Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Responsible Leadership Reimagined Conference-University of Stellenbosch Business School

Call for Papers

Responsible leadership research has soared over the past ten years and entered corporate boardrooms. This is not only due to recurring corporate scandals, aggravation of global warming, and the COVID-19 pandemic but also to business leaders growing awareness and recognition of their co-responsibility in resolving societal issues and global sustainability challenges.

Responsible leadership is understood as a leadership approach that addresses responsibilities and accountabilities of business leaders vis- à-vis different stakeholders insides and outside the organization, is driven by purpose and positive social impact, and promotes a relational, inclusive, and caring approach in leader-stakeholder relationships.

However, responsible leadership is not the same in the mind of all and differs depending on individual opinion, industry mindset, ownership structure, and country culture and history.

We still have a limited understanding of the meaning and scope of the concept in the African context: What are the particular stakeholder expectations of a responsible leader in the Africa countries? What is the scope of a leader’s responsibility and accountability, and how is this influenced by the cultural context? What are the challenges that leaders in business and society are facing? And what are the challenges of behaving ethically and responsibly?

Further collaboration, imagination and development is needed to specify responsible leadership for the African context, to make sense of the concept and to co-create meaning with stakeholders and leaders from different sectors to shape a better and more sustainable future.

The Conference Aim and Topics

The conference seeks to address these questions and encourage further research and academic-practitioner dialogue to advance the discussion on responsible leadership in Africa.

The aim is to move towards a common understanding of what responsible leadership is and what it can achieve on the African continent. We seek contributions that theoretically and empirically assess responsible leadership and its relation to individual ethical decision-making, best responsible business practice (in for-profit, non-profit, hybrid, international organizations and government), stakeholder engagement, community partnerships, and cross-sector collaboration.

The full call for papers and proposals can be found below.

The Conference as a Collaborative Project

Responsible Leadership Reimagined will be hosted by the USB Centre for Responsible Leadership Studies, collaboration with the Allan Gray Centre for Values-based Leadership (University of Cape Town), the Albert Luthuli Leadership Institute (University of Pretoria) and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.

Submission Deadlines

  • October 31, 2021: Scholarly paper abstract submissions
  • October 31, 2021: Practitioner presentation submissions
  • November 30, 2021: Notification of review results of abstract/presentation submissions
  • January 31, 2022: Final paper submissions
  • March 16-18, 2022: Responsible Leadership Reimagined Conference


Email address for submissions:
Conference Logistical Coordinator: Sheena Maneveld,

Call for Submissions – GBSN Going BEYOND Awards


The Going BEYOND Awards are designed to highlight institutional programs or initiatives that demonstrate community impact, embody the spirit of inclusive and sustainable development and represents the spirit and values of GBSN Beyond. Institutions from across the globe are invited to submit an entry for the Going BEYOND Awards.

Leaders from institutions submitting qualifying entries will be invited to deliver short talks (8-10 minutes) about the program at one of four Impact Roundtables as part of the Leaders Track of GBSN Beyond. This open sharing process will involve not only other Leaders presenting, but also an audience of leaders from business, civil society, and government.

Submission Details

Qualifying entries describe programs that have demonstrated positive impact on society BEYOND the traditional degree programs offered by institutions and academic research published journals.

Entries will follow a standard format that includes:

  • Program Description
  • Program Impact and SDG Progress
  • Program Outlook
  • School Profile

Important Date/Deadlines

  • October 10, 2021 – Call for Awards Submissions Closes
  • October 2021 – Impact Roundtables are Hosted (Dates TBA)
  • November 15-17, 2021 – GBSN Beyond
  • November 17, 2021 – Virtual Awards Ceremony announcing the winner of the Going BEYOND Awards

Learn more about the award values, submission details and Impact Roundtables.

