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BAM Research Methodology SIG Event: Sharing our Struggles Seminar: Making Research Philosophy Useful: Approaches to Creating Knowledge







A good research study should reflect the author’s underlying methodological awareness. As such, we are expected to understand the perspective they take and how it affects their research methodology and methods. To prepare researchers for this challenge, methodology courses often include lectures on philosophical perspectives. But does this learning stick?
This seminar will focus on some of the many challenges involved in engaging with issues of paradigms and methodological understanding. In particular, the emphasis will be on viewing such concerns as conversations stimulating methodological awareness amongst researchers rather than laying foundations for truth.

The seminar will raise questions about both the teaching and learning of theoretical perspectives and we encourage attendance by research students, early career researchers, those teaching students and anyone with an interest in approaches to creating knowledge. In particular, we will address issues such as: how to make philosophy relevant, interesting, and useful to students? How is philosophy learnt and retained? Where are different philosophical perspectives having an impact on research methodology and methods?

By the end of the day, participants will have a better appreciation of the practical effects of applying philosophy to research. As teachers we will understand better how to make this subject come alive for the students we teach. As students of philosophy we will have a wider understanding of how to incorporate new ideas into our Research such that it has more impact and relevance to and advances the fields in which we work.





Tuesday 27th March 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m


Who Should Attend


Academics (in particular, early career researchers), Doctoral Researchers, Research Students and anyone with an interest in teaching approaches to creating knowledge



Benefits of Attendance


Networking opportunities and an increased understanding of:


  • the practise of applying philosophy perspectives to business and management research.
  • how to make this subject come alive for the students we teach.
  • how to demonstrate a greater methodological awareness, such that our research might have more impact and relevance in the fields in which we work.
  • how better to defend our philosophical stances for further collaboration




Birmingham Business School,
University of Birmingham,
University House,
Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2TY
United Kingdom



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Speakers and Programme structure

The day will be structured around four thought-provoking presentations on key theoretical perspectives, with particular emphasis on:

  1. understanding the ‘subjective’ in research methodology
    1. Accessing the subjective realm of research participants: the Neo-empiricist approach – Dr Murray Clark (RM SIG co-chair))
    2. Exploring the Subjective Perspective: What does a subjective epistemology imply? – Dr Christine Gilligan (Sheffield Business School)
  2. challenges of teaching and using business and management philosophies.
    1. Intellectual pluralism and challenges of teaching and learning research philosophy  - Dr Alex Bristow (The Open University Business School)
    2.  ‘Testing’ your approach before ‘stepping into Giants’ Shoes’ – Jenny Robinson & Phil Renshaw (Cranfield School of Management)

Presentations will be followed by breakout sessions in which attendees will have an opportunity to introduce, raise and explore their own views in relation to the presentations.



Registration and arrival






Presentations one and two

Challenges of using & teaching B&M philosophies


Refreshment Break



Discussion, questions and comments on presentations



Lunch Break



Presentation three & four

Understanding the ‘subjective’ in research methodology


Refreshment Break



 Discussion, questions and comments on presentations



Feedback, close and farewells



Provider Information


Research Methodology SIG




For specific information about this event please contact the Seminar Convenors:

or RM SIG Co-chair:


For general enquiries please contact the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at


Event Fee 


• BAM Members: £20
• Non BAM Members: £35





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Booking deadline is 21st March 2018

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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.


27th March 2018   to   4:30 PM
Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
University House
Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2TY
United Kingdom
BAM Members Fee £ 20.00
Non-BAM Members Fee £ 35.00
Event Information
Event Provider Research Methodology SIG
Date / Time Tuesday 27th March 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Venue Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, University House, Edgbaston Park Road Birmingham, UK
Event Type Research Seminar
Target Audience All Levels
Price • BAM Members: £20 • Non BAM Members: £35
Booking Deadline 21st March 2018
Link to Booking Form
Contact For more information on this event please contact the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at
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