Reproducible Research with R and RStudio

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Detlef Steuer (Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg)

Date: Thursday, 29/09/16 (09:30 – 18:00)

Max. number of participants: 15

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents:

The first part of the workshop will give an introduction into the ideas and concepts of reproducible research. It will be explained why RepRes is a wonderful idea and why we have the tools at hand, if we use R and RStudio.

In the second part the learned should be applied. The participant should type some reproducible documents and such gain some hands-on experience. A computer with R / RStudio should be brought to get the most out of the course.

You have to register for the 10th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Questionnaire Design

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. David Richter (German Institute for Economic Research – DIW Berlin)

Date: Monday, 26/09/16 – Wednesday, 28/09/16 from 14.30 – 18.00 h

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents:

The course aims to provide an overview of the theoretical basics and empirical evidence related to questionnaire design. The cognitive process of survey responding, challenges of designing effective survey questions including aspects of proper question wording and optimal response formats, as well as pretest techniques for evaluating survey questions will be discussed.

You have to register for the 10th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Qualitative Interviewing

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Nicolas Legewie (German Institute for Economic Research – DIW Berlin)

Date: Monday, 26/09/16 – Wednesday, 28/09/16 from 09.00-12.30 h

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents:

In this course, participants will learn the basics of qualitative interviewing. We will work with a standard guided interviewing technique. In three sessions we will cover issues of research design (research questions and case selection), designing interview guidelines, conducting interviews, and analyzing qualitative interview data. The structure of the course follows a workshop format, with participants practicing design, interviewing, and analytic skills in individual and group exercises.

Participants who attend this workshop will have familiarized themselves with relevant methodological and practical issues of qualitative interviewing and gathered first experiences designing, conducting, and analyzing qualitative interviews.

Basic knowledge on methods of empirical social research are required. No previous knowledge on qualitative methods is necessary.

You have to register for the 10th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Introduction to Network Analysis

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Andrea Knecht (Independent Researcher)

Date: Thursday, 29/09/16 (09:30 – 18:00)

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents:

The focus of social network analysis lays on relations among actors. These relations may merge, show specific structures, have effects, and evolve. Applications of social network analysis can be found in various fields of social research. The workshop is intended to give an introduction to fundamental ideas and applications. Participants become familiar with relevant theoretical arguments and basic statistical methods. We address typical issues related to social network analysis in practice and (if applicable) discuss research projects of participants. Prior knowledge is not required but does not present an obstacle.

Course topics cover

  • Classic and typical applications of sna
  • Fundamental concepts and theoretical approaches
  • Methods for data collection
  • Basic statistics on the individual and network level
  • Discussion of network projects

Recommended literature and pre-readings:

  • Freeman, L. (2004). The development of social network analysis. A Study in the Sociology of Science.
  • Scott, J. (2012). Social network analysis. Sage.

You have to register for the 10th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Academic English Writing

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Jonathan Mole, (Europa-Universität Flensburg)

Date: Thursday, 29/09/16 (09:30 – 18:00)

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents:

Writing an academic text can be a daunting and complex task requiring knowledge of a range of accepted writing conventions as well as the ability to construct sentences that are idiomatically and grammatically correct. This course aims to highlight a range of important components in the writing process through analysis and practice using authentic academic texts. Topics covered include: academic style (formality, impersonal and objective language, passive voice, caution, nominalisation); structure at sentence, paragraph and document level; reporting verbs and their forms; coherence and cohesion.

Requirement of students: Please supply at least two weeks before the workshop begins an abstract or proposal for your research project, or a similar extract of academic text that you have written. English language skills on CEFR level B2/C1.

You have to register for the 10th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Data Analysis with R

Institution: see Organisers & Acknowledgements

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Marco Lehmann (University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf)

Date: Monday, 26/09/16 – Wednesday, 28/09/16 from 09.00-12.30 h

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents:

The course introduces the programming language R used for statistical analyses. The beginning of each lecture comes with a demonstration of programming and statistical functions that will be elaborated in the course of study. The students will then practice with many statistical examples. In addition to statistical functions the course will introduce the definition of R as a programming language and its syntax rules. Students will further learn to use R’s scripting capabilities. Successful participation requires basic knowledge in descriptive and inferential statistics. The students are encouraged to bring their own laptops with the free software R (www.r-project.org/) and RStudio (www.rstudio.com/) installed.

