Sustaining High-Quality Human Service Managerial and Organizational Scholarship
Objectives: The primary objective of this workshop is to build on the successes of a well-attended 2014 SSWR workshop on human service M&O scholarship to (a) assist doctoral students, early career investigators, and established scholars in incorporating appropriate theories and methodologies into their work and thus to (b) support the development of high-quality M&O scholarship. The workshop is also intended to create opportunities for human service M&O researchers to network, share resources, and develop new scholarly projects.
Content: Workshop content will reflect the general M&O scholarly interests of participants as well as the specific theories and methods participants are employing. Substantive foci for the 2014 workshop included: research on frontline work in human service bureaucracies; dissemination and implementation research; research on organizational change and functioning; connections between leadership and management practice and research; and connections between organizational behavior and organizational theory. It is anticipated that similar foci will be employed for the current workshop.
Approach: As with the successful 2014 workshop, the bulk of workshop time will be dedicated to small group dialogue led by six co-facilitators who have different M&O, theoretical, and methodological interests and who represent early, mid-career, and senior scholars. Each co-facilitator will be assigned to a small group of workshop participants organized by substantive topic. In small groups, participants will discuss and receive feedback from co-facilitators on an issue of concern related to their scholarship. Post-workshop, participants will be encouraged to remain in contact with co-facilitators.
To stimulate advance interest, co-facilitators will advertise the workshop via established M&O listservs (e.g., SSWR M&O special interest group, ARNOVA) as well as the GADE listserv. Participants pre-registering for the workshop will be asked to submit a short paragraph (a) identifying their general scholarly interests related to human service M&O issues and (b) summarizing a substantive, methodological, or theoretical issue related to an in-progress piece of scholarship they would like to focus on during the workshop. This information will be used by co-facilitators in pre-planning to organize small groups and thus to maximize workshop time for dialogue and learning.