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Article Type: Editorial From: Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, Volume 7, Issue 1
A warm welcome to the first issue of Qualitative Research in Financial Markets (QRFM) in 2015. This is the first of four issues this year, following the decision to add an extra publication each year. The growth reflects the hard work of many involved with the journal, not least of whom is Managing Editor Katie Spike; Katie is moving on after two years during which QRFM has grown in quality, reach and profile. I would like to say a personal thank you to Katie and wish her all the best. The journal’s new Managing Editor is Christopher Brennan, and I am looking forward to working with him over the coming months as we attempt to build on the journal’s success so far.
As ever, I am always keen for suggestions regarding special issues, and I am pleased to say that we now have a couple of them in the pipeline. Dr Theresa Dunne will be a guest editor for an issue looking at corporate governance in developing countries, and a formal call for papers will appear shortly. In the meantime, if you would be interested in offering something for the special issue you can contact Theresa at mailto:email@example.com. The other relates to a one-day conference being hosted by the QRFM-linked Centre for Qualitative Research in Finance (CQRF) in Dundee in late 2015. The event is going to be focussed on the issue of alternative-ownership forms, in particular, employee-owned organisations; please let me know if you might be interested in submitting something. Papers accepted for the conference will be published in a special issue of QRFM. In addition, the first full CQRF conference is being planned for 2016. It is hoped that this event will be held on at least a bi-annual basis going forward, so please get in touch if you would be interested in contributing to the event, or more generally serving on the CQRF board. The main initial function of the latter will be to act as a scientific committee for the 2016 event; however, the Occasional Seminar Series is also an area where we would be keen to grow and suggestions for this would be welcome – the sessions themselves can take place at any academic institution, so again please contact the editor if interested. In terms of the Seminar Series, we have just had the pleasure of hosting Professor Richard Taffler (see http://www.dundee.ac.uk/accountancy/whatson/allnews/cqrfseminar/ for details).
Turning to this issue, we have five papers which again reflect the rich diversity of work in the field: “Agency and Stewardship Attitudes of Chief Financial Officers in Private Companies”, by Martin Hiebl; “Internet Banking and Customer Satisfaction in Pakistan,” by Syed Raza, Syed Jawaid and Ayesha Hassan; “An Analysis of the Viability of Micro-Health Takaful in Malaysia”, by Amin Hanudin, Sheila Sadzali and Shazwani Nur; “How Fund Managers in Malaysia Make Decisions”, by Chad Perry and Samsukri Glanville bin Mohamad; and “Behavioural Biases in Investment Decision Making – A Systematic Literature Review”, Satish Kumar and Nisha Goval.
The diversity of approach and research site thus continue to be defining features of the journal and, to this end, I would encourage submissions of work not just with an empirical focus but also of a theoretical and methodological nature, as these aspects of research in financial markets are becoming more important than ever as qualitative enquiry in the field grows and matures.
Figure 1. Professor Richard Taffler delivering his paper at the CQRF occasional seminar series in Dundee