Call for Chapters – Teaching Ethics across the Management Curriculum – Volume 4

Editors: Kemi Ogunyemi, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria

Email Address:

Please send a one-page chapter proposal, dealing with or related to the themes to the editor’s email address

About the Book

Title: Teaching Ethics across the Management Curriculum (Volume 4)

Summary: This book series goes beyond the current literature by providing unique insights into the experience of seasoned academics regarding embedding business ethics into their teaching of the practice of management, especially in the light of new global happenings.The series provides faculty in business schools with knowledgeable discourse about the current ethical issues within their fields. Specifically, this call is soliciting chapter proposals from a multidisciplinary array of scholars. 

Full Description

The need to embed business ethics in the teaching of management disciplines has at times given rise to a debate as to whether ethics should be taught as a standalone course or in an embedded manner. So far, the majority of the opinions favors a consensus that both approaches are relevant and should be used complementarily for optimal results. This book series goes beyond the current literature by providing unique insights into the experience of seasoned academics regarding embedding business ethics into their teaching of the practice of management, especially in the light of new global happenings.

The series provides faculty in business schools with knowledgeable discourse about the current ethical issues within their fields. The book fits into Area 1, educator guides, of the PRME Collection, as a supplementary textbook for the business student (to highlight ethical dilemmas for all the different managerial functional roles covered in the book) and a handbook for business faculty, and promotes PRME principles 1, 2 and 3. For example, a chapter on embedding ethics in teaching operations management in this digital world would be used by faculty and students as a supplement to the usual textbooks for operations management courses.

Principle 1 states: We will develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy. The ‘Teaching Ethics across the Management Curriculum’ series enables faculty to ensure that their students grasp the moral dimension of running a business whether it be at the moment of drawing up sustainable business plans, of raising finance, of appraising employees, of executing operation strategies, of buying software, or of implementing a customer loyalty plan. This latest addition to the series takes into consideration the ethical questions raised by new realities in today’s world.

Principle 2 states: We will incorporate into our academic activities and curricula the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact. This objective of this book is precisely to facilitate this task for faculty.

Principle 3 states: We will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership. The ‘Teaching Ethics across the Management Curriculum’ series provides a platform for faculty to share their experiences of how to teach ethical profitability with their peers. This contributes to resolving the concerns that faculty in other disciplines may experience when they wish to incorporate ethics into their teaching but may feel that they lack the preparation for doing this or ideas of how to go about it.

Specifically, this call is soliciting chapter proposals from a multidisciplinary array of scholars. Their aim should be to contribute to the knowledge of how to embed ethics in various management disciplines either by sharing knowledge and experiences related to current business realities of a globalized and digitized world, or by providing case studies that embed ethics in the their learning objectives apart from those specified for the course discipline. Thematic ideas about the former are listed in the tentative chapter content segment, below. Regarding the latter, for example, we welcome ethical decision-making cases to be used in teaching Strategy or Business Policy, Decision-Making, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Operations and Service Management, Marketing, Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Organizational Behavior, Management Communication, Team Building, Negotiation, Business Leadership, Project Management, Business Law, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, etc. The multidisciplinary approach of the book is expected to make its content very rich (actual table of contents to be derived from accepted chapter proposals).

The Plan

Schedule for publication of the book:
· Book chapter proposals received: August 15, 2021
· Notification of accepted chapter proposals: August 22, 2021
· Receipt of full book chapters for review: November 28, 2021
· Peer review of book chapters and revision feedback: December 8 – 31, 2021
· Receipt by editors of final draft of book chapters: January 25, 2022
· Book delivered to the publisher: February 14, 2022
· Anticipated publication: August 15, 2022

Authors of selected proposals will be invited to submit full chapters for publication in this next volume in the series. Authors of accepted full chapters will be required to participate in the review process (two chapters each).

Please submit your chapter proposal as a Microsoft Word document attached to an email to no later than August 15, 2021.

