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International Research Workshop

15th International Research Workshop – Methods for PhD – 5-10 September 2021: Registration Open Now!

PROGRAMME
PARALLEL MORNING SESSION 1 (6 – 8 September 2021)

  • Data Analysis with Stata
    Tobias Gramlich, Hesse State Statistical Office
  • Qualitative Research Methods
    Dr. Fabian Hattke, University of Hamburg
  • Grounded Theory
    Dr. Gilberto Rescher, University of Hamburg
  • Writing your Literature Review
    Dr. Sylvia Rohlfer, CUNEF University

PARALLEL AFTERNOON SESSION 2 (6 – 8 September 2021)

  • Data Analysis with R
    Dr. Marco Lehmann, UKE Hamburg
  • Case Study Research
    Dr. Kamil Marcinkiewicz, University of Oldenbourg
  • Questionnaire Design
    Dr. Daniel Schnitzlein, Leibniz University Hannover
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
    Dr. Jonas Buche, Leibniz University Hannover

PARALLEL SESSION 3 (9 September 2021)

  • Data Visualization
    Dr. Daniel Schnitzlein Leibniz University Hannover
  • Multi-level Modelling with R
    Dr. Daniel Lüdecke, UKE Hamburg
  • Academic English Writing
    Dr. Jonathan Mole, Europa-Universität Flensburg
  • Analysing Panel Data with Stata
    Dr. Timo Friedel Mitze, University of Southern Denmark

WORKSHOP COMMITTEE
Dr. Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University
Dr. Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark
Dr. Heiko Stüber, Institute for Employment Research

FEES & CREDIT POINTS
499 Euro (with accommodation and meals)
It is possible to get a certificate on 5 credit points (according to the European Credit Transfer System).

WORKSHOP VENUE
The workshop will take place at the Akademie Sankelmark, Akademieweg 6 in Oeversee (near Flensburg), Germany. The health, safety, and well-being of our lectures, the staff at the Akademie and the participants are our top priorities. All necessary measures are taken to ensure everyone stays healthy. Further, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and switch to an online workshop when necessary.

CONTACT & REGISTRATION
For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the workshop committee (irwsnetwork@gmail.com).

Please register for the workshop here or on the workshop website.

ORGANIZERS
Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the FAF Hamburg, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Institute for Employment Research (IAB), The Research Institute of the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg
Akademie Sankelmark im Deutschen Grenzverein e.V.

SUPPORTERS
Europa-Universität Flensburg
University of Hamburg, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
University of Hamburg, School of Business
Leuphana University Lüneburg, Faculty of Economics

Data Visualization

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Daniel Schnitzlein (Leibniz University Hannover & Inside Statistics)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: Results of scientific research are often (and increasingly) complex and hard to understand for a non-scientific audience. However, at the same time, the transfer of results from academic research to an outside-academia recipient, for example, politics, private foundations or private firms providing research funding, but also the interested public, gets more and more important. Probably the most important skill in this context is the ability to create good visualization of your main (quantitative data-based) results.

Today, data are everyday companions in almost all scientific and professional fields. The graphical representation of data is both an elementary step in the analysis process and an important component in communicating the results. The course Data Visualization trains this ability and leads you away from the standard diagrams of common office/statistics packages to clear and concise representations with the help of many practice-oriented examples. The course consists of 50% lecture and 50% hands-on session.

Requirement of students: Basic knowledge of empirical (quantitative) social and economic research is beneficial, but not strictly necessary. The methods trained in this course are applicable to all visualization tasks independent of the applied software package. Visualization examples will be based mainly on R. Code examples will be provided within the lecture. A selection of examples will also be available in Excel and Python.

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

Qualitative Research Methods

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Fabian Hattke (Universität Hamburg)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: The purpose of this course is to familiarize participants with the basic characteristics of qualitative research. The course introduces methodological and practical aspects of different forms of qualitative research like case studies, discourse analyses, interviews, observations, and qualitative meta-syntheses. The course covers a variety of issues, including the philosophy of science, research designs, theory building, and sampling strategies. It also discusses practical challenges like the development of research questions, the use of different coding approaches, technical tools, and ethical questions.

