Tracks Sponsored by the 2019 Conference Committee
This track welcomes submissions related to our conference theme “Exploring the Future of Management: Facts, Fashion and Fado”.
This track will also consider submissions which do not fit into other tracks. More information about the conference theme is here.
GT14_00 General Track
The EURAM 2019 conference theme is “Exploring the Future of Management: Facts, Fashion and Fado. The last few years have been marked by a number of migration movements that not only transform and enrich the human landscape of many countries but appear to be a long-lasting trend. How to qualify and integrate these migrants in the workplace? How to manage an increasingly diverse and multicultural workforce? Couple this with the challenge of robotisation and scholars will have multiple reasons for wanting to continue their mission of probing into and exploring the future. Management is about doing things through people. Who are these new people? The behaviour of organisations vis-à-vis the society is increasingly scrutinised and its impact cannot be ignored. Help making EURAM 2019 a forum where new propositions and answers will be debated, where new theories will be exposed to address the many problems that challenge organisations and their management.
GENERAL TRACK 2019 TRACKS
T14_01 - Critical Perspectives in Emergency Services Management
The state of management research in emergency services is an evolving phenomenon, characterised by a clear theory-practice divide resulting in a ‘silo’ approach to the development of academic and professional expertise. The interest is also reflected in the growing academic journals in this nascent sub-management field of academic inquiry. This panel, in its sixth year, will provide an inter-disciplinary platform to debate and discuss the issues which are relevant to the emergency management communities and research groups. It will provide a forum for an engaged and critical analysis of the emergency services amidst mounting calls for professionalization in these organisations.
T14_02 - Living and working in fluid organization
Globalization, new technology, and sociopolitical uncertainty are increasingly challenging traditional view of organizations, which has led organization studies to shift from “the iron cage to transparent liquidity” (Clegg & Baumeler, 2009: p. 1714). We suggest that fluidity will characterize much of future work. Inspired by the work of Zygmunt Bauman (2000; 2005); Clegg & Baulemer (2009)’s “liquid modernity” and Kociatkiewicz & Kostera (2014) take on “liquid organizations”, we would like to call for studies on what it entails for actors to be living and working in fluid organizations.
T14_03 - Managerial challenges in using VR and AR Experiences
AR and VR has seen a burst in commercial applications in the last decade. The increase in smartphone usage and new technologies embedded in each device led to the development of new applications in many different sectors. However, new techniques such as Spatial Augmented Reality are becoming affordable to the consumer allowing new experiences and ways to interact with the world. AR and VR have vast implications for Management, such as new ways for communicating with consumers, training of employees, prototype simulation for NPD and there are a vast number of new research theories that may arise from such advances.
T14_04 - Organising for resilience in extreme contexts
This track will address a major gap in our understanding – organising for resilience in contexts that are abnormal, exceptional, or extreme. This can involve the processes of anticipating, preparing for, responding to and learning from disruptive events in order to survive and prosper. Our specific focus is on in extreme contexts where risks of severe physical, psychological harm or material consequences threaten the viability of an organisation and the safety and well-being of its organisational members. We will explore the theoretical, methodological and practical dimensions of the topic.
T14_05 - The future of organizations in the age of digital transformation - A critical discussion beyond marketing and buzzwords
The current debate on digital transformation is characterized by a strong imagery that praises the opportunities of digitalization in the highest possible terms and often plays with the fear claiming that without a short-term realization of the digital transformation organizations will lose out. This underlines the urgent need to discuss the digital transformation and its possible differential implications on organizations from a more balanced point of view. The proposed track invites researchers and practitioners to share their ideas about the future of different types of organizations considering both the opportunities and challenges provided by the digital transformation.