BAM2013 Track Summary

Corporate Governance
Track Chair
Stephen Perkins

Governance on the edge of business systems disintegration?

Governance of corporate affairs continues to dominate headlines during a period where on the one hand the 'established' capitalist economies appear mired in perpetual crises, while on the other hand 'emergent' economies may exhibit corporate governance practices inconsistent with prevailing regulatory wisdom. From superpower dominance, indications of a multi-polar world order generate new issues and problems that challenge thinking and practice among all those interested in corporate governance, broadly defined.

Questions around whose interests prevail, what incentives motivate legitimate and 'toxic' behaviour, the locus of control and decision-making set the scene within which high quality papers are invited, both theoretical and empirical, in full or developmental form, to advance academic knowledge in this field of interest. Topics may cover, but are not restricted to:

  • Board composition and operation
  • Comparative corporate ownership and governance
  • Disclosure and regulation, including transnational regulatory practices
  • Emerging ideas and practice around codes of conduct
  • Executive remuneration and its relation to wider organisation and society
  • Mergers and acquisitions - corporate consolidation and governance
  • Theoretical trends in corporate governance commentary
  • The role of new forms of ownership, e.g. sovereign wealth funds, private equity, and hedge funds

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Cultural and Creative Industries
Track Chair
Andrew Greenman

The Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) track is one of the few forums in a management and business conference dedicated to those researching the cultural and creative industries. Papers are invited from multiple disciplines as the track is designed to encourage cross-disciplinary research into the cultural and creative industries.

Papers or symposia are invited addressing the following themes:

  • Changing organizations and organizing in the cultural and creative industries;
  • Cultural Consumption and Marketing in the cultural and creative industries;
  • Work and the cultural and creative industries;
  • Digital technology transformations in the cultural and creative industries;
  • Critical perspectives on the creative industries, creative class and creative clusters;
  • Managing creativity;
  • The impact of globalization on the cultural and creative industries;
  • New business models for cultural production and consumption;
  • Intellectual Property (e.g., copyright, creative commons, open models);
  • Austerity, Enterprise and Cultural policy;
  • Cultural sociology and management research.

Papers may be empirical or theoretical and we welcome a range of methodological approaches. Given the cross-disciplinary nature of research into the cultural and creative industries we are especially keen for proposals seeking to establish collaborative sessions (e.g., paper or symposia) with other tracks. At past BAM Conferences the CCI track has co-organised symposia and workshop sessions with Gender in Management, E-Government and E-Business and Identity. The track co-chairs hope to organise again such joint sessions with other BAM tracks in 2013.


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E-Business and E-Government
Track Chair
Feng Li
Track Chair
Savvas Papagiannidis

The e-Business & e-Government Track at BAMs Annual Conference provides a lively and friendly forum for academics, practitioners and policy makers to present and discuss their latest findings in e-Business and e-Government, and the underlying technologies, infrastructure and services to support these applications. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • e-Business incorporating e-Commerce,
  • e-Marketing and Social Media
  • e-Supply Chain Management,
  • m-Commerce and other mobile-based technologies,
  • e-Government & e-Public Services including e-Health,
  • e-Learning,
  • e-Systems & Internet and related technologies,
  • Emerging opportunities and challenges, including emerging technologies and applications and other associated topics.

Both empirically and conceptually based papers are welcome.

For further information please contact Professor Feng Li ( or Dr Savvas Papagiannidis (

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Track Chair
Wing Lam

The Entrepreneurship track is keen to receive submissions on the following topics:

  • The entrepreneurial process (networking, marketing, teams, supply chains etc);
  • Entrepreneurship - growth, sustainability and performance;
  • Entrepreneurship theories
  • Innovation and creativity in entrepreneurial process
  • Intrapreneurship in private & public sector;
  • Entrepreneurship - globalisation, regional and other spatial issues;
  • Entrepreneurship education & entrepreneurial learning;
  • Science enterprise, technology transfer and incubation;
  • Female entrepreneurship;
  • Ethnic minority entrepreneurshipFamily business
  • The nature of entrepreneurship: cognition, behaviours and processes;
  • Social entrepreneurs and community enterprise
  • Promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship (policy and practical issues)
  • Entrepreneurial finance (formal and informal source of finance, financial bootstrapping, venture capital, bank credits etc.)
  • Researching entrepreneurship: methods and methodologies
  • Entrepreneurship in developed and developing economies
  • Entrepreneurial capital (human, social, economic and symbolic capital)

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Gender in Management
Track Chair
Adelina Broadbridge
Track Chair
Savita Kumra

Women and men experience the workplace differently. Despite legislation and equal numbers of women and men in the workforce, gender inequalities persist. This track focuses on research into the comparative experiences of women and men, or studies which focus on women or men because of the specific issues they encounter.

