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BAM2015 Track Summaries

For BAM2015, there will be 24 tracks to which authors can submit papers. Please be aware that each paper can be submitted to one track only.

Read on for more information about the BAM2015 Tracks below.

1.  Open Track

Track Chair
Bill Cooke

For the 2015 BAM conference BAM experimentally will offer an ‘open track’ option. This provides the opportunity to submit papers which fall outside, or don’t sit easily within the existing BAM tracks. BAM sees the open track as a developmental opportunity for its members, and for BAM itself. The kind of papers which might be submitted to an open track might be:

  1. Papers with primary intellectual affiliations to fields of management study which are not represented in BAM current panoply of Special Interest Groups and SIGS. Such papers may be an opportunity simply for research in such a field to be presented and discussed at BAM; and/or for a smaller number of presentations from such a field to be presented together, even if their number does not justify a whole track at this stage.
  2. Papers which cross a number of SIG disciplinary boundaries, or, indeed which transcend them all. It is possible, for example to conceive of papers which address Business and Management wide interests and issues, for example the nature of Business School careers, or the state of publishing of business and management scholarship
  3. Papers which take business and management as their focus, but which come from disciplines completely outside those to be found in the ‘normal’ Business School canon, and as represented in BAM SIGS – for example, which draw on the creative or performing arts, on theology, archaeology or astrophysics.

In short, anything that is relevant, but doesn’t seem to ‘fit’ elsewhere can be submitted to the track, although the stream coordinator reserves the right to draw the submission to the attention of other track chairs (the open track is not intended to rival existing SIGS). Work submitted will be subject to the normal processes of peer review, and where possible, accepted submissions with themes in common will be grouped together.

2.  Corporate Governance

Track Chair
Ruth Massie

Pluralism in Corporate Governance

The pluralistic nature of organisations as collections of diverse groupings with their own cultural norms, values, and identities has made corporate governance structures more pluralistic in nature as they seek to engage with an increasingly varied set of stakeholders. How does this pluralism impact corporate governance research? How do different philosophical bases impact our understanding of corporate governance? What impact does pluralism, or should pluralism have, on theoretical development within the corporate governance sphere? How do differing organisational structures, cultural norms or regulatory environments impact the development of corporate governance?
These key questions underpin the need for high quality academic research in this complex, and dynamic environment. 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

  More information on the Corporate Governance SIG

3.  E-Business and E-Government

Track Chair
Thanos Papadopoulos
Track Chair
Savvas Papagiannidis

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 Dr Thanos Papadopoulos ( or Professor Savvas Papagiannidis (

  More information on the E-Business & E-Government SIG

4.  Entrepreneurship

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
  • Corporate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship 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 entrepreneurship
  • Family 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)

  More information on the Entrepreneurship SIG

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.

  More Information on the Gender in Management SIG

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.

  More information on the HRM SIG



7.  Identity

Track Chair
Christine Coupland
Track Chair
Sandra Corlett

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. Thus the pluralistic theme of the conference around the nature of organisations as collections of diverse groupings with their own cultural norms, values, and identities lends itself to investigation from within the stream. 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.

  • We are interested in, but not restricted by our attention to, the following themes:
  • How is identity defined and understood in organizational settings?
  • Where divergent identities come into contact with each other, how can we understand the processes of interaction and meaning-making?
  • What possibilities for action are enabled and constrained through identity processes?
  • How can we better understand issues such as the operation of power, agency and meaning through a lens of identity?
  • How do identity issues impact on change and vice versa?
  • What are the issues that arise for managers and other groups from the research of identity processes?

  More information on the Identity SIG

8.  Innovation

Track Chair
George Tsekouras
Track Chair
Nick Marshall

Innovation depends to a large extent on pluralism – in terms of the variety of actors and relationships, knowledge and ideas, processes and approaches. Innovative activity is embedded in a complex network of relationships between firms, consumers, governments, institutions and other organisations. Both the shaping of innovation process and its outcomes including its economic, social and environmental impact are influenced by regional, national, and transnational systems of innovation. These network relationships are configured in multiple different ways. At the same time, there has been a proliferation in the sources, trajectories, and uses of innovation, moving us beyond the traditional closed and linear models. There is still considerably scope to explore in more detail how these are constituted and with what implications for individuals, organisations, and societies. The overall picture is one of increasing diversity and complexity.

