Navigation

Community

Latest News

20th May 2015

13th May 2015

8th May 2015

8th May 2015

6th May 2015

BAM2014 Doctoral Symposium


 
Register To Attend Registration Opens
Midday 4th March 2014
Programme and Joining Instructions (PDF)
Register Your Session Preferences
Delegate List
Paper Session Allocations
Find out more about the event
Student Bursaries and Free Conference Places
Paper Submission
Travel, accommodation & tourism
Join the Mailing List

 

1. Key Event Information

  1.1  About the Event

The BAM Doctoral Symposium is our flagship event for doctoral students and is one of the most established & high-profile events in the doctoral community.

The BAM2014 Doctoral Symposium will be held at the University of Ulster Business School in Belfast on the 8th September 2014.

The Symposium will comprise plenary sessions along with methodology clinics, as well as opportunities to receive impartial expert advice on your research through either Research Conversations or Student Paper Presentation sessions led by senior academics from within the community.

  1.1  Key Dates

  • MAR 04: Booking opens
  • MAY 01: Paper submission opens
  • MAY 30: Registration closes
  • JUN 17: Paper submission deadline
  • SEP 08: The Event

  1.2  Who Should Attend?

We welcome all business and management students from all sub-disciplines to join us in Belfast to attend workshops, plenaries, 1-on-1 Research Conversations and Student Paper Presentations.

  1.3  Benefits of Attendance

  • 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 BAM2014 Conference place
  • BAM will offer 30 full and 50 half bursaries for UK based students to attend

  1.4  BAM2013 Doctoral Symposium Testimonials

  1. This year's doctoral symposium provided me with invaluable guidance and support from experienced researchers. It also proved to be a very effective means of widening my research networks.
    Sophie Mills, University of Birmingham
  2. This was a fantastic day which helped me a great deal with my research. I only wish I had attended earlier in my PhD.
    J.T., Birkbeck
  3. The BAM2013 Doctoral Symposium workshops for 3rd years on preparing for the viva, academic careers, and journal publishing were excellent. The facilitators were candid and generous in the amount of detail they offered in answer to our questions. It felt like this was information I would not find elsewhere.
    Angela Martinez Dy, Nottingham University Business School
  4. An incredibly useful day and a great opportunity to meet other people struggling with similar issues. I came away with a great deal of practical advice and some new friends.
    Lisa Day, London Metropolitan University
  5. Top quality advice, guidance and information from leading academics. Well worth attending.
    Shaun Gordon, Nottingham University Business School.
  6. The BAM doctoral symposium is a great way to meet new people, academics as well as PhDs. It offers the opportunity to talk about ones Phd in an informal way, while at the same time getting expert advice.
    Vera (HWU)
  7. BAM 2013 Doctoral Symposium was a great networking event which enabled me to meet a lot of colleagues and get a sense of a community that exists across the country. It is great to feel part of a broader group that works towards the same goal.
    Anon
  8. Excellent opportunity for examining my work at a critical stage in the PhD. A positive yet challenging experience.
    Richard Allen, Cranfield School of Management
  9. I am just entering the fourth year of my Doctoral studies, and have attended the BAM Doctoral Symposium three years in a row. I was a little concerned before the event this year that I would not really learn anything new, but I was very pleasantly surprised. As the programme caters for students at all different stages of their studies, I was able to attend new sessions, and found the 'overcoming writers block' session especially useful (probably the best workshop I have had as a doctoral student anywhere). As always, the event was really useful for networking and gaining moral support from other students on the challenges of doctoral study. I also found the BAM team extremely useful in the lead up the event - going out of their way to resolve problems. Oh - and I got a bursary to cover expenses, and a free place at the main conference!! What more could a girl ask for?
    Krystal Wilkinson, Leeds University (Doctoral study) Manchester Met University (just started as a Senior Lecturer)
  10. I can probably claim to being a BAM doctoral veteran as I have attended three over my four years of post graduate studies. From my first BAM symposium, which felt like I was in an academic candy store to the most recent one in 2013, these events have given me many unique opportunities. From networking with fellow Phd students from so many interesting areas of management as well as attending really interesting sessions from top academics in a supportive and collaborative environment has been wonderful.
    Heather Stewart, Griffith University
  11. I got feedback during my paper presentation on issues to do with methodology, analysis and the viva...... I also got useful tips on data analysis from my colleagues.
    Jennifer Omobolaji-Epoyun
  12. It was enlightening and highly interactive. Can't wait for the next one.
    Christian Harrison, University of the West of Scotland
  13. Its a community of academics that is very welcoming.
    Anon
  14. Not only theory, methods are clarified by professors, but also a lot of techniques or skills I learned from them, for example: steps to conduct systematic LR; viva defense language can be used,,,, highly commanded to PhD students in different stages
    Olusoyi (Richard) Ashaye
  15. The BAM2013 Doctoral Symposium was valuable for me because I had access to highly esteemed scholars in my field of interest. The access allowed us to discuss our mutual research interests and I gained useful insight. I am quite happy with the BAM2013 symposium.
    Anon
  16. The Doctoral Symposium provided an excellent opportunity for me to get feedback about my work in a supportive environment. I also enjoyed networking with both established academics and new researchers like myself.
    Roxanne Kutzer, Cranfield University
  17. This was my second visit to the BAM Doctoral Symposium and I was not disappointed. It was well organised, an incredibly supportive environment and the sessions were highly relevant to me as a PhD student and early career researcher.
    Amanda Lee, University of Surrey and Coventry University
  18. This year was my first time at a BAM conference or symposium and it was a great experience of meeting people, learning and sharing thoughts. The BAM community is well worth becoming involved in. And the Foresight Centre was of course a wonderful venue ;).
    Kai P. Kaufmann, U Liverpool
  19. Top speakers, fantastic dialogue - perfect for a 1st year PhD to enhance learning about the entire doctoral process
    Michael Duignan, Anglia Ruskin University
  20. Yet another fantastic doctoral symposium. Such a vibrant event with the chance to learn from helpful and approachable esteemed academics.
    Anne Clare Gillon, The University of the West of Scotland.
  21. BAM2013 was an opportunity to meet people who are interested in similar research areas, in a close-knit atmosphere of academia to discuss theoretical and methodological ideas. I spoke with participants about their experiences with research and the inspiration gotten from them helped me feel as though I am active, knowledgeable, and a valuable member of this professional field of academia.
    Okeoma John-Paul OKEKEUniversity of East London

