Mixed Method Lyceum
This centre, which is based in the Dundee Business School (DBS) and affiliated to the Graduate School of Abertay University, aims to draw together the skills of DBS in research, practice and outreach, and to extend its compass to research activity across the university, and beyond. It is known as the Mixed Method Lyceum (MML) or simply ‘Lyceum’: harking back to Aristotle’s Lyceum of 335 BCE, and its three principles of Observation, Collaborative Research and Documentation. Its focus is methodological, providing as a unifying theme the integrated use of quantitative and qualitative methods in business, according to ‘the mixed method’ espoused by the likes of Jick (1979), Teddlie & Tashakkori (2009), and Cresswell (2014).This is a combined methodology, which (in the context of DBS) embraces techniques across a wide spectrum, including database management, management science, decision making, business analytics, spreadsheet modelling, econometrics, fieldwork methods, experimental methods, surveys, structured/semi-structured/unstructured interviews, case studies, content analysis, and civil discourse.
The principal activities of the MML shall be as follows:
- The stimulation and production of research papers, in DBS Discussion Paper format, utilising the ‘mixed method’, across the range of activities in DBS, ranging from accounting, economics and finance to business management and law.
- The archiving of research papers (in pre-publication and ‘in-the-pipeline’ form) in a format upwardly compatible with REF 2020 requirements, embracing outputs intended for both well-ranked research journals and (for impact and knowledge exchange) respected practitioner journals and magazines.
- The running of research seminars and reading groups exemplifying and advancing the theoretical foundations and applications tools of the ‘mixed method’.
- The attracting of academic research funding for supporting projects across the range of activities in the DBS, including blue skies research, applied research, pedagogical research, practitioner innovation and consulting research.
- The stimulation of networking activities across schools within the University, including the Graduate School, and other Centres.
- The stimulation of networking activities outside the University, including national and international university connections, and engagement with multiple stakeholders in practice, government and NGOs, in the UK and abroad.
The key strategic aim of the MML is to engage as many members of the DBS as possible in the Centre, as a focus and source of support for their research, outreach, practice and impact. Membership of the Centre is inclusive and diverse. It will be successful if it creates a productive discourse community. Control of the Centre’s business will be under a Board of Directors composed of seasoned academics in research, practice and outreach. External affiliates will play several roles: advising the Board; facilitating network opportunities; and encouraging researchers or practitioners in residence etc.
References on the Mixed Method
Cresswell, J W (2014), Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Method Approaches, Sage (4thedn.); Thousand Oaks, CA.
Jick, T D (1979), Mixing qualitative and quantitative methods: triangulation in action, Administrative Science Quarterly, 24(4), 602-611.
Teddlie, C & Tashakkori, A (2009) Foundations of Mixed Method Research: integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches in the social and behavioural sciences, Sage; Thousand Oaks, CA.