BAM2014 Track Summary

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16th Jan - 26th Feb

 BAM2014 Track Summaries

For BAM2014 there will be 24 tracks to which authors can submit papers. Please be aware that each paper can be submitted to one track only.

Please find details of all the tracks in the sections below:

1.  Corporate Governance

Track Chair
Ruth Massie

Governing 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
  • Governance in not for profit organisations
  • Approaches to teaching Corporate Governance
  • Research methods in Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Governance during a financial crisis
  • Key challenges faced by corporate executives
  • Institutional Investors and their roles in governance

  Click for more information on the Corporate Governance Special Interest Group

2.  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 2014.

3.  E-Business and E-Government

Track Chair
Savvas Papagiannidis
Track Chair
Thanos Papadopoulos

The e-Business & e-Government Track at BAM’s 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
  • e-commerce and e-retail
  • e-marketing, e-consumer behaviour, e-CRM
  • e-communications and social media
  • e-supply chain management and logistics
  • information systems-enabled public sector reform and change including, e-government, and e-public services and including e-health
  • e-learning
  • e-business models
  • m-commerce and other mobile-based technologies
  • information systems management and development
  • adoption, acceptance and diffusion of digital innovations
  • emerging opportunities and challenges related to topical developments (e.g. cloud computing, big data, massive open online courses)
  • development and management of emerging technologies and applications
  • any other related topic related to Internet and related technologies (multi- and inter-disciplinary papers are welcome)

Both empirically and conceptually based papers are welcome.

For further information please contact Professor Savvas Papagiannidis ( or Dr Thanos Papadopoulos (

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4.  Entrepreneurship

Track Chair
Wing Lam
Track Chair
Dilani Jayawarna

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)

  Click for information on the Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group

5.  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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6.  Human Resource Management

Track Chair
James Hayton
 Track Co Chair
Jonathan Crawshaw

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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7.  Identity

Track Chair
Christine Coupland
Track Chair
Sandra Corlett

Identity Track Belfast 2014
Track Chairs: Sandra Corlett & Christine Coupland

The Identity stream at BAM comprises an inclusive community of scholars interested in exploring and contributing to the development of ideas surrounding the place of identity in organizations. We encourage papers from those who are considering engaging in ‘identity’ research and those who are already active within the field. Although taking a broadly social constructionist, processual and interpersonal approach to identity, we do not 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 and interactions with others, 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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8.  Innovation

Track Chair
George Tsekouras
Track Chair
Nick Marshall

BAM2014: Innovation Track

Innovation has long been identified as an important driver for social and economic development. It has also been recognised that organisations rarely innovate in isolation. Instead, innovative activity is embedded in a network of relationships between firms, consumers, governments, institutions, and other organisations. Both the shaping of innovation and its outcomes including its social, economic, and environmental impact are influenced by regional, national, and transnational systems of innovation. These network relationships are configured in different ways. Although systemic approaches to understanding innovation have been powerful, there is still considerably scope to explore in more detail how these are constituted and with what implications for individuals, organisations, and societies. In addition to the more ‘traditional’ themes of innovation studies (such as R&D management, high-tech industries, patents etc.), we also invite contributions that are seeking either to contribute new perspectives on more ‘traditional’ threads of innovation research or to push the boundaries of innovation studies beyond its ‘traditional heartland’. In line with the overall theme of the conference, we are particularly interested in contributions that consider the socio-economic embeddedness and impact of innovation and the role that universities can play in this. However, we also welcome papers and symposia across the full range of innovation studies. Possible themes are as follows:

  • University-industry links and innovation
  • The socio-economic shaping of innovation
  • The implications of innovation for social and economic development and the generation and distribution of wealth and wellbeing
  • Absorptive capacity and innovation: management practices and policy challenges
  • Innovation in high-tech or high-growth industries and (large or small) firms
  • Innovation in low- or medium-tech sectors and (large or small) firms
  • 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.

9.  Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Partnerships, Alliances and Networks

Track Chair
Colin Pilbeam
Track Chair
Qile He

The BAM Special Interest Group in Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Partnerships, Alliances and Networks (SIGIOC) promotes a dynamic and inter-disciplinary 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 the conference theme, we also welcome contributions on inter-organizational collaborations that support economic and social development. 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 also be welcome.

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10.  International Business

Track Chair
Pavlos Dimitratos

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;
  • MNE parent and subsidiary relations;
  • ICT and International Business;
  • Marketing issues in International Business;
  • International Entrepreneurship;
  • Entrepreneurship in the MNE and subsidiary;
  • 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.

  Click for information on the International Business and Management SIG

11.  Knowledge and Learning

Track Chair
Liz Houldsworth
Track Chair
Alan Tait

The theme of this year’s conference around the role of the Business School in supporting economic and social development is one which has particular relevance for this Track. 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 invite submissions, relating to any of these areas that are framed, however broadly, within the conference theme. We welcome submissions that examine the role of knowledge and learning in supporting economic and social development. Issues that submissions might consider could include: the economic, social, environmental and cultural impacts of knowledge and learning; where and how research into knowledge and learning can contribute to the future economic and social development of regions; and how the economic, social, environmental, and cultural impacts of knowledge and learning can be sustained beyond the current economic crisis. Submissions that provoke reasoned debate on the role of knowledge and learning in supporting economic and social development, especially the role of knowledge exchange between academics and the business sector will be particularly welcome. This might include how our own research, teaching, education, assessment and instruction activities can engage the business sector and contribute to economic and social development. To this end, we would especially encourage submissions for symposia jointly to the Knowledge and Learning Track and other conference tracks.