We would appreciate a one-page proposal describing your chapter, identifying your discipline and outlining the broad scope of your proposed chapter content (preferably not exceeding 250 words). Please include as a separate Word file a brief biography covering your current institutional affiliation and position, a listing of your relevant publications and educational background, and or any other pertinent information on your qualifications for contributing to this manuscript (preferably not exceeding 250 words).

Please email all proposals and enquiries to Kemi Ogunyemi Associate Professor, Business Ethics, Sustainability Management, and Managerial Anthropology Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria

Call for Chapters – Responsible Management of Work Value Shifts Post Covid-19

Editors: Kemi Ogunyemi and Adaora Onaga, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria
Email addresses:,
Publishers: In review with Emerald Publishing
Please send a 200-word chapter proposal to the above email addresses by August 15, 2021.

About the Book

Title: Responsible Management of Work Value Shifts Post Covid-19
Summary: The Covid-19 pandemic is leaving an indelible mark on history. This book aims to reflect on past and present events influencing its global impact and the shifts towards new directions in responsible management of human relationships and workforce dynamics. Future adaptations to heighten responsibility are explored and recommendations are proffered.

Full Description

Covid 19 has deepened the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) context of the world we live in globally and thus heightened the need for responsibility, accountability, and ethics in the use and management of resources for the common good of all humanity. Big value shifts have taken place both at individual and collective levels – families, companies, communities, countries, etc. New and wicked problems emerged and tested the moral mettle of many – physically, emotionally and spiritually. While the pandemic has had (and continues having) unprecedented effects on our personal and professional lives, it has surfaced physical, emotional, and spiritual gaps and strengths which may have been previously unappreciated. These changes have had a direct impact on the workforce especially with businesses and healthcare. There is however, no aspect of the globalized society that has been left untouched. Thus, it can be considered a special pandemic which is not only relevant to the present but has future implications and will benefit from lessons from the past. For this reason, in this project, we start with a study of past major pandemics and epidemics in relation to their influence on workplace dynamics. This influence is theorized to be at the same time positive and detrimental to development. An analysis of the reasons for growth or otherwise can help with understanding and directing the future post Covid 19.

The pandemic has forced the rapid actualization, worldwide, of a digital potential that was already considered to be speedily developing. However, the progress already made shows that there is still potential for even swifter technological progress to directly and positively impact personal, professional, and social lives while minimizing externalities. The resulting accelerated progress has led to hybrid work models, the automation of services previously provided by human individuals, and the pressured acquisition of new skills and tools in a relatively short time – in all these, responsible management has sometimes taken a hit. We are interested in unpacking what has happened during the period and also in the future directions of this shift in technological skills and ways of thinking about the workplace and work values. Our interest is particularly directed at organizations that have borne the direct impact of changes with Covid and the health sector responsible for its control and prevention. What did it mean and what does it mean to have responsible management in these new circumstances? Where gender equity, social responsibility, and responsible taxation of businesses were previously relevant before the pandemic, what direction should these discussions be taking?

The future of our post-Covid world is of primary concern. It requires active agency to ensure that it is a world that places work in its right context for growth and development and this entails greater responsibility for those who control and distribute resources or make decisions that affect them. How this is achieved will be influenced by the personal and organizational preparation to make it happen. What impact will the workplace shifts have on our physical, psychological, and spiritual health?

The final section of the work looks at the generational impact, relevant virtues, and the physical, psychological, and spiritual adaptations that may be necessary for directing workplace shifts to a wholesome and fulfilling one for humanity. In the wake of Covid 19, the book will aid businesses by providing further insight into the changes that have been caused by the pandemic and how to proactively and responsibly react to them. It will reinforce the efforts they are already making in this regard and broaden their perspectives and provoke them to think outside of the box to do things right. The case studies showcase best practices to guide others who wish to act responsibly. There is an intentional focus on the future of work and management which are rapidly evolving and require deep reflections about their direction and its quality.

