Bottomley, others present intriguing studies at EQRC

Bottomley, others present intriguing studies at EQRC

By Kevin Bottomley

Dr. Kevin Bottomley was named senior research fellow for the Center for Leadership Studies & Educational Research in November 2017.  In February, Bottomley presented his research at the Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The project entitled The Presence of Denied Processes in Organizational Decision-Making: A Case Study was presented on day 2 of the popular conference. 

This study examined unspoken factors such as the following constructs: hidden alliances, elephant in the room, and group think in relation to how decisions are made in work groups.  Bottomley found that unspoken factors are difficult to surface and appears to influence the amount of information that is shared.  A discussion with audience members during the Q&A session ensued with several positive comments about the study and future application.

In addition, LauraAnn Migliore, Ph.D, fellow Center of Learning Analytics Research and Bottomley presented, Turning Vision into Second Life Reality: A Conceptual Model of Avatar-Mediated Leadership Behaviors.  They provided a conceptual overview to apply the Vision, Alignment, & Execution model (VAE) to using avatar-mediated learning using the Second-Life platform and proposing to use bio-sensing technology in a future study.  Migliore and Bottomley recognized some of the technical challenges with hardware and software that needed to be addressed when designing a future study.  Finally, they opened the discussion up to the audience with the question: How might you use avatar-mediated learning platforms for future research and/or training and development.  This project was part of a larger project that originated in the Augmented Intelligence Lab hosted in the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR).

The conference allowed two presentation formats, a lecture format or a poster session.  The lecture format provided a strict 20-min session with 15-minutes dedicated to presenting and 5-minutes devoted to Q&A from the audience.  Also representing University of Phoenix was Walker Ladd, Ph.D, associate university research chair, Center for Health and Nursing Research and her presentation, Born Out of Fear: A Grounded Theory Study of the Stigma of Bipolar Disorder in New Mothers and a poster session by Lilia Santiague, Ph.D entitled Job Crafting:  An Autoethnographic Case Study.

The 30th annual EQRC was held concurrently with the 2nd annual Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE) and the 21st annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences conference (AABSS) conference.  These conferences shared a keynote speaker Dr. Jennifer Keene, Executive Associate Dean at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) who led Rewards and Challenges of Community-Based Research, discussing how relationships between academia communities. The conferences are associated with two peer reviewed journals the Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research (JEQR) and the Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences (JBSS).