September 5th - 7th 2019

Antwerp, Belgium
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Presentations keynotes EMS2019, September, 5-7, 2019

Thank you for attending the 9th edition of the annual Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS) Conference, hosted by Antwerp Management School (AMS) in Belgium.

This unique gathering of doctoral students, alumni, faculty and managers involved in engaged management research and evidence-based management around the world was a great success this year.
More than 160 participants enjoyed inspiring keynotes, interactive sessions, personal contacts and forged new connections and relationships. Not to forget the enchanting surroundings of the social events and the enthralling music by the talented members of The Amy Winehouse Tribute Band.

We invite you to explore the presentations of the keynote speakers here below.

We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to meeting you again at the EMS Conference 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

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Key Dates

June 16, 2019 Submission deadline for doctoral consortium
June 30, 2019 Submission deadline for full papers, posters, panels, and alumni consortium
July 15, 2019 Proposal acceptance notification
July 31, 2019 Early bird registration ends
September 5-7, 2019 EMS Conference (Antwerp, Belgium)


Thursday, September 5
Alumni Consortium
Chair(s) Dr. Elkin Pellegrini (University of Missouri- St. Louis)
Dr. Hugo Marynissen (AMS)
8.00 - 9.00 Welcome Coffee & Registration
Room: Foyer
9.00 - 9.30 Welcome
Dr. Hugo Marynissen
Room: Foyer, Plenary Area
9.30 - 10.30 Visit to Neurolab
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
Room: Foyer
11.00 - 12.00 Panel Session on Career Management
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
Room: Bistro
13.00 - 14.00 Panel Session on Publishing
14.00 - 16.00 Visit and guided tour at Port of Antwerp
16.30 - 17.00 Closing Remarks
Dr. Ekin Pellegrini
Room: on location at Port of Antwerp
18.30 - 22.00 Welcome Reception at MAS
Hanzestedenplaats 1, 2000 Antwerp

Sponsored by Warrington College of Business, University of Florida
Doctoral Consortium​
Chair(s) Dr. Philip Cola (Case Western Reserve)
Dr. Hugo Marynissen (AMS)
8.00 - 9.00 Coffee & Registration
Room: Foyer
9.00 - 9.30 Welcome
Dr. Hugo Marynissen
Room: Foyer, Plenary Area
9.30 - 12.00 Breakout Session 1
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
Room: Bistro
13.00 - 15.30 Breakout Session 2
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee & Tea Break
Room: Foyer
16.00 - 16.45 Keynote Prof. Dr. Steven Poelmans on Career Management
16.45 - 17.15 Closing Remarks
Dr. Philip Cola
Room: Foyer, Plenary Area
18.30 - 22.00 Welcome Reception at MAS
Hanzestedenplaats 1, 2000 Antwerp

Sponsored by Warrington College of Business, University of Florida
Friday, September 6
Theme: ​Management Scholars Engage − How does practitioners/practice/society make best use of academic knowledge?
8.00 - 8.30 Coffee & Registration
Room: Foyer
8.30 - 9.00 Opening Session
Prof. Dr. Steven De Haes, Dean Antwerp Management School
Room: Foyer, Plenary Area
9.00 - 10.00 Plenary Session
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nneka Abulokwe, OBE (UK)
Founder of MicroMax Consulting, technologist and senior executive.
Room: Foyer, Plenary Area
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee & Tea Break
Room: Foyer
10.30 - 11.30 Panel #1

Best Marketing Practices in Executive Doctoral Programs

The world of higher education The world of higher education marketing continues to become more and more competitive, digital, and immersive. The most universal question for marketers is, “how do we reach and inform our audience in an authentic and unique way that builds trust and entices them to make a decision?” Additionally, marketing Executive DBA programs presents another challenge for business school marketers. The audience is unique compared to students they traditionally market to, i.e. masters students, Ph.D. students. During this panel we will discuss successful marketing practices in executive doctoral programs and learn what a customer journey looked like for one Executive DBA alum.