Tentative Table of Contents: Please send a 200-word chapter proposal, dealing with or related to the themes below, to the editors’ email addresses (as above) by August 15, 2021.

Section 1- Pandemics and Workplace Dynamics: A Longitudinal Perspective (Taking the long view)

  • Past epidemics, moral questions raised, and their historical impact on development
  • Ethical leadership in crises and pandemics – a dilemmatic review
  • Shifts in CSR and sustainability imperatives over the years due to ‘natural disasters’
  • The impact of pandemics on governance and public services

Section 2- Covid-19 Impact on Businesses and Organizations (Systemic responsibility)

  • Applying ethical theories and principles in unusual situations – practical approaches to decision making
  • Responsible people management and fairness during Covid 19
  • Working from home and the dynamics for gender equity and the digital divide
  • Expat quotas, knowledge transfer dynamics and work from home

Section 3- Responsible Healthcare: Gains and Challenges with Covid 19 (Health in crisis)

  • Resource management and healthcare accountability with Covid 19
  • New perspectives in occupational health and safety for businesses
  • Responsible personal care and the logic of lockdowns
  • Triaging and managing Covid – ethical decision-making
  • Covid vaccinations and moral questions (production, inclusivity, etc.)
  • Health and business intersections – profitability and the common good

Section 4- People Management in Fluid Workspaces: Transplanting Corporate Values and Ethical Culture into the New Normal (Recreating responsibility)

  • Developing resilient people and upskilling
  • Work ethic from home – (mis)trust and (dis)honesty
  • Tensions and solutions in upholding organizational culture and values; challenges to resilience
  • Responsible private-public partnerships for the pandemic – guiding principles for collaborations

Section 5- Directing the Future of Work Value Shifts Responsibly (Work value shifts and the future)

  • Flexibility as virtue (or vice) in future work dynamics
  • Generational impact for the future of responsible management of the generations
  • Preparing for the next pandemic – legacy learnings
  • Psychological needs for future work value shifts
  • Dealing ethically with legal restrictions and the implications of contractual failures
  • Protecting against abuses of trust – private, public, NGOs, media actors; future trust issues
  • Religion and spirituality in management in a post-Covid world

There is an intentional focus on the future of work and management, which are rapidly evolving and require deep reflections about their direction and its quality. Please send a 200-word proposal to by August 15, 2021.

Call for Poster Session Contributions at the 29th CEEMAN Annual Conference

CEEMAN invites faculty members and researchers to showcase their work at the traditional CEEMAN poster session related to the overall theme of the 29th CEEMAN Annual Conference, “Management Education at the Crossroads“. The conference is taking place on 22-24 September 2021 in Trieste, Italy. The poster session will take place in the hybrid format, allowing participants to join online or in person.

The poster session is an opportunity to display innovations faculty members and researchers have implemented during the last years. Even when these innovations are still at an experimental phase, presenting them to the CEEMAN community will give the chance of finding support and receiving valuable feedback, and a publication in the Conference Proceedings.

Poster session co-chairs:

  • Claudio Rivera, RTU Riga Business School, Latvia
  • Zoltán Buzády, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary 

Details about Posters and Submissions

The goals of the poster session are:
(a) to raise the visibility of new, emerging or proven, successful pedagogical innovations of faculty members at CEEMAN member and partner institutions
(b) to promote the exchange of new research findings and tools
(c) to foster networking among faculty members and researchers
(d) to create a new platform for publishing and disseminating research findings, teaching materials and solutions

CEEMAN encourages you to submit your proposal for a poster presentation in one or several of the following subtracks:

  1. Your teaching case study,which you have developed yourself and already use in your teaching practice;
  2. Your research work,which may be a fundamental or applied research project, or alternately your concrete, new research findings which have a clear reference to their application in management/business teaching;
  3. Your teaching tool & technique, which you have developed or adopted successfully in your course/program;
  4. Your other experience, which you would like to present and is relevant to the conference theme.