In line with the broader theme of the conference, we are particularly interested in contributions that consider the possibilities of pluralism for innovation, in terms of both theory and practice. We are also keen to explore the limits of pluralism in the context of innovation, such as the challenges of managing complex networks of actors, whether all elements and stages of innovation demand the same level of plurality, and if there is a tension between divergence and convergence in innovation practices.

In the spirit of plurality, we welcome those pursuing the more ‘traditional’ themes of innovation studies (such as R&D management, high-tech industries, patents etc.), as well as contributions that push the boundaries of innovation studies beyond its ‘traditional heartland’.

Possible and by no means restrictive 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
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship: management practices and policy challenges
  • 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.

  More information on the Innovation SIG

9.  International Business

Track Chair
Pavlos Dimitratos

Track Chair
Haina Zhang

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.

  More information on the International Business and International Management SIG

10.  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) promote 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 which reflect, enable or inhibit pluralism in contemporary decision makings. 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.

  More Information on the IOR SIG

11.  Knowledge and Learning

Track Chair
Liz Houldsworth
Track Chair
Alan Tait

The theme of this year’s conference around the value of pluralism in advancing management research, education, and practice 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 value of a pluralistic orientation of knowledge and learning in advancing management research, education and practice. Issues that submissions might consider could include: the advantages and disadvantages of adopting multiple paradigms and theories when conducting knowledge and learning research; how management knowledge and education might be developed through pedagogical and theoretical debates; and whether or not a pluralistic view of knowledge and learning can be incorporated into recognised knowledge management and organisational learning practices. Submissions that provoke reasoned debate on the dynamics between diversity and inclusivity within the knowledge and learning community will be particularly welcome. This might include examining how diverse forms of research, teaching, education, and assessment might operate within institutional constraints towards standardisation. To this end, we would especially encourage submissions for symposia jointly to the Knowledge and Learning Track and other conference tracks.

  More information on the Knowledge and Learning SIG

12.  Leadership and Leadership Development

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

The BAM conference theme for 2015 is ‘the value of pluralism in advancing management research, education and practice’. This call raises important questions about the nature and value of diversity and inclusivity that are equally relevant for leadership and leadership development students, scholars and practitioners. 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:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of a pluralistic orientation to leadership research?
  • How can leadership research be more effectively integrated with leadership practice to address the current needs of both diversity and inclusivity?
  • How can context-specificity and difference be incorporated into recognized practices of leadership?
  • How should leadership development interventions go about reflecting a pluralistic orientation?
  • What new pedagogies and interventions may be required to support the broader leadership remit implied by a pluralistic orientation?
  • What are the key theoretical and empirical considerations that need to be addressed by leadership research in this context?

  More information on the Leadership and Leadership Development SIG

13.  Management and Business History

Track Chair
Kevin Tennent
Track Chair
Sasha Hodgson

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 a wide range of management scholars. The 2015 conference theme, the value of pluralism, is an ideal opportunity to explore the value of historical study for management research. Historical research, while constituting a set of epistemologies in itself, is inherently interdisciplinary, allowing for a wide range of research approaches. We would particularly welcome papers either using new and innovative methodologies, or applying archival methodology to a new disciplinary context. We also welcome context specific papers using more traditional historical methodology but which take innovative approaches to relate their findings to wider social science concerns. Papers looking at the history of the management and business school movement in Britain and around the world with a view to exploring the theme of pluralism in that area are also of interest. In addition, we welcome papers dealing with the legacy of the past in business and management more generally, and how it has influenced the diversity of experience in present day businesses, regions and communities.

