Methods and Methodologies in an Applied World




This half day workshop will enable participants to explore contemporary debates concerning the nature of management research, with a particular focus on approaches consonant with applied research. The purpose of the event is to provide a forum enabling participants to focus on enhancing their appreciation of qualitative methods that seek to justify knowledge production in the field of operations and organisational management. 
By the end of the workshop, participants will have a better appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues of applying qualitative research perspectives to business problems which you are seeking to address through your research questions.  In addition, you will better understand how to make this subject come alive for the students you teach.
The event is organised by Professor Olga Matthias (BAM OLSCM SIG co-chair) & Dr Murray Clark (BAM RM SIG co-chair), Sheffield Business School



12.00 to 16.30 on 23 May 2019


Who Should Attend

Academics, Early Career Researchers, Doctoral Researchers and anyone with an interest in developing their research expertise and their understanding of operations and organisational management.


Benefits of Attendance

º    How an increased awareness of qualitative methods may influence impact and relevance in the fields of operations management and organisational studies
º    Learn how better to defend research perspectives 
º    Networking and opportunities for further collaboration



Sheffield Business School, Stoddart Building, room 7139, Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Sheffield S1 1WB



Dr Rosie Cole, Lecturer in Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Surrey Business School, University of Surrey
Rosie is a member of the Department of Business Transformation at Surrey Business School.  Her main research interest is in sustainable supply chain management, particularly focused on socially responsible purchasing. She works with the fashion retail, food and beverage and manufacturing sectors as well as the NHS.   She previously worked as a Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain at Roehampton Business School (2008-2016), prior to which she was an Operations Consultant at Deloitte LLP in London working with clients such as News International, BP, Unilever and SABMiller.

Rosie has taught a range of operations management, business ethics, retail and supply chain modules and has many years of experience in programme management, curriculum redesign and has been a board member across a range of university committees.

She is a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy) and was previously a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

Dr Nicola Bateman, Associate Professor in Operations Management, School of Business, University of Leicester
Nicola studied manufacturing engineering at Brunel University and after working in the food industry went to lecture and study part time for a PhD at De Montfort University in Systems flexibility. She returned to industry, working in the area of Continuous Improvement (CI) in the aircraft industry. From there she resumed her career in academia and undertook research looking at sustainability of CI in the automotive sector with Cardiff University’s Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) and the Department of Trade and Industry. From LERC she moved to Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics where she continued her work in CI in a wide range of sectors. She was a founder member of the Centre for Service Management. In 2017 she moved to the University of Leicester as an Associate Professor in Operations Management.

Professor Bill Lee, Professor of Accounting, Sheffield University Management School

After working in industry for a number of years, Bill returned to full-time education to read for a BSc (Hons) in Sociology with Research Training and a subsequent PhD on “The cost conflicts of flexible manufacturing”, both at the University of Bath. His PhD thesis married together sociology with engineering and accounting and was the first of a number of research projects involving accounting.

During his time at Sheffield, Bill was Head of the Accounting and Financial Management Division and a member of the School’s Executive for 3+ years. He also led the establishment – and was the inaugural director – of a research centre, the Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC).

Bill is an associate editor for Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal and of the European Management Review (EMR), in which he has established a new section, “Methodology Matters”, to provide a peer-reviewed outlet for articles that make a methodological contribution. He is also on the editorial board of Qualitative Research in Financial Markets.

Dr Murray Clark, Principal Lecturer (retired) in organisational theory. Sheffield Business School 

Murray taught Organisation Theory and Research Methodology at Sheffield Business School.  He is a qualified mining engineer and has a PhD in Organisational Behaviour.  A former co-editor of Sage's Business and Management Research Methodologies, Murray's other interests focus on trust and leadership.




Arrival & Lunch




Session 1

Qualitative Methods in Operations Management

Dr Rosie Cole, Lecturer in Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Surrey Business School


Session 2

Visual Methods

Dr Nicola Bateman, Associate Professor in Operations Management, Leicester University


Refreshment break


Session 3

Adopting an emergent approach to case study research

Professor Bill Lee, Professor of Accounting, Sheffield University Management School


Session 4

Neo-empiricism and management research

Dr Murray Clark, Sheffield Hallam University




Provider Information

Joint event organized by the Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Research Methodology - Special Interest Groups


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For specific information about this event please contact the workshop facilitator(s):

Olga Matthias | Professor of Operations Management | Sheffield Business School | Sheffield Hallam University

For general enquires, please contact Linh Dang at the BAM Office at or 02073837770


Event Fee 

BAM Ordinary Members £25
BAM Student Members £20
Non-BAM Members £30



If you are not a BAM member and would like to join BAM or find out more about the benefits of being a BAM member, please go to BAM membership.



Cancelation Policy - Should you wish to cancel your place, you will receive a full refund if your cancelation is made 4 weeks prior to the event. After this, full payment will be required.  BAM reserves the right to cancel the event if there are not enough people to justify running the workshops.


23rd May 2019   to   4:30 PM
BAM Member Fee £ 25.00
BAM Student Member Fee £ 20.00
Non-BAM members £ 30.00
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