The potential contributors need to:

1. Submit your poster presentation abstract by 10 July 2021 to (with email subject “CEEMAN Poster Session”). Your submission should indicate the sub-track of your poster (teaching case study / research / teaching tool or technique / other experience), what is your poster presentation topic, what aspects you plan to present and how it relates to the conference theme. All submissions will be reviewed by a selection board for possible inclusion in the conference poster session. 

2. Prepare an online poster and if attending in person, also bring one paper poster or any other brief visual presentation (sized A1) about their pedagogical/research work, which will remain posted throughout the conference.

3. Present their ideas and proposal in an open session to other participants of the 29th CEEMAN Annual Conference in about 10 minutes on Wednesday, 22 September 2021.

4. Submit a high-quality photo of their poster work and a final write-up of their presentation for publication (two pages) by 18 October 2021 for publication in the Conference proceedings.

We recommend that each poster includes the following elements:

  • A clear statement informing everyone on ‘What is this poster about?’
  • An outline of the related topics or elements
  • A recommendation where and how the proposal object can be used in teaching/management education
  • Your name, affiliation and contact

Please note that many tips and tricks on preparing a poster presentation are on the internet.  

Conditions of participation:

The cost of participation in the poster session only (without attending the conference) is EUR 150. All poster presenters are entitled to a 10% discount for attending the 29th CEEMAN Annual Conference (covers attendance of all conference events, conference materials, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners, transportation between the venues as specified in the conference program). The fee does NOT cover travel, airport shuttle, accommodation, participation of accompanying persons, or sightseeing tour.

Important Dates/Deadlines

  • 10 July, 2021 – Submission Deadline
  • 22 September, 2021 – Conference Presentation Date (virtual or in-person)


For any questions or clarification, please contact poster session co-chair Claudio Rivera at (with email subject “CEEMAN Poster Session”).

For more information about the conference, logistics and conditions, please visit:

Call for Papers: Policy & Program Learning (PPL)

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the world through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. Policy & Program Learning (PPL) is CIPE’s applied research unit that explores, among others, emerging strategic issues in policy reform and models of business leadership conducive with democracy that delivers.


Over the last decade we have witnessed mounting resistance to democracy around the world. The emerging markets with their fragile institutional foundations have been especially vulnerable to such antidemocratic movements. Emboldened populist parties, autocratic regimes, and state-controlled corporate capitalism have seized the momentum to cement distrust on the legacy of liberal institutions and legitimacy of private enterprise as the generator of economic and social growth.

To deepen the discussion on these topics, PPL is issuing a call for papers that examine the evolving, but inherent relationship between private sector and democratic development. Research proposals should focus on emerging themes that reveal opportunities and barriers which strengthen and challenge the intrinsic link between market-oriented reform and equitable economic growth buttressed by an open and transparent democratic government. The following questions serve as a guide to frame the research and propose relevant topics.

I. Government Intervention & Business-government Relations

  1. What are the drivers, inherent strengths and weaknesses of state capitalism and/or oligarchic capitalism?
  2. What are the constraints on the expansion of government control over the economy in competitive authoritarian settings?
  3. Does sustained entrepreneurial activity under authoritarian regimes increase demands for political reforms and open markets? What key factors influence such demands?
  4. How has business responded to populism in emerging markets? What alternative visions or institutional reform has the private sector proposed?

II. Equality of Opportunity and Small Business Needs

  1. How does entrepreneurship contribute to inclusive economic growth and under what conditions?
  2. In economic crises, such as the one induced by COVID-19, what non-financial, non-fiscal, interventions are effective in helping small businesses survive?
  3. What are the binding policy constraints on SMEs with growth potential?
  4. What factors influence levels of policy engagement among small businesses (e.g., salience of issues, awareness of policy processes, firm size and age, membership in support organizations)?
  5. What explains differences in policy engagement by men-owned and women-owned businesses?
  6. What policy approaches or market conditions are effective against informal and prejudicial norms to women-led businesses and inclusive entrepreneurship?

