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BAM2017 Track Summaries
For BAM2017, there will be 26 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 BAM2017 Tracks below.
1. Corporate Governance
BAM2017 CG Track Call for Papers: Re-connecting corporate governance research with social science disciplines
Research in corporate governance comes from an uncommonly wide variety of social science disciplines: psychology, sociology, political science and economics, as well as large glimpses of law and philosophy and studies in general and strategic management that integrate disciplines. The theme of this year’s BAM conference – re-connecting management research with the social sciences – is pertinent, as it asks us to reflect on the assumptions those disciplines make and how they connect and fail to connect across these disciplines.
Moreover, the conference comes in a time of considerable uncertainty about the macro-political landscape that challenge us afresh to question accepted theories and models.
The 2017 corporate governance track at BAM, therefore, is especially keen to see papers that consciously make connections between disciplines and in novel ways, and those that seek to tie the analysis to contemporary issues in politics, society and economic development with themes in corporate affairs.
We encourage researchers to address new, unexplored corporate governance and corporate governance-related topics, to apply emerging theories and empirical methods, to challenge conventional wisdom and to seek out new data sets.
We take a broad view of this broad field, and so also encourage submissions on traditional topics like board composition, comparative corporate governance, institutional investors and their engagement and activism, executive pay and firm performance, as well as methods of teaching corporate governance, but also ones that connect to the overall conference theme. To stimulate your thinking we suggest a few research questions that may help us re-connect:
- How does the connectedness of directors and/or investors to national political decision-making affect firm behaviour and performance?
- How might a change in law or regulation under new political structures encourage or discourage a longer-term orientation of policy among directors and/or investors?
- What are the implications of emerging forms of state capitalism on the contribution of corporations to economic development?
- How does consistent, externally directed board evaluation affect the group psychology and behaviour of boards?
- How is board strategy work affected by employee representation on boards?
- How do enhanced voting rights encourage/discourage short-termism?
- If market structures encourage trading liquidity, what other mechanisms can be deployed to focus director attention to ethical concerns?
- If investor activism continues to turn towards insurgency, what are the implications for managerial discretion and the structure of executive pay?
- In view of Swedish-style investor participation on committees and US-style access to proxy statements, what are the implications of enhanced investor power over nominations of new directors?
- What does a Trump presidency portend for corporate governance codes and laws outside the US as well as inside it?
2. Critical Management Studies
BAM2017 Conference Call: Critical Management Studies Track
We now invite papers for BAM2017 from scholars who wish to join, contribute to and develop conversations and debates initiated at the successful re-launch of the Critical Management Stream track at BAM in Newcastle2016. We particularly invite both conceptual and empirically based papers, as well as workshop style interventions, which ask difficult and provocative questions of organising, organisations and society at large. Contributions which work towards alternative solutions and ways forward on current difficult or wicked issues or act as a forum for marginalised voices are also encouraged.
In line with this year’s conference theme, we are interested in papers which challenge and disrupt conventional mainstream management ideas and theories and which draw on a wide range of other disciplines for theoretical and methodological inspiration. As issues in our contemporary work get increasingly complex, we suggest that one role of critical scholars is to identify and construct robust and wide ranging conceptual and methodological frameworks to make sense of and challenge momentous events such as Brexit and the results of the American election, the growth of right wing nationalism in Europe and the effects these have on organising and experience in organisations.
We therefore welcome papers which aim to address some of these increasingly worrying aspects of contemporary society as manifested in the workplace: for example the alarming resurgence of racism, xenophobia, sexism and homophobia, and the spread of inequality and precarious working.
Finally, we encourage papers that reflect on current challenges facing critical scholarship generally but also more specifically that reflect on the experiences of PhD students and Early Career Academics in doing critical work within the increasingly homogenised research agendas of business schools, as exemplified by institutionalized REF and impact targets.
3. Cultural and Creative Industries
The Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) track is a new forum to bring together research that explores the links between the cultural industries, creativity, economic development and management. We aim to build a community of researchers across the humanities, social sciences and management research in order to facilitate collaboration, research innovation and funding opportunities. We encourage submission of a range of philosophical, methodological and theoretical approaches to the track and conference delegates will join a supportive international community of academics, policy makers and practitioners. We have an open call for papers but are particularly interested in papers or symposium proposals which explore the following themes:
- Organising in the cultural and creative industries.
- Cultural Consumption and Marketing.
- Critical perspectives on the creative industries and creative work.
- Managing creativity and cultural work.
- The impact of globalisation on cultural industries.
- New approaches to cultural production and consumption.
