BAM2015 Conference

BAM is pleased to announce that the 29th Annual Conference will be hosted by University of Portsmouth from the 8th - 10th September 2015.

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Key Dates and Deadlines   

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

  • JAN 15 : Paper submission opens
  • FEB 27: Paper submission closes
  • MAR 04: Registration Booking opens
  • JUN 03: Deadline for paper presenters to register
  • JUN 30: Deadline for paper revisions
  • JUL 31: Provisional paper times released

1. About the BAM Conference

  1.1  About the BAM2015 Conference

The British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious international events for business and management scholars. Attracting world class researchers from over 50 countries worldwide, the conference provides a friendly, supportive environment to receive feedback, share ideas and find inspiration.

Following the success of the BAM2014 Conference hosted by the University of Ulster, Ulster Business School, which saw over 800 international delegates participating in three days of stimulating and thoughtful discussion, debate and reflection in the City of Belfast!

We welcome the Management Community to join us in Portsmouth in September 2015 to discuss your research in a friendly, vibrant & supportive environment.

  1.2  Conference Theme

The Value of Pluralism in Advancing Management Research, Education and Practice

In recent years, it has become evident that pluralism is a defining characteristic of management research, education, and practice. Management research draws upon a diverse range of research paradigms and methodologies to address fundamental social science questions and business research problems. Management education, similarly, draws upon multiple pedagogies and theories of learning to develop social scientists with a focus on work and organisation as well as managers who have both technical skills and well developed moral and emotional insight. The pluralistic nature of organisations as collections of diverse groupings with their own cultural norms, values, and identities has made corporate governance structures, strategy making processes, operations, marketing and human resource management procedures more pluralistic in nature as they seek to engage with an increasingly varied set of stakeholders.

However, while such pluralism has contributed greatly to advancing management research, education, and practice, there have been institutional pressures towards greater homogenization. Measurement and evaluation systems which are applied to research, funding, learning and teaching may, perhaps inadvertently, reward conformity rather than recognising excellent work in its own terms. Popular discourse can lead to stakeholder expectations which underplay the complexity of organizational and business life. Thus, the benefits of a pluralistic approach, enabling dialogue between positions of difference, incorporating systematic, radical and interpretivist approaches (amongst others) is worthy of attention and debate. The dynamics towards diversity on the one hand and inclusivity on the other raise a series of questions that should be of interest to BAM 2015 delegates:

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  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of a pluralistic orientation to management research?
  • How might management knowledge and education be developed through pedagogical and theoretical debates?
  • How can context-specificity and difference be incorporated into recognised practices of management?

The BAM2015 conference is intended to facilitate dialogue and open debate in management research, education and practice. Portsmouth Business School is the ideal place to discuss these and other questions related to the value of pluralism. It is based in a city that has transformed itself from an old maritime city to a city with a diverse mix of the old in Old Portsmouth and the new in the form of Gunwharf Quays and with renewed pride in its multiple traditions in maritime, literature, and the arts. The school is also based in a university that has pioneered research in areas as varied as cosmology and brain surgery.

As a faculty, Portsmouth Business School has been able to balance the dynamic of diversity and inclusivity to great effect. With regards to research, the faculty has encouraged diversity through the recent setting up of various research groups – ranging from business logistics to sports – and seed funding various research projects whilst ensuring inclusivity by making the largest Portsmouth entry to the 2014 Research Evaluation Framework exercise. In its teaching, the faculty encourages diversity by developing state of the art facilities for innovative teaching such as the Technology Enhanced Active Learning rooms whilst ensuring inclusivity by providing an AMBA approved MBA course.

  1.3  Who Should Attend

BAM welcomes all management academics/practitioners of all career stages, research interests and nationalities to join us in Portsmouth. Authors can present their work in a friendly & supportive environment and gain valuable feedback on their papers from fellow peers and more senior academics.

All delegates can attend the interactive workshops and the keynote plenaries and be up to date with the latest developments and leading edge thinking, research and information in their specific research disciplines.

