DIT College of Business host 16th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies.

5 July 2017

DIT College of Business were honoured to host the 16th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies on the 22-23 June 2017.

With over 90 delegates in attendance from 25 countries worldwide to include Europe, Africa, Asia, The Americas and Australia/Oceania attending, indeed the only continent not represented at the conference was Antarctica.The conference attracted over 130 abstracts, 45 academic research papers, 11 PhD research papers and 4 work-in-progress papers in addition to 20 case study entries for the 2nd Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards.

16th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management 3 

Dr Katrina Lawlor, Dean & Director of the College of Business and Conference Chair opened the conference with a welcome address for all the overseas visitors and colleagues from other Irish Universities and HEI’s. The conference keynote was then delivered by Professor Emma Bell of the Open University in the UK who spoke on the topic of Methodology – as –Technique and the Meaning of Rigour in Globalised Management Research. Later in the day Dr Frank Bannister, TCD followed up this keynote speech with a talk about the Philosophy of Explanation. Finally, Professor Cathal MacSwiney Brugha, formerly of DIT and UCD, delivered the final keynote on Friday 23rd on the topic of Using Research Methodology to Explain the Rise of the Trump/Brexit Phenomenon, and the Weakness of Modern Governance.

Cathal MacSwiney Brugha

The conference continued over the following two days in three streams and also a Doctoral Colloquium. DIT College of Business academic staff featured in all streams, delivering four peer reviewed papers at the conference.  College of Business PhD students were also well represented in the Doctoral Colloquium and in the accompanying poster session. Indeed School of Marketing PhD student Kisito Futonge Nzembayie won first prize in the Doctoral Colloquium for his paper Using Insider Action Research in the Study of Digital Entrepreneurship Processes: A Pragmatic Design Choice? Kisito is supervised by Dr Anthony Paul Buckley and Professor Thomas Cooney. Second prize went to Gavan Cleary, School of Marketing, for his paper: Evaluating the Impact of Effectuation on New Social Enterprise Ventures in Ireland. Gavan is supervised by Professor Thomas Cooney. Finally Jamie Meehan – also School of Marketing - won first prize in the poster competition with his poster: Why use a Mixed-Method Research Approach in Business Clusters?  Jamie is also supervised by Professor Thomas Cooney from the School of Marketing.

Jamie Meehan


Professor Dan Remenyi, Managing Director of ACPI, the conference organisers noted that this conference was one of the most successful in the ECRM’s sixteen year history and stated ''We extend our thanks to all participants at the conference, both presenters and attendees and gratefully acknowledge the support of the host- the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin, Ireland, with the assistance provided by the Conference and Programme chairs and keynote speakers. The stream and mini track chairs are to be applauded for their efforts in ensuring that timekeeping requirements were respected by all participants and the chair and discussants of the PhD Colloquium are thanked for their invaluable contribution to this important part of the conference.''

 16th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies

Conference Chair: Dr Katrina Lawlor, The College of Business, Dublin, Ireland

Programme Chair: Dr Anthony Paul Buckley, The College of Business, Dublin, Ireland

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Emma BellKeele University

Frank Bannister, Trinity College. Dublin

Professor Cathal MacSwiney Brugha, The Centre for Business Analytics, University College Dublin

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