We welcome full and developmental papers, and symposium proposals, that cover any issues directly related to gender and management, including, but not limited by the following themes:

  • Cross Cultural Research - International issues in gender and management;
  • Management and Leadership - style and implications;
  • Entrepreneurship - factors of success and failure;
  • Work/Life Balance and issues of flexibility - policy and practice;
  • The intersections of work and the family;
  • Diversity and the construction of difference - impact and implications;
  • Organizational Culture - discrimination and effects;
  • Formal and Informal Organizational Policies - impact and practice;
  • Organisational Behaviour - Discrimination and industry specific features;
  • Career Issues - Management and Development;
  • Managerial Identity - definitions and discourse.
  • Gender and emotions - discourse and practice.
  • Sexual politics, harassment and discrimination
  • Intersectionality issues
  • Theoretical developments
  • Feminist research methodologies

New and young scholars with 'work in progress' papers are welcomed as are papers of a cross cultural, transnational and interdisciplinary nature. Authors of selected refereed papers will be invited to submit their papers for publication in a special issue of Gender in Management: An International Journal.

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Human Resource Management
Track Chair
Pawan Budhwar
Track Chair
Helen Shipton

The HRM track provides a forum for new and established academics, practitioners and policy-makers to meet and debate critical current issues in the management of people. We welcome both full and developmental papers in any area of HRM including empirical studies, theoretical contributions, interdisciplinary papers, and explorations of HRM in non-standard settings. Proposals for workshops are also welcome.

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Track Chair
Christine Coupland
Track Chair
Sandra Corlett

Identity Track Liverpool 2013
Track Chairs: Sandra Corlett & Christine Coupland

The Identity stream at BAM draws upon an inclusive community of scholars interested in exploring ideas and contributing to the development of ideas surrounding the place of identity in organizations. We do not, therefore, limit ourselves to one particular school of identity scholarship. Contributions that consider the processes associated with social identity such as identification, or self-categorization, are as welcome as those which examine the processes through which identity is constructed, and regulated, through language and discourse. As a consequence, past sessions have featured fruitful debate on research ranging from micro-level studies of identity work performed in conversation, through to macro-level studies considering issues such as gender or ethnicity. The track has also undertaken joint sessions and workshops with, amongst others, the Gender in Management track, Cultural and Creative Industries track and the Inter-organizational Relations track. In encouraging such diversity, what we as track chairs are keen to promote is a sense of the BAM conference being a great place to explore current debates with your peers, to hone your own work through the review and presentation process, but also to contribute to developing the ideas of others.

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Track Chair
George Tsekouras
Track Chair
Nick Marshall

Innovation is all about making a difference, whether this means doing something better, doing it differently, or doing something radically new. It is the basis upon which organisations of all kinds are able to differentiate themselves from competitors, develop a competitive advantage and build a long-term future. As such the study of innovation encompasses perceptions and actions of individuals, groups, organisations, institutions, and even whole societies or economic systems. In addition to the more ‘traditional’ themes of innovation studies (such as R&D management, high-tech industries, patents etc.), innovation scholars have been opening up a whole range of new areas that have broadened our perspectives on what counts as innovation, where it can be found, and how we can study it. In this spirit, and in line with the overall theme of the conference, we therefore particularly invite contributions that are seeking either to push the boundaries of innovation studies beyond its ‘traditional heartland’ or to contribute new perspectives on more ‘traditional’ threads of innovation research. Contributions are welcomed in the following areas:

  • Innovation in high-tech or high-growth firms, large or small.
  • Innovation in low- or medium-tech sectors and (large or small) firms in these sectors
  • Innovation in services, knowledge intensive services and creative industries
  • Social innovation and innovation in not-for-profit organisations
  • User-led innovation and community-based innovation
  • Eco-innovation and the environmental challenge
  • Intra- and inter-organisational networks and collaborative innovation
  • The role of groups and peer-to-peer interaction in innovation
  • Innovation in Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures
  • ‘Illegal’ innovation such as cyber-crime and hacker innovations
  • Practice-based theories of innovation, knowledge, and learning
  • Innovation, dynamic capabilities and routines
  • National and regional innovation systems
  • Innovation metrics and indicators
  • Innovation in newly emerging economies such as BRICS, Eastern European countries etc.

