Is interdisciplinary research really the best way to tackle global challenges?

In December 2019, Ms. Ellie Bothwell from Times Higher Education interviewed me (amongst others) about my stance on interdisciplinarity. The interview covered the pros and cons of interdisciplinarity as I perceived them. This article came out today and discusses some of those aspects which we discussed during the interview.




“Just like in the movies” – Forthcoming book chapter

My chapter  “Just like in the movies”: Popular media and ethical business schools of the future has been accepted for publication in the book “The University of the Future”. This book reviews the current state of the university sector and makes some suggestions as to how universities will develop in the forthcoming years to meet the challenges they now face. The book will be available through book shops from early January but it will be on sale at from December 15th onwards.

Inquiries about the book may be addressed to


Qualitative Research Catalogue (Utrecht Summer School 2020)

We offered the “Qualitative Research Catalogue” course for the first time in 2019. The course was well-received and appreciated by the participants. So, this time, we decided to make it even better by (literally) expanding the course! This means that the 2020 version of “Qualitative Research Catalogue” will span 5 days (instead of 3) and will accommodate 30 participants (instead of 20).  Have a look at the link before for more details.


We look forward to meeting you in Utrecht!

Journal of Management Inquiry article on creative mediums and research representation

After (almost) two years and five revisions, we made it! Do have a look at our Journal of Management Inquiry article “Let’s Perform and Paint! The Role of Creative Mediums in Enhancing Management Research Representation“. The article is part of the permanent section ‘Generative Curiosity’, which was introduced in 2017. The articles published in this section address novel, consequential, and fertile ideas which stimulate further scholarly research.

Hybrid Virtual Session – Western Academy of Management Conference

Western Academy of Management Conference pilot tested its first hybrid virtual session today. At 8 AM (MST – 4 PM CET), Dr. Robert Randolph (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA), Dr. Lakshmi Balachandran Nair (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), and Dr. Kirk Silvernail (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA) conducted the hybrid virtual session “Innovation, convergence, stigma”.

The talks were on the topics:

What Constitutes Methodological Innovation in Qualitative B2B Marketing Management Research?  (Dr. Lakshmi Balachandran Nair)

Knowledge Networking and Coopetition: The Role of Shared Technology in Promoting Goal Convergence (Dr. Robert Randolph)

You Do What?! Perceived Ostracism and Social Stigma of Dirty Jobs in Family Firms (Dr. Kirk Silvernail)

The abstracts of all three presentations are available here: WAM Program 2018 (pages 15-16).

The audience members as well as the presenters were allowed to join in-person or virtually through Google Meet. Here is a picture from the virtual presenter.


Mentoring Handbook inauguration

USI Equal Opportunities Services (for female academics) interviewed me last month. The interview will be published in their new ‘Mentoring Handbook’. The handbook will be inaugurated on March 6th Tuesday, at Università della Svizzera italiana. At this event, I will be giving a short talk on my experiences with the shadowing grant and mentoring programme provided by the Services.
Venue: Aula 351, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland  (10.30-11.30 am).
You are welcome to attend!

My case study on Directed Qualitative Content Analysis

OK, so I am in Mallorca, enjoying a nice vacation. Before the trip I had vowed not to think of work this week. But here I am!

Have a look here for my educational case study Appraising Scholarly Impact Using Directed Qualitative Content Analysis: A Study of Article Title Attributes in Management Research, published by SAGE Research Methods.

And here is a picture of Mallorca, just for fun!





Scientific integrity in qualitative research – report

Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung (FQS) has published my short report on SCIQUAL 2017 seminar, which focused on various aspects of scientific integrity in qualitative research.  FQS is a peer-reviewed multilingual open-access journal for qualitative research, established in 1999.

Illustration adapted from Science

Abstract: The Scientific Integrity in Qualitative Research (SCIQUAL) 2017 seminar focused on the basic rules of good scientific practice and researchers’ commitment to (or lack thereof in) adhering to these rules. Especially in the case of qualitative research, where there is a lack of standardized measures to ensure the quality of the methods, scientific integrity is a fuzzy concept and a big concern. To add on to this, increasing demands to publish or perish compel researchers to produce strong, concrete, evidence-based contributions at an alarmingly fast pace. Other factors like financial constraints, competition, etc. might also tempt scientists to achieve success swiftly through the use of unfair research practices. This is an alarming trait since good science is supposed to be credible, authentic, trustworthy, and ethical. SCIQUAL 2017 brought our attention to a few topics (e.g. reflexivity, ethical climate, deviant cases) which comes under the umbrella term of scientific integrity.

Read the full article @: