What have the identity scholars ever done for us? Starting critical conversations about impact





Exploring the impact of identity on management practice is beset with challenge. Identity itself is a “slippery concept” (Alvesson, 2010) and defining the term ‘impact’ can be problematic (Hearn and Buffardi, 2016). In this workshop we therefore ask ourselves, as identity scholars, ‘why does identity matter in management?’; (how) does it impact upon management practice?
On the one hand, the term ‘impact’ seems to make assumptions about the purpose and nature of work and business that we may find problematic or seek to question and criticise. On the other hand, it also challenges us to consider the purpose of our research, who benefits from it and what changes it effects.
We will start by considering, from a critical perspective, what it means to ‘measure and monitor’ the impact that identity can make to management practice. We will also consider what is the impact of identity research on researchers themselves, both as individuals and as a research community?
We will then explore four different and contrasting areas of the 21st C organisation, its activities and its people, which identity studies might better help us to better understand; that is how identity might be considered to be making an impact, namely:
1. Developing new and innovative approaches to Human Resource Development; 
2. Understanding and facilitating group behaviours; 
3. Understanding issues of organisational equality, diversity, fit and mis-fit; 
4. Generating insight into how organisational members interpret and enact their organisational roles



24th May 2019, 09:45-16:00


Benefits of Attendance

The workshop will be of interest not only to those already researching or considering the identity field, but to any scholars who wish to explore how interpretative and critical research can more effectively demonstrate its value to organisations, business and society. In the interests of generating provocative – and productive – conversations we particularly welcome identity scholars, and other scholars, who work in a more mainstream or positivist paradigm.
A key benefit to participants will be opportunity to contribute to a Routledge-BAM “Impact Series” text



Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, NE1 8ST, UK



Will include: Dr. Ali Rostron (Liverpool), Dr. Juliette Summers (St. Andrews), Dr. Kate Black (Northumbria)


Provider Information

Identity SIG



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The cost of accommodation is not included in the delegate fee and delegates should book their own accommodation if needed. 
Newcastle has a range of hotels across the city and Quayside, to meet different preferences and budgets. There are excellent public transport links around the Newcastle-Gateshead area, and between the Quayside and the city centre


Travel Information

By Rail
As a major stop on the efficient East Coast Mainline, Newcastle is just 2 hours 45 minutes from central London and 1 hour 30 minutes from Edinburgh and Leeds. Newcastle’s Central Station is located in the heart of the city centre and has its own Metro Station. 

By Air 
Newcastle International Airport is one of the UK’s fastest growing regional airports and has recently benefited from a £7m extension programme. With airlines including Emirates, British Airways, KLM, Air France, easyJet and Jet2 all flying into Newcastle International Airport. The airport is under 30 minutes from the city centre by Metro or taxi. 

Key cities served directly from Newcastle International Airport include: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Dubai, Dublin, London and Paris. There are many direct flights on offer, with the airport connecting directly to over 70 destinations across the world. 

By Road
The A1(M) passes through Newcastle linking the area to London, the South, Scotland and major routes across the country. The A69 links west to Carlisle, the Lake District and, via the M6, to the South and West of England. 

Getting to Newcastle Business School at City Campus East 
Newcastle Business School is a 15-20 minute walk from both the mainline railway station and from the Quayside. The Quaylink bus service provides a reliable service every 20 minutes from Baltic Square, along the Quayside to the city centre. The train station also accessible from the local metro station (Manors) which is situated directly outside of the Business School



For specific information about this event, please contact the workshop facilitator:
Kate Black
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, NE1 8ST, UK

For general enquiries, please contact Linh Dang at the BAM Office on 02073837770, or at eventsofficer@bam.ac.uk


Event Fee 

BAM members - Ordinary 25.00
BAM members - Student 20.00
Non-BAM members 30.00


We offer a discounted fee for all delegates wishing to attend both Identity SIG events on 23 and 24 May 2019
(Information about the 23 May 2019: 'Becoming a critical educator: teaching identity - learning identity'

Event registration fee for both events: 
BAM members - Ordinary £40.00
BAM members - Student £30.00
Non-BAM members £55.00



Registration Deadline: 12 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.


24th May 2019   to   4:00 PM
23 May 2019 - Becoming a critical educator: teaching identity - learning identity
BAM Ordinary BAM Member Fee £ 25.00
BAM Student Member Fee £ 20.00
Non-BAM Member Fee £ 30.00
24 May 2019 - What have the identity scholars ever done for us? Starting critical conversations about impact
BAM Ordinary Member Fee £ 25.00
BAM Student Member Fee £ 20.00
Non-BAM Member Fee £ 30.00
Both Events
BAM Ordinary Member Fee £ 40.00
BAM Student Member Fee £ 30.00
Non-BAM Member Fee £ 55.00
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