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GIGA Summer Term Programme 2020

Due to the coronavirus situation all courses will be offered online!

The following seminars are open to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers at the GIGA and its partner institutions. Please note that other external participants are asked to pay a small course fee.

26 May 2020
Research Data Management
Catharina Wasner, GIGA

4 – 5 June 2020
Case Studies, Process Tracing, and Comparative Analysis
Eleanor Knott, London School of Economics

11 June 2020
Global Approach to CAS Series I: Economic Statecraft in the Middle East: Conceptualization and Case Studies
Eckart Woertz, GIGA

17 June 2020
Global Approach to CAS Series II: Choosing case studies in comparative research
Merike Blofield, GIGA

22 – 23 June 2020
Qualitative Interviews
Alenka Jelen-Sanchez, University of Stirling

29 – 30 June 2020
Regression Analysis
Michael Dorsch, Central European University

Participants need to register online by filling in the registration form that is available on the website of the respective event.
Registration deadline: Thursday, 14 May 2020
Confirmations of successful registration will only be sent after the deadline has passed.

#GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: #RegressionAnalysis (29.-30.06.2020)

Target audience
Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Researchers at GIGA and Partner Institutions

About the course
Researchers are often interested in using samples of data to investigate relationships between variables. Regression analysis is a process of finding the mathematical model that best fits the data. This class provides an intuitive and practical introduction to linear regression, the workhorse method of applied econometrics and a fundamental statistical technique for research in the quantitative social sciences.

The course covers the fundamentals of regression analysis. We begin with a (very) brief review of the necessary ingredients from probability and statistics. From day one, students will learn the basic functionality of the statistical software package Stata, starting with the generation of descriptive statistics and graphics. Coverage of the linear regression model and regression diagnostics constitute the core of the course. Non-linear regression models and other more advanced regression techniques will also be introduced.

This is a hands-on, applied course where students will analyze data drawn from the fields of economics and political science. There will be applied assignments following each topic, which we will discuss as a class at before moving on the next topic. If you fully apply yourself in this course, you will become proficient with the basic methods of regression analysis and you will become a confident user of statistical software for computing linear regressions and interpreting their results.

This course will be offered online.

About the lecturer
Michael Dorsch is Associate Professor of Economics at Central European University, where he teaches Applied Regression Analysis, Public Choice, and Public Sector Economics within the School of Public Policy. Employing formal theoretical modeling and data-driven empirical investigation, his work has appeared in leading academic journals across the quantitative social sciences.

Please note that other external participants than the one mentioned in the target group above are asked to pay a small course fee.

Registration closes 14 May 2020.

Registration and further information

Content retrieved from: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/de/dp/training/course-programme/regression-analysis.

#GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: #QualitativeInterviews (22.-23.06.2020)

Target audience
Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Researchers at GIGA and Partner Institutions

About the course
Qualitative interviews are one of the most popular research methods in political and social research, yet often due to a lack of understanding run a risk of misrepresentation and under-theorisation of data. To avoid such risks, the course aims to develop an in-depth understanding of theoretical underpinnings of qualitative interviews and provide practical training in interview design, data generation and management.

On the first day, the course introduces theoretical reflections, philosophical assumptions, methodological underpinnings and ethics in interview research. Field preparation strategies and techniques, including sampling, gaining access, designing an interview guide, framing questions, and thinking through enquiry strategies are discussed. We outline the stages of the interview process and explore the potential influence of socio-demographic and personal characteristics on the relationship between the interviewer and interviewees and, consequently, on the data generation process.

Building on this knowledge, the second day focuses on developing interview skills through practical experience of designing and conducting interviews and managing data. We discuss theoretical applications and conclude the course with a critical reflection on strengths, limitations and scientific criteria in interview research.

This course will be offered online.

About the lecturer
Alenka Jelen-Sanchez is Senior Lecturer in Public Relations and Deputy Head of Division of Communications, Media and Culture at the University of Stirling, UK. She holds a PhD in Sociology – Communication Sciences from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her current research interest is in political and communication studies with a special focus on public relations as an academic discipline, intersections between journalism and public relations, gender in media and public relations, health communication and qualitative research methods, particularly interviews. She has extensive international experience in interview research and teaching. She has been an Instructor of Expert Interviews at the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) Summer School in Methods and Techniques since 2008 and has taught interview research at several universities and research institutes in Europe and Canada.

Please note that other external participants than the one mentioned in the target group above are asked to pay a small course fee.