Papers may be empirical or theoretical and a range of methodological approaches are encouraged. We also particularly invite symposium proposals which will focus on specific innovation topics and provide the opportunity for presenting a linked portfolio of research in a more interactive way.


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Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Partnerships, Alliances and Networks 
Track Chair
Colin Pilbeam
Track Chair
Louise Knight

The BAM Special Interest Group in Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Partnerships, Alliances and Networks (SIGIOC) promotes a dynamic track that appeals to a wide range of BAM conference participants. It brings together researchers with diverse focal topics and theoretical foundations, who share an interest in management across organizational boundaries.

Research on inter-organizational collaborations of any form (alliances, joint ventures, networks, partnerships etc), on any scale (international, national, regional, local), and any sector (public, private, third sector, cross-sector) will be considered within this track. We welcome the submission of empirical and theoretical pieces, and papers which promote discussion of methodological issues particular to IOC research. In line with conference theme, we also welcome contributions on emergent collaboration across complex and dynamic groupings of organizations.

Building on the excellent sessions at recent BAM conferences, we are especially keen to receive developmental papers to stimulate discussion. Suggestions for Symposia that integrate aspects of management in inter-organizational contexts would be welcome.

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International Business
Track Chair
Rudolf Sinkovics

The purpose of international business track is to advance the knowledge in international business and management and to encourage networking among the colleagues working on international business topics. We accept papers on the following topics:

  • The internationalization process;
  • International management issues;
  • International joint ventures, alliances, mergers and acquisitions;
  • International business negotiations;
  • Globalization and its impact on companies and societies;
  • Cross-cultural and comparative studies;
  • Head office subsidiary relationships;
  • Foreign Direct Investment;
  • Linkages and spillovers of MNE operations on local markets;
  • ICT and International Business;
  • Marketing issues in International Business;
  • International Entrepreneurship;
  • Bottom of the pyramid (BOP) issues and social entrepreneurship;
  • International business and economic development issues.

We normally accept empirical papers, however, conceptual papers making considerable contribution towards theory development and/or theory testing are also encouraged.

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Knowledge and Learning 
Track Chair
David Spicer

Organized by the Knowledge and Learning SIG, this Track aims to facilitate the development of knowledge in the interdisciplinary areas that take as their focus the processes associated with knowledge and learning. These include: management learning, organizational development, organizational learning, and knowledge management.

For this year's conference, we particularly invite submissions, relating to any of these areas, that are framed, however broadly, within the overall conference theme. We welcome submissions that examine how dominant notions of knowledge and learning have made a difference to our understanding of management and organizations. Issue that submissions might consider could include, but are not limited to: Whether work on knowledge and learning has been impactful on organizations? What might knowledge and learning research that does make a difference look like? What underpinning theory or theoretical perspectives might yield new insights for practice? Submissions that provoke reasoned debate on competing perspectives on the differences made by knowledge and learning, especially within Universities where we might expect these agenda to be predominant, will be particularly welcome. This might include considering whether our own learning activities, and by inference all aspects of knowledge exchange, teaching, education, assessment and instruction make a difference to those that are engaged with them. To this end, we would especially encourage submissions for symposia jointly to the Knowledge and Learning Track and other conference tracks.

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Leadership and Leadership Development 
Track Chair
Jean-Anne Stewart
Track Chair
Steve Kempster

The BAM conference theme for 2013 considers the challenges facing business and management. The leadership and leadership development track will reflect this theme. Although the track will welcome papers on any area relevant to leadership and leadership development we are especially keen to encourage papers that focus on one or more of the following:

  • What are the future challenges for leadership and leadership development?
  • How relevant to current and future business and management challenges are theories and/or research studies on leadership and leadership development?
  • What are the key theoretical and empirical considerations that need to be addressed when thinking and researching leadership and leadership development in relation to current and future challenges to business and management?
  • Are there particular epistemological and methodological approaches that need to be taken?
  • What lessons can be learnt from practical leadership development programmes? How relevant are current leadership development programmes, initiatives and interventions to current and future business and management challenges?
  • How sustainable are current theories of leadership and leadership development?

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Management and Business History 
Track Chair
Kevin Tennent

This track aims to encourage the growing number of management and business historians who work in business schools and social science departments to engage in constructive debate with other social scientists. In relation to the 2013 conference theme we draw attention to the historical impact of management practice within society. Longitudinal study has the particular advantage of highlighting the unexpected consequences of particular management decisions or practices, the nature of the decision making process and how organisations learn from the past (if at all). We would particularly welcome papers with an interest in the relationship between management and the community, whether from the perspective of community perceptions of business, or with an interest in how business has shaped a particular community over time. We would also be interested in papers dealing with the legacy of the past, and how it has shaped present day businesses and communities.