III. Business Environment Reform

  1. What is the evidence on the effectiveness of new regulatory approaches that aim to encourage economic innovation (e.g., regulatory sandboxes)?
  2. What has worked to close gaps in the implementation of policy reforms related to the business environment? Implementation gaps that affect women’s economic empowerment are of particular interest.
  3. What economic reform processes have gained legitimacy in the eyes of the public?
  4. In which countries or sectors (e.g., digital) has the pandemic generated new demand for business environment reform?
  5. What role do business associations play in business environment reform?
  6. What regulatory space and attention is given to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) model of corporate reform in emerging markets?
  7. What major challenges do governments face in providing an agile regulatory environment in the face of a growing digital economy and disrupting internet technologies?

General paper guidelines

Applicants are free to propose research on a single topic or multiple topics. Papers submitted must be original work and previously unpublished. All research and data analysis should rely on sound methodology, supported by quantitative and qualitative evidence and based on credible sources of information and case studies in developing/emerging markets. Researchers should present the information with a general audience in mind. The writing should be clear and efficient, free of excessive jargon, bureaucratese, legalese and/or academese. Use of graphical/visual presentation of data is expected, but they should be illustrative, making it easier for readers to follow. Overly technical models, if any, (i.e., regression, spatial analysis, etc.) should be placed in a technical appendix.

Following these guidelines, please submit these documents by May 31, 2021.

  1. An abstract (approximately 300 words) of the proposed topic and research methodology.
  2. A CV and a sample of research paper, preferably written for a general audience.
  3. A budget proposal that includes a daily rate, number of billable days, and other expected related expenses incurred during research. The entire cost proposal should not exceed the maximum available funds of 15,000 USD.

Selected applicants will be notified by July 1, 2021.

To submit, please send all requested materials to Mikra Krasniqi at

Minimum Qualifications

  • Post-graduate degree, from an accredited institution of higher learning, in economics, public policy, business, international relations or other related fields
  • A minimum of six years of research and writing experience in policy or economic reform, markets, entrepreneurship, democratic governance, corruption, etc., with a focus in emerging and/or transition economies.
  • Strong commitment to ethical and professional standards of research.

Review process

The final research topic(s) will be determined through agreement between the selected researcher and PPL. Full terms, including scope of research, deliverables, and compensation will be specified in a contract or honorarium letter.

Researchers must submit their final papers by December 1, 2021.

About the Organization

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.

Call for Contributions: 8th Responsible Management Education Research Conference

Poverty and Prosperity: Implications for Advancing the SDGs and Responsible Management Education in a Post-Pandemic World
International Business School at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Suzhou, China; 19th – 22nd October 2021


China’s achievement in eradicating extreme poverty is a huge contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the plan of action for a better and more prosperous world. Poverty and prosperity in a post-pandemic world will still be a topic requiring further
contributions through leveraging various stakeholders’ engagement and wisdoms. We are pleased to invite the members of the global PRME community to join us the 8th RME Research Conference in the beautiful city Suzhou, one of the first group of “Cultural and Historic Cities” of China as well as one of the most economic-developed regions of China.

We invite contributions from a wide range of disciplinary traditions that explore responsible management issues from both conceptual and practical perspectives, and we encourage contributions, which are multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary in nature. We welcome contributions that can be of a conceptual, qualitative or quantitative nature.

Contributions to the conference, i.e. to its streams, can be submitted in the form of abstracts (up to 200 words), extended abstracts (up to 1,000 words), working papers (research-in progress)(up to 2,500 words) or full papers (up to 6,000 words, excluding references).

The conference will feature an AMLE Paper Development Workshop (PDW). This PDW provides a space for members of the RME community to receive feedback on their research in-progress pieces and to further develop them for possible submission to AMLE or other relevant outlets. PDW places will be limited and competitive; those submitting working papers who wish to be considered for inclusion in the PDW should indicate this during the submission process.

