Enables researchers to find direction and momentum for research ideas.

Our Compass Seminar Series (CSS) enables researchers to find direction for research ideas which are at an early stage of development, with an aim to progress the idea to a more rounded research plan, successful grant applications and/or high-quality publications.

Members submit an abstract of 200-500 words as well as a list of issues/questions which they are currently concerned with (from 2-5 pages). The questions might be targeted at or focus on:

  • developing an initial idea for a study,
  • designing an empirical work based on a theoretical or practical idea,
  • developing a theoretical explanation for a practical problem,
  • or extending an idea for research based on previous work.

At the start of the seminar, the focal member has 5 minutes to explain the topic and his or her current position. The group then spends the remainder of the time asking questions and discussing ideas to help progress the topic. This focuses on the questions raised by the presenter, and the rest of the group also brings up additional topics and perspectives.

Previous CSS:

  • Hewett, R. & Mundy, J. Workload measurement and management – proposal for a large scale survey. October 20, 2016.

Provides a forum to receive constructive and developmental feedback on a near-complete manuscript.

Our Paper Development Series (PDS) provides a forum in which we can learn from one another and gain insights into different areas of research.

Each seminar focuses on one paper that is authored by a LOB member. The paper is nearly fully formed, and ready to submit or resubmit to a journal. Each member of LOB reads the paper in advance, highlighting areas for improvement. Two individuals volunteer to provide an especially "close read" of the paper.

To initiate the seminar, a group member volunteers to summarise the paper, followed by a presentation from the close reviewers who provide constructive feedback.

Next, the conversation opens to the rest of the research group to contribute further ideas and suggestions, and finally the focal author concludes with final thoughts.

In many occasions one of the volunteers is an invited external academic with expertise in either the topic or methodology used in the paper.

Note that there is no presentation of the manuscript by the author.  

Previous PDS

  • Secchi, D. & Ingram, K. Discovering the individual in social responsibility. Guest friendly reviewer: Professor Jean-Pascal Gond, Cass Business School. October 20, 2016.
  • Hewett, R. & Leroy, H. A new perspective on the undermining effect: The role of perceived subjectivity in the relationship between bonuses and intrinsic motivation. Guest friendly reviewer: Dr. Tara Reich, London School of Economics. March 18, 2016
  • William, L. Models of disability practice: Evaluating the source of disability. April 18, 2016
  • Rumyantseva, N. & Prytula, Y. Beg, Borrow or Steal: Determinants of Student's Involvement with Bribery Guest friendly reviewer: Professor Nick Turner, University of Calgary. June 24, 2016.
  • Emery, C. & Booth, J. E. The Importance of Being Psychologically Empowered: Mitigating the Negative Effects of Employee Perceptions of Leader-Member Exchange Differentiation. Guest friendly reviewer: Professor Geoff Thomas, University of Surrey. June 30, 2016.

External guests provide LOB members with training, development, and/or a unique perspective to research.

Depending on the unique needs of our group, we invite external guests to provide LOB members with training, development, and/or a unique perspective to research.

We are particularly interested in inviting speakers who can:

  • discuss how to develop a program of research
  • manage "sticky" review situations,
  • and to generate publishable ideas for particular journals.

We also ensure that members of LOB have cutting edge skills in data analysis.

Previous Professional Development Workshops

  • September 19, 2014. Scale development: Garbage-in, garbage-out. Dr. Lucy Ford, St. Joseph's University.
  • March 16, 2015. What is evidence-based management and how can business school education become more evidence-based? Professor Rob Briner, Queen Mary University.
  • April 21, 2015. Getting published in top quality journals, Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith, University of Surrey.
  • November 25, 2015. Tips on successful research bidding, Jerry Allen, i3 Centre, University of Greenwich.
  • June 29, 2016. Reinvigorating Research Methods: A Taster. Guest speakers: Professor Mark Saunders, University of Birmingham; Dr Huw Davies, Oxford Internet Institute; Dr Jim Berry, University of Central London.
  • September 28, 2016. Introduction to SEM using M-Plus taught by Dr Chris Stride, Sheffield University
  • October 14, 2016. Multi-level modelling using M-Plus, taught by Dr Chris Stride, Sheffield University

Re-visiting and discussing interpretation of classic pieces.

We meet approximately every 2-3 months to discuss one or two "classic" papers on a topic of interest to one or more of the group members.

Many of us would admit that although we teach and cite many classic papers, it has been years since we've read the originals. Rather than relying on someone else's interpretation of some classic pieces, we come together to (re)-visit and discuss them.

This provides cross-fertilization of ideas, as what is deemed "classic" in one sub discipline of management may be unheard of in others. It is a chance to read what we know and explore what we don't in a supportive and fun environment.

The Classics of Lewin's Change

  • Lewin, K. (1947a). Frontiers in Group Dynamics: Concept, Method and Reality in Social Science; Social Equilibria and Social Change Human Relations June 1947 1: 5-41, doi:10.1177/001872674700100103
  • Lewin, K. (1947b). Frontiers in Group Dynamics: II. Channels of Group Life; Social Planning and Action Research Human Relations November 1947 1: 143-153, doi:10.1177/001872674700100201
  • Cummings, S., Bridgman, T., & Brown, K. G. (2016). Unfreezing change as three steps: Rethinking Kurt Lewin's legacy for change management Human Relations January 2016 69: 33-60, first published on September 30, 2015 doi:10.1177/0018726715577707

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