Basic knowledge in descriptive and inferential statistics is recommended.

Recommended literature and pre-readings:

  • Wollschläger, Daniel (2012). Grundlagen der Datenauswertung mit R (2. Aufl.). Berlin: Springer.

You have to register for the 10th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Call for Papers: Post-Growth Organization

Special Issue of Management Revue
Post-Growth Organization

Guest Editors:
Matthias Rätzer, Technical University Chemnitz, Germany
Ronald Hartz, Technical University Chemnitz, Germany
Ingo Winkler, University of Southern Denmark

For a couple of years now growth-driven societies have been in a permanent state of crisis. Since 2007 the global financial crisis and its aftermath are challenging our ideas of growth, well-being, consumption and work within global capitalism. Consequently, critical scholars in management and organization studies have begun to advocate alternative forms of organization and to problematize the collective imagination that ‘there is no alternative to growth’ (Parker et al. 2014; Atzeni 2012).

One important analytical dimension within the search for alternatives relates to the limits of growth in its economic, ecological and social dimension. For example, Meadows et al. (2004) explicate that a finite (world) system cannot handle an everlasting orientation toward growth without running into a collapse. Hirsch (1976) argues that social rise in a stratified society smolders, leading to social imbalances in the long term. Several authors discuss economic restrictions under the name of de-growth (Georgescu-Roegen 1977; Latouche 2009; Martínez Alier et al. 2010; Schneider et al. 2010; Kallis 2013). Schneider et al. (2010) point towards unfulfilled expectations in the context of creating win-win-situations and question the possibility of sustainable growth through technological and efficiency improvements. Relative to the social context, others discuss the label steady-state-economy, which challenges the relationship between growth and labor, solvency and consolidated public finances (Daly 1972, 1973; Lawn 2011; Blauwhof 2012).

However, there exist only few contributions discussing organizational alternatives to an orientation toward growth (Cheney et al. 2014). Some authors address growth neutral enterprises (Bakker et al. 1999; White/White 2012). Others note that neither governments nor private sector executives have any incentives supporting the development of a post-growth environment (e.g. Latouche, 2006; Ayres, 2008; Martínez Alier 2009). Therefore, the specific aim of this special issue is to substantiate the debate on post-growth, steady-state and de-growth from an organizational perspective. How can organizations respond to the limits of economic growth? How can organizations, from a post-growth perspective, promote their social worth as opposed to their monetary worth? How can organizations implement the elements of a post-growth economy, such as cutting-down and slowing down, a balance between sufficiency and dependency on consumption, institutional innovations for the society, the environment and regional economy (Paech, 2016)?

In addressing post-growth organizations (PGOs), we assume alternative organizations, featuring individual autonomy and respect, an orientation towards solidarity and cooperation, and responsibility to the future (Parker et al., 2014) to constitute a fertile ground for PGOs. Furthermore, we could imagine PGOs to develop from associations, growth neutral enterprises, co-operations, solidarity organizations, grass-root movements or even ‘traditional’ enterprises. Eventually, we do not restrict our focus on PGOs to the economic domain, but also take social and ecologic concerns, such as social entrepreneurs, into account. We call for contributions discussing different perspectives on PGOs, investigating their characteristics and limits. Furthermore, we embrace contributions investigating the range and coverage of PGOs as an organizational possibility in a future, post-growth society.

The contributions to this special issue should address one or more of the following questions:

  • What characterizes the organization and the management of ‘post-growth organizations’ (PGOs)?
  • Which role do the principles of autonomy, solidarity and responsibility play in PGOs? What kind of problems, contradictions and conjoint amplification are observable regarding these principles?
  • Do PGOs enable us to cure some of the organizational ills created by a narrow focus on economic growth?
  • What are the limits and prospects of PGOs in the transformation of capitalism?
  • What organizational practices, tools and instruments are important in PGOs (e.g. accounting practices, compensation practices, decision making, regulations of working time, work-life balance, forms of participation etc.)?
  • Is it possible to turn traditional organizations into PGOs?
  • Which strategies (e.g. overcoming of externally defined difficulties, internal processes of storytelling, micro politics, adjustment of power) can be identified in the constitution and management of PGOs and which practices in PGOs are working well and which are not?
  • This is not an exhaustive list.

