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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The running of research seminars and reading groups exemplifying and advancing the theoretical foundations and applications tools of the ‘mixed method’.
  4. 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.
  5. The stimulation of networking activities across schools within the University, including the Graduate School, and other Centres.
  6. 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.

DBS Research Series

Academic Year 2016-17 (Term 1)

DBS Research Seminars

Wednesday 4-5 pm



Presentation title

7 September 2016

Dr Maria O’Neil 

Senior Lecturer in Law

Dundee Business School

Abertay University

Extraterritoriality, Territorial Extension and the “Brussels Effect” of EU law

5 October 2016

Dr Maksim Belitski

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Henley Business School

University of Reading

Externalities, R&D spillovers and innovation in the UK: 2002-2012



2 November 2016

Professor Olga Epitropaki (M)

Professor in Management

Durham Business School

University of Durham

Creator vs. Leader: The paradoxical and multi-context nature of creative leadership.

DBS Reading Group

Wednesday 4-5 pm




14 September 2016

Professor Gavin Reid 

Mixed Methods

12 October 2016

Dr Nuno Arroteia

Qualitative Research Methods


DBS Brown Bag

Wednesday 4-5 pm




28 September 2016

Dr Mo Yan

Overview of Institutional Theory and its Applications in Accounting Research

30 November 2016

Mr Alan Thompson

UK Real Estate Investment Trust

DBS Research Series

Academic Year 2016-17 (Term 2)

DBS Research Seminars

Wednesday, 4-5 pm (3.30 – 4pm: Coffee/tea/social)




Presentation title

11 January 2017

Dr Alexander Schwob (Lecturer in Marketing)

Dundee Business School

Abertay University

Smartphone chronic gaming consumption and positive coping practice

15 February 2017

Professor Stephen Walker

(Professor of Accounting, Head of Accounting & Finance Group)

University of Edinburgh Business School

Accountants and the Pursuit of the National Interest:  A Study of Role Conflict during the First World War

15 March 2017

Professor Alan Morrison

(Professor of Law & Finance)

Said Business School

University of Oxford

Investment-Banking Relationships: 1933-2007

3 May 2017

Professor Tina Kiefer (Professor of Organisational Behaviour)

Warwick Business School

University of Warwick

Re-thinking the Psychological Contract from an Event-Based Approach: The role of Attributions, Emotions and Value-Congruent Outcomes

20 & 21 June 2017

Dr Francisco Rosique (Managing Director of GEDAC ELECTRIC)

Micro-Grids (Smart Grids) & The Economics of Energy Efficiency


DBS Reading Group

Wednesday 4-5 pm (3.45 – 4pm: Coffee/tea/social)




5 April 2017

Mr Bibek Bhatta (Accounting, Finance and Economics)

Natural Experiment

1 March 2017

Dr Eleni Karamali (Business and Management)

Deconstruction for Management in a Nutshell

24 May 2017

Dr Ahmed Abdullah (Accounting, Finance and Economics)

Using Partial least Squares in Business Research


DBS Brown Bag

Wednesday, 4-5 pm (3.45 – 4pm: Coffee/tea/social)




25 January 2017

Dr Michelle Weldon-Johns  (Law)

'Work and (Family) Life: The interaction between employment law and (family) life'.

22 February 2017

Mr Silviu Tierean (Business & Management)

Conjoint analysis applied in my own research - Predictors of international supplier selection

22 March 2017

Dr Gonzalo Forgues-Puccio (Accounting, Finance and Economics)

Drug Trafficking and Economic Development

17 May 2017

Ms Jade Kouletakis

Encouraging university-industry collaboration in South Africa through Bayh-Dole legislation: A case for change