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Research Seminar Series - The best-of-n problem with dynamic site qualities: Inside-out interviews: cross-cultural research in China

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START DATE 30 January 2019

Middlesex University Dubai, Oasis Theatre

END DATE 30 January 2019

We are pleased to invite you to our Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held on  January 30th from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park.

Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 240 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Dr. Martin Sposato will deliver seminar on:

“Inside-out interviews: cross-cultural research in China”

Martin Sposato


The use of local facilitators in cross-cultural research in Chinese cultural contexts has been encouraged, and yet there is a paucity of research exploring the impact that this may have on data collection and knowledge creation. Addressing this gap, this paper provides a critical reflection on conducting interviews in cross-cultural research in China. The author reflects on the experience of doing research as an outsider to the culture of the participants and the consequences of later working alongside an insider in a Chinese cultural context. While insider and outsider positionalities are formed from a multitude of intersectional characteristics, both gender and nationality emerged as primary influencers in this context. This article contributes to the methodologically oriented literature by making salient the complexities of deciphering the multitude of influences originating from the researcher's own positionality in relation to research others. Reflexivity is also promoted as a tool to explore how and why knowledge is created. While reflections incorporated here are based on qualitative research, this argument extends to quantitative research and demands as researchers we incorporate a thorough reflexive account of our knowledge creation practices in order to produce more transparent and arguably honest outputs.


Dr. Martin Sposato is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resources Management at Middlesex University, Dubai campus. Martin has studied in a number of Universities around the World, including the University of Technology Sydney, City University of Hong Kong and Harvard University. Martin, holds a Ph.D. in Leadership, from Middlesex University, London and his research focuses on Paternalistic leadership, and Gender and Leadership. Martin is also a CIPD academic member and is a fellow of the higher education academy.

We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday.

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