Chair: Stephanie Urbas-Black (Georgia State University)

Panelists: Alvin Glay (Georgia State University)

Room: 001.A – Master Aula André Leysen
Panel #2

Tackling the Challenges of Healthcare: Sharing Approaches to Engaged Scholarship

This panel discussion will take you on an engaged management journey, from theory to application, from the classroom to the boardroom, from ideas to real world solutions. Three research papers will be presented by engaged scholars from the Crummer Graduate School of Business who practice the art and science of balancing rigor and relevance daily as they apply their research to the real world. The first paper will share a study relevant to home care districting and family clinics in Brazil, the second study will dive deep into hospital performance and its relationship to key input factors in the United States, and the third study will provide a perspective on innovation and how it can impact rural health through advances in telemedicine. It is through these three studies that this panel hopes to demonstrate the relevance of engaged management and offer opportunities for future research studies.

Chair: Dr. Henrique Correa (Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College)

Panelists: Rhonda Bartlett, Amber Folk (Crummer Graduate School of Business Graduate and Student)

Room: 001.B – Master Aula André Leysen
Research Session #1


• To take or not to take the risk? Influence of empowering leadership on change-oriented organizational citizenship behavior - Alison Chan
• Positive organizational politics: a Grounded Theory study - William Butler, Gretchen Decker, Jaime Peters, Andrew Thomas and Stephanie Merritt
• How and When Does Age Diversity Promote Firm Performance? The Mediation of Diversity Management and Employees’ Participation in Decision Making and the Moderation of Diversity Legitimacy Logic – Fajun Xu

Chair: Dr. Philip A. Cola

Room: 004 – Aula Philippe Saverys
Research Session #2


• Adapting Procter & Gamble’s Trade Marketing Best Practices in Kuwait Market: Institutional & Commercial Constraints - Afif Fares
• Narcissistic Leaders and Their Effect on Employee Work Attitudes - Scott Boswell, Kevin Sansberry and Steven Stout
• The effects of e-commerce and digital transformation on today’s business. A Lebanese case study - Khodor Omari.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Alain Verbeke

Room: 003 – Aula Luc Bertrand
11.30 - 12.30 Research Session #3

Marketing & Sales

• The Effects of In-Store Category Adjacencies on Consumer Purchase Behavior - Afif Fares
• Do You Have An Intentional Social Brand? Intentional and Integrated Personal & Corporate Brands Are Important In Professional Social Media - Tracy Nickl
• Real-Time Push Mobile Marketing Strategy: To What Extent Does Time and Relevance Matter? - Alvin Glay

Chair: Prof. Dr. Susan Mudambi

Room: 001.A – Master Aula André Leysen
Panel #3

So, the ‘Relevance Ghost’ Continues to Haunt Us

Research produced by business schools sometimes is criticized as of little use for business.  Maybe this should not be surprising given how different the logics, time frames, objectives, and incentives are for the manager juxtaposed to the academic.  Perhaps this paradox is inevitable but how can business schools start producing works that contribute to practice? This panel will address and discuss:

• Why are practitioners and academics so different in what they are seeking in research?  What creates this tension?
• Are relevance and rigor necessarily a tradeoff?  If a balance is needed between them, where is that balance struck?
• What are the risks and rewards of practicing more engaged scholarship?  Realistically how do researchers increase the practical utility of their studies?

Panelists: Bryan Booth (University of Maryland University College), Louis J. Grabowski (Georgia State University), Koen Vriesacker (Antwerp Management School)

Room: 001.B – Master Aula André Leysen
Research Session #4


• Effect of behavioral finance on stock exchange performance in Ghana - Daniel Addo
• Informational and agency issues related to operating cash flows models: an empirical comparison on S&P500 companies financial reports – Yoann Martin and George Iatridis
• A conceptual framework of ethical considerations and legal constraints in the algorithm-driven pricing function - Joshua Gerlick and Stephan Liozu

Chair: Prof. Dr. Steffi Weil

Room: 004 – Aula Philippe Saverys
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
Room: Foyer
13.30 - 14.30 Plenary Session
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Andreas Altmann
Rector of the Management Center Innsbruck (Austria)
Room: Foyer, Plenary Area
14.30 - 15.30 Panel #4

Writing and Reviewing for the Muma Journals

In 2016, the Muma College of Business launched two open access journals specifically targeting the executive doctoral community: the Muma Business Review (MBR) and the Muma Case Review (MCR). The workshop is intended to acquaint faculty members and doctoral students with the mission, review policies and requirements for submitting to these journals. In doing so, it hopes to broaden its base of readers, reviewers and authors. Upon completing the workshop, participants will know:

• How the MBR and MCR missions fit in the research journal ecology,
• Each journal’s expectations for authors and reviewers,
• How to employ both MCR and MBR templates and make submissions,
• How to access to each journal’s publications and submission/review systems.

