Revisit: CARMA Courses 2009


Summer short courses on organizational research methods, Hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis at VCU, Richmond, VA, May 2009; Deadline 1 Apr

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Dear Colleagues (with apologies for cross-postings):


I am pleased to send you information about upcoming Summer Short Courses on management research methods topics being hosted in May of 2009 by the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. As you will see below, the topics of these thirteen Short Courses include introductory and advanced structural equation methods, meta-analysis, multi-level methods, social network analysis, survey design/data collection using the internet, and nonlinear dynamic models: neural network and agent based analysis. We also will have three short courses focusing on regression, including an introduction to linear regression, testing interactions with linear regression, and alternatives to difference scores: polynomial regression and response surface methodology. Finally, we will also have three qualitative short courses, including grounded theory methods, ethnographic methods, and qualitative comparative analysis.

CARMA is an interdisciplinary center with a management/organizational emphasis that is now celebrating its tenth year of operation. Last summer, nearly 200 faculty and doctoral students from universities throughout the United States and abroad participated in one or more of our short course events. CARMA also currently has 136 universities from throughout the world participating in our CARMA Consortium Webcast Program, which has hosted 43 lectures on research topics that have been delivered live and via recordings using the internet. More information about CARMA and the events below can be found at our website:

Each of the short courses includes an equal balance of lecture and lab time with hands-on experience, with an emphasis on the application of the methodology. We have a very talented set of instructors for our Short Courses, many of whom are Editors, Past Editors, or Editorial Board members from our leading management journals. They will help you not only learn the technical details of the research method or analysis technique you will be studying, but they will also help you understand how it is being applied in management and organizational research. You can find information about our Short Courses and a summary of evaluations from last year’s program on the CARMA website:

The cost per course is $550 for students or $750 for faculty or professionals, and this cost includes lunches, a dinner, and all program materials. There is also a 50% discount for faculty and students coming from schools participating in our Consortium Webcast Program (a list of participating schools is available on our website: (

We are very excited that we will again be hosting our Summer Short Courses in Snead Hall, our new School of Business Building that we have moved into. Pictures of Snead Hall are available on the School of Business website: ( I am also very happy to report that our main 2009 CARMA Summer Short Course hotel will be the Double Tree Hotel, which is only one block from Snead Hall. The personalized CARMA Reservation Webpage is now available at: ( We also have other reasonably priced hotel accommodations available. Snead Hall and the hotels are only 15 minutes from the Richmond Airport, which now provides direct connections to 24 major destination markets via over 200 daily flights.

Let me encourage you to register early, as we are limiting the number of participants in each course, and based on past experience some may fill up quickly. The deadline for Advanced Registration is April 1 (after this date a late registration fee is added). The full schedule of Short Courses is:

2009 CARMA Summer Short Courses

May 11-13 (Mon-Wed noon)

Nonlinear Dynamic Models: Neural Networks and Agent Based Analysis
Dr. Paul Hanges, University of Maryland

Introduction to Structural Equation Methods
Dr. Mark Gavin, Oklahoma State University

Meta Analysis: Models and Processes
Dr. Mike McDaniel, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Hannah Rothstein, Baruch College

Multi-Level Analysis Methods
Dr. Paul Bliese, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Advanced Linear Regression
Dr. Jose Cortina, George Mason University

Ethnographic Methods
Dr. Michael Pratt, Boston College

Qualitative Comparative Analysis
Dr. Thomas Greckhamer, Louisiana State University

May 14-16 (Thurs-Sat noon)

Advanced Topics in Structural Equation Methods
Dr. Robert Vandenberg, University of Georgia

Social Network Analysis
Rich DeJordy, ABD Boston College

Testing Interactions with Linear Regression
Dr. Herman Aguinis, University of Colorado Denver

Survey Design/ Data Collection Using the Internet
Dr. Jeff Stanton, Syracuse University

Alternatives to Difference Scores: Polynomial Regression and Response Surface Methodology
Dr. Jeff Edwards, University of North Carolina

Grounded Theory Method and Analysis
Dr. Karen Locke, College of William and Mary

We hope you will find our Short Course offerings to be of interest and we would be very happy to have you participate in our instructional program. Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help in any way. Hope to see you in May!


Dr. Larry J. Williams
University Professor of Management
Virginia Commonwealth University
CARMA Director