  1.4  Benefits of Attendance

  • Raise your profile through networking and engagement with researchers at all career stages
  • Showcase your research and further develop research ideas through discussion and feedback from experienced colleagues
  • Training and Development opportunities at the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions
  • Connect with researchers and explore opportunities within and beyond your areas of specific research interest through the Special Interest Groups and a variety of other events 

  1.5  Gala Dinner

The BAM2015 Gala Dinner plays a dynamic role in the social programme for the delegates. Join over 400 delegates expected to attend the largest social evening of the BAM2015 Conference on Wednesday 09th September 2015 at the impressive  Portsmouth Guildhall, which delivers a stunning and memorable setting.

  1.6  BAM2014 Delegate Testimonials

Delegates from the BAM2014 Conference have kindly provided BAM with some testimonials from the event to encourage new delegates to attend the BAM2015 Conference in Portsmouth.

Read the testimonials from BAM2014 Delegates



"BAM conference provides a fantastic opportunity for networking, socialising, and intellectual discussions. I would certainly recommend attending this conference."

Vikas Kumar, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England


“As a New Member at BAM this year, I just wanted to say what a wonderful experience it was. Very friendly atmosphere, excellent organisation, lots of choice for sessions (almost too much!) and a good level of presentations. I felt like I received a giant 'bear hug' from BAM and I will definitely be returning!”

Charlotte Warin, University of Huddersfield



"It's an excellent conference, where we've the opportunity to present and discuss our research and get valuable feedback. Furthermore, there is a friendly atmosphere, where we can meet colleagues from other universities and countries."

José Marcos Mesquita, Universidade Fumec



"I really enjoyed BAM 2014 Conference in Belfast. I thought the quality of papers and discussions was high and the atmosphere very collegial. It was an honour to receive the Best Full paper award in my track and I look forward to another BAM next year."

Anna Tilba, Newcastle University Business School


  1.7  Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

The British Academy of Management would cordially like to invite you to join its 29th Annual Conference as an Exhibitor or Sponsor.

The event will be held at the University of Portsmouth between the 8-10th September and will be hosted by the University of Portsmouth Business School.

We want to welcome you to be part of this exhilarating event.


  1.  To give your organisation a platform to network and engage with important decision makers in Business Schools and in associated organisations.

  2. Increasing awareness and engagement with your organisation amongst the business and management community.

  3. Brilliant networking opportunities to promote your organisation at the Conference and provides maximum visibility among the business and management research community.

  4. Connecting your organisation to high-quality research at the BAM Conference and to provide a strong foundation on which to build relationships with skilled researchers.

  5. To publicise your organisation’s products and services among key decision makers in Business Schools and in associated organisations

  6. To deliver maximum visibility for your organisation and to provide a solid foundation on which to build relationships with skilled researchers.

  7. Engage with delegates in a friendly, supportive and intellectual manner.

 The benefits and opportunities have been intended to promote your organisation heavily at the BAM 2015 Conference.

Book your place before Friday 23rd January 2015 and take advantage of our 20% early bird discount fee.

For more information on the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the BAM2015 Conference or for any other enquiries, please contact Lewis Johnson -

  1.8  Fees and Registration Procedure

Booking for the conference will open at 9:00am on the Wednesday 4th March 2015.

The 2015 conference fees will remain at the 2012 prices:

  • £385 - Ordinary Members
  • £245 - Student Members
  • £56 - Optional Conference Gala Dinner Ticket (Wednesday 9th September)

If you are not a current member of BAM you will need to join before being able to register for the conference.

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You do not need to be a BAM member to submit a paper.

  1.9  Mailing List

To receive conference updates or to sign up to other BAM communications such as our monthly newsletter and events bulletins please go to:

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2. Submitting a Paper

  2.1  BAM2015 Tracks

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.