We also encourage cross-disciplinary papers that link different Tracks, while the main conference theme ought to feature prominently in all submissions. As a group we are inherently multi-disciplinary we believe in the application of theory to historical analysis, and there is no single epistemology for approaching this. We aim to encourage theoretically orientated social science history with a clear relationship to present day debates in the management discipline.


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Marketing and Retail 
Track Chair
Robert Angell
Track Chair
Juliet Memery
Track Chair
Karise Hutchinson

The Marketing and Retail track provides a forum for academics, practitioners and policy makers to present and discuss their research, and welcomes both theoretical and practice based papers. Papers are invited in the following areas:

  • Consumer behaviour;
  • E-Tailing and multi-channel delivery;
  • Environmental considerations;
  • HRM in retailing;
  • Internationalisation;
  • Location and out-of-town retailing;
  • Merchandising (retail operations);
  • Pricing;
  • Promotion and visual merchandising;
  • Segmentation, targeting and positioning;
  • Services in retailing and the retailing of services;
  • Strategy and planning;
  • Supply chain management and logistics;
  • SME retailing and global fashion retailing;
  • M-commerce.

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Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management 
Track Chair
Lenny Koh

The aim of the Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Track is to foster debate and advance research, knowledge and understanding of operations, logistics and supply chain management fields. Globalisation of businesses and management influences the need to look at innovative ways in which organisational operations, logistics and supply chain systems must adapt in order to sustain their production and delivery of products and services. This track welcomes submission on any research topic related to this fields as outlined below:

  1. Low carbon supply chain / green supply chain / sustainable supply chain
  2. Risk and uncertainty in supply chain
  3. IT-enabled supply chain
  4. Supply chain technology (e.g. RFID)
  5. Supply network and supply chain configuration
  6. Supplier relationship
  7. Logistics system and distribution network
  8. Reverse logistics
  9. Third Party Logistics / Fourth Party Logistics
  10. Manufacturing Resource Planning / Enterprise Resource Planning
  11. Just In Time
  12. Total Quality Management
  13. New forms of logistics (e.g. Transformational logistics)
  14. New forms of Operations Management
  15. New forms of Supply Chain Management.


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Organizational Psychology 
Track Chair
Lee Martin

Track Chair
Joanne Lyubovnikova

This is a broad track which welcomes submissions on any research topic in the field of occupational and organizational psychology that is not aligned with the themes of any current BAM Special Interest Group. Our particular interest is in the psychology of the workplace, which we define broadly. Recent papers in the track have been in the following areas:

  • Employee Health, Safety and Well Being at Work
  • Selection and Assessment
  • Employee Attitudes and Motivations
  • Workplace Mentoring and Counselling
  • Training and Career Development
  • Emotional Intelligence and Its Implications for the Workplace
  • Person-Organization Fit and Other Forms of Fit
  • Organizational Misbehaviour
  • Sports Psychology
  • Employee Response to Organizational Change
  • Management Development
  • Positive Psychology

We are keen to continue our work in these areas whilst being open to papers in other organizational psychology domains. While we are seeking empirical contributions to this track; conceptual papers which contribute to theory building and development will also be given serious consideration. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for symposia.

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Organizational Studies 
Track Chair
David Weir
Track Chair
David Bamber

Organizational Studies: the emerging agenda

Who now knows what an organization is? If anyone does they are likely to be practising managers rather than organizational theorists. Even the ontological status of an 'organization' becomes unclear when we study the emerging diversity of organizational realities. The traditional organizational mould has come down pretty much unchanged since Fayol and Weber but has been challenged more significantly in practice than in theory. But these moulds are being broken and the track recognizes this. Organizations are no longer physically or psychologically discrete, or juridically bounded. We wish to encourage contributions that bridge the still-broad divide between grand OS theory and operational managerial practice, moving the field away from a universally-plausible paradigm for studying it, and drawing on the emerging innovations and increasing diversity of organizational structures and models. We particularly encourage contributions which make sense of non linear and emergent systems theories of organization.

