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!

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
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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:

PDW Materials: New unobtrusive methods

Thanks to all who participated in the PDW on “New Unobtrusive Methods” at the 2014 AOM Meeting. Here are materials from the session, which presenters have graciously shared.

Abstract for session:
An educational session focused on providing guidance to those interested in using new unobtrusive methods in their research. The session will comprise educational presentations about specific methods (i.e., email data, digital trace data, video-assisted coding, and wearable sensors); a panel discussion and commentary about general issues in using new unobtrusive methods; and, small group roundtables with presenters to address questions about specific techniques.

Materials from session
Session Intro (Andrew Knight)
Email data (Adam Kleinbaum)
Digital trace data (Brad Staats)
Computer-assisted coding of video data (Kristin Smith-Crowe)
Wearable devices (Karren Watkins)