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11 April 2024 - 12 April 2024

9:30AM - 4:00PM

Durham University Business School

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Join us for a Business School-hosted workshop on Meta-Analysis in Management

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Meta-Analysis in Management

Basic Steps, Advanced Techniques, and Publication

Meta-analysis is a powerful and increasingly popular method for synthesizing research and plays a vital role in knowledge development within the field of Management. It is uniquely suited to generate robust evidence on a given topic of interest, help resolve mixed findings across studies, answer new questions beyond those examined in the primary studies on which it is based, and help practitioners make evidence-based decisions.

The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with introduction to and ‘taster’ of the possibilities of meta-analysis within Management. The workshop differentiates itself from other meta-analysis workshops in three ways. First, while other workshops narrowly focus on the intricacies of the statistical analysis involved in meta-analysis, this workshop takes a more holistic approach and covers all relevant stages, ranging from formulating a research question all the way to publishing meta-analyses in Management journals. Second, contrary to the sometime highly technical and statistical nature of other workshops, our aim is to teach participants this method in an accessible and applied way, which includes non-technical explanations and introducing them to user-friendly meta-analysis software. Our non-technical approach allows us to cover both the basics as well as advanced meta-analysis techniques. Third, while participating in meta-analysis workshops can be expensive, participating in this workshop is free of charge. Moreover, our workshop is funded by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS), which allows us to cover a part of your travel and accommodation expenses.


The workshop will be facilitated by Prof Bart de Jong (Durham University) and Prof Pursey Heugens (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands). Both have expensive experience with conducting and publishing meta-analyses within the areas of Organizational Behavior and Organization Theory respectively, as well as extensive editorial experience at leading Management journals (e.g., AMJ, JOM).    

Logistical details

The workshop is this is a 2-day, on-site workshop that will be held on April 11-12 2024 at Durham University Business School (UK) and is facilitated by the Business School’s Centre for Leadership and Followership. The workshop is primarily intended for PhDs and ECRs and has a maximum capacity of 25 participants. Registrations will proceed on a first come first served basis.

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Workshop overview

Day 1:

  • Basic steps: formulating a research question, literature search, selection and exclusion, data extraction and coding, analyzing data using basic meta-analysis. Includes a discussion of different meta-analysis approaches and important judgement calls involved in each step.
  • Advanced techniques: meta-regression, meta-analytic structural equations modelling, publication bias analysis.
  • Practical exercise: running your first-ever meta-analysis!

Day 2:

  • Myths and criticisms of meta-analysis
  • Presentation on the versatility of meta-analysis
  • Writing up and publishing meta-analyses

Software used: Excel, SPSS 28