Presented by: Dr. T. Grandon Gill, Editor-in-Chief, Muma Business Review

Room: 001.A – Master Aula André Leysen
Research Session #5


• Impact of Implementing Student Support Services on Higher Education Students’ Satisfaction in a Multi-Campus University in Lebanon - Wael Ayoub Salloum
• The effect of Supply Chain Integration on Supply Chain Performance - Justice Odei Som and Collins Cobblah
• Medicare Loses Billions to Billing Errors - Samantha Champagnie

Chair: Prof. Dr. Jaana Woiceshyn

Room: 001.B – Master Aula André Leysen
EDBAC Board Meeting

Open to all participants

Room: 106
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee & Tea Break
16.00 - 18.00 Poster Presentations
Room: 011 – Lecture Room Prof. Fernand Suykens
Room: 012 – Lecture Room Anne Chapelle
17.00 - 18.00 EMR Editorial Board meeting
Room: 106
Saturday, September 7
Theme: ​Management Scholars Engage
8.00 - 9.00 Coffee & Registration
9.00 - 10.00 Plenary Session
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Wayne Visser
Professor of Integrated Value and Holder of the Chair in Sustainable Transformation at Antwerp Management School (Belgium)
Room: Foyer, plenary area
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee & Tea Break
10.30 - 11.30 Panel #5

Research on UN Sustainable Development Goals – EMS Opportunity?

Objective: Share and discuss opportunities for research within UN SDG context with applicability for scholars and practitioners

Agenda Items:

- Intro to UN SDGs – Maung Min
- Presentations

• Research opportunities on SDGs – Caroline Gauthier (Grenoble Ecole de Management)
• Leadership for the SDGs: Carlo Giardinetti (Franklin University, Switzerland)
• Port of Antwerp & SDGs: Jan Beyne (Antwerp Management School)

- Q&A/Wrap-up

Chair: Dr. Maung Min, Director of Business Programs/Faculty, Penn State University, USA

Room: 001.A – Master Aula André Leysen
Research Session #6


• Authoritarian Leadership and Subordinates’ Performance: The Mediating Role of Leader–Member Exchange - Judy Jiang
• Empowering Leadership, Employee Entrepreneurial Orientation and Innovative Performance: A Dyadic Study in China - Clement K Au and Liqun Wei
• Executive presence: Myth, meaningful, or masterful? - Emmanuel Dalavai

Chair: Dr. Ekin Pellegrini

Room: 001.B – Master Aula André Leysen
Panel #6

Research for the sustainable development Goals: Role of technology

In 2015, the United Nations launched the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals which were endorsed by 193 countries. These are a set of 17 goals ranging from Poverty reduction to inequality and the environment. There are 169 measures or indicators implanted within these 17 overarching goals.
Studies have shown that this is potentially between $1 trillion to $12 trillion opportunity over the 15-year period. The PwC report estimates that in just 4 sectors the investment needs are over $12 trillion dollars where businesses can make an impact.
Governments do not have the capacity, financing ability or resources to achieve these goals independently. This panel will discuss cases of how technology such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Blockchain, Drones, Robotics, etc. have been used in achieving the UN SDGs.

Presented by: Prof. Dr. Shalini Gopalkrishnan (Menlo College, USA)

Room: 004 – Aula Philippe Saverys
11.30 - 12.30 Panel #7

Circular Economy as an enabler of the SDGs


• Chris Laszlo, PhD, is Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management (USA). His latest book is Quantum Leadership: New Consciousness in Business, Stanford University Press. Chris will present research on the role of raising awareness—through direct intuitive-practices that give people an experience of connectedness—as one of several change methodologies required to scale the Circular Economy.

• Roel De Rijck, MSc, is expert business design & innovation of Antwerp Management School offering inhouse support to academics and entrepreneurs on Participatory Action Research and Business Model Innovation. Roel will present learnings from scaling circular business concepts in the current economic market reality and how this relates to academic research.