Some examples of the types of questions that papers may deal with, or move beyond, are:

  • How is management achieved, or not, in increasingly complex and distributed organizations?
  • How is collaboration fostered, or not, in individuals, groups and organizations with diverse backgrounds and cultural values?
  • What are the music, rhythm and poetry of organization and how may we best study them?
  • What ways can we move beyond the polarities of structure and agency, and where does this leave the emerging methodologies of the post-Weberian consensus?

However, these questions are not exclusive. If you have better ideas of how practice may lead back into organization theory then we will be happy to hear from you.

Track Leaders
David Weir, Liverpool Hope University
David Bamber, Liverpool Hope University


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Organizational Transformation, Change and Development 
Track Chair
Sharon Williams
Track Chair
Catherine McCauley-Smith

We invite colleagues to send full and developmental research papers, along with symposia and workshop proposals to the OTCD track at BAM 2013.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:


  • New organization design and forms
  • New coordination mechanisms
  • New theoretical perspectives on transformation, change and development
  • The management of radical and continuous change
  • The role of the CEO and board members in transformation programmes
  • The practicalities of change and transformation
  • The role of change agents (external and internal)
  • The role of various stakeholders in large scale change programmes
  • Coping with the fallout of change (at societal, industry, organizational and individual levels)
  • Change management, transformation and development in the not-for-profit and public sectors
  • The social construction of change(s)
  • Resistance to change
  • Project and Programme - driven Change Management
  • Strategic Change Architectures
  • Emerging models including critical theory, social movements and convergence theory

If you would like any further information please contact:

Sharon Williams
Catherine McCauley-Smith -

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Performance Management 
Track Chair
Vinh Chau

Organized by the Performance Management SIG, this track will embrace both theory development and application, and practice rich, or case-specific, insights. Papers on all aspects of performance management will be relevant: from technical aspects of process measurement, monitoring, strategic audits, organizational effectiveness, and management and strategic control, through to debates about performance management policies and trends at the micro-organizational, sectoral or macro-economical level. Similarly, all disciplinary perspectives that relate to performance management, such as strategic management, production and productivity, public management, governance and accountability, are invited. (Please note that because of this broad scope, it may occasionally be necessary to re-allocate papers to more specialised tracks.)

Symposium proposals will be particularly welcome on themes that address boundary-spanning aspects of performance management (e.g. public/private sector, operational/strategic performance, large firm / SME experiences, UK / international trends).

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Public Management and Governance 
Track Chair
Dimitrios Spyridonidis

In keeping with the conference theme on managing to make a difference this track invites theoretical and empirical papers from a variety of conceptual and methodological perspectives that contribute to the study of public services management and governance.

We are particularly interested in papers which explore core theories, perspectives and challenges pertaining to contemporary issues on public services management at macro, meso and micro levels of organization, on any part of the public sector (e.g. central government, local government, health services) and also the third sector. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, governance, leadership, strategy and management in the public sector. We therefore encourage submissions on: improving public service performance, efficiency and quality; new forms of regulation and accountability in a wide range of organisational forms, such as partnerships, hybrid organisations and networks; managing professionals in the public sector.

Following from last year, the track will also include a stream of papers on Managing Healthcare. We would welcome papers related to this broad theme, especially: the impact of the global financial crisis on health care systems; the hybridization of health professionals and management; improving the translation of research into practice; strategies, tensions and opportunities for patient and public involvement in delivering quality improvements in healthcare.

For further general guidance on the Public Management and Governance track please contact Dimitrios Spyridonidis ( ) or Harry Barton (

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Research Methodology 
Track Chair
Bill Lee

A vast array of methods and methodological approaches are used in management research. The aim of this track is to reflect this diversity so papers are welcome in all aspects of research methodology. The overall aim is to be critical and reflexive with regard to the techniques and methodologies we use within the management research field. Some examples of potential areas of exploration are listed below:

  • Epistemological issues
  • New advances in qualitative research methods
  • New advances in quantitative research methods
  • Research ethics
  • Assessing the quality of management research
  • Dilemmas in management research
  • Reflexivity in management research
  • The future of management research
  • The impact of globalization on management research

Authors are also encouraged to submit papers that raise any other issues with regard to management research. In addition we welcome symposia that link together a number of papers across a research methodology theme.

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Track Chair
George Burt
Track Chair
Efthimios Poulis

This is a broad-based track that welcomes all papers conceptual, methodological or empirical, which address any aspect of strategy. Researchers working within any of the variety of disciplines economics, sociology, psychology etc. that have contributed to the analysis of strategic management are welcome to submit papers. Papers may be on contemporary issues, technologies materials and practices, as well as non-traditional paradigmatic perspectives.