The submissions window opens on 7th May 2021.The link will be available on the conference website on this date. To be accepted, contributions must be submitted only through this website. All submissions must be in English.Each accepted contribution must be accompanied by at least one full conference registration at the speaker rate.The submission deadline is 31st May 2021.

Track Options for Contributions

  1. A Plenary Coalition Building Roundtable
  2. Research and Teaching for Poverty Alleviation
  3. One Belt – One Road (OBOR) Initiative in a Post-Pandemic World: Implications for Responsible Management Education
  4. Circular Business Models as Enabler for Prosperity
  5. Fostering Responsible Management throughout International Supply Chains in a Post-Pandemic World
  6. Poverty Eradication and Prosperity through Sustainability-oriented Innovation
  7. Entrepreneurial Activities Within the Context of Poverty Reduction
  8. Utopica or lofty ambition: Why and how responsible entrepreneurs choose to terminate their entrepreneurial career
  9. Gender Inequality and Poverty
  10. Prosperity by Global Partnership
  11. Value Driven Leadership after Pandemic

For details about each track contribution and contact information for track proponents/co-chairs, click the button below to access downloadable PDF.

Conference Dates and Venue

  • October 19, 2021: Arrival and informal get-together in the evening
  • October 20 and 21, 2021: Conference
  • October 22, 2021: Topic-related field trip (optional)

International Business School at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Dushu Lake Science & Innovation District, Suzhou, China

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • May 7, 2021: Submission window opens
  • May 31, 2021: Deadline for contributions submission
  • July 9, 2021: Notification of accepted contributions
  • September 5, 2021: Deadline for early-bird registration
  • October 10, 2021: Deadline for regular registration

For more information on the conference, click on the button below or send an email to

Call for Proposals: IDÉES-Afrique

Institut d’Études des dynamiques contemporaines de l’État et des sociétés en Afrique recently launched a call for papers for collective works on the theme of the digital transformation of public administrations in Africa.

Descriptive Overview

Driven by the global context of the digital revolution and the strong social penetration of technological innovations, the progression of e-government in Africa (UN, 2020) places an important issue at the center of the debate: the adjustment of administrative structures to the new requirements of public service delivery. Indeed, the implementation of digital government implies the revitalization, or even the reinvention, of the administration’s internal processes and its relations with its environment: relations with citizens, relations with the private sector, and relations with other administrations. In this dynamic, although they are indispensable resources, information and communication technologies and connectivity represent more of a lever or a catalyst (Gur-baxani and Dunkle, 2019; Vial, 2019; Caron, 2021). The adaptation of the administration, including its organization, missions, functioning, culture, and strategies, to the imperatives and logic of the State’s digital development, is the pillar of digital transformation.

Despite a global trend towards homogenization of the discourse on the need for egovernment and digital administration, which has become the new sacred canon of institutional modernity, it is important to emphasize that there is no single way to view digital transformation. The fields of observation favored by the specialized literature (service to citizens; organization and management of information; transformation of employment; transformation of the internal environment of the administration and its control methods: Brown, 2005) are dependent on contextual specificities, and must be analyzed from them. Digital transformation remains framed by a set of rules, norms, resources specific to a socio-political and geographical context (Schou and Hjelholt 2018). In this sense, as Hadj Nekka aptly argues, a rigorous approach to producing scientific knowledge about the organization should focus on organizational arrangements and practices and lead the researcher to look as closely as possible at organizational realities (2016).

The present call is part of this empirical perspective of research on organizations and administrative reform in Africa. It invites researchers to reflect on the organizational issues and contextual specificities of the digital transformation of public administrations. The book project thus proposes to make a significant contribution to the little-documented study of the organizational dimension of the changes introduced by information technologies into administrative routines (Jacob and Ouellet, 209) and, in general, to the embryonic research on the organization of public administrations in Africa (Kamdem, 2000).

