Qualitative Research: Balancing Empirics and Theory

10th Dec 2013 2:00pm-5:00pm

A half-day symposium for researchers on qualitative research and balancing theory and empirics. This will include presentations, a panel discussion and Q&A sessions.


Meeting Room 11
The University of Sydney Darlington Centre
174 City Rd, Darlington

Symposium Program


Introduction (Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher and Professor Christopher Wright)


Presentation: Bridging and Bounding Institutional Logics: Collaborating in Indigenous Communities in Australia and Canada by Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher (University of Sydney), Associate Professor David Oliver (HEC Montreal) and Adjunct Professor Pamela Sloan (HEC Montreal)


Q&A Session


Presentation: I don't get it - Sensemaking through humour by Dr Jane Le (University of Sydney), Professor Julia Balogun (University of Bath) and Paula Jarzabkowski (Cass Business School)


Q&A Session


Panel Discussion: Reflections on moving from telling a rich empirical tale to making a theoretical contribution.

  • Professor John Roberts (University of Sydney)
  • Professor Stewart Clegg (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Dr Jaco Lok (University of New South Wales)
  • Q&A Session


Wrap up (Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher and Professor Christopher Wright)



Following the Symposium, a networking session with drinks and canap¿¿s will be held on the lawn outside the Darlington Centre Forum Restaurant

Guest Speakers

Professor Stewart Clegg, University of Technology Sydney
Stewart Clegg is Research Director of CMOS (Centre for Management and Organisation Studies) Research at UTS, and holds a small number of Visiting Professorships at prestigious European universities and research centres. He is one of the most published and cited authors in the top-tier journals in the Organization Studies field.

Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher, University of Sydney
Leanne Cutcher is the winner of the Business School's Inaugural Research Engagement Award. Her research explores employee and customer responses to management strategy and discourse in both the for-profit and co-operative sectors and has been published in leading management and marketing journals. Leanne holds a visiting Professorship at Edinburgh Napier's School of Management in the UK.

Dr Jane Le, University of Sydney
Jane Le is a Lecturer in the Business School where she teaches courses on Strategic Management and Research Work and Organisations. She is interested in the complex, dynamic, pluralistic and sometimes conflicting nature of organisations and identifying key patterns in how organisations function over time.

Dr Jaco Lok, University of New South Wales
Jaco Lok is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian School of Business. His research interests lie in the Microfoundations of Institutional Theory with a particular focus on identity, social constructionism, discourse theory, identity theory and power.

Associate Professor David Oliver, HEC Montreal
David Oliver is an Associate Professor of Management at HEC Montreal, where he teaches courses in strategic management, strategy tools, and management skills in the MBA and MSc programmes. His research interests include organizational identity, the practice of strategy, and stakeholder engagement.

Professor John Roberts, University of Sydney
John Roberts obtained his doctorate in from the UMIST in 1984. He subsequently held Senior Research Fellowships at the Department of Accounting and Finance at Manchester University, the Centre For Business Strategy at London Business School, and St. Catherine's College Cambridge, before taking up a lectureship at the newly created Judge Business School in Cambridge in 1991. He has worked at the University of Sydney Business School since 2007.


To business.researchnetworks@sydney.edu.au by Friday, 29 November 2013. Places are limited.

A light lunch will be served so please advise of any specific dietary requirements.