  Click for information on the K & L Special Interest Group

12.  Leadership and Leadership Development

Track Chair
Marian Iszatt-White
Track Chair
Richard Bolden
Track Chair
Jean-Anne Stewart

The BAM conference theme for 2014 considers the role of business schools in supporting economic and social development. This is a particularly pertinent theme for the leadership and leadership development track which will thus reflect this theme in its own. Although the track will welcome papers on any topic relevant to leadership and leadership development we are especially keen to encourage papers that focus on one or more of the following:

  • How should leadership development interventions go about reflecting the twin aims of economic and social development?
  • What new pedagogies and interventions may be required to support the broader leadership remit implied by these twin aims?
  • What ongoing support can business schools offer to existing leaders and how can they encourage them to engage in important leadership debates?
  • How can business schools take the lead in shaping expectations of leaders and leadership, and setting the agenda for economic and social development?
  • What are the key theoretical and empirical considerations that need to be addressed by leadership research in this context?
  • How can leadership research be more effectively integrated with leadership practice to address the current needs of individuals, organisations and society more broadly?

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13.  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 2014 conference theme we draw attention to the potential for the wider impact of business and management history research 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 the study of management and business history and society, particularly in terms of creating a direct educational or policy impact. Papers looking at the history of the management and business school movement in Britain and around the world with a view to the long term economic, social and cultural effects of management education are also of interest. In addition, we welcome papers papers dealing with the legacy of the past in business and management more generally, and how it has shaped present day businesses, regions 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.

14.  Marketing and Retail

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.

In addition to the original list, we would welcome papers on areas such as Social media as marketing communication tool, how to measure effectiveness of social media for business organisations, Changing role of marketing in business organisations.

We would also welcome workshops and plenary sessions that focus on marketing and retail issues from a collaborative Practitioner and academic perspective.

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15.  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.

16.  Organizational Psychology

Track Chair
Lee Martin

Track Chair
Jill Hanson

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
  • Creativity in teams and at work
  • Individual differences in organisations
  • Cognition in organisations

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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17.  Organizational Studies

Track Chair
David Weir
Track Chair
David Bamber
Track Chair
Robert Price

Organizational Studies: the emerging agenda for Business Schools

Who now knows what an organization is? If anyone does they are likely to be practising managers rather than organizational theorists and Business Schools. 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 promulgated within business schools 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 can Business Schools support management development in increasingly complex and distributed organizations?
  • How can Business Schools foster collaboration 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 Business School methodologies and practice?

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, University Campus Suffolk (UCS)
David Bamber, Liverpool Hope University
Robert Price, University Campus Suffolk (UCS)

18.  Organizational Transformation, Change and Development

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 2014.

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
  • Change impact case studies

If you would like any further information please contact:
Catherine McCauley-Smith -

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19.  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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20.  Public Management and Governance

Track Chair
Dimitrios Spyridonidis

The conference theme, The Role of the Business School in Supporting Economic and Social Development, is an opportunity to examine and discuss issues and phenomena about change and the ecological, social and economic impacts on public services management and governance. Arguably the ultimate impact will depend upon collaboration and knowledge exchange between and across organisational and professional silos.

The Public Management and Governance SIG welcome PhD students, senior and junior academics, public sector managers and consultants to reflect on these themes and share their unique perspectives as researchers, reviewers and session chairs.
We especially welcome papers which explore the role that university business school research and practice plays in fostering economic and social growth and development in the global public sector management. At the same time, we are also receptive to theoretical and empirical papers examining core themes in the management of public services. We therefore encourage submissions on: managing and improving public service performance; managing people in the public sector; emerging governance and partnership arrangements; public-private collaborations; alternative forms of accountability; markets, competition, choice and the personalization of public services. Finally we would like to invite submissions on aspects related to this broad theme, but with a healthcare emphasis, especially: tensions, opportunities and policy implications for the business management focus of healthcare delivery and the quality of patient care; public and patient engagement and clinical leadership; learning, collaborations and partnerships between business schools and surrounding healthcare organisations.

For further general guidance on the Public Management track please contact Dimitris Spyridonidis ( or Harry Barton (

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21.  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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22.  Strategy

Track Chair
George Burt
Track Chair
Efthimios Poulis
Track Chair
David MacKay

This is a broad-based track that welcomes conceptual, methodological or empirical papers that address any aspect, from any discipline or perspective, of ‘strategy’ and/or ‘strategic management’ theory and practice.

Topics incorporated in the Strategy track include:

  • 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
  • Dynamic Capability & Dynamic Managerial Capabilities
  • Strategic and Real Options
  • Critical perspectives on Strategy
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Strategy Implementation (& associated challenges)
  • Strategic Control (inc. impact on the strategic management activities of an organisation)
  • Qualitative research methods to explore issues in Strategic Management

(This list is indicative and not exhaustive).

We particularly welcome papers that contribute to existing debates, or encourage new and novel debates. We particularly encourage new thinking relating to: contemporary issues, such as the impact of technologies, materials and methods on the work of strategy; challenging conventional wisdom about strategy from novel or critical perspectives; exploring the impact of organizational environmental characteristics (such as ambiguity, complexity, uncertainty, and spontaneous (re)ordering) for both practicing managers and academic scholars.

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 theory with complementary areas such as Transformation and Organisational Change.

We would welcome your engagement to expand our understanding of Strategy in the 21st century. For more information on specific research issues please visit the SIG webpage.

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23.  Strategy as Practice

Track Chair
Harry Sminia

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 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 2014 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 Belfast!

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24.  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: Mrs Sarah Ivory (
SIG Secretary and Treasurer: Professor Alan Murray (

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