Purpose: This roundtable is intended to build capacity of organizational researchers in social work by addressing the unique professional challenges identified consistently by O&M researchers. Our discussion will focus on more in-depth exploration of the professional supports our field needs for expansion and identifying next steps. Specific objectives of our conversation include: (1) explore the diversity of organizational research trajectories and their challenges; (2) share concrete strategies for advancing scholarship; (3) build connections among organizational scholars to promote cross-institutional collaboration and mentorship opportunities; and (4) establish priorities for collective action that include broader engagement in the Social Work Grand Challenges.
Approach: Organizational scholars at multiple career stages, and from a range of institutions, will facilitate the roundtable. The facilitators will begin by illustrating the breadth and diversity of research trajectories in this field, challenges they have encountered, and strategic decisions made to advance their scholarship. Then, conversation will open up to the group and focus on trouble-shooting common practical/professional challenges including: 1) articulating an organizational research identity and agenda in social work, 2) securing funding, 3) publishing research on human service organizations and management in multiple disciplines, and 4) designing rigorous practice-relevant research studies (including but not limited to issues of sample size, data availability, measures, and analysis).