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How to write and publish high-quality qualitative research

3rd June - 4th June

This two-day workshop is designed specifically for doctoral candidates in labour relations, human resource management and organizational behaviour, whose research is predominantly qualitative. It is typically considered more difficult to develop rigorous and generalisable theory from qualitative research; thus, it is also harder to publish qualitative research in top journals.

This workshop aims to help you to overcome those challenges, focusing on the following topics that impinge on the quality of research:

  1. developing theory inductively;
  2. making theoretical contributions;
  3. the fit between theory and method;
  4. writing academically;
  5. deciding between rigor and relevance;
  6. the challenges of publishing, reviewing, and dealing with reviewers.

In sum, the course does not TEACH traditional research methods, but focuses on the softer skills that speak to research quality and productivity.

The course will be run as a seminar, but with specific rapporteur assignments for each topic.  Depending on the subject, students will critique articles, write research proposals, review articles for publication, respond to referee reports.


Workshop Instructor

Sarosh Kuruvilla is currently Professor of Industrial Relations, Asian Studies and Public Affairs at Cornell University. He joined Cornell’s faculty in 1990 after obtaining a doctorate in business administration from the University of Iowa in 1989, and after a career as a labour relations manager in the industry in India. Professor Kuruvilla’s research interests focus broadly on the area of comparative industrial relations and specifically on the linkages between industrial relations policies and practices, national human resource policies and practices and economic development policies. His recent research has been concerned with developing policy approaches to improving national skills development, skills up-gradation and labour policy. His research has informed government policy and practice in Asia, particularly in relation to Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, S. Korea, Taiwan and more recently, in China and India. He serves as a consultant to many international agencies, as well as global corporations, and has authored a large number of refereed journal articles including British Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Relations, Human Resource Management Journal, Industrial Relations, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review. He currently directs the New Conversations Project: Sustainable Labor Standards In Global Supply Chains.


Workshop schedule

3rd June 2020

9:30-12:30 Workshop (with breaks)

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-17:30 Workshop (with breaks)


4th June

9:30-12:30 Workshop (with breaks)

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-17:30 Workshop (with breaks)


Bush House (SE) 2.05, King’s Business School, 30 Aldwych, WC2B 4BG
Bush House (SE) 2.05, King’s Business School, 30 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4BG
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