“Spinning Straw into Gold” -- Publishing Theory-Driven, Empirical Papers in Top Journals





Overview: Doctoral students and junior faculty face a daunting task: publishing high-quality, theory-driven rigorous empirical research in top journals. Failing in these areas (quality, theory, rigour) is a major factor in paper rejection. The aim of this workshop is to take each of these in turn, focusing particularly on several macro-level empirical issues, including study design, sample selection, within/between analysis, and endogeneity. We will also touch upon reviewing for top journals and how this can assist emerging scholars in shaping and refining their own research. The learning outcomes of the session will be a deeper understanding of the scholarly roles, an enhanced perspective on the place of theory in research, a better grasp of several major macro empirical challenges (and how they can be overcome), and a finer grained appreciation of the review process in creating academic knowledge. 

Audience: The workshop is geared towards early career researchers and advanced doctoral students in in all areas where firm-level data are being used (strategy, organization theory, international business, innovation and entrepreneurship, corporate governance and corporate finance, marketing), but it may also prove useful to participants in adjacent fields such as human resource management, organisational behaviour and operations management. 

Workshop leader: Matthew Semadeni is Professor of Strategy and Dean’s Council Distinguished Scholar in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Strategy from Texas A&M University. Matt’s research interests include competitive and corporate strategy, innovation, top management teams and empirical methods. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, the Journal of Business Venturing, and the Journal of Management. He has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, the Journal of Management and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Prior to his doctoral studies, Matt worked in consulting for Price Waterhouse LLC and for Electronic Data Systems, with both private and public sector clients.



10th July (9am-5.30pm) - 11th July (9am-1pm) 2019


Who Should Attend

This workshop is open to all University of Surrey staff and students, free of charge; while tickets can be purchased for external attendees. BAM members and external doctoral students benefit from a reduced ticket fee.



Business Insight Labs
Rik Medlik Building,
Stag Hill Campus,
University of Surrey,



The content covered by the workshop includes:

Wednesday, 10th July 2019, morning
• What we do…why we do it (scholarship writ large, including a discussion of our responsibilities as scholars; scholarly engagement (creator, consumer, disseminator, reviewer)) 
• The role of theory in scholarship (what it is, what it isn’t, and why it matters)
• NEW THEORY vs. New Theory vs. new theory (Theory Creation vs. Theory Extension vs. Boundary Definition) 

Wednesday, 10th July 2019, afternoon
• From Theory to Empirics (specifying tests that match theory)
• Data – the good, the bad, the ugly (how and where to get it, how to wrangle it)
• Common approaches and challenges to theoretical testing (longitudinal analysis, sample selection, endogeneity, etc.) 

Thursday, 11th July 2019, morning
• The Publishing Path (submission, revision, rejection, acceptance)
• Giving back (“How I learned to stop worrying and love reviewing”) 


Provider Information

University of Surrey, Surrey Business School



For specific information about this event, please contact the workshop facilitator at:

Jade Harris - SBS Research Administrator


Event Fee 

Early Bird Registration - Standard Ticket £80.00
Early Bird Registration (BAM members / external doctoral Students) £35.00
External doctoral students (ID required) £45.00
BAM members (ID required) £45.00
Standard Ticket £90.00
University of Surrey staff and students £0.00



Registration deadline: 5th July 2019



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.


10th July 2019   through   11th July 2019
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