  1.5  Programme

The BAM2014 Doctoral Symposium will run over 1 day on Monday 8th September 2014 at the University of Ulster Business School. The session outline for the event is as follows:

08:30 - 09:00 | Registration and Refreshments
09:00 - 10:00 | Welcome Speech
10:00 - 11:30 | Session 1
11:30 - 12:00 | Refreshments
12:00 - 13:30 | Session 2
13:30 - 14:30 | Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 | Session 3
16:00 - 16:45 | Plenary
17:00 - 17:15 | Refreshments
17:15 - 19:00 | Session 4
19:30 - 22:00 | Doctoral Dinner

A more detailed programme will be released to delegates much nearer the event.

  1.6  Advice From 2013 Delegates

  1. Ensure you do a thorough paper , either for the research conversation, or student presentation. Discuss with the academic staff , ask questions....make friends amongst the doctoral researchers you would learn a lot . Please don't just keep to yourself it would do you no good!
    Jennifer Omobolaji-Epoyun
  2. Get a good night sleep before hand as you will need the stamina to enjoy and make the most of what is a long day that includes so many unique opportunities. Plan your day by studying the sessions prior to attending and sign up to your preferred ones quickly. Enjoy the day and make the most of it by talking and interacting with other attendees. If one of your academic gurus are presenting, don't be afraid to introduce yourself - they are human and are also passionate about their research.
    Heather Stewart, Griffith University
  3. The best advice for new delegates is, don't over think it - just turn up. It's OK to be honest about how things are going with your PhD. We're all in the same boat and we know how hard it can be. For example, I should be writing right now and I'm filling this in!
    Lisa Day, London Metropolitan University
  4. Think about what you are trying to get out of this day and make your choices regarding workshops in advance.  Be open and honest when talking to other people; there is no need to be afraid, everyone else is in the same/similar boat. Go to other people and don't wait for them to come to you: be proactive to make the most of the day.
    Vera, HWU
  5. Say 'Hello' to people you haven't met before - particularly at the Symposium dinner. And don't forget your name badge and plenty of business cards!
    Shaun Gordon, Nottingham University Business School
  6. Come early, attend as many sessions as possible and have the confidence to talk openly about your research - people are interested in what you have to say and are willing to offer advice, support and guidance.
    Anon
  7. Do submit a paper for the research conversation or full paper - the feedback and chance to discuss informally in a supportive environment is invaluable.
    Sarah Mitchell, Henley Business School
  8. Do the conversations/ presentations
    Anon
  9. Explore the sessions available as widely as possible and actively network with all the other delegates.
    Anon
  10. From my own experience I can recommend to share your own thoughts, contribute to the discussions, exchange details & stay in contact with colleagues.
    Kai P. Kaufmann, ULiverpool
  11. If you hope to get the free conference participation then be as quick as possible.
  12. Just come with an open mind to discuss your research. During the discussions you will start to see your work from different perspectives that you never imagined. Don't miss out.
    Christian Harrison, University of the West of Scotland
  13. Make most of your time by selecting the workshops wisely, attending the coffee breaks and the symposium dinner. Feel part of the academic community!
    Margarita Nyfoudi, Aston University
  14. Make sure you go to a SIG AGM, there you will get a chance to first meet those who can be most useful to you in BAM.
    Anne Clare Gillon. The University of the West of Scotland.
  15. Make sure you review the info pack and make an attendance plan for your sessions, it will make life a lot easier than having to decide at the conference. Ensure you take advantage of the networking events, you might not get a better opportunity to engage with other Doctoral Researchers from such a diverse background.
    Ibrahim M. Umar, Birmingham City University.
  16. Please feel free to participate and enjoy the symposium!
    Anon
  17. Prepare to select best suitable session
    Anon
  18. Relax.
    Anon
  19. Soak yourself in this unique academic experience, I bet you every time spent is valuable to your academic and personal development...
    Okeoma John-Paul OKEKE, University of East London
  20. BAM's doctoral symposium offers a safe and supportive environment for doctoral students to learn from experienced researchers holding a broad range of research interests.
    Sophie Mills, University of Birmingham
  21. This is an essential part of your academic career.
    Anon
  22. This symposium can really jump start your research. Attend the workshops!
    Anon
  23. To attend the sessions and use as avenue for networking and to share ideas and learning expertise.
    Anon