Suggested Areas for Reflection

  • Benefits, challenges and success factors
  • The issue of organizational culture
  • Information management and organization
  • The transformation of employment and work methods
  • Administrative control and organizational performance measurement
  • Improving service to citizens
  • Organizational strategies for digital transformation
  • Bureaucracy, New Public Management and Digital Administration

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • March 23, 2021: Launch of the call for contributions
  • May 15, 2021: Deadline for chapter proposal submission
  • May 30, 2021: Notification to authors of acceptance of their proposal
  • October 30, 2021: Chapter submission by authors
  • November 30, 2021: Chapter review and recommendations to authors
  • December 21, 2021: Submission of revised chapters by authors
  • Winter 2022: Publication of the book in a Canadian university publishing house

Terms of Submission

Authors are invited to submit their book chapter proposal, including a title, five (5) keywords, and a short biography. The theme of the call must be specified in the subject line. Proposals should not exceed 500 words. They should include a problematic, a presentation of the subject and a summary plan. They can be submitted in French or English and sent to the following address:

Book Direction

Denis Proulx, Ph. D. (École Nationale d’Administration publique du Québec)
Raoul Tamekou Tsowa, Ph. D. (IDÉES-AFRIQUE, Director)


Brown, David. 2005. “Electronic government and public administration.” International Review of Administrative Sciences 71(2): 241-254.

Daniel, Caron J. 2021. “Technologies numériques et efficience organisationnelle. Repenser l’organisation publique selon ses flux informationnels ». Dans Nathalie, de Marcelin-Warin et Benoît Dostie, Le Québec économique. Perspectives de la transformation numérique (vol.9). Montréal : CIRANO, 373-395.

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Call for Abstracts: 2021 University Industry Interaction Conference


The call for abstract is an important step towards shaping the conference agenda. We are looking for the latest research results, practice-based experiences and best practice case studies on university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial & engaged universities and pathways to impact.  The call for abstracts will close on February 22nd, 2021.

The overview below gives you some guidance on the type of proposals that we welcome, and themes will be addressed at the conference. This list is not exhaustive and we always welcome submissions covering other relevant topics. Only proposals that are submitted through the online portal will be considered, and submitted proposals will be reviewed by an international scientific and practitioners committee.


  • Research-based abstracts
    • Accepted abstracts will be presented at the conference. The full papers (optional) will be published in the conference proceedings.
  • Practice-based abstracts
    • Accepted abstracts will be presented at the conference. The full papers (optional) will be published in the conference proceedings.
  • Good practice cases
    • Accepted case studies will be presented at the conference. The case study will be published in the UIIN Good Practice Series.
  • Workshop proposals
    • Accepted workshops will be granted a 1 1/2 hour workshop slot at the conference. Workshops will have to be practical and interactive.


  • University-Industry Partnerships: A holistic perspective to accelerate relationships
  • Engaged and Entrepreneurial Universities: The future of higher education
  • Pathway to Impact: Managing and measuring external engagement
  • Knowledge transfer and engagement professionals: The role of boundary spanning agents
  • Structures and mechanisms supporting university-industry cooperation
  • Regional engagement: The university as a home-base and entrepreneurship catalyst
  • The university as a talent-engine & life partner: Supporting students and lifelong learners
  • The entrepreneurial and engaged academic in research and education


Learn more about the subthemes, download preparation guidelines and submit your abstract at

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • February 22, 2021: Call for abstracts closes
  • June 14-16, 2021: 2021 University-Industry Interaction Conference (online)

About the Conference

The annual University-Industry Interaction Conference brings together over 500 participants from around the globe, who are passionate about driving university-industry engagement, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation. Delivered through a mixture of presentations, workshops and facilitated networking, the online conference is your opportunity to hear the latest insights across the field and connect with engaged peers around the world.