Doctoral and Early-Career Symposium on Academic Creativity and Openness


Are you a Doctoral researcher or an early-career academic? Would you like to spend a day thinking, talking and learning about doing academia differently with established as well as emerging scholars? If so, please sign up for our symposium! It will take place at the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK the day before the International CMS conference, providing and ideal opportunity for delegates to attend both events, if they so wish (however, there is no obligation to do so).

The aim of the symposium is to ‘open up’ academic work and careers in order to help participants create new, innovative solutions to some of the complex tensions and dilemmas academics face today. We have a great line-up of speakers and facilitators running sessions on writing and teaching differently, career problem solving, opening up publishing, power and resistance strategies, collaborating with technology, academic activism, and critical friendship. Generously funded by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and the Open University Business School, the symposium is free to attend, and a number of bursaries are available to cover expenses for those in need of financial assistance. 

Places are limited, so please sign up as soon as possible ahead of the March the 31st application deadline

Wednesday the 26th of June, 2019, 10:30-18:30

Who Should Attend
Doctoral students and early-career academics working in the field of management

Benefits of Attendance
The symposium will have the following benefits to doctoral students and early-career academics in the field of management:
• Building social capital by meeting both established academics and peers going through the same stages of career development
• Learning how to approach key aspects of academic work and career in new and creative ways
• Developing innovative solutions to tensions and challenges of contemporary academic lives in the field of management
• Encouragement, support and ideas on how to make a difference in their institutions, management studies field, and society at large
• Learning how to lead more authentic, interesting and fulfilling academic lives
• Through the provision of bursaries, making the event free to attend, and locating and timing it next to a major international conference, maximising the above benefits to those who would otherwise not be able to come but may be in greatest need of attending.

The Library (Seminar rooms 1, 2, 4 and 5), 
The Open University, 
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes, 

Dr Katie Beavan, University of the West of England
Dr Sadhvi Dar, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Sarah Gilmore, University of Exeter
Prof Nancy Harding, University of Bath
Dr Laura Mitchell, researcher, consultant and founder of Seriously Learned
Dr Olivier Ratle, University of the West of England
Dr Sarah Robinson, University of Glasgow
Prof Martyna Sliwa, University of Essex
Dr Jenna Ward, University of Leicester

Provider Information
The symposium is organised by Dr Alexandra Bristow, Prof Emma Bell, Dr Peter Bloom, and Prof Jo Brewis at the Open University Business School, UK. The symposium is funded by the Society for the Advancement of of Management Studies (SAMS) grant for Developing the Management Studies Community, and by The Open University Business School.

Accommodation advice will be available on the CMS conference website:

Travel Information
For travel information, please see the symposium website:

For questions about the symposium, please contact Alex Bristow:

Event Price
Free to attend, multiple bursaries are available

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The booking deadline of this event is: 31st March 2019
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26th June 2019   to   6:30 PM
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