14th Annual EPSRC Research Methodology Workshop for Manufacturing and Technology Management

20th and 21st March 2007, Wolfson College, Cambridge

As you may know we have, since 1993, run a Research Methodology workshop for the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Management community. The objectives are:

  1. To provide expert teaching in research methodology for manufacturing and technology operations management to new researchers and "alumni" of the workshop.
  2. To provide an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss the methodological aspects of their current work in small groups led by experienced researchers.
  3. To discuss the methodological requirements of manufacturing, technology and operations management research and to stimulate and capture new approaches.
  4. To strengthen informal links between members of the research community.

The first day of the workshop will include sessions on key aspects of Research Methodology for new researchers and sessions on writing and publication for alumni. The dinner provides an opportunity for informal conversations between "generations"!

The second day is designed around small interactive discussion groups with delegates sharing their research experience and problems under the guidance of experienced colleagues.

This year we are asking people to apply online at http://www.srcf.ucam.org/ifmrmw. We will write again with final programme details in mid-February. There will be no charge for attendance but accommodation will cost 36 pounds per night (B&B). Limited grants are available if the charges present a major hurdle. For more information about grants and accommodation, please contact Mukesh Kumar (Email: mk501@cam.ac.uk)

Our sponsors -- the EPSRC -- are particularly keen to see a good representation from students and research assistants working on EPSRC related programs. If you are interested, please fill out the application form below. The quality of your application will used to allocate places if, as in previous years, demand exceeds supply. We hope to attract as wide a group as possible covering a range of research topics, industry sectors and "original" disciplines.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the event co-ordinator Mukesh Kumar (Email: mk501@cam.ac.uk).

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Professor M. J. Gregory

Head, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Application Form

Applications must be received by the 2nd of March 2007. If you have problems with this form please email Geum Young Min (gym20@cam.ac.uk).

Step 1: Let us know who you are

First name
I am a
PhD Student
Research Assistant
Senior Researcher
(If other please specify)

Step 2: Let us know how to contact you


Step 3: Tell us about your research

We will use this to create the discussion groups on the second day and, if demand exceeds supply, select who will benefit most from attending the workshop so please take some time to complete your answers.

Note that we are more concerned with the methods you are considering rather than the research content.

My research Title
My Supervisor
Research Start Date
Expected End Date
Outline of my [proposed] Research

Note that we are more concerned with the methods you are considering rather than the research content. Please use less than 400 words.

The research methodologies I use [or propose to use]
Case Studies
Action Research
Survey methods
Ethnographic/Interpretive Approaches
(If other please specify)
Problems I am having [or forsee] with these methodologies

(i.e. access to companies, resources, data analysis)

Willingness to present your methodological issues to a discussion group is not a condition of attendance, but if demand exceeds supply it may influence selection.

Presenting papers There will be a paper writing workshop for a limited number of participants to present their papers for discussion. Should you wish to participate in this seminar you will be required to forward the proposed paper for discussion along with your application.
Interviewing There will be a more in-depth workshop on interviewing skills for a limited number of participants. This will include interactive practice sessions and analysis of techniques. If you would like to participate in this session, please indicate.

Step 4: Tell us what you need

The conference is being held at Wolfson College in Cambridge and will start at around 09:15 on the 20th of March and end at around 17:00 on the 21st of March. Directions and a detailed timetable will be sent in March. There will be no charge for attendance but accommodation will cost 36 pounds per night (B&B). Limited grants are available if the charges present a major hurdle.For more information about the grants and accommodation, please contact Mukesh Kumar (mk501@cam.ac.uk). Transport to Cambridge, drinks etc. will be the responsibility of the person attending.

I wish to attend the workshop on
Both Days
20th Only
21st Only
I have attended before
(If so, which year did you attend?)
I require accommodation on
I do not require accommodation
I would like to eat
Lunch on the 20th
Dinner on the 20th
Lunch on the 21st
(I have a particular dietary requirement)

Step 5: Check and send

Please print or save a copy of this page for your records in case the electronic submission process doesn't work. If you wish to make any changes after you have sent this form please email Geum Young at gym20@cam.ac.uk. We will contact you in the week of the 13th March to confirm whether you have a place. Many thanks.