Message from the Chair

The Research Methods Division
Hettie Richardson, Research Methods Division Chair

Do you do research? Then you need to join the Research Methods Division (RMD)! As someone with a long history of involvement with RMD (I joined as a doctoral student in mid-90s), I have often heard others lament that RMD is for methods gurus only. Although we are the primary division for methods-oriented scholars, RMD also want to be a “second home” for all of the Academy’s broad and diverse members. Whether you do quantitative or qualitative work, have a macro- or micro-oriented focus, or do research that spans these boundaries, you will find colleagues in RMD who share your interests and who are eager to help you enhance the quality and meaningfulness of your work. In this sense, I view RMD as providing an important service role for the Academy, developing and disseminating methodological expertise across its membership.

The advantages of joining RMD are many, but here I highlight six about which the division is especially excited:

  1. Perhaps the most valuable benefit that comes with RMD membership is access to RMNet. As a question-and-answer listserv and searchable archive, RMNet offers first-hand access to RMD’s most valuable resource: thousands of knowledgeable and helpful member-experts. If you have a tough question about analyses, study design, measurement, or almost anything else, you will find the answer on RMNet—but participation is open only to members of RMD. For more information, please visit our dedicated RMNet page.
  2. RMD has been a proud sponsor of Organizational Research Methods (ORM) from the journal’s inception in 1998. Since that time, ORM has become the premier methodological publication for the organizational sciences. For 2014, ISI ranked ORM’s journal impact factor as 10th among management journals and 5th among applied psychology journals. As a member of RMD, you are entitled to a 30% discount on a subscription to ORM as well as to a 25% discount on any purchase from the SAGE book collection.
  3. Each year at the AOM conference, RMD offers an innovative slate of PDW and scholarly paper/symposium sessions. These showcase the latest methodological research and offer attendees the chance to learn new techniques and interact in-person with diverse methods experts. In fact, some our longest-running and most popular sessions will let you personally “Ask-the-Experts” your most pressing methodological questions. Other recent PDW and scholarly sessions have addressed Bayesian statistics, survey research and scale development, content analysis, ethnography, approaches to handling outliers, experimental research, meta-analysis, social network analysis, and multi-level research.
  4. In addition to our offerings at AOM, we also have a long history of providing methods-related professional development at regional and international conferences such as for the Southern Management Association, Eastern Academy of Management, and the ISEOR International Conference and Doctoral Seminar on Research Methods.
  5. For the past three years RMD has offered a consortium for those who are interested in making methods a key element of their professional careers or who simply want to sharpen their methodological skills. This program features prominent methods scholars interacting with participants via webcasts and other virtual delivery methods. It is open not only to doctoral students, but to faculty as well. And because it is conducted virtually, participation will not conflict with other consortia or PDWs scheduled during the AOM annual conference.
  6. Good measurement is a critical element of good research. To this end, RMD maintains the “Measure Chest” as a wiki-based archive of measures used by organizational scholars. Visit this page to learn more about the Measure Chest.

None of these benefits would be possible without the community of colleagues who have joined RMD and who regularly offer their generous support to RMD’s many initiatives. I hope you’ll become involved, as well. RMD wants to be your “second home” in the Academy.