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Lets talk about outliers: IMCA project proposal approved by SNF

The project proposal (How) are Outliers Used for Theory Building in Management and Organization Science? The Link Between Rigor and Impact in Deviant Case Analysis by IMCA members Prof. Michael Gibbert (main applicant) and PhD Candidate Lakshmi Balachandran Nair was approved by Swiss National Science Foundation.

This three year project targets the issue of inadequate utilization of outliers as theory building devices in management research, in comparison with other fields like biology, comparative politics, criminology etc. The project aims to rigorously and reliably identify outliers with the greatest theoretical potential,  assess the methodological sophistication of outlier-analysis strategies used in exploiting this theoretical potential, and explore reasons, motivations, and constraints experienced by authors who report outliers yet forego their theoretical potential by not analyzing them further.

Beyond the immediate academic community, the potential contributions of the research include substantial implications for policy makers, funding agencies, and other stakeholders aiming at making most of invested funds and fostering rigorous research practice.

“The Role of Spatiotemporality in Identity Translation Work: A Processual Account” financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

IMCA Professors Mengis and Lurati have secured a three years grant from the SNSF. The generous support will allow for analyzing how organizations geographically bound to a particular region (the Locarnese) translate the identity of a major recurring event (the Festival del Film di Locarno) into their identity discourse and practice. Examining how the temporal rhythms and spatial transformations brought about by the cultural event mediate the organizational identity translation work, the study will hopefully be able to contribute to a processual account of organizational identity.

This grant hadnt been possible without the fantastic support of IMCA post doc Alessandra Zamparini who was instrumental in the ideation and writing of the proposal. Thanks also to Federica De Molli involved in the preliminary study necessary for the application.