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Webinar: Claiming a Theoretical Contribution from Qualitative Research

  • 1.  Webinar: Claiming a Theoretical Contribution from Qualitative Research

    Posted 06-11-2021 14:57

    Claiming a Theoretical Contribution from Qualitative Research

    Speaker: Professor Davide Ravasi (UCL School of Management)

    In this session, I will use a case of a recently published paper of mine to offer some practical tips about how to frame a qualitative study (What is this a case of?), how to theorize findings (moving from description to explanation), and how to structure the discussion to claim a novel theoretical contribution. My suggestions are based on my own experience with grounded theory and case analyses, but some ideas may be relevant to qualitative research more generally.

    Time: Wednesday, 16th of June at 10am (Eastern) / 3pm (London) / 7.30pm (New Delhi). This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes (including Q&A).

    Registration: Please register here to receive a personalized Zoom link and a reminder for this event.

    Recommended reading:

    • Giudici, A., Reinmoeller, P. and Ravasi, D. (2018) Open-system orchestration as a relational source of sensing capabilities: Evidence from a venture association. Academy of Management Journal, 61(4), 1369-1402. [This is the article I will discuss in the webinar. Having a look at it before may help you follow my arguments]
    • Davis, M.S., (1971) That's interesting! Philosophy of Social Science, 1:309-344 [A classic. I will generally draw on Davis's ideas to discuss how to argue for a theoretical contribution]
    • Lund, C. (2014) Of what is this a case? Analytical movements in qualitative social science research. Human Organization3: 224-34
    • Calhoun (1998) Explanation in historical sociology: narrative, general theory, and historically specific theory. American Journal of Sociology, 104 (3). pp. 846-871

    About the speaker

    Davide Ravasi is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and director of the PhD Programme at the UCL School of Management, University College London. His research primarily examines how culture, identity, history and memory affect strategic and organizational changes, or are affected by them. He is also interested more generally in cultural processes shaping entrepreneurship, design, and innovation.

    He is a former Chair of the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) division of the Academy of Management. He served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Management Studies (2010-2013) and he currently sits on the board of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization and Journal of Management.

    If you have any questions, please contact Ibrat Djabbarov

    Ibrat Djabbarov
    Cranfield School of Management