Invitation to Participate: 2015 RM Division Consortium

Research Methods Division 2015

Doctoral Student and Early Career Faculty Consortium

With support from Center for the Advancement of Research Methods & Analysis (CARMA)

Overview: The consortium is a virtual, real-time, and participative opportunity to interact with leading scholars and methodologists across three perspectives: macro-quantitative, micro-quantitative and qualitative. The timeline of the consortium is provided below.

May 27

Hints and Tips for Managing Large Research Projects / Dissertation

June 3

When and How to Learn New Methods

June 10

Hot Topics

Micro-quantitative topic: Meta-analysis

Qualitative topic: Video methods

Macro-quantitative topic: Endogeneity

June 17

How to Address Typical Methodological Reviewer Comments

June 24

Clearing the Publishing Hurdle: Ask the Editors

August 8

RMD social event for all participants and panelists

Panelists: James LeBreton, Brian Boyd, Hettie Richardson, Jeff Edwards, Lisa Schurer Lambert, Paul Spee, Herman Aguinis, Pamela Barr, and many more!

 Key Benefits: (1) Opportunity to learn from and interact with leading scholars and methodologists; (2) all sessions (except the social event) occur outside of the AOM conference time frame; (3) online participation; and (4) no rule limiting the number of participants per school for this consortium (e.g., we may accept multiple doctoral students and faculty members from the same program).

 Who Can Apply? (1) Individuals interested in deepening expertise in research methodology; (2) doctoral students who have successfully passed comprehensive exams; and (3) junior faculty seeking professional development. All participants will require a computer and a good internet connection.

 Do I Need to Be a Methods Researcher to Participate? No! The consortium is open to researchers of all areas who wish to strengthen and develop their methodological skills. If you are not currently a member of the RM Division, you can add an additional division membership on the Academy of Management website for only $11.

 How to ApplySubmit your CV, a short bio (less than one page) that includes any specific interests in research methods, and, for doctoral students, a letter of faculty support to Karen Jansen ( by April 17, 2015.

Consortium Coordinator and Qualitative Track Chair – Karen Jansen
Macro Track Chair – Todd Alessandri
Micro Track Chair – Kris Byron
CARMA – Larry Williams
Student Representations: Harry Joo, Jonathan Keeney, Yihao Liu  

Seeking Nominations for RM Division Leadership Roles

The Research Methods Division is looking for volunteers to serve in leadership roles for the division, and we need your help! This year, we are looking for (1) one person for the five-year leadership track, which begins as the Division Program Chair-Elect (also called the PDW Chair), (2) two people for the representative-at-large position (a three-year role), and (3) one person to serve as the division treasurer (also a three-year role). To nominate someone, please visit Self-nominations are encouraged.

Descriptions of the responsibilities for the positions are provided in detail on the nominations site. Serving on the Research Methods Executive Team is fun and rewarding. You get to work with a great group of people, serving the Academy’s BEST division. Nominate yourself! Nominate a colleague.  It is a great experience!

International Conference and Doctoral Seminar on Research Methods

This 4th AOM- RMD conference is a follow-up to the 2004 Lyon conference chaired by Herman Aguinis focused on “Crossing Frontiers in Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods” , the 2007 conference chaired by Mark Gavin on “Innovative Research Methods to Create Valid and Operational Knowledge”, as well as the 2011 conference chaired by Stephanie Castro and Lisa Schurer Lambert on “Performance metrics of the impact of management research”.

Those conferences were very successful, with an average of 125 papers accepted in each conference. Organizing these conferences in Europe in several languages (English, Spanish and French) with simultaneous translations made it possible for researchers unfamiliar with the Research Methods Division of the AOM to join the AOM community of researchers and bring new insights and perspectives on research methods, often contributing stimulating debates from an epistemological point of view.

Many participants of the 2004, 2007 and 2011 conferences are willing to renew the Lyon conference in a friendly setting, as a supplement to the AOM conference, in order to debate interactively on difficult methodological issues which are multidimensional and give food for thought to both academics and scholar-practitioners. In particular, this new conference would be an opportunity to exchange on the wide array of methods currently resorted to in different countries. It will enable cross- fertilization in the field of management research methods as implemented in various cultural settings.

The location of the conference is Lyon, a major European city on the United Nations World Heritage list, and an academic powerhouse with its numerous higher education institutions. This conference is offered through a partnership of several international universities. The conference host is ISEOR (Socio-Economic Institute of Firms and Organizations) at the University of Lyon in France. ISEOR is a leading research center in Europe with over 125 faculty and doctoral students coming from countries around the globe. ISEOR has already organized several international conferences in partnership with the Academy of Management: 2001 (Management Consulting Division), 2004, 2007 and 2011 (Research Methods Division), 2005 (Social Issues in Management Division), 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 (Organization development and Change Division) and 2009 (cross divisional conference co- sponsored by RMD, ODC, ONE, RM, SIM, PTC and MC) ; 2014 (Organization Development and Change, and Management Consulting Division).