- Critical perspectives on Intellectual Property (e.g., copyright, creative commons).
- Austerity, enterprise and cultural policy.
- Cultural sociology and management research.
- Critical perspectives on the nature of creativity, art and aesthetics.
- The interaction between creative practices and cultural values.
- Individuals, organisations, institutions and cultural policy.
- Cultural policy and economic development.
- Digital and social media technologies in the arts and the workplace.
- Culture and the creative economy.
- Digital cultures
4. E-Business and E-Government
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-commerce and e-retail
- e-marketing, e-consumer behaviour, e-CRM
- e-supply chain management and logistics
- e-business models
- social media and computer-mediated communications
- m-commerce and other mobile-based technologies
- e-government, e-public services, e-health
- information systems-enabled public sector reform and change
- information systems management and development
- information systems / digital research methods
- adoption, acceptance and diffusion of digital innovations
- digital innovation / IT-enabled innovation
- online communities and digital collaboration
- emerging opportunities and challenges related to topical developments (e.g. cloud computing, big data, data analytics, MOOCs, smart cities)
- any other related topic related to Internet and related technologies (multi- and inter-disciplinary papers are welcome) and information systems
Both empirically and conceptually based papers are welcome.
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)
- Entrepreneurial context – contextualisation in entrepreneurship studies
- Informal economy – informal and illegal entrepreneurship
6. Gender in Management
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.
7. Human Resource Management
Reconnecting management research with the disciplines: shaping the research agenda for the social sciences (BAM 2017)
The HRM track provides a forum for all academics, practitioners and policy-makers to meet and debate critical issues in the management of people. We welcome both full and developmental papers in any area of HRM including empirical studies, theoretical contributions and interdisciplinary papers. We also welcome any proposals for workshops and symposia in the field of HRM.
BAM SIG Statement 2017: Re-connecting management research with the disciplines: shaping the research agenda for the social sciences.
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 focus of this year’s conference on shaping the research agenda and reconnecting management studies with the social sciences is thus particularly relevant for the Identity SIG as we seek to explore and expand what we understand by ‘identity’. In this vein, the track has a record of undertaking joint sessions and workshops with, amongst others, the Gender in Management track, Cultural and Creative Industries track, Leadership 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?
The innovation area has evolved in a way that gives it a relatively distinct identity based on the recognition of certain sets of shared ideas and conceptual vocabularies. Many of these have been developed by those who would describe themselves as innovation scholars. Although there is always the danger of an uncritical and unquestioning consensus from such common ground, the study of innovation has always been an interdisciplinary field, drawing on a broad range of theories, frameworks, and approaches from the wider territory of the social sciences. This diversity is extremely valuable in providing fresh perspectives and ways of understanding the varied processes, practices, contexts, outcomes, and implications of innovation. Therefore, it is a perfectly natural state of affairs that innovation studies import from core social sciences.
Any major developments in the social sciences should be expected to contribute to innovation studies. On the other hand, innovation scholars may result in theoretical approaches that are of general interest to the social sciences. Typical examples of such interaction are the use of innovation to respond to today’s grand challenges such as sustainability, inequality, inclusive society and dealing with humanitarian crises.
The shared identity developed by the innovation scholars provides a pivot around which alternative perspectives can revolve and be examined. It is neither a fixed nor all-embracing identity: contributors to the dialogue on innovation often participate in, and identify themselves with, a variety of academic debates and communities. This provides one important source of renewal for the innovation field by opening out the domain and preventing it from becoming too inward-looking. Another important impetus for change and development comes from engagement with communities beyond academia. As extensively explored in the innovation literature, this does not need to follow the traditional pattern of a one-way transfer of knowledge from universities to potential users of that knowledge (as suggested by the pure/applied dichotomy). Instead, it can involve more engaged interactions between the worlds of theory, policy, and practice, drawing together a diversity of participants. These interactions can be fruitful, but also uncomfortable and disruptive for all involved. There are often competing interests and agendas that need to be worked through, as well as differences in assumptions and beliefs. Although not always possible, this is about finding a common ground for negotiation.
The overall conference theme invite us to think about what we do as academics and how our work fits into the wider landscape, both in terms of other areas of academia, but crucially also in those areas of practice that we are seeking to study, understand, and potentially change. This track provides an opportunity to consider this challenge and how the study of innovation can contribute.
