Training Programs

2019 Research Method Workshop Call for Applications

2019 IACMR Research Methods Workshop 

July 14-18, 2019

Harbin, China 

Call for Applications

(Applications and submissions to the workshop are closed)

Dear IACMR Member,

You are cordially invited to apply for the IACMR Research Methods Workshop to be held from July 14-18, 2019, at Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. The purposes of the workshop are to introduce the major research methods involved in designing a high quality research project, to provide instructions on developing a research project that will make a meaningful contribution to knowledge and practice, and to build relationships with world-class management scholars. The 4-day program will consist of lectures and intensive discussion sessions for developing your research proposals. The workshop’s ultimate goal is to help develop research projects that will address important management problems and be publishable in international (English) academic journals. The instructional language for the workshop is English and Chinese. The previous workshops were well received. Please visit here (English) and here (Chinese) to view the feedback and reflections about the 2017 workshop held at Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan.

In addition to lectures, students/faculty with similar research interests will be put into the same discussion groups. Workshop participants will benefit from in-depth feedback and discussions of their proposal with the faculty advisors guiding the sessions and the other participants working in similar research areas. The discussions will focus on constructive comments and recommendations for improving proposals that would make a significant contribution to the advancement of organization and management knowledge. The workshop is also a very good opportunity to build relationships with well known management scholars (see the Faculty Advisor List at the end of this document).

Requirements on participants:

To qualify for participation in this workshop, you must meet the following criteria:

  •  You are either a graduate student who has already enrolled in a Ph.D. program and finished at least one year’s course work or a junior faculty with a PhD degree, who has been a faculty for NO more than five years.
  • You have NOT attended any previous IACMR Research Methods Workshop.
  •  You are proficient in reading, speaking, and writing English.
  • You are a fee-paying member of IACMR. The one-year membership dues (regular member: RMB700/year; student member: RMB350/year) must be paid if you are not a current fee-paying member when submitting your application. Please click here to pay membership dues.
  • You sign a pledge form (appended to the end of this Call), agreeing to specific requirements to be a participant in this workshop.

Research proposal

Please submit a maximum 4-page research proposal in ENGLISH (Times New Roman 12 point font size, double spaced, with 1 inch margins) including tables, figures or references. The proposal must be new, preferably still in the conceiving or designing stage, rather than work with data already collected. In the proposal you should provide 1) the research question with concise statements of its nature and importance, 2) major concepts that address the research questions, 3) the major hypotheses that you would like to develop or explore through empirical studies, and 4) to the extent possible, the research methods of your study including research design (e.g., survey, experiment, or secondary data), sampling, and possible statistical methods.

The research proposal will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of the extent to which 1) the research questions are of theoretical and/or practical importance, 2) the concepts are adequately defined and hypotheses are clearly formulated with reasonable rationale and form a coherent theoretical model, 3) the methods are appropriate and adequate for addressing the research questions. Due to the large number of applications we expect to receive, we apologize that we will not be able to provide feedback on your proposal, except the decision of acceptance or not.

The entire application should have the following components:

  1. a one-page cover letter in English confirming: IACMR membership, membership expiration date, and position title (for faculty, please state your rank and list number of years after PhD degree; for doctoral students please list number of years in the PhD program);
  2. a one-page résumé in English indicating education, experience, and up to five representative publications (including information of author, year, and journal) or research papers in either English or Chinese;
  3. a four-page research proposal in English as described above;
  4.  two one-page reference letters in either English or Chinese from faculty advisors for students and from department head and/or senior colleagues for faculty applicants;
  5. Completed pledge form (see last page of this document).

The application deadline is Mar. 5th, 2019. Submit this 9-page word file electronically to the workshop website between Dec. 20, 2018 and Mar 5th, 2019. The workshop space is limited. We encourage you to apply early. A final acceptance/rejection decision will be made by April 10th, 2019.


The 2019 Research Method Workshop is generously sponsored by the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) and Harbin Institute of Technology. The workshop registration fees will be RMB1800/student and RMB3000/faculty. Please note that the registration fee is only about 40% of the cost of the workshop due to the generous support of Harbin Institute of Technology. For participants who have been accepted by March 31st 2019, to reserve your space, we must receive your registration fee by May 1st, 2019, paid on-line. Please feel free to contact us if you have problems when making the online payment. Our contact details are as follows:,010-6275 8824.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Workshop Director: Ray Friedman (Vanderbilt University; planning stage); Jing Zhou (Rice University; on site)
Workshop Program Committee: Ray Friedman, Jing Zhou, Chao C. Chen, Jiing-Lih Larry Farh, Runtian Jing, Zhi-Xue Zhang
Director of Local Arrangement Committee: Qiang Ye, Dean, School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology
Executive Director of the Local Arrangement Committee: Jian Wang, Professor, School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology
Local Arrangement Committee:Li Zhang, Tienan Wang, Guoxin Li, Yang Yang

Faculty Advisors(in alphabetical order):

1.   Yanjie Bian, Professor, University of Minnesota

2.   Brian K. Boyd, Professor, City University of Hong Kong

3.   Chao C. Chen, Professor, Rutgers University, IACMR President (2012-2014)

4.   Jiing-Lih Larry Farh, Professor, China Europe International Business School, IACMR President (2014-2016)

5.   Xu Huang, Professor, The Hong Kong Baptist University, IACMR Representative-at-Large, Asia Pacific (2014-2016)

6.   Liangding Jia, Professor, Nanjing University,  IACMR Representative-at-Large, Mainland China (2012-2014)

7.   Runtian Jing, Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, IACMR Vice President

8.   Leigh Anne Liu, Associate Professor, Georgia State University

9.   Wu Liu, Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

10. Wei Shen, Professor, Arizona State University

11. Anne S. Tsui, University of Notre Dame, Arizona State University, IACMR Founding President

12. Ann Zhang, Associate Professor, Peking University

13. Zhi-Xue Zhang, Professor, Peking University, IACMR President Elect

14. Jing Zhou, Professor, Rice University, IACMR Co-President (2010-2012)


For questions about the workshop, applications and schedules, please contact IACMR Office,+8610 6275 8824. For questions about the venue and accommodation, please contact Lei Fan at,0451 86416027.

2019 IACMR Research Methods Workshop Participant Pledge Form

I agree to the following requirements if I am accepted to participate in the 2019 IACMR Research Methods Workshop.

1. I will attend the workshop and participate in all activities.

2. I will arrive on time for all lectures and discussion sessions.

3. I will fully prepare for in-depth discussion about my proposal.

4. I will contribute to discussions actively and respect others’ contributions.

5. I will have read the IACMR Commitment to Excellence statement, which is posted on the IACMR website, before the first day of the workshop.

6. I agree to have read all the materials posted on the workshop website, as instructed by the faculty leaders before the first day of the workshop.

7. I agree to adhere to guidelines for research ethics and ethical conducts in all current and future research activities.

8. If I am accepted by the workshop organizers and need to cancel, I agree to cancel at least one month in advance, and I understand that no refund will be given.

Signed:  _______________________________________________

(Name and date)