on specific research methods (experimental, secondary data, survey, qualitative, longitudinal, multi-level, and network analysis).
OB/HRM constructs (Larry Jiing-Lih Farh)
Strategy/OT constructs (Wei Shen)
Experimental research (Zhixue Zhang)
Secondary data research (Wei Shen)
Survey Research (Xu Huang)
Qualitative research-Macro (Runtian Jing)
Qualitative research-Micro ( Chao Chen)
Longitudinal research (Wei Shen)
Multi-level research (Wu Liu)
Network Analysis- Macro (Yanjie Bian)
Network Analysis- Micro (Leigh Anne Liu)
In between the lecture sessions, students met in small group discussions. Each group, led by a faculty advisor, began by sharing their research interests and presenting their research proposals. After this introduction, the group engaged in in-depth discussions of each member's proposal, including faculty advice and suggestions. In the last group sessions, group members selected a proposal for presentation to the entire workshop, and provided suggestions for making the presentation.
Group discussion 1
Group discussion 2
Professor Anne Tsui, Founding President of IACMR, gave the last lecture on 'Spirit and Ethics of Science'. She put forward the concept of 'responsible research' and encouraged participants to do studies that contribute to basic knowledge, have implications for making the world a better place, and that are done using evidence-based high quality and societally beneficial business and management practices.
The spirit and ethics of science (徐淑英，Anne Tsui )
IACMR and the School of Management of HIT organized a graduation dinner on the evening of the last day to celebrate graduation of all participants. Prof. Chao C. Chen and faculty advisors presented graduation certificates to the participants. Each group offered splendid and interesting performance which demonstrated their reflections on doing research after attending the workshop, their gratefulness to the faculty advisors and their joyfulness in getting acquaintance with fellow students as well as their mentors who will be good friends along their careers.
Selected Comments from Feedback and Reflections by Participants
- Looking back on the four-day journey of research methods, I felt particularly enriched and motivated. I was very impressed with professionalism and pursuit of excellence conveyed by the faculty members. Their passion about an academic career of finding real pleasure in developing theory and contributing to practice has made me more determined and motivated about my career as a scholar.
- In this academic feast, I felt very honored to have the opportunity to listen to so many distinguished scholars' lectures, from which I benefited a lot. The workshop not only enabled me to further learn how to do research design, but also stimulated my persistent pursuit of scholarship, modest way of being, and rigorous logical thinking.
- The faculty advisor's comments and suggestions were very helpful. I got to know a group of students from various universities and benefited a lot from group discussions and the faculty advisor's advice and suggestions. Thanks to IACMR!
- The mentor of my group gave pertinent comments on each member’s proposal and I was lucky to have constructive suggestions on my proposal. In the preparation for the presentation on the last day, we worked closely as a group and everyone made helpful suggestions… Thanks to IACMR for providing us young scholars with opportunities to communicate with outstanding scholars. We look forward to meeting each other at the biennial conference next year.
- In group discussions, each member put forward valuable suggestions from their perspective, which has broadened my horizon and I benefited a lot. In addition to academic discussions, we had communications on other issues, through which I have gained both knowledge and friendship.
- The workshop lectures and group discussions were very intensive. From identification of a research topic to the design of research, I have learnt what a good research proposal should be. The outstanding fellow doctoral students made me realize my room for improvement and this is a kind of motivation for me. I was really delighted to meet excellent faculty advisors and fellow students.
- The workshop offered us opportunities to have one-on-one
guidance from prominent faculty advisors. Group discussions intensified
learning atmosphere among members, and the heated discussions triggered thinking
in depth and beyond boundaries.