In the spirit of pluralism we also encourage cross-disciplinary papers and workshop submissions that link different Tracks, while the main conference theme ought to feature prominently in all submissions. As a group we are inherently multi-disciplinary and 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
Heiner Evanschitzky
Track Chair
Anthony Kent
Track Chair
Keith Glanfield

The track is pleased to announce that Professor Heiner Evanschitzky (Aston Business School) will be Track Chair. He has published extensively in leading Marketing journals and is the newly appointed Associate Editor for marketing of the British Journal of Management. Submitting to this conference track presents an excellent opportunity to submit your best research to be reviewed by knowledgeable peers, particularly with a view to gaining feedback before submitting to a high-quality journal.

This year we specifically welcome papers on the changing role of marketing and its influence within the firm. In particular, we invite meta-analyses on and empirical generalizations of relevant marketing phenomena, applications of theories from other disciplines to the marketing context, replication papers of very important empirical studies, and papers that use innovative and rigorous methodologies. We also continue to welcome theoretically sound practice-based papers as well as those using qualitative approaches. Submissions are invited in the following areas:

  • Analytics and ‘big data'
  • CRM and loyalty management
  • Consumer behaviour
  • B2B marketing
  • Sales management
  • Services and value co-creation
  • Branding and product management
  • (Retail) Innovation
  • Pricing
  • Marketing communications
  • Location and out of town retailing
  • Merchandising and retail operations
  • Supply Chain management and logistics
  • E- and M-Commerce
  • HRM in retailing
  • Segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • Fashion marketing and retailing

  More information on the Marketing & Retail SIG

15.  Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Track Chair
Claire Moxham
Track Chair
Liz Breen

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 these fields as outlined below:

  • Low carbon supply chain / green supply chain / sustainable supply chain
  • Risk and uncertainty in supply chain
  • IT-enabled supply chain
  • Supply chain technology (e.g. RFID)
  • Supply network and supply chain configuration
  • Supplier relationship
  • Logistics system and distribution network
  • Reverse logistics
  • Third Party Logistics / Fourth Party Logistics
  • Manufacturing Resource Planning / Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Just In Time
  • Total Quality Management
  • New forms of logistics (e.g. Transformational logistics)
  • New forms of Operations Management
  • New forms of Supply Chain Management.

We welcome submissions across all sectors including manufacturing, public sector (including healthcare) and third sector.

  More information on the Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management SIG

16.  Organizational Psychology

Co-Track Chair
Alison Legood
Co-Track Chair
Lee Martin
Co-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
  • Employee Response to Organizational Change
  • Management Development
  • Positive Psychology
  • Creativity in teams and at work
  • Individual differences in organisations
  • Cognition in organisations
  • Neuroscience and organisations
  • Evolutionary psychology and organisations
  • Critical perspectives in psychology
  • Interpersonal and organisational trust

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.

  More information on the Organisational Psychology SIG

17.  Organizational Studies

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

Organizational Studies: Organizational pluralism - meaning and impact.

Who now knows what an organization is? If anyone does they are as likely to be practising managers as organizational theorists and lecturers in Business Schools. Even the ontological status of an 'organization' becomes unclear when we study the pluralism 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. We are as always especially receptive and welcoming to young scholars and first time paper presenters.

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

  • What Organisational forms can best suit the changing patterns of business and public service needs in the Twenty-First Century?
  • What aspects of organization as presently constituted should be withering away, and what should be safeguarded?
  • How can pluralist perspectives help our understanding of management development in increasingly complex and distributed organizations?
  •  Why do organizations need to understand pluralist perspectives in relation to individuals, groups 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 OS methodologies and practice?

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

18.  Organizational Transformation, Change and Development

Track Chair
Joanne Murphy

Track Chair
Richard Jefferies

We invite colleagues to send full and developmental research papers, along with symposia and workshop proposals to the OTCD track at BAM 2015.

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:
Joanne Murphy ( and Richard Jefferies (

   More information on the OTCD SIG

19.  Performance Management

Track Chair
Vinh Chau
Track Chair
Luisa Huaccho-Huatuco

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).

