A resource for learning
These learning materials are aimed primarily at postgraduate and doctoral research students in the management field of the social sciences, who are interested in developing their ability to think and operate in the sophisticated, creative and efficient way that is characteristic of many expert management researchers. The materials are also likely to be useful for early-career academics who recognise the advantage of accelerating the further development of their expertise beyond the rate at which it may occur incidentally – as merely a side-effect of accumulating experience. The key topic on developing research proposals is for academics who have little experience or success with proposal writing.
The materials are designed for self-directed learning by individuals who may work through the text on the various key topics and associated exercises in any sequence. However, it is recommended that the learning activities within each key topic are studied in order, as there is some progression where later activities build on the earlier ones. Since AIM is promoting open access to the materials, they have been created with economy of electronic data in mind so that anyone with even a fairly slow internet connection can use them successfully. Therefore megabyte-hungry videoclips have been avoided, and strong emphasis has been placed instead on presenting the ideas through a combination of text, tables, and downloadable forms. Users are encouraged to download these ‘read-only’ form files and complete the exercises on their own computer. This approach has the advantage that the space for writing responses will expand to encompass whatever the user wishes to say.
To download a form click on the word document at the bottom of the relevant page. A new page will open giving you the option to open the file or save the file. If you click open the file will open in your word processor. If you click save and select the desktop icon this will download the activity document to your desktop where you can either set up a new folder called 'Learning to Think Like an Expert Management Researcher', alternatively keep it in your 'my documents'.
A resource for teaching
Users who have some responsibility for postgraduate research methods training, doctoral supervision, or early-career academic mentoring may also find the materials useful as a teaching resource. The learning activities and downloadable forms may be adapted or further developed for self-study or classroom use. (To download a form see the instructions above. Forms can be modified, renamed and saved.)
Potential uses of the materials, whether in their present or adapted form, include:
· Drawing the attention of individual students or early career academics to the website and encouraging them to use the materials as an individual self-study resource
· Basing research and study skills tutorials on particular key topics or sets of learning activities within them, possibly inviting students to complete the same learning activity forms (as part of their preparation or during the tutorial) and discussing the different responses
· Directing students towards sets of learning activities as a follow-up extension for research and study skills lectures
· Harnessing sets of learning activities as back-up support for individual supervisions, inviting students to refer to them when they reach the appropriate point in their studies
· Creating parallel exercises to those in the materials which focus on the substantive management areas being studied by students, so that they have greater relevance to students' interests.
We would welcome your feedback as a learner or trainer on any aspect of these learning materials, including any ideas about how we might improve this resource. Click on Feedback on the site homepage for a form which you can complete and send in to us.
These materials were developed by
- Prof Mike Wallace, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
· Dr David Denyer, Cranfield University School of Management
· Dr Judy Pate, University of Glasgow Business School
Their work was supported from 2006 to 2009 by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through its Researcher Development Initiative (RDI).
How to reference this resource
Wallace, M,. Denyer, D. and Pate, J. (2009) Learning to Think like an Expert Management Researcher E-Learning Materials [updated November 2009]. The Advanced Institute of Management Research. accessed XXXX, Available from http://www.aimexpertresearcher.org/
It is hoped that these learning materials will prove useful to learners and trainers. However this cannot be guaranteed and AIM can accept no responsibility for any failure to achieve particular learning outcomes. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information, including references, AIM cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Users may create their own files by copying read-only downloadable files as indicated above (see A Resource for Teaching). But AIM can accept no responsibility for any consequences of creating and using files based on downloadable forms in this resource. The materials on this site reflect the views of their authors and do not represent the official view of the ESRC.