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East Midlands Conference Centre (Stop UN48)

University Park



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This event focuses on exploring how participatory and engaged research constitute powerful approaches to tackle key challenges posed by sustainability in practice. Sustainability is arguably the wicked problem of this century and there is a clear mandate for considering how change can be driven at individual and collective levels.

The central role of management scholarship in transitioning towards sustainability and addressing societal grand challenges is largely recognised. Several scholars have called for action in the field but have acknowledged that this entails the difficult task of fundamentally questioning the assumptions that much of our research is based upon. Progress will be achieved through asking different questions and adopting less mainstream methodologies.

Calls for methodological diversity in management are not new and it has even been claimed that a lack of creative approaches will lead us to fail to uncover the mysteries from which new knowledge can emerge. The nature of sustainability requires research to drive change. Other fields where issues of societal change are fundamental, such as development studies and medical research, have strong traditions of engagement and participation. There is however a notable absence of management research that specifically contributes to enhancing managers’ ability to make decisions to progress towards true sustainability and to engaging relevant stakeholders in the process. We seek to develop an interdisciplinary conversation in order to foster mutual learning.

This event represents a fundamental step in this direction by bringing together early career academics and PhD students from the field of management and experienced scholars from other disciplines who adopt participatory and engaged research approaches to researching wicked problems.

The workshop is free to attend but pre-registration is required as the number of places on each day will be limited.

Accommodation is available at the Orchard Hotel located next to the EMCC at a reduced rate of £89 per person for Bed & Breakfast if booked before 12th January 2018, after this date the price may rise up to £199 per person B&B. Please contact The Orchard Hotel Reservations on 0115 8760900 and quote "SAMS" to access the special rate.

Travel Bursaries to cover travel expenses are available on request up to a maximum of £80. Please contact Susan Morgan if you wish to apply for a bursary – conference administrative support

Please do contact the organisers, should you have any queries:

Dr Anne Touboulic,

Dr Lucy McCarthy,

Dr Carsten Reuter,

Please register for the day you wish to attend and if you want to attend both days remember to register for both individually.

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09:30 - Registration, Tea/Coffee

10:00 - Welcome and Introductions, Presentation outlining the purpose of the workshop

10:30 - Insight from expert I - masterclass and interactive activity

11:30 - Insight from expert II - masterclass and interactive activity

12:30 - Lunch

13:30 - Insight from expert III - masterclass and interactive activity

14:30 - Insight from expert IV - masterclass and interactive activity

15:30 - Tea/Coffee break

16:00 - Collective reflections on lessons learned

16:30 - Panel of Editors: Publishing Engaged Research in Management

17:30 - Conclusion of Day 1

19:00 - Evening dinner at the Orchard Hotel in the Brasserie Room


09:00 - Registrationm, Tea/Coffee

09:30 - Welcome and Introductions

10:00 - Small group discussions

11:00 - Tea/Coffee

11:30 - Small group discussions continued

12:30 - Lunch

13:30 - Round-up of sessions: collective discussion

15:00 - Action planning: how to move the field forward

16:00 - Closing remarks & feedback forms


East Midlands Conference Centre (Stop UN48)

University Park



United Kingdom

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