Possible and by no means restrictive themes are as follows:
- The socio-economic shaping of innovation
- The implications of innovation for social and economic development and the generation and distribution of wealth and wellbeing
- Innovation in the digital economy
- 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
- Open Innovation in both large and small firms
- Social innovation and innovation in social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations
- Public sector and government innovation
- 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
- University-industry links and 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, especially on their activities and their impact on the development, the industrial implementation and the diffusion of innovation
- 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. Both full papers and papers-in-progress (developmental papers) are invited. 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.
10. International Business and International Management
The purpose of international business and international management track is to advance the knowledge in international business and management and to encourage networking among the colleagues working on international business and international management 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.
11. Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Partnerships, Alliances and Networks
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 inter-organizational collaborations (IOC) research. In line with the conference theme, we also welcome contributions on IOC which reflect, examine or discuss practices and theories of IOC, especially those re-connecting IOC research with other disciplines of social science or with topic themes such as sustainability. 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.
12. Knowledge and Learning
Re-connecting management research with the disciplines: shaping the research agenda for the social sciences.
Following this year’s political events, the Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the rise of populism, there is perhaps no better time to consider how we can re-connect management research to the disciplines, and shape the research agenda for the social sciences. More than ever before, there is a call for research that is impactful, and can help produce the knowledge and learning mechanisms which will help practice and, by implication, society at large to learn and develop in ways that are beneficial for a wider set of people, from different cultures and parts of the world who increasingly need to live, learn and work together. Organized by the Knowledge and Learning SIG, this Track aims to facilitate the development of learning and 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 theoretical concepts and practical aspects relevant to the conference theme and around 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 how companies deal with specific challenges of knowledge and learning during such times and incorporate different approaches into recognised knowledge management and organisational learning practices. Submissions that provoke reasoned debate on specific organisational and management education challenges within the knowledge and learning community will be particularly welcome. To this end, we would especially encourage submissions for symposia jointly to the Knowledge and Learning Track and other conference tracks.
13. Leadership and Leadership Development
Reconnecting management research with the disciplines: shaping the research agenda for the social sciences (BAM 2017)
The BAM conference theme for 2017 is ‘Reconnecting management research with the disciplines’, and this theme is echoed in the Leadership and Leadership Development SIG call for papers. If management is seen as a relatively new discipline within the social sciences then leadership is double so – and the same challenges of being seen as an ‘applied’ social science are also much in evidence. The conference theme of bucking the trend for making a pure versus applied distinction, and for challenging the notion that Leadership imports theory from elsewhere and recycles it for practitioners is a timely one, as is the call for new epistemologies and methodologies to disrupt such frameworks of thought. In this context, the track will welcome papers on any topic relevant to leadership and leadership development but is especially keen to encourage papers that focus on one or more of the following:
- How the leadership discipline has drawn on theories from related social sciences, and/or exported the results of their research back out to the broader field, and how this has impacted on what they study, how they study it, and where they disseminate their work.
- How leadership research can contribute to the ‘frame breaking’ call for new epistemologies and methodologies needed to break down the barriers between pure and applied research traditions.
- How this new research agenda for the social sciences – and leadership in particular – might support the increasing role played by Impact in modern measures of research excellence.
- What role multi-disciplinarity might play in the agenda setting process and what the benefits and challenges of this approach might be.
- What key theoretical and empirical considerations need to be addressed by leadership research in this context.
14. Management and Business History
Reconnecting management research with the disciplines: shaping the research agenda for the social sciences (BAM 2017)
This track aims to encourage 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 2017 conference theme calls for management scholars to re-engage with social science disciplines. This provides an excellent opportunity for management historians to consider the role that history can play in influencing management knowledge and practice, as well as contributing to wider theory in the disciplines of economics, strategy, accounting, finance, law and sociology. In this track we specialise in chronologically or longitudinally motivated research. This year we particularly welcome papers relating to the economic or social history of business or management, or applying archival methodology to a new disciplinary context. We are also interested in context specific papers using more traditional historical methodology but which take innovative approaches to relate their findings to wider social science concerns.
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.
15. Marketing and Retail
The track welcomes papers using a range of methodologies, and quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches. In addition, given the conference theme of BAM 2017, we invite contributions that address problems concerning 'pure' and 'applied' research, and that demonstrate a re-connection with social sciences and other disciplines. As in previous years we are also interested in developments in the integration of online and offline channels, the development of omnichannels, their implications for consumer decision making and the customer shopping journey. Interdisciplinary work can find a place here, and researchers may consider proposing workshops or symposia to supplement the track sessions. However, this by no means excludes submissions from the very wide range of topics listed below. Both developmental and full papers are accepted, and are organised separately. The developmental papers are presented less formally in sessions designed to stimulate discussion: these are particularly useful for testing and exploring new fields of research in marketing and retail.
