Researcher Development Initiative (RDI), 2005 - 2010

Building Management Research Capacity: Training Researchers as Trainers

01/01/06 - 19/07/09


This ‘training trainers’ project provided strategic assistance with building UK capacity for high quality management research, through the ESRC/EPSRC Advanced Institute for Management (AIM) Research. The project trained researchers in their secondary role: as teachers and supervisors of postgraduate and research students, and as mentors of their less experienced colleagues. On-line teaching materials were developed on the logic of enquiry that frames the research process and production of outputs. These materials, designed for postgraduate and doctoral students and with guidance for tutors, were published on the AIM website, see:


‘Training trainers’ one-day workshop series for academic researchers in the management field were offered in up to four regions. A series of six workshops covered different research methods training topics. Four sets of three workshops and one stand-alone workshop addressed teaching systematic literature reviewing; teaching critical literature reviewing; and teaching the analysis of large datasets. The literature reviewing workshops were dual-purpose, with a primary focus on training postgraduate and doctoral research students while also enabling participants to generate their own potentially publishable reviews. Two sets of two workshops were organised on supervising students, and mentoring researchers. Participants were given extensive handouts and, where appropriate, a copy of key textbooks. Some 48 regional workshops were delivered. All workshops were positively evaluated by participants, most of whom attended more than one workshop within a series, with a minority attending more than one workshop series. In total, 603 participant-days of training were delivered through the workshops.


Principal Investigator: Professor Mike Wallace, Cardiff University
Co-Investigators: Professor Andy Neely, Cambridge University and Cranfield University

Contact Details

Professor Mike Wallace, Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 875848