Following a somewhat fallow period, the SIG seems to have come into its own again this year. There has been much activity and communication amongst members, and perhaps more importantly for a successful research development agenda, connections with Industry. We pride ourselves on the relevance of our research, and the attendance of so many from the business community is a testament to our external networks. Organisations large and small attended, and spoke at, the events held so far in Bristol, at UWE, and the University of Liverpool Management School.
On 6th February we are holding another SIG Event in Edinburgh. "Decision Support Systems – an afternoon of discussion, debate and networking" promises to be another interesting half day, with speakers once again from industry (including a technology-enabled contributor, in keeping with the event's theme) and also this time from Germany, adding a touch of continental insight and wisdom.
Further on that note, the SIG is going to well represented at the BAM Management and Work in a Digital World, Launch Event, for the BAM Continental Network in March, to which we can all contribute hopefully in the future.
Finally, to end what will have been a very busy year we are planning a Research Methods in Operations Management event to be held at Sheffield Hallam. Details for this will be circulated nearer the time, after the Berlin Continental Network Launch, so please keep a look out for that. Volunteer to come speak about your new research methods too if you have developed something recently. As with all these kinds of events, the more the merrier. It will also bring us back to a more academic theme, where we can also explore how various methods help us to engage and interact with the businesses we rely on for our research agenda to become reality.
Thanks to everyone for their support to date and we look forward to seeing more of you as our events continue apace.
Olga and Claire