•  Inge Nuyens is the owner and CEO of DOX NV. She is the fifth generation of a family company. Durability is in the DNA of DOX, and that DNA matches the sign of the time. Being a value driven company, DOX embodies the challenges and opportunities of circular economy with long term partnerships. As the interior design partner for the new AMS campus, Inge Nuyens brings a testimonial on how the first European circular school project in interior came to be. Change, in that sense, pushed both the Antwerp Management School and DOX for the better, with a common aim: to live up to the challenge the school had set for a sustainable future.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Wayne Visser (AMS)

Room: 001.A – Master Aula André Leysen
Research Session #7


• Entrepreneurial Internationalization Takes the Effectuation Turn: A Conceptual Framework - Mark Stoiko, Tom Egan and Aidan Duane
• Women entrepreneurship, it's not all about the money – Ilse Daelman
• Drivers of Success to Effective Entrepreneurship: a Comparison of Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Perceptions - Irina Kogan

Chair: Dr. Hugo Marynissen, Antwerp Management School

Room: 001.B – Master Aula André Leysen
Research Session #8


• Blinded by the Pain: A Grounded Theory of Myopia During Job Transition - Elizabeth Boyle, Christopher Johnson, Stephanie Merritt, Paul Neimann and Sammie Parsley
• Contextual Intelligence: Reflection on Human Resources Management in Lebanese Hospitals. A comparative Review with Systems Practiced in Argentina and Brazil – Alissar Yassine
• Organizational Climate, Opportunity for Promotion, Affective Commitment, and Job Satisfaction: The Moderating Effects of Age - Don Mueth, James Jordan and Christine Holt

Chair: Prof. Dr. Emma Parry

Room: 004 – Aula Philippe Saverys
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
Room: Foyer
13.30 - 14.30 Plenary Session
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Bert Brugghemans
Chief Fire Commander Antwerp Fire Zone (Belgium)
Room: Foyer, Plenary Area
14.30 - 15.30 Panel #8

DoctoralQuest, a serious game to facilitate the doctoral journey

DoctoralQuest is an online serious game to be played by doctoral students to facilitate the doctoral journey. 
Whether you belong to doctoral educators or doctoral students, you know that the doctoral journey is not an easy one. A doctoral program is probably the most engaging program for a student. Beyond academic objectives, doctoral programs are highly demanding in terms of duration, students’ workload and self-commitment. Doctoral students have to manage relationships with stakeholders (supervisor, academic community, program coordinator, program director, colleagues). Beside this they regularly face dilemma concerning work-life balance or ethical practices (data collection, plagiarism, co-authoring). They have to take decisions like writing a paper-based or a classic thesis - which have an impact on their career opportunities.
DoctoralQuest is still at the testing stage.

Presented by: Prof. Dr. Caroline Gauthier (Grenoble Ecole de Management)

Room: 001.A – Master Aula André Leysen
Research Session #9

New Technologies In Organizations

• The ROI of Investments in Lean Agile Software Development Training - Thomas Stone, Mark Gershon and Howard Meyers
• Exploratory study of factors that lead to technology adaptation in small businesses - Sean Reynolds, Felipe Cotrino, Charles Ifedi and Naveen Donthu
• Face Recognition Technology Adoption In Pharmacies in Lebanon - Malake Fathallah

Chair: Prof. Dr. Hugo Marynissen

Room: 001.B – Master Aula André Leysen
Panel #9

How to Publish in Engaged Management ReView

The EMR journal is dedicated to publishing research from DBA students and graduates. As the official outlet of the Executive DBA Council (EDBAC), EMR serves the engaged management scholarship community by encouraging and publishing high quality research on meaningful, salient problems as experienced by organizational actors.
By joining this panel session, you will learn about the profile of journal, what types of papers you can submit, and what resources are available to help you develop papers for EMR. The panelists have published in the journal and serves as either editors or reviewers.