ISEOR Research Center, Magellan, IAE Lyon, University of Jean Moulin Lyon 3, is the pilot research center of the doctoral program in Socio-Economic Approach to the management of change and to organization development. Lyon, France is ideally located at the heart of Europe and is an academic powerhouse in the field of management. (see:

This conference and doctoral consortium raises two kinds of submissions:
-Communications, conferences and testimonies proposed by academics.
-Master and doctoral students submissions presenting their work in progress.

It must be mentioned that best scholar papers in each of the three languages, as well as doctoral students best papers will receive either the best academic paper award or the best doctoral student paper award.

Deadlines for submission:
Doctoral students and academics have to send an abstract (4,500 characters maximum) by December 20th, 2014. Full papers (15 pages or 35,000 characters maximum including spaces) in English, Spanish or French are expected no later than January 31st, 2015.

MS word, Times New Roman 10 point font, single spaced. Margins: 0.90″ left, 1.73″ right, 0.98″ top and 1.18″ bottom. Indent 1st line of each paragraph. Orientation of sheets: portrait and pages facing one another for all the document. Paper format: B5: 7.16″ breadth x10.12″height. Headline 0″ and bottom 0.79″ Sub-headings should be bold, on a separate line, left-justified, and all caps. Title page for all submissions should appear as follows: on a separate page from the body of the paper: TITLE of paper, TYPE: Doctoral student, Executive doctoral student, academic, CONTACT PERSON: Choose 1 person to be the contact person, LIST of authors’ names, in desired sequence. CONTACT INFORMATION for each author, including the following: Name, Organization or University affiliation, Address, Phone, Fax, email.

Participation fees:
-Students and doctoral students: € 115, including registration and CD-ROM proceedings
-Academics and practitioners: € 350, including registration, CD-ROM proceedings, lunches and gala dinner.

Contacts and submissions:
Also see:



Call for Abstracts: Alternative Research Methods, POS Research Conference

One of the topic tracks for the 7th Biennial POS Research Conference (June 23-June 24, 2015) will focus on Alternative Research Methods and may be of interest to RM Division members. The full Call for Abstracts, including submission instructions, is pasted below. Questions specifically about the Alternative Research Methods track can be directed to Andrew Knight (

We invite you to submit an abstract for the 2015 Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Conference presented by the Michigan Ross Center for Positive Organizations. The event will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from June 23 at 4 PM – after dinner the evening of June 24.

The POS research conference is a biennnial event that features top scholars in the field of POS sharing and advancing qualitative and quantitative research. This year’s sessions will be geared toward building the next generation of POS research, following our theme: Illuminating Research for a Positive Future. Also new this year, the conference will be immediately preceding the IPPA Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology from June 25-28, which includes a fairly new Work and Organizations division (for more information on IPPA, see

Opens: September 1, 2014
Closes: December 1, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: December 22, 2014

We invite you to submit a 1-page, single-space abstract for potential presentation. We ask that you classify your abstract in one of the 12 tracks below, to be curated by top scholars:

  • Alternative Research Methods with Andrew Knight
  • Energy & Thriving with Christine Porath
  • Individual and Collective Strengths with Lea Waters
  • Learning, Growth, and Resilience with Sally Maitlis
  • Mindfulness & Attention with Erik Dane
  • Positive Emotions with Barbara Fredrickson and Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk
  • Positive Change with Scott Sonenshein
  • Positive Meaning & Identity with Laura Morgan Roberts
  • Positive Relationships and Reciprocity with Emily Heaphy
  • Proactivity with Sharon Parker
  • Virtues, Ethics, & Prosocial Behavior with David Mayer
  • Wildcard session with a curator to be announced

Please submit abstracts to, including the names of all authors, by December 1.

For more information, visit or email the organizers at

We look forward to engaging presentations and discussions about POS-related research. Feel free to forward this message or the attached announcement to researchers (faculty, Ph.D students and postdocs ) who might be interested.

Conference Organizers: Sue Ashford (, Jane Dutton (, Ashley Hardin (, and Lyndon Garrett (

Nominate a student representative to the Research Methods Division

The Research Methods Division is soliciting nominations for two student representatives.

Student representatives are non-voting members of the Research Methods Division Executive Board. The intent of having student representatives is to gain assistance with managing RM Division matters, but also to expand the reach of the RM Division to help and represent the interests of student members.

Specifically, the formal responsibilities of student representatives are as follows:

  1. Assist the PDW Chairperson with support of the PDW program both before and at the annual Academy meeting.a. Promote the RM Division during the PDW program
  2. Assist with the RMD Doctoral consortium.
  3. Represent student interests to the Executive Committeea. Present the Student Representative report at the Executive Committee Meeting at the annual Academy meeting.
  4. Chair a committee of student RMD members.  The committee’s goal is to achieve increased awareness of and membership in the Division amongst student members of the Academy.a. Create and manage outreach efforts to student members of the Academy.

    b. Promote the RM Division to students.

