Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the NARTI website (Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative).

Dear All

2016 has been a great year for NARTI. Our unique network is flourishing as we grow in strength through our innovative training programmes, our collegiality and our international reach.

Last year saw us offer a range of outstanding events and opportunities for our doctoral students and early career researchers. We sponsored 3 PhD places at the Italian Academy of Business Administration and Management, Capri Summer School. This afforded students the chance to foster knowledge in a challenging and stimulating interdisciplinary context.

Among many innovative and practical training events we hosted a workshop, convened by Newcastle University, at which Professor Roy Suddaby delivered a workshop on Making a Contribution to Theory (attended by over 80 NARTI students and early career colleagues) and we provided an event on Translation in research (convened at Keele). Our 11th residential NARTI Annual Doctoral Conference 2016 focused on 'The Theory-Method Nexus: Exploring and Challenging the Relationships between Theory and Method' and was hosted by Sheffield Hallam University. Our thanks go to SAMS (Society for Advancement of Management Studies) for supporting this important event.

We continue to offer NARTI funding for international scholar visits, in which world class academics travel to Universities in the NARTI region, sharing their expertise with our doctoral students and early career researchers. As in previous years, we were fortunate to host Gary Powell (University of Connecticut) and Jeff Edwards (University of North Carolina) in Lancaster, Durham and Manchester, offering workshops on ‘Managing Your Research Career’ and 'Polynomial Regression and Response Surface Methodology'.

For 2017 we have new and exciting opportunities on offer as NARTI moves from strength to strength. We intend further to consolidate our position as a network unique in the quality and vision of advanced research and methods training we can offer students/early career students, which would not be possible without the strong commitment of NARTI member institutions. Our members’ strategic workshop in early 2016 led to the development of our mission statement which I feel sums up clearly what we are about, and what our intentions will be in forthcoming years: ‘Advancing research capacity and impact amongst doctoral and early career scholars in business and management’.

Thank you to all members for their contributions and hard work in 2016 – and here's to an even better year in 2017.

Best regards

Caroline

Professor Caroline Gatrell

University of Liverpool Management School and Chair of NARTI