2. Student Support

  2.1  Free Conference Places

BAM offers the first 100 delegates to register for the Doctoral Symposium a free place to attend the main conference. All full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply and places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Please be aware that if you are not successful in receiving a free conference place you will then need to register for the conference separately to attend. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible to receive the reduced student conference fee of £245.

Click here for more information on BAM2014

Membership

Please be aware that you must be an active member of BAM to register for student support such as the free conference places or student bursaries.

If you plan on applying then we recommend that you ensure you have up-to-date membership at least 2 weeks in advance of registration opening (March 4th 2014).

All students are required to send in a letter from their institution to confirm their student status for the upcoming year. This applies to both new and renewing members. Please do this well in advance of the 4th of March (but after you have paid for your membership) to avoid any problems.

Join BAM Now

Waiting list

If you are not in the first 80 students to apply for a bursary or free conference places then you will be placed on the waiting list in case of cancellations or no-shows.

  2.2  Full-time and Part-time UK Based Student Bursaries

BAM will be providing 30 full bursaries and 50 half bursaries to UK based full-time and part-time students to cover part of the cost of attending the event on a first-come, first serve basis.

Please note: It is a requirement that students attend the event to receive reimbursement.

30 Full Bursaries

BAM will offer the first 30 students to apply a 'full bursary', which will cover up to £180 towards the symposium fee, return travel, 1 nights’ accommodation and any additional expenses incurred during the event.

Recipients of the full bursaries will be given a claim form at the event which must be returned to the BAM office within 1 month of the event (with all original receipts attached).

50 Half Bursaries

Once the 30 full bursaries have been allocated, the next 50 applicants will receive a 'half bursary' to cover the £100 event fee of the Doctoral Symposium on a first-come, first serve basis.

Recipients of half bursaries will receive a refund of £100 to the card used to pay for the registration after the event.

How to apply

Students will be able to apply for a bursary on the online registration form for the event. Students will be advised within 1 month of registration if their application for support has been successful.

Please be aware that in 2013 bursaries were allocated in the first few minutes of registration opening, so book early to avoid disappointment. This year registration will open at 12pm Midday on Tuesday 4th March 2014.

Membership

Please be aware that you must be an active member of BAM to register for student support such as the free conference places or student bursaries.

If you plan on applying then we recommend that you ensure you have up-to-date membership at least 2 weeks in advance of registration opening (March 4th 2014).

All students are required to send in a letter from their institution to confirm their student status for the upcoming year. This applies to both new and renewing members. Please do this well in advance of the 4th of March (but after you have paid for your membership) to avoid any problems.

Join BAM Now

Waiting list

If you are not in the first 80 students to apply for a bursary or free conference places then you will be placed on the waiting list in case of cancellations or no-shows.

3. Paper Submission

  3.1  Discuss your research in a supportive setting

The BAM Doctoral Symposium is intended to be interactive and to provide opportunities to engage with experienced researchers. One of the best ways to do this is to present some of your work and get feedback.