  5. Other general board duties as needed.

The selection guidelines for student representatives are as follows:

  1. The individual must have completed a minimum of 1 year of doctoral studies.
  2. The individual must NOT be graduating in the following year.
  3. The person serves a minimum of 2 years, and a maximum of 3 years.
  4. The RM Division has the desire not to have more than one student from a single university, and also to represent the broad interests of the division.  We thus specifically seek students from a diversity of schools, from around the world, with qualitative and/or quantitative interests, and who study micro, meso, and/or macro topics.

The selection process is as follows:

  1. Nominations are welcome from any Research Methods Division member, including student members.
  2. Self-nominations are acceptable.
  3. Nominations should be accompanied by a vita and a one page letter from the student outlining qualifications for the position.
  4. Nomination should include or be accompanied by a recommendation from a faculty member describing the student’s qualification for the position.
  5. Student representatives will be selected by the voting members of the Research Methods Division executive committee.

Because the student representatives are expected to be available for the AOM conference, and particularly for the entire time of the PDW sessions, the position has a $650 stipend to assist with these expenses.

Please send nominations to me, at  Nominations and materials are due by September 26.

Thank you for your membership and support of the Research Methods Division.

Memorial Service Information for Larry James

August 18, 2014, from Larry Williams

Dear members of the Research Methods Division and the Organizational Research Methods and CARMA communities:

It is with great sadness that I report the death of our colleague, Lawrence R. (Larry) James.   He passed peacefully early August 14 due to complications from open-heart surgery, in the presence of his wife Leslie and son Jordan.  As you may know, Larry was past Chairperson of the Research Methods Division (1991), recipient in 2002 of the RMD’s Advancement of Organizational Research Methods Award, and in 2003 was recognized with the RMD’s Distinguished Career Award. Most recently, in May of 2014 he was the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

He was a member of the Organizational Research Methods’ Editorial Board since its formation in 1997, an informal advisor to all of its editors, and he published regularly in ORM as well as other high quality outlets on a variety of methodological and substantive topics.  His research contributions spanned broad areas related to causal models and inference, moderation/mediation, agreement among measures, levels of analysis, meta-analysis, and psychological measurement, among many other topics.  His training of many doctoral students throughout his career extended his impact in these areas.

Larry was a passionate supporter of the formation of the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) and its progression of programs and events since its establishment in 1997.  He contributed regularly to its Mini-Conference and Webcast Programs, and was a constant inspiration to many Short Course instructors working to improve the quality of organizational and psychological research.

Most importantly, he was a friend, mentor, advisor, and provider of frequent methodological consultation to many associated with the RMD,ORM, and CARMA.  His warmth, humor, and style will be missed by the many who had the good fortune to know him and benefit from his presence in our lives and in our research methods community.

Those wishing to send condolences or remembrances to the James family may send an email to

Memorial Service
Friday, August 22, 11:00 a.m.
Patterson Funeral Home
1020 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, Ga, 30309

Note: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of Larry’s favorite organizations, the Nature Conservancy

 Brief Career Summary

Larry James received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah, and during the course of his career held academic appointments at Texas Christian University, the University of Tennessee, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Throughout his career his research and scholarship focused on the development of innovative statistical and measurement techniques for psychological and organizational research.  His professional accomplishments include nearly $7 million in research funding, three scholarly books, and over 90 journal publications and book chapters.  He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Academy of Management.  In 1989 he was elected to the Society for Organizational Behavior, and in 2003 he received the Distinguished Career Award from the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management. Most recently, in May of 2014 he was the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Dr. Larry J. Williams
Director, Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA)
Professor of Management/Dean’s Research Chair and Professor of Psychology
Wayne State University School of Business Administration
5201 Cass
300 Prentis Building
Detroit, MI 48202

Call for Papers: Methods Issues in Governance Research

Brian Boyd is guest editing a special issue focused on methods issues for Corporate Governance: An International Review. A summary from the full Call for Papers is pasted below. You can access further information about this special issue on the CGIR website.

Research Methodology in Governance Studies: Challenges and Opportunities

Guest Editors: Brian Boyd, Renée Adams, and Steve Gove

Research methodology is important for any academic topic, but arguably even more so for corporate governance. Most constructs in governance research are unobservable, raising questions regarding the suitability of proxy indicators. Additionally, the pattern of relationships among variables is often complex, requiring sophisticated designs ranging from mediation to multiplex networks, among others. Thus, it is not surprising that it is often difficult to identify causal effects in corporate governance research.

The goal of this special issue is to advance knowledge regarding the design and implementation of the methodological component of governance research.

RMD Doctoral Consortium

With hosting by CARMA, the Research Methods Division provided an online Doctoral Consortium to contribute to the development of advanced doctoral students. A number of these sessions were recorded and have been archived by CARMA. You can access the following sessions: