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Professional development opportunity: student research supervision course (6.-10.08.2018)

What makes a great research supervisor? This summer school course appeals to anyone who is currently involved in supervising student research or projects at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, or who wants to begin supervising student research or projects. Using a range of interactive approaches, we will explore good supervision practice, troubleshoot the challenges for effective supervision, and collaborate to produce a resource for you to take back to your organisations to share and implement effective supervision in practice.

Further information and registration

MREV – Call for Papers: What Makes a Job Good or Bad? Standards of Good Work Revisited


Guest Editors:
Dorothea Alewell, University of Hamburg (Germany)
Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (Germany)

Special Issue

Standards of good work – in economics, law, sociology and industrial psychology – are rooted in ideas of protecting labour against exploitation and alienation. Certainly, these basic ideas have not lost their importance. However, organisations as socio-technological systems have radically changed during the last decades, which entails the need for revision of the implications formulated in the 1960s. The front against Taylorism and the bureaucratic phenomenon will prove fruitless in times of the flexible organisation and subsequently flexible women and men. E. g.:

  • Technical progress may result not only in a reduction of workload but also in a devaluation of human capital which is bounded to persons, relatives and communities. New sourcing strategies of enterprises for example via crowd and click work platforms will change the structure of relevant labour markets.
  • Labour law may foster the unintended effect of building up a non-core workforce which is excluded from regulations which protect regular employees. The questions of how protection can be organised elsewhere, and whether monetary instruments as an unconditional minimum wage are a good remedy are still debated intensely.
  • The additional margin for manoeuvre intended as a resource enabling coping in models of work-related stress has converted to a stressor itself in flexible organisations.
  • Changes of value orientations, which are out of the perspective of social research since decades, may result in altered individual demands and hence on answers to the question what makes a good job.
  • The same is true for the change in the structure of the workforce, for example concerning age, gender, generation and religious orientation, on the collective level.

This is not an exhaustive list.

The special issue welcomes empirical studies as well as theoretical papers.

Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies must be submitted by August 31st, 2018. All contributions will be subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a “revise and resubmit” are due January 31th, 2019. The publication is scheduled for issue 3/2019. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at using “SI Standards of Good Work” as article section.

Submission Guidelines
Manuscript length should not exceed 8,000 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 and submit the papers electronically by sending a “blind” copy of your manuscript (delete all author identification from this primary document).

Hoping to hear from you!
Dorothea Alewell
Simon Fietze
Wenzel Matiaske


7th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology, August 2018

The program of the 7th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology is online and registration is open. The Summer School 2018 will be held from August 2 to 24 at GESIS in Cologne, Germany.

15 courses are scheduled, among them 5 short courses and 10 one-week courses. New to the program are courses on “Pretesting Survey Questions”, “Applied Multiple Imputation”, and “Open Science and FAIR Data”. The courses “Mixed-Mode and Mixed-Device Surveys“ and “Web Survey Design” return to the Summer School program after a break.

Here is an overview of the courses on offer this year:

Short courses (August 02 – 03):

  • Pretesting Survey Questions (Meitinger/Lenzner)
  • Introduction to Data Analysis Using Mplus (Blümke/Lechner/ Danner)
  • Research Designs and Causal Inference (Eifler/Leitgöb)
  • Introduction to Data Analysis Using Stata (Schunck/Pforr)

Week 1 (August 06 – 10):

  • Introduction to Survey Design (Lugtig/ Struminskaya)
  • Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling: Confirmatory Factor Analysis with Mplus (Reinecke/Kessler)
  • Introduction to Data Analysis Using R (Kolb/ Murray-Waters)
  • Applied Multiple Imputation (Geißler/Heisig)

Week 2 (August 13 – 17):

  • Questionnaire Design (Fuchs/Metzler)
  • Mixed-Mode and Mixed-Device Surveys (Toepoel/de Leeuw/Klausch)
  • Web Survey Design (Couper/Schaurer)

Week 3 (August 20 – 24):

  • Meta-Analysis in Social Research and Survey Methodology (Weiß/Daikeler)
  • Sampling, Weighting, and Estimation (Eckman)
  • Design and Implementation of Longitudinal Surveys (Al Baghal/Cernat)
  • Open Science and Open Data (Netscher/Perry/Schwickerath)

Thanks to our cooperation with the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, CDSS of the University of Mannheim, participants can obtain up to 4 ECTS credit points per one-week course.

In addition to courses, we have prepared a number of plenary and social events including evening talks by experts in Survey Methodology, weekly welcome receptions as well as cultural and social excursions.

There is no registration deadline, but in order to secure a place in the course(s) of your choice and to book affordable accommodation, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible.

Scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) via CDSS as well as the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) are available to Summer School participants.

You will find more information about the scholarships available on our website.

Universität Hannover – Institut für Unternehmensführung und Organisation: Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in (EntgGr. 13 TV-L, 75 %)

Am Institut für Unternehmensführung und Organisation der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät ist eine Stelle als

Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in (EntgGr. 13 TV-L, 75 %)

in den Bereichen Strategisches Management, Organisation oder Innovationsmanagement zum 01.07.2018 oder nach Absprache zu besetzen. Die Stelle ist zunächst auf zwei Jahre befristet.

Was wir Ihnen bieten:

  • Möglichkeit zur Promotion in einem ergebnisorientierten, kooperativen und offenen Teamklima
  • Teilnahme an nationalen und internationalen Konferenzen sowie Kooperation mit renommierten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern im In- und Ausland und namhaften Organisationen
  • Ein breites Spektrum an Forschungsthemen in den Bereichen Strategie, Organisation und Innovation sowie Nachhaltigkeit
  • Zahlreiche Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten auf nationalen und internationalen Schulungen
  • Enge Einbindung in die empirische Forschung und intensive Supervision
  • Einstellungsvoraussetzungen
    Abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium (Master, Diplom) in Wirtschaftswissenschaften oder einem anderen stark methodisch ausgerichteten Studiengang mit entsprechendem Schwerpunkt, z.B. Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen, Organisationspsychologie oder Organisationssoziologie.
  • Darüber hinaus wird erwartet:
  • Starkes Forschungsinteresse und Freude am Verfassen wissenschaftlicher Fachartikel für die Publikation in internationalen Fachzeitschriften
  • Kenntnisse in Methoden der quantitativen und/oder qualitativen empirischen Datenanalyse sowie Kenntnisse der statistischen (z.B. SPSS, Stata, R) oder qualitativen (z.B. MAXQDA) Datenauswertung
  • Sehr gutes Englisch und Deutsch in Wort und Schrift sowie überdurchschnittliche MS Office-Kenntnisse
  • Sehr gute Kommunikationsfähigkeit, überdurchschnittliches Engagement und Belastbarkeit sowie die Fähigkeit und Bereitschaft zu selbständiger, eigenverantwortlicher Arbeit in einem interdisziplinären Team
  • Bereitschaft, sich einzubringen sowie Lehr- und Verwaltungsaufgaben zu übernehmen
  • Außeruniversitäres Engagement oder Auslandsaufenthalte sind gern gesehen

Die Leibniz Universität Hannover möchte die berufliche Gleichberechtigung von Frauen und Männern besonders fördern und fordert deshalb qualifizierte Frauen nachdrücklich auf, sich zu bewerben. Schwerbehinderte Bewerberinnen und Bewerber werden bei gleicher Qualifikation bevorzugt.

Für Auskünfte steht Ihnen Prof. Dr. Christiana Weber, E-Mail:, gerne zur Verfügung. Weitere Informationen zum Institut finden Sie unter

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung mit den üblichen Unterlagen bis zum 30.04.2018, bevorzugt in elektronischer Form zusammengefasst in einer PDF-Datei, an E-Mail:
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institut für Unternehmensführung und Organisation
Königsworther Platz 1
30167 Hannover

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: An Introduction to the Logic and Practice of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) (19.-20.06.2018)

Course Description: This workshop provides an introduction into Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), a method based on set theory and Boolean algebra to uncover relations between explanatory conditions and an outcome in medium- to large-n datasets. We will discuss the set-theoretic and Boolean foundations of the method, its logic of inference and learn how to use the method in practice, working with real-life datasets.

This workshop is aimed at beginners and no previous knowledge of set-theoretic fundamentals or the method is required. A working knowledge of the software R is beneficial but not necessary. Participants should bring a laptop computer with a recent copy of R and RStudio installed.

Date of Event: 19.-20.06.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer:  Dr David Kuehn is Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Making your research accessible: Data Visualization and Interactive Graphics (14.-15.06.2018)

Course Description: This course aims to enable participants to produce high-quality plots based on raw data and/or model outputs using the R package “ggplot2” (1st day) and to teach principles of interactive data visualization with the R package “shiny” (2nd day). The first day will familiarize participants with the logic of the ggplot package and apply those principles to common use cases. In addition to some generic examples, such as scatterplots with/without regression lines, boxplots, or line charts, these use cases will be largely driven by participants’ needs and requests. Possible topics include grouped plots, faceting (i.e. dividing your data into many categories and plot them individually for comparison), or visualizing regression model output (e.g. through “dot-whisker” plots). Participants will learn through hand-on exercises to build their own plots and learn how to export plots in various formats. The second day will revolve around the main steps involved in creating interactive web applications using R and Shiny Apps. During this day, participants will learn how to prepare data for building interactive graphics, the basic principles for crafting interactive apps and the main alternatives to deploy and share visualizations. After a brief introductory part, this session will be mostly practical. Participants will learn to create generic apps, as well as their own particular visualizations based on participants’ datasets and examples.

We strongly encourage participants to familiarize themselves with the basic principles of R before the course, as we won’t have much time to focus on R basics during the course.

Date of Event: 14.-15.06.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer:  Felix Haaß is a Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs. Pau Palop García is a Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Introduction to Grounded Theory (06.-07.06.2018)

Course Description: This seminar aims at introducing graduate students to grounded theory, a specific research strategy belonging to the large family of qualitative methods. In particular, the seminar 1) situates grounded theory in the history of qualitative methods and presents its two main traditions, objectivist and constructivist grounded theory; 2) discusses the overall structure and the main steps of qualitative research design in grounded theory, from data gathering and sampling; 3) introduces the practice of coding in grounded theory, including initial coding, axial coding and selective coding; 4) reflects on the role of writing in grounded theory, introducing memos as a powerful analytic tool. Drawing on actual research examples and in-class exercises, the instructor will guide students throughout the main steps of grounded theory, hence also critically considering some common challenges in qualitative methods, like data sampling and coding strategies. For this reason, the seminar might also benefit students who are interested in qualitative methods while not planning to use grounded theory in their research.

Date of Event: 06.-07.06.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Alice Mattoni is an assistant professor at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence and a research fellow at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, based in the same institution and directed by Prof. Donatella della Porta. She regularly teaches courses and seminars on qualitative data analysis, computer-assisted qualitative data analysis, grounded theory and visual analysis for social movement studies. She acted as the co-director of the COSMOS/ECPR of Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilization in 2013 and 2015. She is the principal investigator of PiCME – Political Participation in Complex Media Environments (2015-2018), that compares the use of media for institutional and grassroots politics in Greece, Italy and Spain.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Global Approach to CAS Series III: Studying Authoritarian Regimes: A Comparative Perspective (28.05.2018)

Course Description: This course offers an introduction to the empirical study of the majority of political systems around the world. According to Freedom House, people live under unfree political conditions within 55 percent of countries worldwide and there has been a rising trend of declining political and civil rights within all regions of the world for more than a decade. More specifically, the course will highlight the following aspects: First, main elements of the definitions and measurement strategies used in current research on authoritarianism will be summarised. Second, a brief overview will introduce recent trends and developments in researching authoritarian regimes. And, third, examples of GIGA research from the work of scholars in the Research Team “Authoritarian Politics” will be introduced in order to illustrate some of the main research strategies used by GIGA scholars in this important field of comparative politics.

Date of Event: 28.05.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Dr Thomas Richter is a Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Qualitative Interviews and Analysis (17.-18.05.2018)

Course Description: This course aims to introduce doctoral students to the most widely used qualitative research technique – the interview. The course begins by outlining the sorts of research question that are best addressed through qualitative interviews, touching on debates about the nature of qualitative data. We then consider the practical considerations when undertaking a qualitative interview project – from selecting participants through to choosing a location in which to conduct the interview and the sorts of things you ought to take with you into the field. There will be a practical exercise on designing a qualitative interview guide, with a session devoted to how to avoid and recognise poorly worded interview questions. Attention will be focused on the key skills that qualitative interviewers need to collect good quality data (including body language, asking open questions, probing, prompting and active listening) and we will discuss the importance of critical reflexivity throughout the research process. Participants will also be introduced to thematic analysis and shown how to undertake a basic analysis using the CAQDAS package, MAXQDA.

The course is primarily aimed at two groups of doctoral students; those who are at the beginning of their qualitative research projects and want to deepen their knowledge of the qualitative interview; and those who have never used qualitative methods and want an introduction to one of main data collection tools used within this approach.

Date of Event: 17.-18.05.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Dr Katy Wheeler is a Lecturer in Sociology at The University of Essex. She has extensive experience of conducting qualitative interviews with a range of different participants from industry experts through to household interviews. Her research interests are in the fields of sustainability and ethical consumption. She is also an instructor at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, where she co-runs a course on qualitative interviewing.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Global Approach to CAS Series II: Comparative regionalism: Bringing EU studies back to Latin American regionalism? The ups and downs of a complicated relationship (14.05.2018)

Course Description: There is by now a broad consensus among scholars of Latin American regionalism (and other regionalisms) not to take the EU as the gold standard for regional integration and cooperation. The focus on Europe and Europe-focused integration theories led to into a blind alley. In the course, we will discuss why this has been the case. But while the Euro crisis and the Brexit had negative repercussions for the EU, they might improve the options for comparative regionalism by adding the study of regional disintegration to the study of regional integration. So once again one might ask and discuss which tools and analytical approaches developed in EU studies might be applied to the study of Latin American regionalism.

Date of Event: 14.05.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Prof Dr Detlef Nolte is Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)