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Ten common problems in research design in management and how they severely hamper the publishability of your work

University House Room 111
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research
Thursday 9th February 2017 (12:00-14:00)
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Agnieszka Chidlow:

Speaker: Prof. Michael Mol

In collaboration with the Academy of International Business Research Methodologies Special Interest Group (AIB RM-SIG), the aim of the workshop is to help and guide both PhD students and junior scholars with the process of planning, undertaking and publishing rigorous scholarly work. In addition, the workshop also aims to stimulate innovation in research methods and promote the use of novel methodologies in order to advance knowledge in management as well as to enhance professional standards in the field. Therefore, senior scholars are also welcome to come and share some of their experiences.

Professor Michael Mol will critically discuss his own research experiences, the many journal reviews he has undertaken and other learnings to identify ten common problems in research design in management. Some of these problems are often talked about, such as common method bias and endogeneity, but others are a little more surprising. For instance, how can there be an inherent lack of fit between theory and empirical design in some work? Papers that suffer from one or more of these problems are often hard to publish, particularly in the top journals. Michael will speculate on some reasons why research nonetheless continues to display them rather than providing detailed solutions for any one problem.

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About the speaker

Michael J. Mol is a Professor of Strategic and International Management and Head of Department in the Department of Strategic Management and Globalization at Copenhagen Business School. He is also a parttime Professor of Strategic and International Management at Birmingham Business School. He has worked and studied or been a visiting scholar at ten universities in six countries. His research focuses on the strategic management of larger firms, with particular interests in innovation, especially management innovation and open innovation, sourcing strategy, especially offshoring and outsourcing, and strategy in Africa. He tackles these issues from a variety of theoretical and methodical angles. His numerous publications have appeared in among others Academy of Management Review (where he won a best article
award), Global Strategy Journal, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Research Policy, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Studies, and Strategic Management Journal. He has also (co-)authored four books. Michael serves on the editorial boards of eight academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal and Journal of International Business Studies.

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