Registration closes 14 May 2020.

Further information and registration

Content retrieved from: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/de/dp/training/course-programme/qualitative-interviews-1.

#GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Global Approach to CAS Series II: Choosing #CaseStudies in #ComparativeResearch (17.06.2020)

Target audience
Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Researchers at GIGA and Partner Institutions

About the course
Case selection is one of the most important steps in comparative research design, as systematic, theoretically grounded case selection produces stronger research. This course will discuss practical strategies for which and how many cases to use in your research project. The instructor will draw on her experience producing two books and several articles, all of which used the comparative method and case studies, to provide examples of how to go about case selection in practice.

This course will be offered online.

About the lecturer
Merike Blofield is the Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies.

Please note that other external participants than the one mentioned in the target group above are asked to pay a small course fee.

Registration closes 14 May 2020.

Further information and registration

Content retrieved from: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/de/dp/training/course-programme/global-approach-to-cas-series-ii-choosing-case-studies-in-comparative.

#GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Global Approach to CAS Series I: Economic Statecraft in the Middle East: Conceptualization and #CaseStudies (11.06.2002)

Target audience
Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Researchers at GIGA and Partner Institutions

About the course
Compared to its share of the world’s population the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) accounts for percentages of global combat deaths, terrorist attacks, and refugees five to 11 times over. The underlying conflicts have economic aspects, too. The region has seen a large array of international and intra-regional sanctions and blockades. State funds and geo-economic strategies have been used to strengthen the resilience of authoritarian states. The MENA’s endowment with oil rents and strategic location along trade routes has engendered particular development models. The region’s states have seen their autonomy in economic decision-making challenged by compromised sovereignty in areas of limited statehood, where (violent) non-state actors command extractive capacities in a certain territory or economic sector. The respective states, in turn, integrate economic strategies in counterinsurgencies and efforts to re-assert control. Economic warfare is rampant in the MENA yet contextual knowledge of how it affects the political economies of its states, their international relations, and the socio-political coalitions that carry them is often missing, not based on local sources and perceptions, and insufficiently theorized.

This 2-hour lecture uses the UN embargo against Iraq (1990-2003) as a case study and discusses how Comparative Area Studies (CAS) can provide necessary correctives to the narratives of large n-studies that focus on sending countries and their sanction instruments.

This course will be offered online.

About the lecturer
Eckart Woertz is the Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies.

Please note that other external participants than the one mentioned in the target group above are asked to pay a small course fee.

Registration closes 14 May 2020.

Further information and registration

Content retrieved from: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/de/dp/training/course-programme/clone-of-global-approach-to-cas-series-i-economic-statecraft-in-the.

#GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: #CaseStudies, #ProcessTracing and #ComparativeAnalysis (04.-05.06.2020)

Target audience
Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Researchers at GIGA and Partner Institutions

About the course
Case studies are the backbone of social science. At the same time, we need a stronger and more rigorous methodological backbone to case study research to maintain the leverage that knowledge from this within-case and cross-case methods can generate. In this two day workshop, we begin by looking at the case as a unit of analysis asking “of what is this a case?” (Lund 2014) before addressing specific methodologies of process tracing and comparative approaches. In particular, we will address different approaches to comparison, both variable-oriented and messier case-oriented comparisons, as well as area-based and across-area comparisons, to address the logic and value of comparing in the political and international analysis.

The workshop will, for the most part, consist of a mixture of lectures and practical interactive exercises. We will also make space for students to present briefly their projects in development as they pertain to the methods of the workshop.

This course will be offered online.

About the lecturer
Eleanor Knott is an Assistant Professor in Qualitative Methodology in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics.

Please note that other external participants than the one mentioned in the target group above are asked to pay a small course fee.

Registration closes 14 May 2020.

Further information and registration

#GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: #Research #DataManagement – Introductory Course for Doctoral Students (26.05.2020)

Target audience
Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Researchers at GIGA and Partner Institutions

About the course
2-hours introductory course aims at helping doctoral students to develop their knowledge and skills regarding research data management. The topics that will be introduced in this course are organized along the research cycle starting from proposal planning and writing as well as project start-up over the data life cycle (including data collection, data analysis and data sharing) to the end of a research project, data archiving and data discovery.

This course will be offered online.

About the lecturer
Catharina Wasner is a Research Data Manager at the GIGA Information Centre.

Please note that other external participants than the one mentioned in the target group above are asked to pay a small course fee.