Deadline
Potential contributors to the Special Issue of Management Revue are encouraged to submit an abstract of 1-2 pages before 30 September 2016 electronically via the online submission system at http://www.management-revue.org/submission/ using ‘Post-Growth Organization’ as article section. Contributors will receive feedback and an invitation to submit a full paper by the end of October 2016.

Full papers must be submitted by 31 March 2017. All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due 31 August 2017.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Matthias Rätzer
Ronald Hartz
Ingo Winkler

Analysis of Qualitative Data and Exploratory Statistics

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Günter L. Huber & Dr. Leo Gürtler

Date: Thursday, 30/09/16 (09:30 – 18:00)

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents:

The workshop starts with an overview on principal approaches to the analysis of qualitative data and demonstrates the implementation in the software package AQUAD Seven. Applying various sets of empirical data retrieval strategies, table analyses, code linkages and QCA are demonstrated. Selected techniques of exploratory data analysis in R show the advantages (and limits) of combining qualitative and quantitative methods. The participants are strongly invited to bring their own empirical data for further analyses.

You have to register for the 10th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Grounded Theory

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Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Christina Hoon (Leibniz-University Hannover)

Date: Monday, 26/09/16 (09:00 – 12:30) & Tuesday, 27/09/16 (09:00 – 12:30 & an additional session in the evening); NB: No session on Wednesday morning.

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents:

The key purpose of this workshop is to increase participants’ understanding about the key concepts, strategies, and steps in grounded theory research. This workshop intends to deepen theoretical and practical understanding of the constant comparative method, open, axial and selective coding. Further, the participants will learn the key elements of theoretical sampling, theoretical saturation, and theoretical sensitivity. In addition, common challenges and pitfalls in grounded theory research will be discussed. To assist participants to craft valuable and effective research papers, exemplars from current research projects will be assessed and critically reviewed.

Literature

  • Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing grounded theory: A practical guide through qualitative analysis. London, UK: Sage.
  • Gioia, D. A., Corley, K. G., & Hamilton, A. (2013). Seeking qualitative rigor in inductive research: Notes on the Gioia methodology. Organizational Research Methods, 16, 15-31.
  • Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. (1998). Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques (2nd Ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

You have to register for the 10th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

HSU-Doktorandenweiterbildung 2016: Einführung in SPSS

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg

Lecturer: Dr. Elke Goltz, Professur für Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung und Statistik, HSU

Dates, Venues:
Donnerstag, 16.06.16 – 10:00 bis 17:30 Uhr, Seminarraum 0108
Freitag, 17.06.16 – 09:30 bis 15:00 Uhr, Seminarraum 0108
Donnerstag, 23.06.16 – 09:30 bis 17:30 Uhr, Seminarraum 0403

Location: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg. 

Language of instruction: German

Registration: Der direkte Kursbeitritt erfolgt unter diesem Link. Wer nicht Angehöriger der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität ist, lege sich zuvor bitte unter diesem Link ein Konto auf dem Ilias-System der HSU an.

Contents:
Wie lassen sich erhobene Daten zielführend auswerten? In der Veranstaltung werden grundlegende Kenntnisse zur Statistiksoftware SPSS vermittelt. Im Vordergrund stehen dabei die Programmoberfläche und einfache Auswertungsverfahren der Deskriptiv- und Inferenzstatistik.

Die Veranstaltung ist so konzipiert, dass die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer am Ende des Kurses mit folgenden Inhalten sicher umgehen können:

  • Erstellung von Datenmasken und Dateneingabe
  • Uni- und bivariate deskriptive Statistik
  • Zusammenhangs- und Unterschiedsmessungen; Signifikanztests
  • Durchführung von Berechnungen; z.B. Erzeugung neuer Variablen, etwa Indizes
  • Verknüpfung von Dateien (Quer- und Längsschnitt)

Darüber hinaus können nach Absprache gern weitere Themen behandelt bzw. individuelle Fragestellungen besprochen werden.