Panelists: Philip Cola (Case Western Reserve University), Kalle Lyytinen (Case Western Reserve University), Louis Grabowski (Georgia State University), Lars Mathiassen (Georgia State university)

Room: 004 – Aula Philippe Saverys
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee & Tea Break
16.00 - 17.00 Research Session #10

New technologies in organizations

• Courageous Cultures Embrace Automation: A grounded theory study of individual willingness to adopt automation in the workplace - Honey Zimmerman, Cindy Goodwin-Sak, Michael Wieck, Colleen McClain-Mpofu and Stephanie Merritt
• Investigating Socio-Ethical Considerations of Machine Learning Adoptions Within Organizations: A Systematic Literature Review - Chrissann R. Ruehle
• Platform as a Service: Adoption Challenges from the Perspective of Software Firms - Thomas Stone and John Alarcon

Chair: Prof. Dr. Lars Mathiassen

Room: 001.A – Master Aula André Leysen
Panel #10

Administrative Challenges in Executive Doctoral Programs

We have learned that in an executive level program, character really counts. How do administrators look beyond what is on an applicant’s resume to develop cohorts which enhance the overall student experience? We will discuss our best practices from enrollment to graduation, including any obstacles along the way. Some important topics include: deterring deferment, orientation, analyzing group dynamics, and attendance.

Panelists: Lauren Murawski (Temple University), Cailin DiGiacomo (Temple University), Elke Tweepenninckx (Antwerp Management School), Jorge Vallejos (Georgia State University)

Room: 001.B – Master Aula André Leysen
Research Session #11


• Firm-level Determinants of Breakthrough Innovation: A Systematic Literature Review – Ingo Stiller
• Towards Achieving Broadened Accountability - J. Bart Morrison
• The Relationship of Institutional Characteristics, State Support, and Alternative Revenue - Eleonora Carr

Chair: Prof. Dr. Bart Cambré

Room: 004 – Aula Philippe Saverys
17.00 - 17.30 Closing Session
Prof. Dr. Bart Cambré, Vice-Dean, Antwerp Management School
Prof. Dr. Kalle Lyytinen, Director of Academic Affairs Doctor of Management Programs, The Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University

Room: Foyer, Plenary Area
21.00 - 23.00 Conference Closing Diner at AMUZ, Kammenstraat 81 - 2000 Antwerpen
Sponsored by Fox School of Business, Temple University

‘Business Horizons Best Paper Award’ Ceremony
Sponsored by Business Horizons
Conference Advisory Committee
Isabelle Bouty, PhD. EDBAC Board Member and Director DBA program, Dauphine Université Paris PSL, France.

Philip Cola, PhD. EDBAC Board Member and Associate Director, Academic Affairs, Doctor of Management Programs, Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University, USA.

Louis Grabowski, DBA. EDBAC Board Member and Director, Executive Doctorate in Business Program, Robinson College of Business - Georgia State University, USA.

Emma Perry, PhD. EDBAC President and Director of the Executive DBA at Cranfield University, School of Management, UK.
Organization Committee
Hugo Marynissen, DBA. Conference Chair, Antwerp Management School

Bart Cambré, PhD. Vice-Dean & Professor Business Research Methods, Antwerp Management School

Eline Maes, Program Coordinator Exec. PhD program, Antwerp Management School

Elke Tweepenninckx, Program Manager Exec. PhD program, Antwerp Management School

Geert Vyncke, CEO Antwerp Management School Steffi Weil, PhD. Academic Director Exec. PhD program, Antwerp Management School

Steffi Weil, PhD. Academic Director Exec. PhD program, Antwerp Management School

Serge Van Der Meirsch, Owner Opaqo, Project Manager EMS19

Keynote Speakers

Bert Brugghemans

Chief Fire Officer — Antwerp Fire Service

Antwerp is a mid-size European city in Belgium that hosts one of the biggest ports and petrochemical clusters in the world.

In his daily job as Chief Fire Officer of the Antwerp Fire Service, Bert Brugghemans’ focus is on society continuity management, safe (smart) cities and the future of the Fire Service and Civil Protection.

Being an experienced executive leader, a forward thinker and collaborative networker, Chief Fire Officer Brugghemans is currently supporting a major research project on the future organization of the Antwerp Fire Service. 

In his keynote Chief Fire Officer Brugghemans will focus on why his organization engages with management scholars.

Wayne Visser

Professor of Integrated Value & Chair in Sustainable Innovation — Antwerp Management School

Prof. Dr. Wayne Visser is Professor of Integrated Value and Holder of the Chair in Sustainable Transformation at Antwerp Management School, Belgium. He is also Founder of CSR International, Director of Kaleidoscope Futures and Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (UK).