  More information on the Performance Management SIG

20.  Public Management and Governance

Track Chair
Dimitrios Spyridonidis

This track invites conceptual and empirical papers from a variety of theoretical perspectives that contribute to the study of public services management and governance. This year, and in line with the conference theme, we especially welcome papers, which explore the value of pluralism and diversity on new public governance and 'modernisation' research. At the same time, we are particularly 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; hybrid forms of accountability; markets, competition, choice and the personalization of public services.

The track will also include a stream of papers on ‘Managing Healthcare’. Therefore we would like to invite submissions on aspects related to this broad theme, especially: tensions between performance management, innovation and creativity, the intended and unintended outcomes of collaborative and deliberative governance arrangements, paying attention to stakeholder participation and partnerships among multiple actors, clinical engagement, clinical leadership and the involvement of patients in health care improvement.

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

  More information on the Public Management and Governance SIG

21.  Research Methodology

Track Chair
Gail Clarkson
Track Chair
Murray Clark

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.

  More information on the Research Methodology SIG

22.  Strategy

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

The BAM strategy track welcomes conceptual, methodological or empirical papers that address any aspect, from any discipline or perspective, of 'strategy' and/or 'strategic management' theory and practice. At conference, the track will be a place where scholars can present work at various stages of development, either extending existing lines of thought or running contrary to the mainstream of contemporary strategy research. To this end, alongside conventional submissions, we welcome papers that adopt original perspectives or are intended to encourage novel debate. Moreover, proposals for symposia, workshops and professional development sessions along such lines are also very welcome (including joint submissions with other relevant SIGs/tracks).

Topics we anticipate to be addressed by Strategy track submissions include:

  • Competitive Strategy in mature and emerging economies
  • Business models and value creation
  • Corporate Strategy (including State Owned Enterprise)
  • Business ecosystems, cooperative strategies and new strategic configurations
  • Global and International Strategy
  • Strategic Foresight – theory, tools and practices
  • Impacts of environmental complexity, dynamism and emergence on strategy work
  • Resource Based View and Dynamic Capability
  • Strategic Planning and Decision Making
  • Strategy Implementation (& associated challenges)

(This list is indicative and not exhaustive).

As part of our continuing effort to build a community of strategy scholars through the events and activities of the SIG and track at BAM, we would like to set the expectation for those submitting papers that they will be asked to contribute to the reviewing process in March 2015 (supporting resources will be provided for those unfamiliar with such activities).

For more information on specific research issues please visit the SIG webpage, or for specific queries, please contact any of the track co-chairs.

  More information on the Strategy SIG

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 2015 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 Portsmouth!

  More information on the Strategy-as-Practice SIG

24.  Sustainable and Responsible Business

Track Chair
Sarah Ivory
Track Chair
Alan Murray

The last 10 years have seen a dramatic rise in the quality of research papers in the area of sustainable and responsible business, with many top journals now regularly publishing articles examining a wide range of topics from this field of study. Companies, governments and NGO's have all been the focus of researchers studying a range of management and business activities. The most recent IPCC report unequivocally linking commercial activity to global warming serves to keep the topic high on the agenda of policy makers and industry leaders alike. Equally, global corporate activity is implicated in exploitation, inequality and poverty in the developing world. This provides a rich area of research for those of us keen to see social and environmental responsibility as an imperative, 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 organisations. 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
  • Notions of individual and collective choice, action and resistance in the face of competing issues
  • Reconceptualisations and recontextualisations of sustainable and responsible organisation and management.
  • New models of sustainable and socially-orientated business
  • Political dimensions in corporate responsibility
  • Critical studies of businesses performance on social, economic, ethical and environmental measures
  • Studies examining corporate responses to inequalities relating to, inter alia, race, gender, disability, sexuality, and ethnicity
  • 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 are unsure about submitting to this track or wish to discuss any issues in relation to the track or your submission please do not hesitate to contact:

Track Co-Chairs: Dr Sarah Ivory (; Professor Alan Murray (
SIG Chairperson: Antony Alexander (

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