CANCELLED - Getting HRM Out of the Box: A Development Workshop on The Benefits (and Costs) of Interdisciplinary Research for HR Scholars





Interdisciplinary research (IDR) is part of the zeitgeist of current social science discourse and is being widely encouraged and rewarded in universities.  The underlying normative assumptions driving this agenda are that: (1) business and societal problems cannot and should not be addressed by single specialties because of the ‘disciplining effects of disciplines’ in creating silo thinking, and (2) innovation and new fields of study are most likely to occur at the intersection of different modes of thinking – so-called ‘Frontier Research’.   Yet, despite this policy rhetoric there is little evidence of IDR in practice, in part because of the so-called ‘costs’ of putting policy into practice.  These costs often revolve around integrating disciplinary teams and in overcoming the lack of appreciation of IDR by key audiences, including some journal reviewers and editors.  As a consequence, many academics continue to follow well-trodden paths in searching for ever-decreasing gaps to fill while making ever-decreasing contributions to knowledge.  

From an HR journal editors’ perspective, this disciplining effect of disciplines and lack of innovation is becoming ever more apparent in the vastly increased submissions by authors from all over the world.  Thus, increasing numbers of papers are desk-rejected because their contributions are, at best, minimal and/or fail to pass the ‘so what’ test for theoretical advancement.  Arguably of equal importance, most submissions fail to pass the relevance-for-policy-and-practice test.  Despite the vastly increased volume of HR research, only a very small amount of it is read and used by governments and organizational decision-makers to impact on their work….which should be a depressing thought for authors because significance is used increasingly as a key criterion in research assessment exercises in different countries.

Thus, this workshop is aimed at helping authors interested in IDR to learn more about the benefits (and costs) from keynote speakers and the opportunity to develop their papers-in-progress or potential papers with advice from experienced IDR reviewers and HR journal editors.   Consequently we invite submissions of extended abstracts of no more than 1000 words to be sent to Katie Sinclair by April 23rd, 2019.  Abstracts will be discussed in small groups, facilitated by members of a panel of journal editor so that the author and all group members can benefit.

The Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance (JOEPP), the mission of which is to promote and publish impactful IDR, is pleased to sponsor this workshop and would be happy to review full submissions arising from this workshop in a special edition on HR and interdisciplinary research. The Co-editors from the HRMJ and IJHRM are also pleased to receive full submissions in line with their missions and editorial policies



This event will take place on Friday 10th May 2019, 9.30am - 16.15pm


Who Should Attend

HR academics and practitioners interested in learning more about interdisciplinary research


Benefits of Attendance

• Understand the benefits (and costs) of interdisciplinary research
• Get advice from experienced IDR reviewers & HR journal editors
• Network with HR journal editors and colleagues interested in interdisciplinary research
• Opportunity to submit your paper to the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance



Room 2G12
Dalhousie Building
75 Old Hawkhill
University of Dundee
1 Perth Road


Paper Submission Details

Extended abstracts of no more than 1000 words to be sent to Katie Sinclair via e-mail:

In the body of your e-mail, please include the following information: Name of Corresponding Author, List of authors, & Paper Title

Paper Submission Deadline: 23rd April 2019 at 12.00 noon



Keynote: Professor Nic Beech (President of BAM, BAM Fellow & VP of University of Dundee)


  • Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith (Associate Editor JOEPP; BAM Fellow; University of Glasgow), 
  • Professor Graeme Martin (Editor in Chief, JOEPP, University of Dundee), 
  • Professor Emma Parry (Co-Editor-in-Chief, IJHRM; Cranfield University), 
  • Professor Dora Scholarios (Co-editor-in-Chief, HRMJ, Strathclyde University)



The preliminary program is as follows:

Morning Session (10-12.30) 

• Opening Keynote: Interdisciplinarity, Benefits and Costs (Professor Nic Beech, President of BAM and Vice Principal University of Dundee)

• Case Illustrations of HRM/IDR: 

  • Crisis Management, Counter-Terrorism and Managing People, Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith (Associate Editor JOEPP)
  • Shaping Medical Engagement and Medical Leadership in the NHS and the Process of Scale-up in Entrepreneurial Firms, Professor Graeme Martin (Editor in Chief, JOEPP) 
  • Getting HRM Out of the Box: A View from Practice, Dr Magnus Lundback (Vice President for HR and Sustainability, Getinge AB, a Swedish based multinational, Editorial Board Member of JOEEP and Chair of a major Swedish University-Industry Liaison Committee).

Afternoon Session (13.30-16.15)

• Small group sessions with potential authors and panel members

• Plenary panel session with HR journal editors and President of BAM

Panel members:  Professor Nic Beech (President of BAM and BAM Fellow, VP, University of Dundee), Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith (Associate Editor JOEPP; University of Glasgow and BAM Fellow), , Professor Emma Parry (Co-Editor-in-Chief,  IJHRM; Cranfield University), Professor Dora Scholaris (Co-editor-in-Chief, HRMJ, Strathclyde University); Dr Magnus Lundback (VP HR and Sustainability, Getinge AB and Editorial Board member JOEPP) and Professor Graeme Martin (Editor in Chief, JOEPP, University of Dundee).


Provider Information

BAM Human Resource Management SIG in association with the University of Dundee



For specific information about this event please contact: Katie Sinclair at

For general enquiries, please contact Linh Dang at the BAM Office at or on 02073837770


Event Fee 

BAM Members £35.00
Non-BAM Members £50.00



Registration Deadline: 1st May 2019


If you are not a BAM member and would like to join BAM or find out more about the benefits of being a BAM member, please go to BAM membership.



Cancelation Policy - Should you wish to cancel your place, you will receive a full refund if your cancelation is made 4 weeks prior to the event. After this, full payment will be required.  BAM reserves the right to cancel the event if there are not enough people to justify running the workshops.


10th May 2019   to   4:15 PM
BAM Member Fee £ 35.00
Non-BAM Member Fee £ 50.00
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