Doctoral Workshop - Overview

The Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Group at UCD School of Business is hosting a doctoral workshop on research quality and research productivity to be led by Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla of the ILR School, Cornell University from Monday 20th June to Saturday 25th June.

The workshop is designed for doctoral students and junior faculty in management, human resources, employment relations, organizational studies and other social sciences that privilege inductive and qualitative research.

The purpose of this weeklong intensive seminar is to help participants increase the quality of their research. This is NOT a research methodology seminar, which is offered in most institutions. Rather, the course surveys the various determinants of quality in ways that can guide each individual to achieve higher quality outputs. The goal of the seminar is help participants develop high quality dissertations and publish in highly ranked academic journals.

The workshop grew out of a PhD course that has been taught at Cornell University for over 20 years by Professor Kuruvilla. It has been offered previously in Scandinavia, China, India and the UK. In the UK, it has been held at Queen Mary University and the London School of Economics. The feedback from students at the last iteration can be seen here.

Briefly, the weeklong workshop includes topics such as philosophy of research and paradigms of inquiry, quality criteria, inductive and deductive approaches, developing high quality research questions, the fit between question and methods, writing and presentation, choosing journals, responding to reviewer comments, and the importance, of passion, academic collaboration and community. The course requires HEAVY reading, to be done in advance. Each day will be long, consisting of discussions of readings, presentations, and critiques of research proposals.

Who should attend?

This Workshop is targeted towards doctoral students in industrial relations, organizational behavior, human resource management and other management and social science disciplines that emphasize inductive field research using qualitative methods. The focus of the workshop is on research quality and productivity using inductive methods. The workshop may also be useful for junior faculty at the beginning of their careers who are preparing strategies to meet tenure requirements at their institutions.

How to register

To register for the workshop and to see the costs of attendance go to this link.

The deadline for registration is May 15th at 17:00 (Irish time).

The syllabus for the workshop can be viewed here.

Testimonials from participants of previous workshops can be read here.

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