He describes himself as a professional idea-monger, storyteller and meme-weaver.

His work as a strategy analyst, sustainability advisor, CSR expert, futurist, film producer and professional speaker has taken him to 75 countries in the past 30 years to work with over 150 clients, ranging from Coca-Cola, Dell, DHL and HSBC to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank.

Professor Visser will build his keynote around the notion of management scholars who can and should have an impact on a more sustainable society.

Nneka Abulokwe

Founder of MicroMax Consulting (UK), technologist and senior executive

Dr. Nneka Abulokwe is a technologist and senior executive. She is one of the first Afro-Caribbean professionals in the UK to sit on the board of a top European digital transformation organization. While still pursuing her career full-time she earned a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Cranfield University School of Management, UK.

She is passionate about the intelligent use of technology and governance to foster organizational cohesion and drive positive digital cultures.

Nneka is now an independent board advisor, thought leader and founder of MicroMax Consulting and serves on several boards as a non-executive director. She is a Fellow of both the BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, and the Association for Project Management, APM. In recognition of her services to business Nneka is a recent recipient of the prestigious ‘Officer of the British Empire’ (OBE) award in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours list, UK.

She has interviewed with Forbes on boardroom diversity; ranked #4 in the Financial Times 2018 top 100 tech executives and a finalist for ‘Governance Professional of the Year’ award 2018, The Governance Institute, UK.

Dr. Abulokwe will build her keynote on the invaluable impact of her DBA on practice, as a management scholar.

Andreas Altmann

Rector of Management Center Innsbruck (Austria)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Altmann is rector of Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) in Austria.

For more than 20 years, since he founded the management school, Andreas has always been passionate about how universities and the business world may benefit from each other.

No wonder MCI positions itself as the Entrepreneurial School, whereas it provides a meaningful connection between university, grand école, business school, university of applied sciences, and the world of business.

This not only resulted in multiple international excellence awards, but also in active participation in innovative start-ups and business initiatives.

Besides being an excellent scholar with an impressive list of publications, Andreas Altmann embodies this entrepreneurial mindset. He’s an active member of scientific, academic and business boards, and a inspirational thought leader when it comes to engaged management scholarship.

Prof. Dr. Altmann will focus his keynote on the entrepreneurial mindset of management scholarship.


We look forward to seeing you at the EMS19 Conference. The information below outlines the conference venue and accommodation arrangements for meeting participants.

Antwerp Management School

Conference Location

For more than 50 years, Antwerp Management School has given a powerful boost to economic and social activities in Belgium and far beyond, with high-quality management courses and research.

Reflecting the stature of its courses, AMS has AACSB and NVAO accreditation and is included in the Financial Times business school rankings.



Location of The Welcome Reception for EMS19

The city and the world meet in the MAS. As a city on a river, Antwerp has attracted people from all over the world for centuries. Throughout the centuries, people met exchanging ideas and goods. Traces of these encounters are collected in the MAS museum.

A breathtaking panorama of Antwerp awaits you at the top!
Nowhere else does the city of Antwerp offer a better view of its fascinating location and impressive expanse. The river, the port, the cathedral, the Boerentoren, the Sportpaleis and many other outstanding landmarks can be embraced with just one look.

The Welcome Reception for EMS19 will take place at the top of the MAS building with gastronomic delights by the renowned MasterChef Viky Geunens of the restaurant ‘t Zilte on Thursday, September 5, 2019.


Location of The Closing Dinner of EMS19

AMUZ is situated in and around the baroque St. Augustine Church, located in the centre of Antwerp. The building combines an impressive historical setting with a wonderful contemporary architecture. The current concert hall of AMUZ was once the monastery church of the Augustine monks.

The Closing Dinner of EMS19 will take place in the magnificent historical setting of AMUZ on Saturday, September 7, 2019.


Travel Accomodations

Theater Hotel & IBIS Antwerpen Centrum

In the heart of Antwerp, the Theater Hotel, IBIS Antwerpen Centrum Hotel and the Hilton Hotel offer welcoming accommodations and easy access to all the city has to offer. We have arranged a special room rate for conference attendees .