Submissions are invited from 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
- 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
- Sustainability and ethical consumption/ethical marketing
16. Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
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. Contributions to this track aims to generate a new body of knowledge that will assist practitioners to sustain their production and delivery of products and services with cutting-edge research by advancing the understanding of the field of research. The track welcomes high-quality articles presenting original research output including, but not be limited to, the following areas:
- Low-carbon supply chain / green supply chain / sustainable supply chain
- Energy efficient supply chain/logistics operations
- Innovations in supply chain operations
- Risk and uncertainty in supply chain
- Information systems in supply chain
- Supply chain technology (e.g. RFID)
- Supply network and supply chain configuration
- Supplier relationship
- Logistics system and distribution network
- Warehousing, materials handling and distribution
- Reverse logistics
- Third Party Logistics / Fourth Party Logistics
- Manufacturing Resource Planning / Enterprise Resource Planning
- Just In Time
- Total Quality Management
- Lean and six sigma in logistics operations
- New forms of logistics (e.g. Transformational logistics)
- New forms of operations management
- New forms of supply chain management
- Humanitarian logistics
- Cleaner operations in manufacturing
- Performance measurement in operations, supply chain/logistics
- Purchasing and procurement
- Service supply chains
- Project management
- Behavioural operations management
- Operations management and healthcare
- Operations management as the practice of management
- Operations management, innovation and entrepreneurship
We welcome submissions across all sectors including manufacturing, public sector (including healthcare) and service sector.
17. Organizational Psychology
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.
18. Organizational Studies
Organizational Studies: Research and practice without boundaries.
What is an organization beyond its ontological meaning? The meaning of ‘organization’ in a bounded sense becomes increasingly unclear when we study the pluralism of organizational realities and the complex and dynamic environments within which organizations operate. The traditional organizational mould still largely determines how organizational studies is taught within business schools, and is one which has come down through the ages pretty much unchanged since Taylor, Fayol and Weber. It is important to position organizational studies in a historical sense in order to understand how the research and teaching praxis has developed, and to understand the nature of organizational studies as a discipline in its current form. Given the changing nature of power relationships within and beyond organizational boundaries it is timely to explore and fundamentally challenge the extant parameters within which research is carried out; to incorporate inter-disciplinary approaches in order to not only challenge practice but also to reorient the organizational studies research paradigm.
The Track recognizes that organizations are not physically or psychologically discrete, or clearly juridical bounded, therefore, whilst an interdisciplinary approach is an important element of understanding and dealing with complex problems, there are also issues around the role and acceptance of evidence and expertise within the process. There are now a series of challenges to the Academy around the role that evidence plays within the decision-making process, and within this environment experts in practice as well as the Academy have had their usefulness challenged in helping and/or offering advice in relation to dealing with complex issues. This raises some significant challenges for the development of organizational studies research in relation to practice, especially in terms of rejuvenating the validity of evidence based theory and its relevance to teaching within business schools. The issues contiguous to interdisciplinary research may, of course, exacerbate the challenges of business schools operating outside of “traditional” boundaries.
The Organizational Studies Track encourages the exploration of inter-disciplinary research and teaching, and we wish to encourage contributions that discuss:
- The role that evidence and expertise can play in decision-making.
- The challenges for burden of proof arguments in areas where the evidence base is fragmented.
- Is management, both as a profession and an academic discipline, distinctive in nature?
- Is current work within a REF environment truly inter-disciplinary or is it too superficial to be meaningful?
- What organizational forms can best suit the changing patterns of business and public service needs in the Twenty-First Century?
- What are the implications of virtuality for organisational structure and performance?
- How can pluralist perspectives and interdisciplinary research help our understanding of how better to teach organizational studies within business school in increasingly complex times?
- Why do organizations need to understand pluralist perspectives in relation to individuals, groups and cultural values, and how to use interdisciplinary approaches to research in order understand pluralist perspectives?
- What ways can we move beyond the polarities of research paradigms, and where does this leave organizational studies methodologies and practice?
- The processes of calculative practices that management education should use in the current post-truth environment where evidence seems to be downgraded.
We are especially receptive to early career researchers and those presenting papers for the first time at Conference.
19. Organizational Transformation, Change and Development
We invite colleagues to send full and developmental research papers, along with symposia and workshop proposals to the OTCD track at BAM2017.
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
20. Performance Management
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).
21. Public Management and Governance
Public management and governance in uncertain times: the way ahead?
