Exemplary Research


Exemplary research is well conceived, well executed, and well written. It is what scholars should aim to do.
This research course aims at improving students’ understanding of the process of publishing  and   at   sharing   insights   about   how   to   write   and   publish   a   research paper in top academic journals. The main objective of this course is to attain basic capabilities  in the art of paper writing and publishing.
We use papers and examples from different areas in management as contexts for discussion, and the basic principles are applicable for PhD students across a variety of management  domains.  Participants  learn  to  analyze  and  review  papers  and  develop   their own research ideas.
To put learning into practice, students will be challenged to critically analyze papers and take part of a peer-review process.
By the end of the course, students will assimilate the importance of groundbreaking research and acquire key critical reasoning and analytical skills that will increase the quality and impact of their own future work.

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Filipa Castanheira


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•    Bono, J. E. & McNamara, G. (2011). Publishing in AMJ—Part 2: Research design. Academy of Management Journal, 54(4), 657-660.
•    Colquitt, J. A. & George, G. (2011). Publishing in AMJ—Part 1: Topic choice. Academy of Management Journal, 54(3), 432-435.
•    Corley, K. (2012). Publishing in AMJ—Part 7: What's Different about Qualitative Research? Academy of Management Journal, 55(3), 509-513.
•    Geletkanycz, M. & Tepper, B. J. (2012). Publishing in AMJ–Part 6: Discussing the implications. Academy of Management journal, 55(2), 256-260.
•    Grant, A. M. & Pollock, T. G. (2011). Publishing in AMJ—Part 3: Setting the hook. Academy of Management Journal, 54(5), 873-879.
•    Sparrowe, R. T. & Mayer, K. J. (2011). Publishing in AMJ—Part 4: Grounding Hypotheses. Academy of Management Journal, 54(6), 1098-1102.
•    Zhang, Y. A. & Shaw, J. D. (2012). Publishing in AMJ—Part 5: Crafting the methods and results.
Academy of Management Journal, 55(1), 8-12.
•    Frost, P.J., & Stablein, R.E. (Eds.) (1999). Doing exemplary research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Teaching method

The course will use a variety of teaching methodologies, including:
a)    Lectures by the instructor or invited guest-speakers on the state-of-the-art knowledge in each field of research;
b)    Videos, clips, group works, and other methods that help understand the underlying principles of a given study;
c)    Class discussion moderated by the instructor on the relevance of each study and potential applications to the different areas of study in management science.

Evaluation method

30%- Discuss the “anatomy” of a great paper
Students are asked to select a very good paper and identify the main characteristics that make it a case of “exemplary research”. For structure and inspiration, please read the seven-part series, “Publishing in AMJ,” in which the editors give suggestions and advice for improving the quality of papers (papers available for download in the folder “What makes an exemplary piece of research?).
This report is due on XXX (Please deliver the report via moodle). Please don’t send the reports by email. Presentation guidelines: No limit of pages, but please be concise. Times New Roman, 12, line spacing 1.5, Top and Bottom margins: 2.5 cm; Left and Right margins: 3 cm.

30%- Peer-review process
Students will be asked to perform the review a scientific paper.
This report is due on XXX (Please deliver the report via moodle). Please don’t send the reports by email. Presentation guidelines: No limit of pages, but please be concise. Times New Roman, 12, line spacing 1.5, Top and Bottom margins: 2.5 cm; Left and Right margins: 3 cm.

40%- Set the Hook
Students will be asked to write the “introduction of their thesis”. With this assignment, students should be able to explain the topic of research, the research question and the “introduction”- For inspiration, please see the seven-articles and focus on Part 1 and 3.

Subject matter

Date    Topics

The process of publication and peer review
Analyzing and reviewing papers: How are the main parts of a research paper (i.e., introduction, theory section, hypothesis section, methodology, results, discussion) structured and crafted?
Where and how to publish?

Invited Speaker: Professor Irene Consiglio
Assistant Professor of Marketing at Nova SBE

Invited Speaker: Professor Clayton Critcher
Associate Professor of Marketing, Cognitive Science, and Psychology at Berkeley Haas.

Editorial Boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Social Psychological and Personality Science; and Self & Identity.

Invited Speaker: Professor Pedro Neves
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Nova SBE Editorial Board of the Leadership Quarterly https://scholar.google.pt/citations?user=OCsry84AAAAJ&hl=en&oe=ASCII

Invited Speaker: Professor Pier Mannucci
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School

Invited Speaker: Kimberly Eddleston
Schulze Distinguished Professor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northeastern University
Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Venturing and a Senior Editor at eix.org. Editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Group & Organization Management, Organization Management Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Family Business Review and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. She has also served as a guest editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and Small Business Economics.


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