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2017 Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference

Riddel Hall

Dates: 30th of August - 1st of September 2017

The 20th Annual IAM Conference will be hosted by Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast, which is situated in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city.

The conference starts at lunchtime on Wednesday 30th August and concludes at lunchtime on Friday 1st September 2017. The conference will be preceded by a PhD symposium on the morning of Wednesday 30th of August.

The IAM Conference also provides an excellent opportunity for delegates to visit one of the UK and Ireland’s most exciting and rejuvenating cities, celebrated as a place with friendly people and some of the best restaurants and evening entertainment around.

The full programme is available here: http://programme.exordo.com/iam2017/


Programme Summary:

Wednesday 30th August

The doctoral colloquium begins at 8.30am with an introduction from the chairs (Professor Stephen Roper and Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas) and a presentation on ‘Getting published’. Details of the colloquium will be emailed to participants. PhD students who have submitted papers to the main conference and also wish to attend the colloquium may do so but should email Kristel Miller on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The main conference commences at 1.30pm with a parallel paper session. A light lunch will be available from 12.30pm. The registration desk will be open at the main entrance to Riddel Hall from 8am. 

2.00-4.00pm Work, Employment and Organization Subject Interest Group Symposium - 'The changing face of human resource management in Ireland: A celebration of the career of Professor Mary Keating'. 

The conference welcome reception will be held in Isdell Courtyard in Riddel Hall at 5.30pm


Thursday 31st August

Parallel paper sessions commence at 9am and finish at 5.30pm.

The conference dinner starts at 7.30pm at the Isdell Courtyard in Riddel Hall. Conference dinner entertainment will be provide by David Meade. David is a researcher and lecturer in International Business and a well known mentalist who has had his own TV show. More details on David can be found on his website: http://www.davidmeade.co.uk 

Friday 1st September

Parallel paper sessions commence at 9am. The conference finishes with a lunch at 1pm.

Delegates have the option of going on an optional trip to the Titanic Experience. A bus will leave at 2.00pm and leave the Titanic Museum at 4.15pm to head back to Riddel Hall. Delegates can opt into this during registration.

Plenary Sessions 

We have a number of interesting round table plenary sessions and academic keynote talks relating to the conference theme:

Wednesday: 4.00pm-5.30pm: The role of Irish Business Schools in helping Irish businesses adapt to a rapidly changing world. Delivered by the Head of Queen's Management School Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, the Executive Dean of the Ulster University Business School Professor Mark Durkin and the Dean of Trinity Business School Professor Andrew Burke. Chaired by Dr Geoff Simmons.

Thursday: 11.00pm-12.00noon:  Irish Businesses in 2017 and Beyond: How do we become globally competitive in a dynamically changing world? Delivered by Professor Neil Gibson (Ulster Business School), Professor James Cunningham (Northumbria University) and Dr Lawrence Dooley (University College Cork). Chaired by Professor Ken O'Neill.

Thursday: 2.00pm-3.00pm: Academic Keynote - Innovation beyond the technology frontier to face a rapidly changing world - diffusion, adoption and growth. Delivered by Professor Stephen Roper (Warwick Business School).

Friday: 11.00am - 12.00pm: Academic Keynote- Ireland's Opportunity: Tariff-Jumping FDI as a Brexit Amelioration Strategy. Delivered by Professor Frank Barry, (Trinity College Dublin).

Friday: 12.00pm-1.00pm: The Role of Government agencies in connecting research in UK and Irish Business Schools with the competitiveness of Irish businesses. Roundtable discussion with Professor Andrew Fearne (Norwich Business School), Mr John Hood (Director for Food and Tourism, Invest NI), and Dermot Leonard (Head of Queen's University Business Alliance in Research and Enterprise).


We look forward to meeting you in Belfast.

Conference Co-Chairs: Dr Geoff Simmons; Dr Kristel Miller


Abstract submission is closed. Authors should submit full papers by the 30th June. Conference registration is open. You can register via https://iam2017.exordo.com/login (you will be required to set up an account first if you haven't one already).


Conference Theme: ‘Ireland 2017: Facing the business and management challenges of a Post-Brexit World’

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Brexit as a transformational change event raises significant challenges for the global economy. Ireland is particularly susceptible to Brexit with critical industrial sectors such as agri-food facing significant threats.

Reflecting on Brexit and other systemic events such as the US Presidential Election, the 2017 Irish Academy of Management Conference will examine how business and management research can contribute insights to help businesses, managers and policy makers respond. We invite papers that explore pertinent areas such as marketing, innovation and change management however, also welcome papers from the wide spectrum of business and management disciplines or papers which study diverse industry sectors that may be particularly susceptible to global change events.

As a community of business and management scholars, we need to be prominent in responding to contemporary systemic events. In light of the conference theme there is an opportunity for contributions to reflect more broadly on how business and management research can help respond to contemporary global challenges, such as Brexit, in a way that links theory to practice. With the increasing importance of ‘impact’ as a measure of academic research in Business Schools we therefore welcome papers that show how research has helped to improve, for example, the competitive position of firms and/or industrial sectors or has helped shape policy decisions.

Key Dates

CONFERENCE 30th August – 1st September 2017

Doctoral Colloquium 30th August 2017, 8.30am - 12.30pm

Conference Co-Chair: Dr Geoff Simmons (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Conference Co-Chair: Dr Kristel Miller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas  and Professor Stephen Roper

Contact and further information

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.iamireland.ie

Registration and full paper submission: https://iam2017.exordo.com/login

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The Irish Academy of Management Research and Education trading as The Irish Academy of Management. Registered in Ireland under Company Registration Number: 582083. Registered Charity Number: 20108106 
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