In organizational environments characterised by ambiguity and complexity, there are many challenges posed for both practicing managers and academic scholars attempting to make sense of these unfolding and changing environments. These challenges are a focal point of the Strategy track.

We particularly welcome papers that contribute to existing debates, or encourage new and novel debates. Moreover, proposals for symposia, workshops and professional development sessions along such lines are very welcome.

We also welcome interaction with other BAM SIGs in order to examine the relationship of Strategy with other related areas. We would welcome your engagement to expand our understanding of Strategy in the 21st century. For more information on specific research issues we urge you to visit the SIG webpage.

Finally, several more specific areas are covered under the Strategy track, including (but not limited to):

  • Competitive Strategy in mature and emerging economies
  • Corporate Strategy including State Owned Enterprise
  • Cooperative Strategies and new strategic configurations
  • Global and International Strategy
  • Environmental complexity, dynamism, emergence and Strategic Foresight
  • Resource Based View and Dynamic Capabilities
  • Strategic Options
  • Strategic Planning, Strategic Decision Making, Strategic Implementation
  • Strategic Control and their impact
  • Qualitative research methods in Strategic Management

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Strategy as Practice 
Track Chair
Mike Zundel

The British Academy of Management Strategy-as-Practice SIG provides a forum for practitioners and academics interested in organizational practices and activities of strategy making in particular. Practice perspectives uproot the rigidity of the opposition of individual and society in organization studies, inviting investigations of the fabric of organized social life without recourse to static or abstract explanations. Strategy-as-Practice researchers have raised important theoretical and methodological challenges for the study of strategy processes, for instance when investigating the performativity of discourses and actions, the role of material artefacts and bodies, or the situatedness of day-to-day activities within broader socio-historical developments. Practice studies pay attention to the entwinement of relational processes, transgressing orthodox classifications and boundaries that only seemingly isolate actions, individuals, or organizations as clearly defined units of analysis.

The BAM 2013 conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and academics from various backgrounds and with different levels of experience to discuss possibilities of strategy research. Owing to the breadth of practice theoretical work, our conference attracts a wide and diverse range of topics and approaches drawing on, or inspired by the ideas of practice thinking. We therefore invite you to join our track at the 2013 BAM Conference and to discuss your empirical work or theoretical ideas in a supportive and vibrant atmosphere and to become part of our growing international community!

For further information about this conference, or about other workshops and activities, please visit our linked-in site ( or our Strategy-as-Practice forum (

We are looking forward to your submission and to our discussions in Liverpool!

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Sustainable and Responsible Business 
Track Chair
Peter Stokes

The last 20 years have seen a dramatic rise in interest in the social and environmental aspects of business activity. Initiatives by companies, governments and NGO's have all been the focus of researchers studying a range of business activities. Recent scientific reports relating commercial activity to climate change and global warming have served to keep the topic high on the agenda of policy makers and industry leaders alike. Equally, global corporate activity is blamed for exploitation in the developing world. This provides a rich area of research for those of us keen to see social and environmental responsibility as a meaningful concept, rather than merely a public relations exercise. Moreover, in raising and debating these issues, it is also important to continually revisit and re-examine challenging questions regarding the fundamental and conceptual meanings and implications surrounding the very terms sustainable and responsible in relations to organizations and management.

This track seeks high quality papers covering the areas of accountability, responsibility and sustainability in business affairs. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome, either in full or developmental form, and may cover, but are not restricted to, the following areas of interest:

  • The positive and negative impacts of business on society and the environment
  • The role of notions of individual and collective choice, action and resistance in the face of competing issues
  • Reconceptualisations and recontextualisations of sustainable and responsible organization and management.
  • Evolving sustainable and socially-orientated business model
  • Critique of businesses performance on social, economic, ethical and environmental measures
  • Regulation, standardisation, and legislation for non-economic performance
  • Business & Society research - past, present, future
  • In which directions should practice go now?
  • Education in business and society
  • Strategies for improving performance and accountability for all stakeholders

The Track welcomes presentations in a range of formats including workshops, advanced and development papers. Please note that papers should conform to the British Journal of Management format and the front page should clearly state the intended track, paper form and stage (full/dev/workshop etc), and the paper type (i.e. whether or not it is theoretical or empirical).

If you wish to discuss any issues in relation to the Track or your submission please do not hesitate to contact:

Track Chair: Professor Peter Stokes (
SIG Chairperson: Dr Simon Brooks (
SIG Secretary and Treasurer: Dr Paul Caulfield (

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