Recommended literature and pre-readings:

  • Adler, P. S., Forbes, L. C., & Willmott, H. (2007). Critical management studies. Academy of Management Annals, 1(1), 119-179.
  • Alvesson, M., & Karreman, D. (2000). Varieties of discourse: On the study of organizations through discourse analysis. Human Relations, 53(9), 1125-1149.
  • Corbin, J., & Strauss, A. (2014). Basics of qualitative research: Techniques and procedures for developing grounded theory. Sage publications.
  • Eisenhardt, K. M. (1989). Building theories from case study research. Academy of Management Review, 14(4), 532-550.
  • Flick, U., von Kardoff, E., & Steinke, I. (Eds.). (2004). A companion to qualitative research. Sage.
  • Hoon, C. (2013). Meta-synthesis of qualitative case studies: An approach to theory building. Organizational Research Methods, 16(4), 522-556.
  • Mayring, P. (2004). Qualitative content analysis. A companion to qualitative research. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1, 159-176.
  • Sandelowski, M., & Barroso, J. (2006). Handbook for synthesizing qualitative research. Springer Publishing.
  • Wodak, R., & Meyer, M. (Eds.). (2015). Methods of critical discourse studies. Sage.
  • Yin, R. K. (2017). Case study research and applications: Design and methods. Sage publications.

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

Grounded Theory

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Gilberto Rescher (University of Hamburg)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: The purpose of this workshop is to offer a comprehensive introduction to Grounded Theory, considering its use in manifold kinds of fields and contexts of study and the feasibility of combining it with diverse research techniques (mainly qualitative and ethnographic ones). The workshop is as much oriented to “beginners” interested in learning about the basic epistemological perspective of Grounded Theory and its practice, as to participants that already possess deeper knowledge about Grounded Theory or even have employed this methodology in research and wish to discuss specific aspects or questions that arose in research practice. Correspondingly, the workshop will be adjusted to participants’ needs.

Hence, we will discuss basic concepts and procedures like research design, data collection, coding, categorizing, writing memos, theoretical sampling and theoretical saturation. Then exercises based on examples, ideally, those attributed by participants will be employed to clarify these concepts by putting them into practice. Therefore, participants with concrete research projects (be it planned or already put in practice) are invited to share their ideas, design and material, with the aim to (further) develop research practices among the group. If you are interested in presenting examples, please contact Gilberto Rescher in English or German (gilberto.rescher@uni-hamburg.de). Apart from this, the lecturer will stress upon his own research experiences to show how he actually uses Grounded Theory as an important kind of guideline in a broader methodological setting.

In addition to your registration, please answer the following questions (English or German):

  • What is your current status (e.g. PhD student?)
  • What is the focus of your interest in Grounded Theory?
  • What sort of content and what feedback do you expect?

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

Analysing Panel Data with Stata

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Timo Friedel Mitze (University of Southern Denmark)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: The one-day workshop is organized as a (basic!) introduction to the use of panel data in the different fields of business and social sciences. It is not meant as an expert course in advanced panel data modelling. Participants should take this into account before enrolling for the course.

Panel data (sometimes also referred to as longitudinal data) can be best described as the combination of cross-sectional and time-series information for individuals, firms, regions, countries etc. The main goal of the workshop is thus to provide participants with insights into why and when applied researchers can benefit from working with panel data. The course gives an overview of the different types of micro and macro models that are available for panel data estimation and shows how to properly estimate these models with the help of the statistical software package STATA. Examples for models covered are pooled OLS (POLS), random and fixed effects type models, REM and FEM, respectively, Difference-in-Difference estimation and panel event studies. On the fly, the workshop will show participants how STATA organizes panel data for the effective use of the above-described models. Building on these basics, a brief outlook on more advanced panel data estimation techniques will be given.

Course Tools: Please bring your laptop computer. STATA can be installed at the beginning of the IRWS. Licences will be provided. Datasets and STATA ado-files will be provided ahead of the course and should be installed on the participants’ computers. A list of introductory readings will be provided to registered participants ahead of the course.

Exemplary Readings: Baltagi, B. Econometric Analysis of Panel Data. 3rd or higher edition, Wiley.

Writing Your Literature Review

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Sylvia Rohlfer (CUNEF University)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: Regardless of discipline and however original a research project is, the literature review is a key part of a thesis or article. However, writing a literature review is the most daunting part of writing. Doctoral students often comment that the literature seems (and often is) massive. Hence, it might be helpful to be as systematic as possible when completing this task.

In this course, you will get practical insights and advice on how to effectively write a literature review. This will include tips, tricks and tools to improve your reading and sorting of the references, synthesizing the literature, summarizing existing debates and providing advice on how to present reviews effectively. We will also consider your writing habits. The sessions will be practical and require active involvement by students who will work in groups and get focused feedback on individual projects.

There are no pre-readings for the course, but participants will be required to complete smaller tasks outside the allotted workshop hours. Prior to the seminar (on or before the 28th of August) participants should send an extended abstract of their research project (two pages max. and in English/German/Spanish) to srohlfer@cunef.edu.

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

Data Analysis with Stata

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Tobias Gramlich, Hesse State Statistical Office

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: Stata is a statistical program package widely used (not only) in the social and economic sciences; it is used for data management, statistical graphics and analysis of quantitative data. Statistical concepts will not be part of the course, so participants should have some very basic knowledge of statistics. The course should enable participants to prepare their data for analysis, perform adequate analysis using a statistical computer program and document these tasks to keep them reproducible.

For Beginners with no or very little Stata knowledge!

Course topics cover:

  • “What You Type Is What You Get”: Basic Stata Command syntax
  • Getting (and Understanding) Help within Stata: Stata Built-in Help System
  • Basic Data Management: Load and Save Stata Datasets, Generate and Manipulate Variables, Describe and Label Data and Variables, Perform Basic uni- and bivariate Analyses, Change the Structure of your Data
  • Basic Stata Graphics: Scatterplot, Histogram, Bar Chart
  • Working with “Do-” and “Log-” Files

A requirement of students: Statistical concepts will not be part of the course, so participants should have some very basic knowledge of statistics.

Recommended literature and pre-readings: None.

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

Questionnaire Design

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schnitzlein (Leibniz University Hannover & Inside Statistics)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: The course provides 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. The lecture will be accompanied by a practical part.

You have to register for the 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: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: Writing an academic text is a complex task. It requires knowledge of a range of accepted writing conventions, as well as the ability to construct sentences that are not only idiomatically and grammatically correct but also suitably connected to one another. An awareness of the requirements and a degree of practice are necessary.

This workshop is primarily for people who are in the process of writing an academic text in English – a proposal, abstract, article, thesis etc. It provides the opportunity to obtain individual feedback on a text which you submit prior to the workshop. In the workshop, assistance will be given to enable you to self-correct any issues which have been highlighted (structure, understanding, logic, language etc.). In addition, an overview of the important characteristics of academic English writing will be discussed. If required, exercises will be available to highlight topics such as academic style (formality, impersonal and objective language, passive voice, caution, nominalisation); structure a sentence, paragraph and document level; reporting verbs and their forms; coherence and cohesion; and citation and reference styles.

A requirement of students: Please supply a maximum of 2 pages of text at least two weeks before the workshop begins. English language skills at CEFR level B2/C1 are required.

Recommended literature and pre-reading: None.

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

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Jonas Buche (Leibniz University Hannover)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: Since the publication of the seminal work “The Comparative Method” by Charles Ragin in 1987, set-theoretic methods and especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) have become a common research strategy in the social sciences. Set-theoretic methods analyse cases with regard to the identification of sufficient and necessary conditions and assume set relations to be equifinal, conjunctural and asymmetric. Not least since so-called fuzzy sets have been introduced to the method, there has been a rising interest in QCA as a welcome alternative to both small-n case studies and large-n statistical analyses. In short, QCA is recommended if ‘if…then’ hypotheses are analysed; if the goal is to derive sufficient and necessary conditions; if a comparison is planned; and if there is a mid-sized number of cases (between 10 and 60+).

The course offers a comprehensive introduction to QCA and is both conceptually and technically oriented. It starts off with an overview of the basics of set theory and demarcates QCA as a case-oriented method from both the quantitative and the interpretive-qualitative research paradigm. Through the notion of necessary and sufficient conditions and of truth tables, the single elements are built into the Truth Table Algorithm. However, this algorithm is not free of problems. Therefore, some pitfalls and strategies on how to overcome them are presented. On the third day, the software tool fsQCA will be introduced and applied to published studies.

A requirement of students: No prior knowledge is required. We will use the software fsQCA2.5 which can be downloaded at www.fsqca.com.

Recommended literature and pre-readings:

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