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Professor Chris Smith gives keynote talk at Renmin University of China

Posted on 10/12/2012

Professor Chris Smith gave a keynote talk at the Forum on Case-Based and Qualitative Research in Business Administration in China, (The 6th Management Forum of Renmin University of China, 10th-11th November 2012). He was in good company, as the three other key note speakers were: Anne Tsui, President of Academy of Management, Motorola Professor of International Management at the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, USA; Chao Chen, Professor of Organization Management and Global Business, Rutgers University Business School, USA; and Michael Pratt, Professor Management and Organization, Boston College, USA. All these speakers have outstanding research careers using qualitative research methods in the business and management field.

Renmin University of China (RUC) has had an undergraduate student exchange (2 + 2) with the School of Management at Royal Holloway for several years, but one of the aims of Chris Smith’s visit was to take this teaching link and develop research connections between the School of Business at RUC and the School of Management at Royal Holloway. The Forum provided just such an opportunity as both Schools place qualitative research high on their agenda. At RUC, Professor Ji-Ye Mao, Associate Dean, has been central to the case study and qualitative research forum, and this was the biggest event in the 6-year history of the event – with around 300 researchers coming from all over China and beyond to present papers or find out more about the value of using qualitative research methods. This emphasis is a distinct competitive advantage for RUC, when most other management and business schools in China are wedded to a North American positivist research paradigm. Chris has a file (in Chinese) on the abstracts presented at the Conference.

Chris presented a keynote on ‘The Limitations of Interpretive Case Study Research and the Growing Interest in Critical Realism as a basis for Case Study Research’ as well as a workshop paper on ‘Using Critical Realism and Multiple Case-Studies’. Research using Critical Realism is new to Chinese Business Schools and there was a lot of interest in the nature and value of the approach. In addition Chris gave a seminar to the Department of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour on: ‘Cross-national comparative analysis revisited: the System, Society and Dominance framework and it’s utilisation in international human resource management.’ International and Comparative HRM were also new to a lot of audience, but many were keen to understand how best to understand China’s place in the world economy. Power point slides on these talks are available on request.

It is hoped that this is the first of many staff and research exchanges between RUC and RHUL.

Please contact Chris if you are interested in finding out more about School of Business, Renmin University of China or Human Resources teaching and research at RUC.



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