Registration closes 14 May 2020.

Registration and further information

MREV – Call for Papers: Employee Voice and the Digitalization of Work

Guest Editors:

Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark
Sylvia Rohlfer, Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF), Spain
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Germany

Special Issue

Over the past four decades, scholars from employment relations, human resource management, organisational behaviour and labour economics have published a vast body of literature concerning employee voice (Wilkinson & Fay, 2011). Employee voice is thereby understood as the opportunity to participate in organisational decision-making and to have a say to influence the own work and the interests of managers and owners (Barry &Wilkinson, 2016) or – in the case of employee silence – to withhold these views and concerns (Morrison & Milliken, 2003). Employee voice and silence have been linked to organisational performance and the development of competitive advantage (Barry & Wilkinson, 2016) and are a key ingredient for the positive relationship between strategic human resource management and organisational performance (Wood & Wall, 2007) which also implies a link between employee voice and innovation. Employees with the opportunity to communicate individual ideas to management and to participate in decision-making give them the possibility to express ‘creative ideas and new perspectives, increasing the likelihood of innovation’ (Grant, 2013, p. 1703; Zhou & George, 2001).

Recently, scholars are paying more attention to current topics and relate them to employee voice. One stream of research is addressing the advancing technologies and consider the digital revolution and its impact on employee voice. There is no doubt that digital technology is fundamentality changing the way we do business (Mennie, 2015) and in consequence forms, tools and channels ‘voice’. The few studies on employee voice and digitalisation are mainly dealing with social media at work and its opportunities for management to get in dialogue with employees. Holland, Cooper, and Hecker (2019), for instance, discuss conceptual issues and opportunities social media provides in the development of employee voice. In a similar vein, Barnes, Balnave, Thornthwaite, and Manning (2019) show how a union’s use of social media might facilitate greater member participation and engagement. However, more empirical evidence and conceptual considerations are needed to better understand and explain digitalisation and employee voice (or: ‘e-voice’).

Therefore, the aim of the special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies is to focus on digitalisation at work and its challenges and opportunities for employee engagement, voice and silence in cross-disciplinary discussions. We welcome empirical studies as well as theoretical papers. Some context to discuss are listed below:

  • To what extent do technologies impact employee voice and silence?
  • To what extent do employees make use of technology to ‘raise their voice’?
  • What role do trade unions play when it comes to electronic (e.g., social media) employee voice?
  • What is the impact of electronic (e.g., social media) voice on traditional mechanisms of employee voice?
  • What is the effectiveness of electronic (e.g., social media) voice? How does it compare to the outcomes of traditional mechanisms?
  • Why do electronic (e.g., social media) employee voice systems fail?
  • What is the ‘dark side’ of electronic (e.g., social media) employee voice/silence?

These are just some ideas and not an exhaustive list.

Deadline
Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies must be submitted by 31 October 2020. All contributions will be subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due 31 March 2021. The publication is scheduled for issue 1/2022. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at http://www.mrev.nomos.de/ using ‘SI Employee Voice’ as article section.

Manuscript length should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding references) and the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 3 cm (1 inch) on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the journal’s website (http://www.mrev.nomos.de/guidelines/).

Hoping to hear from you!
Simon Fietze
Sylvia Rohlfer
Wenzel Matiaske

University of Bremen: PhD/Research Assistant – Roadmap for a gradual defossilisation of the steel industry and urban infrastructures using electrolysis hydrogen in Bremen (H2B)

At the University of Bremen we are offering a 50% PhD/Research assistant position at the Chair of Economics of Innovation and Structural Change, Faculty of Business Studies and Economics. The position relates to the entitled project with the possibility to conduct a PhD thesis derived from the entitled project or related research work.

Given the German context of the project, good german language skills are required.
Application deadline is the 1th of April 2020.

For more details please visit the official job advertisement at:
https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/guenther/news/news/news/detail/News/job-advertisement-phd-position-in-the-field-of-sustainability-energy-and-environmental-innovations/

Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL 2020): New Ways of Creating Value in Supply Chains and Logistics

Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL 2020): New Ways of Creating Value in Supply Chains and Logistics. More detailed information regarding the conference are available here: https://hicl.org. Abstract Submissions will only be accepted through https://hicl2020.exordo.com/.

The Abstract Submission closes on 13 March 2020.

#HICL #phdstudent #seminar #artificialinteligence #datascience #supplychain #logistics