More information about the BAM2015 Tracks

The BAM2015 Tracks:

  • Open Track
  • Corporate Governance
  • E-Business and E-Government
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Gender in Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Identity
  • Innovation
  • Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Partnerships, Alliances and Networks
  • International Business
  • Knowledge and Learning
  • Leadership and Leadership Development
  • Management and Business History
  • Marketing and Retail
  • Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Organizational Studies
  • Organizational Transformation, Change and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Public Management and Governance
  • Research Methodology
  • Strategy
  • Strategy as Practice
  • Sustainable and Responsible Business

  2.2  Paper Submission Requirements and Links

Paper Submission for the BAM2015 Conference will open on Thursday 15th January. Before submitting your paper please ensure that you have read the instructions below. The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm (GMT) on the 27th of February. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Information Before You Submit

  1. Before submitting a paper, please ensure that you have read all of the
     Paper Submission Requirements 

  2. You can submit a paper to ONE Track only. To choose which Track to submit your paper, please find out more about the 23 tracks available at BAM2015

  3. Please be aware that you can only submit a maximum of THREE papers to the BAM2015 Conference.

3. Doctoral Students

  3.1  Doctoral Symposium

In addition to the conference, BAM will also hold a Doctoral Symposium on Monday 7th September at the University of Portsmouth. This event costs just £100, and the first 100 students to register will receive a free place to attend the main conference (worth £245).

Main Features

  • High quality development workshops
  • Impartial expert tailored advice on your research
  • Network with peers and senior academics
  • First 100 to register will receive a free BAM2015 Conference place
  • BAM will offer 30 full and 50 half bursaries for UK based students to attend

More information about the Doctoral Symposium

  3.2  Reduced Student Fee

Both full-time and part-time doctoral students are eligible to receive a reduced fee of £245 to attend the main conference.

Please note: a letter from your institution will be required when joining BAM / renewing your student membership to verify your student status for the upcoming academic year.

4. Planning Your Attendance

  4.1  Programme

We aim to inform authors with accepted papers of their provisional session times in late July/ early August 2015.

Please be aware that the timings and order of sessions may be subject to last minute changes, so we highly recommend that delegates plan to attend the full duration of the conference.

The provisional schedule for the conference will be:

Tuesday 08th September

8:00-9:30 New Member’s Welcome Reception
9:30-11:00 PDWs – session 1
11:00-11:30 Tea/coffee break
11:30-13:00 PDWs – session 2
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 Opening Plenary Session
15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee break
16:00-17:30 SIG/Track workshops and symposia/ CONFERENCE SESSION 1
17:30-17:45 Short break
17:45-18:45 SIG AGMs
18:45 onwards  Informal SIG Gatherings (up to the SIG chair/s and committee members)

Wednesday 09th September

08:00-18:00 Conference Registration Open
10:30-11:00 Refreshment Break
12:30-14:00 Lunch Available
12:30-14:00 Coffee/Tea Available
12:40-13:50 Meet the Editors Session - TBC
12:45-13:45 SIG and Track Chairs Meeting
15:30-16:00 Refreshment Break

Evening – Tickets only

19:00-20.00 Conference Dinner Reception Drinks Portsmouth Guildhall
20:00-23:00 Conference Gala Dinner Portsmouth Guildhall

Thursday 10th September

08:00-09:00 Conference Registration Open
10:30-11:00 Refreshment Break
12:30-14:00 Lunch Available
13:00-14:00 BAM Annual General Meeting

The final programme will be released at the start September.

  4.2  Location, Travel and Map

Registration for the BAM2015 Conference will be at:

Richmond Building
University of Portsmouth
Portland Street

It is recommended that delegates travel by train to Portsmouth Harbour or Portsmouth Southsea stations. The campus is a short (10 minute) walk from either station.

Please note there will not be parking available for delegates on the University Campus.

  4.3  Accommodation

Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee and needs to be booked by delegates separately.

  4.4  Tourist Information

Portsmouth - The Great Waterfront City

Centuries of Naval history, waterfront shopping, superb dining, soaring sights and miles of amazing beaches. Ideally situated on the beautiful south coast, only 90 minutes from London.

Portsmouth is a top destination choice for visitors from the UK and around the globe. It is packed with proud naval and maritime heritage, vibrant shopping destination, towering world-class attractions, great museums and galleries, a multitude of places to eat and drink, and miles and miles of beautiful seafront.

