30 Nov 2023

BAM2024 Conference - Call for Papers Announced

We are pleased to announce that the Call for Papers for the BAM2024 Conference has been published.

The BAM2024 Conference will take place on the 2nd September (virtual day) with the in-person days of the Conference from the 4th - 6th September. The Conference is hosted by Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. 

Similar to the BAM2023 Conference, we have taken the decision to hold the Conference in a split hybrid model. With our commitment to make events sustainable and accessible to all, a number of virtual elements will be incorporated within the programme. We have also extended the Conference by an additional half day. 

Theme: Achieving transformation for greater good: Societal, organisational and personal barriers and enablers

The question of how to elicit transformation has assumed a new urgency against a backdrop of intense global competition, the digitisation of work, hybrid working and the promise of the metaverse as well as skill challenges and wider political developments, such as war in Europe. Underlying these political, technological, economic and moral imperatives is growing awareness of ecological precarity given limited and diminishing natural resources. How do organisations, the people they employ and the environments to which they belong, flex, adjust and transform themselves to overcome the manifest challenges they face in these turbulent times? 

Motivated by this question, the proposed theme for the BAM 2024 conference is Achieving transformation for greater good: Societal, organisational and personal barriers and enablers. In the past few years, organisations have shifted from acting relatively passively, to being proactive and dynamic in the face of opportunity and uncertainty (Baptista et al.,2020; Lessem & Schieffer, 2016). Such transformations are complex, and involve radical changes at societal, organisational and individual levels. The roadmap to transformation must be sustainable, effective and efficient, while addressing change at multiple levels and for the long term. However, the nature of transformation will vary across different cultures, societies and organisations, fostering a variety of motivations and drivers as well as prompting diverse barriers to change implementation.

McKinsey (2022) identify six priorities for organisations to manage proactively: resilience, courage, new opportunity awareness and enterprise, technology, sustainability and employee experience. Another approach to transformation focuses on the development of ‘Dynamic Capabilities’ linking digital foresight and implementation to a host of organisational transformations from rapid prototyping to changing culture (Ghosh et al.,2022). Business leaders, policymakers, practitioners and academics need to explore a range of issues to maximise the good (sustainability and continuity) minimise the bad (overly complex and painful) and rule out the ugly (change that is unethical and/ or unsustainable). Many challenges need to be overcome for effective and accelerated transformation leading to greater good (e.g., Lessem & Schieffer, 2016; Yadav et al., 2017). Hence, within this grand challenge, we propose four subthemes:

  • Transformational leadership and strategic HR;
  • Digital transformation;
  • Transformational business policy, governance and practice; and
  • Transformational innovation, growth and entrepreneurship.

These subthemes will facilitate innovative and cross disciplinary discussions, challenge current thinking and practice, and engage academics, practitioners and thought leaders in all topics relevant to the cutting edge of achieving transformation in a volatile world.

Format: The Conference will consist of Paper Presentations, Keynote Panel Sessions,  Professional Developmental Workshops (PDWs) and Joint Track Sessions presentations curated by Tracks.

Key Dates: The paper submission site will open at 12:00 GMT on Monday 8th January and will close at 23:59 GMT on Friday 1st March.

Please see below Track Summaries, Paper Submission Guidelines and FAQs 

  1. BAM2024 Track Summaries
  2. Paper Submission Guidelines (PDF Downloadable)
  3. FAQs (PDF Downloadable)

Invite your colleagues

Please feel free to pass this onto your colleagues who may be interested in submitting.

Many thanks for your support and we look forward to receiving your submissions in January.