LSU Management Professor Thomas Greckhamer Co-organized Professional Development Workshops for Academy of Management’s Annual Meeting

October 26, 2020

Thomas Greckhamer
Thomas Greckhamer

BATON ROUGE- Thomas Greckhamer, professor and director of Graduate Studies- PhD Program, Rucks Department of Management, co-organized two Research Methods Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) for the Academy of Management’s August virtual Annual Meeting, which were among the top 10 most attended synchronous and asynchronous conference sessions, respectively.

Greckhamer co-organized a two-part workshop titled “Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)—A set-theoretic approach to configurational research.” Part one was catered towards management researchers with little to no knowledge of, and experience with, QCA. Part two targeted researchers with interest in either advanced methodological topics in QCA or in discussing their ongoing QCA research with other participants and the experienced PDW organizers.  

For his second workshop, Greckhamer helped co-organized “Ask the Experts: Qualitative Research,” where panelists used the metaphor of cooking to describe the act of qualitative research. Five experts covered methodologies including ethnography, grounded theory, process analysis, case studies, and historical inquiry. Moreover, they provided insights on pre- fieldwork aspects of the qualitative research process including philosophical conundrums associated with inquiry, as well as the actual act of fieldwork. Lastly, there were discussions about the act of data analysis, and making sense of qualitative data, and the publication of papers based on qualitative research.

Academy of Management (AOM) is the preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars. Its worldwide members are professors and Ph.D. students in business schools at universities, academics in related social science and other fields, and practitioners who value knowledge creation and application. Founded in 1936, its global community today is nearly 20,000 strong and spans over 120 countries.

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Bridget Conrad
E. J. Ourso College of Business