This track invites conceptual and empirical papers from a variety of theoretical perspectives that contribute to the study of public management leadership and governance. This year, in line with the conference theme, we especially welcome papers that explore the relationship between theory, policy and practice and in particular the interdependence of the relationship between public management and the research agenda in the social sciences.
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; public assurance; managing people in the public sector; networks, cooperation and collaboration; leadership and leadership development in the public sector, changing governance; public-private collaborations; hybrid forms of accountability; and post-code lotteries, markets, competition, choice and the personalization of public services.
The track will also include a stream of papers on 'managing public services in a post-referendum environment – both before and after Brexit'. Therefore we would like to invite submissions on aspects related to this broad theme, especially: changing policy priorities; multi-level governance; managing in the devolved administrations; environmental management; international and cross border collaborations and the research agenda for an uncertain future.
22. Research Methodology
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 and workshop proposals which facilitate active participant engagement, learning and sharing of experiences in a defined aspect of research methodology.
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 (the list is indicative and not exhaustive):
- Competitive Strategy
- Corporate Strategy
- International Strategy
- Business models and value creation
- Business ecosystems, cooperative strategies and new strategic configurations
- Strategic Foresight – theory, tools and practices
- Environmental complexity, dynamism and emergence
- Resource Based View and Dynamic Capabilities
- Strategic Planning
- Strategic Decision Making
- Strategy Implementation
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 2017 (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.
24. Stategy as Practice
The British Academy of Management - Strategy-as-Practice Track provides a forum for practitioners and academics interested in organizational practices and activities of strategy making at different levels of firms. Strategy as Practice studies pay attention to the micro foundations of strategic activities and understand how strategic actors enable strategizing in different firm contexts. There is great potential for studies aiming to critically analyse the entwinement of strategic processes in a wide variety of firm contexts and generate new insights based on strategic practices. Strategy-as-Practice researchers believe in pursuit of practice of strategy agenda and develop more practice oriented theorizing of strategy practices and practitioners. There are important theoretical and methodological challenges in research of strategic practices linked to competitive performance outcomes, social dynamics of practices and processes, and interactions across micro, meso and macro levels of strategizing.
The BAM conference provides an excellent opportunity for academics and practitioners from various backgrounds and with different levels of experience to discuss possibilities of Strategy as Practice research. We fully recognise and appreciate the wide array of perspectives that inform strategy research and 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 2017 BAM Conference and to discuss your empirical research or theoretical ideas in a supportive and vibrant atmosphere and to become part of our growing international community!
For further information about this conference, please visit the BAM 2017 conference webpage (https://www.bam.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=3178). For discussion of any paper ideas, potential workshops or any questions/ suggestions about the Strategy-as-Practice track please contact:
25. Sustainable and Responsible Business
Sustainable and Responsible Business is becoming a core part of business and management scholarship and practice. Awareness of harmful social and environmental impacts and the role played by organisations in contributing to their creation or their solution has entered the mainstream. Both the concepts of 'sustainable development' and 'corporate social responsibility' have particular heritage that must be studied and critiqued. Such issues are at the heart of the areas of constant concern, such as economic growth, commercial opportunity, innovation, social acceptability and corporate reputation, and many more.
As such, Sustainable and Responsible Business is an interdisciplinary topic, and the conference track includes research scholars from ranging from marketing to operations, strategy to business ethics. The track does not seek ownership of this topic however, as many papers on the subjects relating to sustainability and responsibility appear in other tracks too. The distinct quality of the SRB track is perhaps its interdisciplinary nature.
For this year's conference, we would thus particularly welcome applications that:
- seek to advance understanding of the scale and importance of social and environmental challenges and the extent to which these are being addressed,
- seek to explore the advantages of interdisciplinarity in studying SRB (in relation to the overall conference theme at BAM 2017)
- seek to engage with practice, including specific sectors, cross-sector sustainable or responsible consultancies, government policy, other significant organisational actors.
Such encouragement is only a suggestion of course, as we will welcome the normal, wide range of topics normally submitted to this track.
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:
26. Open Track
For the 2017 BAM conference BAM will offer an ‘open track’ option. This provides the opportunity to submit papers which fall outside, or don’t sit within any of 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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Upcoming BAM Events
10th March 2017
10th March 2017
31st March 201712th Annual workshop on Teaching Research Methods to Business and Management Students: Your Research Methodology Class Has HOW MANY Students?!
6th April 2017BAM IB&IM SIG Event: Case Selection in Qualitative Case Study Research in International Business and International Management
7th April 2017Joint BAM Event: Management Education in Turbulent Times. Journal of Management Education Special Issue, paper development workshop