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Call for Papers: German Journal – Sprache – Literatur – Kultur

We are accepting submissions for academic research on anything “German” – be it a cultural issue, a literary analysis, or linguistic research on how to learn German, and more. We are an interdisciplinary journal and are looking to combine various topics in our publications. We publish in English and German and are looking for a word count of no more than 10.000 words. Submit your paper here https://dc.cod.edu/gj/, or click here https://germanjournal.org/ for more information.

— ACHTUNG: kurze Anmeldefrist — VHB Pro-Dok-Kurs: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS in Hamburg

Vom 22. bis 25. September 2020 findet der jedes Jahr sehr erfolgreiche VHB-ProDok Kurs „Qualitative Research Methods: Processes and Methods of Qualitative and Mixed Method Research” in Hamburg statt. Durchgeführt wird der Kurs von Professor Thomas Wrona (Technische Universität Hamburg) und Professor Philipp Mayring (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt).

Grundlegendes Ziel dieses Kurses ist es, den Teilnehmenden Kenntnisse über den Prozess und die Methoden qualitativer Forschungsdesigns zu vermitteln und die Eignung solcher Designs für konkrete Problemstellungen der Teilnehmer zu diskutieren (Werkstatt-Prinzip).

  • Grundlagen und spezifische Merkmale qualitativer Forschung
  • die Indikation qualitativer Forschung und die Rolle der Wissenschaftstheorie
  • der qualitative Forschungsprozess und der Einfluss von Theorien
  • die Erhebung qualitativer Daten
  • die Auswertung qualitativer Daten: Grounded Theory, Ethnografie, Qualitatives Experiment, Qualitative Heuristik, Diskursanalyse, Sequenzanalyse, Qualitative Inhaltsanalyse
  • Gütekriterien und Geltungsbegründung qualitativer Befunde
  • Methodenintegrative Designs (Mixed Methods)

Interessierte können sich noch bis 29. Juni 2020 per Email an prodok@vhbonline.org anmelden.

Im Moment ist angedacht, den Kurs wie geplant durchzuführen.

Aufgrund der aktuellen Situation informieren wir Sie, dass Sie im Falle einer Terminverschiebung die Möglichkeit haben, Ihre Anmeldung kostenfrei und ohne Erhebung einer Bearbeitungsgebühr schriftlich zu stornieren. Die Kursgebühr wird jeweils erst dann fällig, wenn über Kursformat und Durchführung gesicherte Informationen vorliegen.

Informationen zur Anmeldung finden Sie hier.

Weitere Informationen zum VHB ProDok-Angebot finden Sie unter http://prodok.org.

Für Rückfragen steht Ihnen die Projektkoordinatorin Kathrin Schöps kathrin.schoeps@vhbonline.org) von der Geschäftsstelle des VHB gerne zur Verfügung.

REMINDER: MREV – Call for Papers: Management in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) from Nordic and Comparative Perspectives

Guest Editors:
Simon Fietze, Martin Senderovitz, & Jesper Raalskov, University of Southern Denmark

Special Issue
SMEs play a significant role in economic development. They stimulate competition and create jobs by developing new technologies and products. However, SMEs’ are often prevented from realising their potential due to internal and external constraints. To deal with these constraints, on the one hand, international, national and regional policies support a number of initiatives to assist SMEs’ growth and development. On the other hand, the dynamic competitive landscape of the twenty-first century is highlighting an increased need for SMEs to emphasis on the managerialization of their organizational structure and processes as well as the professionalization of individuals involved in the organization to ensure long-term survival and growth.

Research on managerialization has shown, that SMEs are characterized by a lower adoption of managerial processes, because of the strong linkages between manager and company. In addition, there is a lack of management knowledge at different levels. It is commonly highlighted that the management in these firms is characterized by some degree of informality and that individual and social control systems are more suited to these enterprises, due to common shared values and languages, informal relationships etc.

In addition, decisions in SMEs are also determined by the institutional and contextual factors and in consequence how much of their potential is realised (e.g. innovation). The Nordic context and their countries’ business systems have during the last few years served as exemplary models for practitioners from business, politics and research. The Northern European countries are among the most competitive economies, have a well-developed welfare system and a large public sector. These qualities have raised an increased interest both among practitioners and scholars alike to understand the “success” mechanisms of the Nordic business systems.

Based on these considerations, the purpose of this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies is to enhance our understanding of management practices in  SMEs from a Nordic and comparative perspective. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following issues:

  • What institutional conditions determine management practices in SMEs?
  • What is the role of managerial mechanisms and professional managers in SMEs and family firms’ development and growth?
  • How does social- and environmental considerations influence management practices in SMEs in a Nordic context?
  • What is the role of HR in developing management practices in SMEs?
  • How do talent management impact SMEs development and growth?

This is not an exhaustive list.

21st Nordic Conference on Small Business Research (NCSB) 2020
Since its inception in 1980 the NCSB conference has been a biannual event in the Nordic tradition characterized by an open atmosphere that encourages the exchange of ideas between researchers with research interests in the field of small business and entrepreneurship. The 2020 NCSB conference in Kolding, Denmark will continue this tradition and welcomes papers from all areas of the small business and entrepreneurship.

Special Issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies
management revue – Socio-Economic Studies is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary European journal publishing both qualitative and quantitative work, as well as purely theoretical papers that advances the study of management, organization, and industrial relations. Management Revue publishes articles that contribute to theory from a number of disciplines, including business and public administration, organizational behavior, economics, sociology, and psychology. Reviews of books relevant to management and organization studies are a regular feature.

All contributors to the 21st NSBC conference are invited to submit their paper for the special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies. Full papers for this special issue must be submitted by September 30th, 2020. All contributions will be subject to double-blind reviews. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due March 31st, 2021. The publication is scheduled for issue 3/2022. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system using ‘SI Management in SMEs’ 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 2.5 cm on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the journal’s homepage.

Hoping to hear from you!
Simon Fietze (simonf@sam.sdu.dk)
Martin Senderovitz
Jesper Raalskov

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