Room rates start at €110,00 per night, plus tax.
Each attendee is responsible for making his or her own hotel reservation. The cost of the hotel room is not included in the registration fee.

Call For Proposals

All submissions for EMS19 will be submitted via the EasyChair system.
Please sign up for an account here

Authors can submit in 5 different ways:

Completed papers or research projects, including empirical papers, essay papers, and translation papers. If accepted, these papers will be peer-reviewed, presented at the conference and appear in the conference proceedings.

The deadline for paper submissions is June 30th, 2019.

For paper submissions, we invite manuscripts presenting completed research projects. In completed research projects, the primary research question(s) have been at least partially addressed and answered. These submissions can take many forms: quantitative studies, qualitative studies, or new theoretical models and frameworks.

Papers need to provide unique insight into an important area of business research with a practical, evidence-based approach that is consistent with the mission, aim and scope of engaged scholarship. Accordingly, papers must clearly state the research question, how it is answered, and include key contributions for furthering research and practice. As the EMS conference has close links with the Engaged Management Review, research papers for EMS19 can include:

  • Empirical papers: analyses of empirical data that result in findings of practical and theoretical importance, with a demonstrated influence on management practice.
  • Essay papers: discussions of theoretical, philosophical and methodological contributions to engaged management scholarship.
  • Translation papers: presentations of the outcomes that engaged management scholars have had while translating their scholarship into practice.


  • Prepare an electronic version of the manuscript in Word for PC, in English, with one-inch margins.
  • Use the format of papers in the proceedings of previous EMS conferences, available on the EDBAC website.
  • Manuscripts are limited to 10,000 words all included.
  • Use the Times Roman 12-point font, single-spaced for the body of the paper; use Times Roman in figures and tables.
  • Check all electronic documents for viruses.
  • Ensure that references are complete and match the text.
  • For citation and reference style, use the Academy of Management Journal style guide.

When you are ready to submit a panel proposal, please go to the submission page.

In-progress research projects in the form of a 36-inch (width) by 48-inch (height) poster that will be mounted for a poster session. Posters will be editorially reviewed.

The deadline for poster submissions is June 30th, 2019.

For poster submissions, we invite research projects that are in-progress. Posters often present preliminary results from pilot data. Since poster submissions reflect research that is still in progress, the extended abstracts will be editorially reviewed rather than going through the full peer review process. Posters are a great way to gain valuable insight from your peers in executive doctoral programs and from faculty experts.


Extended Abstract

  • 2,000 words (or less)
  • Use Word for PC, in English, with one-inch margins and Times Roman 12-point font, single-spaced
  • Clearly, state the research question(s)
  • Since posters are generally in-progress research pieces, clearly state the status of the research. E.g., have data been collected?
  • Key references to support the research
  • Figures, tables, and appendices as needed


  • A complete draft of the poster
  • Create a single PowerPoint slide set to 36” (width) by 48” (height).
  • More details will follow regarding how to print your accepted poster for the conference.

When you are ready to submit, please go to the submission page to upload your extended abstract (Microsoft Word format) and poster (PDF format).

Both the extended abstract and the poster (PowerPoint template) must be submitted for a poster to be considered.

Sessions on relevant topics to engaged scholarship. Panels aim to present ideas and engage the audience in discussion. Workshops are usually offered by faculty members who share knowledge of a given research practice with students and alumni.

The deadline for panel and workshop submissions is June 30th, 2019.

We invite proposals for panel discussions and workshops on relevant topics to faculty, students, and administrators regarding engaged scholarship programs.

  • Panels will be made up of three to four panellists plus a panel chair. The panel should present ideas and engage the audience in discussion, about a given topic. Panels can focus either on topics related to research, or aspects of program administration including (but not limited to) recruitment, alumni engagement, and marketing.
  • Workshops are usually offered by faculty members, who share their knowledge of a given research practice with students and alumni. For example, previous EMS conferences have hosted workshops on case writing or action research.

Anyone interested in running a panel discussion or a workshop is welcome to send his/her proposal idea to Hugo Marynissen at, for feedback prior to submitting it to the conference system.


