Islam & Econometrics?

An Islamic WorldView

Although I was educated at the best universities in the West, my real education began when I put in four months in the work of Tableegh and Da’wa. For the first time, I began to understand what life was all about. After a long time of trying to think about the nature of KNOWLEDGE, I came to some surprising and startling conclusions.
1. What West calls Knowledge, and what Islam calls Knowledge are entirely different things.
2. It appears to us today that Western knowledge is extremely useful for our lives today, while Islamic Knowledge is only helpful for the Akhira. This is a huge illusion.
3. Just as Islam created a revolution in the lives of people 1450 years ago and changed the course of history, so Islam has the SAME potential today to create a revolution.
4. Unfortunately, Muslims have become hypnotized by the spell of Western knowledge…

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fMRI and Organizational Psychologists

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[We’re pleased to welcome Ewa A. Miendlarzewska of the University of Geneva, Michael Kometer of ZZ Vermogensberatung and Kerstin Preuschoff of the University of Geneva. They recently published an article in Organizational Research Methods entitled, “Neurofinance,” which is currently free to read for a limited time. Below, they reflect on the methodology and significance of this research:]

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Decision-making is a ubiquitous feature of human behavior and a topic of study found in many different disciplines. In the comparatively new field of neuroeconomics, theoretical models from economics and psychology are combined with measures of brain activity to explore decision-making. For instance, neuroscience has established the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in reward processing. Within neuroeconomics, behavioral models of utility have been applied to neural data from dopaminergic regions, so as to examine said models’ validity and violations. The result is that, in neuroeconomics, neuroscientific tools bring us a step closer to…

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How Should Paradox Be Studied?

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[We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Gail T. Fairhurst of  the University of Cincinnati and Linda L. Putnam of the University of California, Santa Barbara. They recently published an article in Organizational Research Methods entitled, “An Integrative Methodology for Organizational Oppositions: Aligning Grounded Theory and Discourse Analysis,” which is currently free to read for a limited time. Below, Dr. Fairhurst reflects on the methodology and significance of this research:]

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Does the study of organizational paradox require its own unique methods?

As scholarship on paradox weaves itself ever more strongly into the fabric of the organizational sciences, we take the unusual position in our article that the answer is “yes.” Grounded theory methods have certainly done yeoman’s work in explaining this concept but, like all methods, it has its limitations. There is also a complexity to paradox due to its embeddedness in the daily actions and interactions of organizational life that…

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Quality Qualitative Research: As Strong As Its Weakest Link

Research Design Review

The Total Quality Framework (TQF) is rooted in the idea that a quality approach to qualitative research requires “quality thinking” at each stage of the research process. It is an idea derived from the logic that it is not good enough to think carefully about data collection without also thinking as carefully about the analysis and reporting phases while keeping a discerning eye on the ultimate goal of gaining useful research results. This fundamental concept underlies the TQF and serves to define its four components – Credibility (pertaining to the data collection phase), Analyzability (analysis), and Transparency (reporting), and Usefulness (being able to do something of value with the outcomes).

By considering quality standards at each step in the research design, qualitative researchers maintain the integrity of their data through the entire study thereby producing something of value to the users of their research. For instance, a concerted quality…

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How do Quality of Teaching, Assessment and Feedback Drive Undergraduate Course Satisfaction in UK Business Schools?

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univ[Dylan Sutherland of Durham University Business School, Philip Warwick of Durham University Business School, John Anderson of the University of Northern Iowa, and Mark Learmonth of Durham University Business School recently published an article in the Journal of Management Education. We are pleased to feature their article, “How do Quality of Teaching, Assessment and Feedback Drive Undergraduate Course Satisfaction in UK Business Schools? A Comparative Analysis with Non-Business School Courses using the UK National Student Survey,” and are excited to announce that the article will be free to access on our site for a limited time.  Below they reveal further insights regarding the inspiration behind the research, as well as additional information not included in the final publication.]

JME_72ppiRGB_powerpointOur research aimed to understand the most significant issues which contribute to student satisfaction. We also hoped to identify if there are any differences between students in business schools…

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Using Simulation to Teach Social Justice and Disability Ethics in Business Communication

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[We’re pleased to welcome guest editor Dr. Sushil Oswal of the University of Washington and author Dr. Stephanie Wheeler of the University of Central Florida. Dr. Wheeler recently published an article in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly entitled “Harry Potter and the First Order of Business: Using Simulation to Teach Social Justice and Disability Ethics in Business Communication,” which is currently free to read for a limited time. Below, Dr. Wheeler speaks with Dr. Oswol regarding motivations and challenges of this research]

BCQ_72ppiRGB_powerpoint.jpgWe are here with Dr. Stephanie K. Wheeler who is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida where she researches Cultural Rhetoric, Pop Rhetorics of Harry Potter and Lady Gaga, Disability Studies, Rhetoric of Eugenics, and Civic Engagement and activism among Faculty and Students. She is the author of “Legacies of Colonialism: Toward a Borderland Dialogue between Indigenous and Disability Rhetorics”. Dr…

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