Digit collaborates with British Academy of Management to host Doctoral Symposium

11 October 2023

Jay McCloskey (University of Sussex Business School) and Charis Nogossek (University of Cambridge), members of the Digit Doctoral Network, report on a lively and stimulating day.

This year’s British Academy of Management’s (BAM) Annual conference was hosted at the University of Sussex Falmer campus. Representatives from 14 countries converged to showcase an impressive array of research, spanning disciplines from occupational psychology to supply change management.

In advance of the main conference, Digit collaborated with BAM to host its annual Doctoral Symposium, convened by Prof. Graeme Currie.

Digit Co-Director Prof. Jacqueline O’Reilly opened the symposium with a warm welcome to attendees and set the tone for the rest of the day with a glimpse into Digit’s recent research activity. Prof. O’Reilly underscored Digit’s commitment to developing the next generation of researchers, which was shown in full by the jam-packed symposium schedule. Each event was designed to support doctoral researchers on their academic journeys.

Prof. Jacqueline O'Reilly opening the Doctoral Symposium

Prof. Jacqueline O’Reilly opening the Doctoral Symposium

The morning was dedicated to three workshop tracks: for those just getting started on their doctoral journeys, those in the middle and for those coming to the end. We got the opportunity to sit in on Prof. Mark Saunders and Dr. Alvina Gillani’s session for early-stage PhD researchers, ‘Why Sampling Matters’. Very useful, as Prof. Saunders literally wrote the book on research methods! Attendees were treated to an hour and a half of tips for both qualitative and quantitative sampling methods, as well as surprising, but welcome, advice on how to increase your chances of winning the lottery.

Mid and late-stage PhD students received a wealth of structured, precise and valuable insights on how to build their academic credentials. Sessions included ‘How to disseminate research’ by Prof. Yehuda Baruch, ‘Getting published in good journals’ by Prof. Charlotte Crof and Dr. Nicola Burgess, and several detailed strategies on ‘Preparing for the Viva’ by Dr. Ahmed Shalaan. One left these sessions encouraged and enthused to tackle the final stages of writing up.

Following lunch, the conference continued with a range of further developmental workshops, but the main event was the doctoral student paper presentations. Here, budding scholars were given the opportunity to present, and then receive feedback on, their working papers.

The quality and range of research was excellent. Among the presentations was Zoe Warmate’s, based at the University of Manchester. Zoe’s thought-provoking research project will challenge the notion that technology exclusively benefits the workforce. What happens when technology is too complicated or leads to total isolation?

Late afternoon featured a Q&A session with candid, realistic and humorous insights from panelists on navigating academic careers. The panel included Prof. Greg Bamber, Prof. Caroline Gatrell, Prof. Gary Powell, Prof. Palie Smart and Prof. Sue Vinnicombe, and was chaired by Prof. Graeme Currie.

The symposium dinner provided the perfect informal and convivial atmosphere for attendees to build lasting, cross-institutional academic networks over a delicious meal.

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