Management Seminar - Professor Peter Bamberger

Seminar Room 10.039, the Spot Building, 198 Berkeley Street


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PRESENTER: Professor Peter Bamberger (Coller School of Management, Tel Aviv University)

TOPIC: “Where’s the Meat? Insights on Identifying and Positioning the Theoretical Contribution of an Empirical Study”

Abstract:Even the most well executed papers stand a high probability of rejection from top tier journals if reviewers fail to see the value-added contribution to management and organizational theory. Accordingly, in this seminar, I will highlight the conceptual and theoretical issues to be considered when writing the introduction and theory sections of a research proposal or journal manuscript. The seminar will begin with review of common criteria used when evaluating theory (Bacharach) and theoretical contribution (Whetton), and in particular, the issues of problematising (utility) and positioning (novelty) (Corley & Gioia).

Next, I will identify some of the most common flaws regarding conceptualisation and theorising, and offer some suggestions as to how to avoid such problems. Finally, I will offer a number of practical tips (do’s and don’ts) when framing a paper’s front end and driving home the theoretical contributions in the discussion section.

Bio:Peter Bamberger is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Organisational Behavior at Tel Aviv University’s Coller School of Management and Research Director of Cornell University’s Smithers Institute. Current research interests include helping processes, occupational health psychology, and compensation strategy. Author of over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters, recent publications include Human Resource Strategy (Routledge, 2014), and Retirement & the Hidden Epidemic: The Complex Link Between Ageing, Work Disengagement and Substance Misuse…and What to Do About It (Oxford Univ. Press, 2014). Peter is also a Visiting Professorial fellow in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne.

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