Whilst it is not a requirement to take part in these interactive sessions, to make the most out of the event it is expected that 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students will submit to either the Research Conversations or Student Paper Presentations (details below).

1st years are not expected to submit, but are encouraged to do so if they wish.

SUBMISSION DATES: May 1st 2014 - June 17th 2014.

Please Note:

  • Papers presented at the Doctoral Symposium will not be subject to review and will not be published in any proceedings.
  • All authors that submit will be guaranteed a slot to present at the symposium.
  • This is a separate submission process to the main conference.
  • If students have had a paper accepted at the conference, it is not expected that they submit to the Doctoral Symposium, but they may wish to submit an alternative paper if they so wish.

  3.2  Research Conversations

What are the Research Conversations?

Aimed at students in the early stages of their research, the Research Conversations are round-table discussions designed to help students plan the direction of their research.

What is required to submit?

In order to have a place in a conversation you should submit an outline paper of up to1,500 words which should include the purpose of the research, key concepts from the literature, the research method and the research questions/hypotheses.

You will be asked to indicate areas that you need help with. These can include:

(a) Literature on the topic
(b) Theory
(c) Methodology
(d) Other (please specify).

What is the format of the session?

1 hr 30 min roundtable sessions of 3 or 4 PhD students will be chaired by a experienced academic. Each student will verbally present a short outline paper for about 5 minutes, after which a group conversation will aim to address the areas highlighted by the student.

Powerpoint facilities will not be available. If you have slides please bring these as handouts.

Format Requirements

Word count

The word count for the paper presentations is 1,500 words. This excludes the abstract, references, figures and tables.

Title page:

Paper Title, Author, Affiliation, Contact Address, E mail and Telephone Number
The management 'discipline' of the paper (e.g. strategy, marketing, etc.)
Three or four key words that help identify its main themes
A brief statement (up to six words) explaining research methodology
Indicate in which area you would value help:

  • (a) Literature on the topic
  • (b) Theory
  • (c) Methodology
  • (d) Other (please specify).

First page:

  • Title (no author names);
  • Abstract (no more than 100 words);
  • The four (max.) keywords from the Title page.

Content:
(Start of text) Papers should include short statements on:

  • the purpose of the research
  • key concepts from the literature
  • the research method
  • the research questions/hypotheses

Finally:
Specify any particular questions you would like to discuss.

Please use the British Journal of Management format for references, formulas, figures and tables.  (see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291467-8551/homepage/ForAuthors.html).

  3.3  Student Paper Presentations

What are the Student Paper Presentations?

Aimed at 2nd/3rd year students with more developed research, the Student Paper Presentations give delegates the opportunity to present their research and gain feedback in a friendly & supportive environment.

If students have had a paper accepted at the conference, it is not expected that they submit to the Doctoral Symposium.

What is required to submit?

In order to have a place in a presentation session you should submit a paper of 2,000-2,500 words. Developmental papers are normally expected to have both theory and empirical material but are not expected to have fully developed analysis and conclusion.

What is the format of the session?

1 hr 30 min roundtable sessions of 4 or 5 PhD students will be chaired by a experienced academic. Each student will be asked to present for about 8-10 minutes and then engage in a question and answer session with the audience.

Powerpoint facilities will not be available. If you have slides please bring these as handouts.

Format Requirements

Word count

The word count for the paper presentations is 2,000 - 2,500 words. This excludes the abstract, references, figures and tables.

Title page:

Paper Title, Author, Affiliation, Contact Address, E mail and Telephone Number
The management 'discipline' of the paper (e.g. strategy, marketing, etc.)
Three or four key words that help identify its main themes
A brief statement (up to six words) explaining research methodology

First page:

Title (no author names)
Abstract (no more than 100 words)
The four (max.) keywords from the Title page

Content:
Papers should include statements on:

  • the purpose of the research
  • key concepts from the literature
  • the research method
  • the research questions/hypotheses
  • initial findings and analysis
  • any initial conclusions you have arrived at

Please use the British Journal of Management format for references, formulas, figures and tables. (see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291467-8551/homepage/ForAuthors.html).

  3.4  How to submit

Paper submission for the Doctoral Symposium runs from:

1st May to the 17th June 2014

Make sure that you have included all the information requested on the title and first page. Copy the text from your title page into the body of the e mail you are attaching your paper to.

Email your completed paper before the 17th June 2014 to Rukshan Soysa at rsoysa@bam.ac.uk.

Please don't forget to indicate if you are submitting to the research conversations or to the paper presentation sessions as you can't submit to both.