Watch the short clip below for a brief insight into what the city has to offer:

Places To Visit

One thing Portsmouth is not short of is great world-class attractions! Start with a great view of the city and miles around from the top of the iconic Spinnaker Tower. Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and discover 800 years of maritime history including visits to the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Head into Southsea and discover the story of the D-Day landings at the D-Day Museum and stand in awe at the mastery that is the Overlord Embroidery. Walk in the steps of Henry VIII as you explore his Southsea Castle, wander along the waterfront to Eastney and the fabulous Royal Marines Museum.  Families can have great fun with a visit to the Blue Reef Aquarium, the Pyramids Centre entertainment complex, Cumberland House Natural History Museum or just enjoy the miles of waterfront and beaches.

Step Back in Time

Portsmouth was founded circa 1180 and received its first charter from Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) in 1194. Since then the city has been a key player in many major historical events, including Nelson's last battle at Trafalgar, the sailing of the First Fleet to Australia, and the D-Day Landings.

Portsmouth's history can be uncovered at Portsmouth Museum, which houses the 'Story of Portsmouth', a fantastic exhibition that shows how life has changed in the city over the past centuries along with temporary exhibitions that range from ancient history to local architecture.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard exhibits over 800 years of naval history within the surroundings of its working docks. Visit Admiral Lord Nelson's HMS Victory the world's oldest commissioned warship, or discover the story of the Mary Rose which was raised from the seabed off the coast of Portsmouth in 1982.

The coast and seafront of Portsmouth has played a large part in national and international history. Here, you'll find the D-Day Museum which is the UK's only museum dedicated to the Normandy landings that took place during the Second World War. You'll also discover Southsea Castle, built by Henry VIII as well as many historic forts, follies, towers and the Royal Marines Museum.

Guided Walks & Talks

Today, Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education and business, a legal centre, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. Belfast city centre has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years, notably around Victoria Square.

Packed with centuries of history, dazzling architecture and famous points of interest, Portsmouth is the perfect place to discover by foot or on a coach with one of our expert guides from Portsmouth Tourism Guiding Service.

Throughout the year we have a packed programme of guided walks and talks covering everything from Portsmouth's involvement in the D-Day landings to public art in the city.

Don't miss our spook-tacular evening ghost walks uncovering the dark side of Portsmouth's history that run throughout the summer and autumn.

Things to Do in Portsmouth

When planning your trip to Portsmouth why not stay for a few extra days and make the most of what the city has to offer?

For ideas on things to do in Portsmouth, tripadvisor is a great place to start for visitor recommendations:

Tripadvisor Top Things to do in Portsmouth

Alternatively, have a look at the Visit Portsmouth 2015 Visitor Guide:

Visit Portsmouth 2015 Visitor Guide

More reasons on why you should go to BAM2015 in Portsmouth:

Let's go to...Portsmouth

5. Registering to Attend

  5.1  Conference Fees

The 2015 conference fees will remain at the 2012 prices:

  • £385 - Ordinary Members
  • £245 - Student Members
  • £56 - Optional Conference Gala Dinner Ticket (Wednesday 9th September)

  5.2  Registering Your Attendance

Booking for the conference will open at 9:00am on the Wednesday 4th March 2015.

If you are not a current member of BAM you will need to join before being able to register for the conference.

Not a BAM Member?
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You do not need to be a BAM member to submit a paper.

  5.3  Cancellation Policy

Should you wish to cancel your place, you will receive a full refund if your cancellation is made at least 4 weeks prior to the event date. Four weeks prior to the event date, full payment will be required. BAM reserves the right to cancel any of the events if there are not enough people to justify running the workshops.

8th September 2015 through 10th September 2015
University of Portsmouth
Portland Street
United Kingdom
BAM2015 Conference Delegate Fee
BAM2015 Conference Ordinary Member Fee £ 385.00
BAM2015 Conference Student Member Fee £ 245.00
Event Information
Product Code 40436
Event Provider British Academy of Management
Date / Time 8th - 10th September 2015
Venue University of Portsmouth, Business School
Event Type Conference
Target Audience All Levels
Price See above
Booking Deadline 21 September 2015
Link to Booking Form
Delegate List Available? Yes
Conference Information
Call for papers deadline 27 February 2015
Conference Name BAM2015
Conference Proceedings Yes

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