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Volume 18 Issue 2 / Dec 2020  pp72‑190

Editor: Ann Brown

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Assessment of Conventional and Advanced Methodologies: Application of Configurational Approach and Fuzzy Set Theory in Emotional Labor Research  pp72‑83

Saman Javed, Noshaba Batool

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Pedagogy and Evaluation: The Challenge for Business and Management Degree Courses in the 21st Century  pp84‑99

Ann Brown, Martin Rich

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Business School Teaching of Research Methods – A Review of Literature and Initial Data Collection for Undergraduate Business School Students  pp100‑114

Anthony Mitchell, Martin Rich

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This paper reviews approaches to teaching research methods and the effectiveness of the student supervisor relationship in managing research projects. Corporate scandal, changes in society, the emergence of online technologies and a need to reduce teaching costs have all led business schools to change their curriculum including how research methods are taught and undergraduate and postgraduate projects supervised. Management research, and the manner in which research methods are both taught and practiced continue to make a key contribution and play a significant role in the partnership between academia and practice. Virtual learning has been helpful in a better understanding of research methods, developing critical thinking and understanding issues in more depth that are briefly covered in class. Researchers have found that the blending learning approach and use of computer‑mediated discourse supported a collaborative learning approach and resulted in more active and reflective learners (Altinay and Paraskevas, 2007). Despite this positive example, the use of technology for learning has generally been limited to supplementing face to face learning (Thomas and Thomas, 2012). The class is increasingly culturally diverse, students more mobile while academics may be Anglo‑centric and westernised. Supervision needs to be responsive to the changing needs and ambitions of the student; to move away from a dyadic relationship between supervisor and student, and emphasise the importance of collaborative learning environments and collective models of supervision (Malfroy, 2005). Literature reviewing three related research questions is presented. Questions remain as to whether changes are driven by a need to reduce cost or improve pedagogy. Data collection has started with undergraduate business students through pilot surveys and interviews to gain an improved understanding of the trends, initiatives and best practice. A further paper will explore in more detail postgraduate business students. At a time when some schools are moving more content on‑line and seeking new forms of assessment so there is a need to ensure that management research continues to fulfil a contribution towards intellectual and practical understanding. Corona virus has made this need more urgent. 


Keywords: teaching research methods, curriculm design, use of technology, project supervision


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The Three Positions for Interorganizational Interventionist Researcher: Navigating in the Supplier‑Customer Dyad  pp115‑128

Vesa Tiitola, Jouni Lyly-Yrjänäinen, Teemu Laine

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Experience Sampling Methodology: A Systematic Review and Discussion for Organizational Research  pp129‑141

Ozge Can

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A Reflection on SSM as a Critical Social Action Research Method: Towards Improvement of Project Governance  pp142‑152

Carin Venter

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The Discovery of Grounded Theory Practices for Software Engineering Research  pp153‑165

Rozilawati Razali, Mashal Kasem Alqudah, Dzulaiha Aryanee Putri Zainal

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The Research Audit Trail: Methodological Guidance for Application in Practice  pp166‑177

Marian Carcary

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Teaching Research Methodology: Everything’s a Case  pp178‑188

CD Reddy

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Editorial for EJBRM issue 18 volume 2  pp189‑190

Ann Brown

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