If you are not sure which stream to submit your paper to we recommend that you speak to your PhD supervisor for advice.

 

4. Travel, accommodation & tourism

  4.1  Location, Map and Travel

Address

University of Ulster
York Street
Belfast
Co. Antrim
BT15 1ED

Map

By Air

  • Belfast City Airport is is 4 miles from the campus. Taxis and coach transport is available from the airport. Please refer to the airport website for further information.
  • Belfast International Airport is 22 miles from the campus. Taxis and coach transport is available from the airport. Please refer to the airport website for further information.
  • City of Derry Airport is 72 miles from the campus. Transport from the airport is available. Please refer to the airport website for further information.

By Rail, Central Railway Station

Trains connect through the Central Railway Station. Services run south from Londonderry and Coleraine, south-west from Larne, west from Bangor and north from Dublin via Portadown. Rail timetables are available online or by calling 02890 66 66 30.

By Bus

Bus services are operated by Translink Metro and Ulsterbus. Bus timetables are available online or by calling 02890 66 66 30.

By Sea

From Cairnryan, Scotland and Liverpool, England to Belfast with Stena Line
From Cairnryan and Troon, Scotland to Larne with P&O Ferries

  4.2  Accommodation

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

To help delegates find accommodation we have put together a guide:

BAM2014 Accommodation Guide

  4.3  Tourist Information

A city amply supplied with libraries, museums, universities, cathedrals, cobbled streets and red brick Victorian terraces, Belfast is a must see destination for history fans.

Tourists Opinions on Belfast

Origins

Although settlement in the Belfast area dates back to the Bronze Age, its status as a major industrial centre dates back to the 17th century. It was granted city status by Queen Victoria in 1888, and for a brief period in the early 20th century, Belfast overtook Dublin as the largest city in Ireland. There are over 500,000 people living in the greater Belfast region today, of many ethnicities and religions, as the city enters its newest phase as a multicultural, cosmopolitan European city that still retains the friendliness of a village and the ease of access of a town.

Industrial Heritage

Some of the industries which allowed Belfast to flourish in the 19th century, such as rope making, ship building, and the artisan production of linen, tea and lemonade, are still very much in evidence today. While it’s hard to miss the innovative, rapidly developing Titanic Quarter on the site of one of Belfast’s former shipyards, also worth looking out for is the Linen Quarter, just south of Belfast City Hall, where the world’s great linen manufacturers once stood making the city’s name so synonymous with linen production Belfast was known as Linenopolis. Some of the old mills themselves can still be seen in the north and west of the city, including Conway Mill which houses artists’ studios, a museum, and a holistic healing centre. Visitors today can experience some of the artisan industry of modern Belfast at Lawrence Street Workshops or College Green Brewery, or sample local home grown and culinary produce from across Northern Ireland at St. George’s Market at the weekends.

Modern Day

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.

Things to Do in Belfast

When planning your trip to Belfast 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 Belfast tripadvisor is a great place to start for visitor recommendations:

Tripadvisor Ideas on Things to Do in Belfast

Alternatively, have a look at the Visit Belfast 2014 Visitor Guide:

Visit Belfast 2014 Visitor Guide

5. Registration

  5.1  Symposium Fees

The registration fee for the 2014 Doctoral Symposium is £100.

  5.2  How to Register

Register To Attend Registration Opens
Midday 4th March 2014

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

Please note: When applying for membership, students will be required to provide a letter (via email/post) from their institution to confirm their student status for the upcoming academic year. This applies to both new members and renewing members. Scanned copies of student IDs will not be accepted.

If you are not a BAM member please click here to see all the membership benefits and for information on how to join.

Booking for the Symposium will open at 12pm Midday (GMT) on Tuesday 4th March 2014.

  5.3  Cancellation Policy

Should you wish to cancel your place, you will receive a full refund if your cancellation 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.

 

8th September 2014   to   10:00 PM
BAM2014 Doctoral Symposium Fee £ 100.00
Event Information
Event Provider British Academy of Management
Date / Time 8th September 2013
Venue See Above
Event Type Symposia
Target Audience Doctoral Students, ESRC/SAMS MBD Fellows
Price £100 for BAM Members (only)
Booking Deadline 30th May 2014
Link to Booking Form
Contact For more information on this event please contact Rukshan Soysa in the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at rsoysa@bam.ac.uk.
Delegate List Available? Yes

Share this page

Follow BAM:

 

Stay Informed

Not a member? Sign up for free BAM bulletins including the monthly e-newsletter

 

Follow BAM

        

Upcoming BAM Events

Job Advertisements

ESRC funding Opportunities