Graduate programs in organizational and social science disciplines face the challenge of providing training on research methods and statistics. Contributing to this challenge are advances in techniques and practices that need to be incorporated into the classroom, students that have a wide range of interests and needs, and that instructors with relevant expertise may not always be available. This challenge may be particularly problematic in international contexts, where students and faculty face strong pressures to increase the quality of their research and publication outlets so as to better compete globally, but where in many cases there is an absence of supporting coursework and curriculum on research methods and statistics.
Since 1997 CARMA has responded to this challenge by providing non-credit programs and events on research methods and data analysis topics, including those delivered over the internet (Institutional Basic and Premium Membership Programs, AOM-Doctoral Student Development Program) and in-person short courses and workshops. Several thousand graduate students and faculty from several hundred universities world-wide have participated in and benefitted from these programs and events.
The CARMA Research Methods Education Program (RMEP) is designed to allow CARMA participants to receive recognition for their achievement based on assessment of their learning. For graduate students such assessment-based recognition may allow them to link their participation in CARMA programs and events with academic credit and/or curriculum requirements at their own institution. For students and faculty, it can result in CARMA events being listed as advanced training in research methods and included as continuing education on their curriculum vita.