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Call for Applications! Navigating Qualitative Dissertations PDW: Advice from the Experts

  • 1.  Call for Applications! Navigating Qualitative Dissertations PDW: Advice from the Experts

    Posted 06-05-2023 10:04

    Call for Applications 

    Navigating Qualitative Dissertations PDW: Advice from the Experts 

    Session #: 16180 | Sponsors: RM, OB, OMT, CAR 


    Ozumcan Demir-Caliskan, Imperial College London

    Cameron McAlpine, Ivey Business School

    Devin Rapp, University of Utah

    Nathan Tong, ESSCA School of Management

    Are you using qualitative methods within your dissertation? If so, would you like…

    - To ensure you are properly and appropriately using qualitative methods in your research?

    - Guidance on analyzing and/or writing up your qualitative data? 

    - To maximize the publication potential of your dissertation?  

    - Insight into approaching the job market with a qualitative or mixed-methods dissertation?  

    "Navigating Qualitative Dissertations: Advice from the Experts" is a Professional  Development Workshop aimed at providing doctoral candidates performing dissertations that incorporate inductive methods (i.e., mixed-method or purely qualitative dissertations) with focused and personalized feedback from experienced qualitative researchers. This PDW will be in its tenth year at AOM's annual conference and has two components: an in-person session with a panel and roundtable discussions that will take place during the annual conference in Boston and a 1-1 session with a faculty mentor to receive personalized feedback on the student's dissertation. The in-person session is public and open to anyone attending the annual conference. The 1-1 feedback session requires an application from interested students.

    The in-person session, which does not require an application, will consist of a panel discussion addressing topics of interest to burgeoning qualitative scholars. Additionally, there will be roundtable discussions, giving attendees the opportunity to converse with faculty facilitators and other Ph.D. students in a smaller setting. The session will be held on Friday, 4 August, 2023, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Boston Hynes Convention Center in room 309.


    The 1-1 feedback session with a faculty mentor requires an application and will be conducted during the second half of the in-person session. However, this meeting can be virtual after the conference as well, according to the convenience of the faculty mentor and student. Accepted applicants must be registered for the conference. Like every year, this year's PDW features a diverse mix of scholars with experience in a variety of qualitative methods and expertise in an array of theoretical topics. 


    This year, we are proud to have the following distinguished scholars involved as faculty mentors (in alphabetical order): Matt Beane, Tammy Beck, Shelley Brickson, Rodrigo Canales, Teresa Cardador, Curtis Chan, Daisy Chung, Kevin Corley, Ann Cunliffe, Julia DiBenigno, Gail Fairhurst, Betty Frino, Lyndon Garrett, Karen Golden-Biddle, Aimee Hamilton, Elaine Hollensbe, Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Ruthanne Huising, Jason Kanov, Shalini Khazanchi, Tine Koehler, Jamie Ladge, Christi Lockwood, Melissa Mazmanian, A. Wren Montgomery, Chad Murphy, Carrie Oelberger, Kathleen Pine, Tommaso Ramus, Kevin Rockmann, Bess Rouse, Trish Ruebottom, Kira Schabram, Matthew Sheep, Angelique Slade Shantz, J. Goosby Smith, Scott Sonenshein, Ileana Stigliani, Melissa Valentine, Heather Vough, Lee Watkiss, and Mark Zbaracki.


    To apply to the 1-1 sessions with a faculty mentor: 

    Applicant eligibility: Doctoral candidates who are using qualitative methods in their dissertation projects and are at any stage of the dissertation process (e.g., study design, data collection, data analysis, manuscript development). Previous participants are welcome to apply, although preference will be given to first-time attendees. Please, no junior faculty applications. 

    Applications should be prepared as a single PDF or Word (.doc or .docx) file, saved as  "Last Name, First Name_NQD2023" (e.g., Smith, John_NQD2023). Your file should include all of the following information: 

    1. Your first and last name, the name of your school, and your email address

    2. A 200-word (maximum) abstract of your dissertation along with 4-5 keywords that capture your topic and method to help best match participants with faculty facilitators

    3. A 1,000-word (maximum) in-depth description of your dissertation project addressing: 

    a. Your research question(s) and theoretical framing 

    b. A description of your method(s) (e.g., grounded theory, ethnography, etc.) and  rationale for use 

    c. The stage of your dissertation you anticipate being in at the time of the conference in early August (i.e., study design, data collection, data analysis, or manuscript development) 

    d. What you most hope to gain feedback on your 1-1 session and why 

    Please submit your application through this link: NQD 2023 Google Form.  

    The online application form will also ask you to identify 3-4 general questions that you would like to discuss in the in-person panel and/or roundtable discussions. These questions can be about anything, such as the dissertation process itself, qualitative (or mixed) methods, approaching the job market as a qualitative researcher, crafting a research identity, career advice, publishing, etc. Submission deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (New York time) on Monday, 19 June, 2023. Acceptance notices will be sent after 12 July. If you have any questions, please email us at aomnqd@gmail.com. Once submitted, we will do our best to accept applications by matching student participants to our faculty mentors based on methodological expertise and/or common theoretical interests. Incomplete applications may not be processed.

    Ozumcan Demir-Caliskan
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Imperial College London