  • Panels and workshops can be up to 90 minutes long
  • Extended abstract of 1,000 words or less
  • Use Word for PC, in English, with one-inch margins, and Times Roman 12-point font, single-spaced
  • Discuss the proposed panel or workshop and key takeaways that participants will glean
  • Identify the names of the panel or workshop presenters, and provide a brief bio of each.

When you are ready to submit a panel proposal, please go to the submission page.

An opportunity for executive doctoral students working on their dissertation research to share and develop their research ideas. Applicants must be nominated by their executive doctorate programs and, if accepted, are expected to attend all Consortium meetings and activities on Thursday, September 5 (the day prior to the start of the conference).

The Doctoral Consortium provides executive doctoral students working on their dissertation research an opportunity to share and develop their research ideas, explore issues related to research in future careers, and build relationships with other executive doctorate students from around the world. To be eligible to participate in the consortium as a presenter, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an executive doctoral program
  • Be at the proposal or pre-proposal stage
  • Be nominated by a faculty member in the program as one of no more than 5 participants in each program
  • Be scheduled to complete your program AFTER January 1, 2020

The Doctoral Consortium will consist of presentations and reviews of ongoing research work by the participating students in small groups with other students and faculty, keynote presentations by participating faculty, and panels.

The Doctoral Consortium will be held the day before the Engaged Management Scholarship Conference on Thursday, September 5 2019, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Participants will also be invited to create a poster summarizing their work for the poster session held during the main conference.

Doctoral Consortium Fellow Eligibility

Participation in the Doctoral Consortium is by application only. Each student selected for the Consortium is expected to attend all Consortium meetings and activities on Thursday, September 5, 2019, as well as the Engaged Management Scholarship Conference (September 6-7, 2019). Candidates who are not able to make this commitment to the Consortium and the Conference should not apply.

Executive doctoral students currently working on research that is leading to their dissertation work are eligible for submission of application. Students who will have completed their dissertations by December 2019 will not be accepted. Prospective candidates should also note that the Doctoral Consortium is designed as an intensive personal development experience and, therefore, participants should not bring guests to the Doctoral Consortium.

Students who are selected to participate in the Consortium will be given later instructions on how to prepare their research papers for presentation during the Consortium.

Doctoral Consortium Fellow Selection process

Selection to the Engaged Management Scholarship Doctoral Consortium will be based on:

  • The quality of their proposed research and its potential significance and contribution to the management disciplines.
  • The potential contribution the student is expected to make to the Consortium.
  • The potential benefit of the Consortium to the student’s research and professional development.
  • This assessment will be based on a review of the dissertation proposal paper prepared by the doctoral student. The final Consortium selection will include a balance of students representing diverse research topics, methods, schools, and cultures.
  • The language of the Consortium is English, and all submitted materials must be in English. Students must have sufficient proficiency in English to participate in the presentations, discussions, and other activities.


The cost of attending the Doctoral Consortium is an additional €100 to cover the cost of breaks and lunch. All accepted students to the Doctoral Consortium will also be required to register and pay for the full conference.

Documents needed for nomination submission

1. Nomination letter

  • Students must be nominated by their executive doctoral program.
  • The nomination should be in the form of a nomination letter from the nominating faculty member and should certify: (1) that the candidate is one out of at most five nominees from the university; and (2) that the candidate meets the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
  • Ideally, the nominating faculty member should be the Director of the Executive Doctoral Program. If these individuals are not available, the student may be nominated by the candidate’s dissertation advisor.
  • Students, not the nominating faculty member, will submit the completed nomination letter during the online submission process.

2. Extended abstract

  • The nominee’s research should be in the form of an extended abstract of the student’s current research.
  • The abstract should include: (1) Research question; (2) Justification for why and to whom the research is important; (3) Brief literature review; (4) Presentation of the theoretical basis for the work; (5) Research model and hypotheses (if applicable); (6) Description of the research design and discussion of the relevance and practical importance of the study for evidence-based management and engaged scholarship.
  • The abstract should not exceed three single-spaced pages, using one-inch margins and Times Roman 12-point font. This does not include references, tables, figures and appendixes.

Submission process

All submissions must be received no later than June 15, 2019. Incomplete or late submission packages will not be reviewed. When you are ready to submit your nomination, please go to the submission page.

Important dates

  • Doctoral Consortium Submission Deadline: June 16, 2019
  • Acceptance and rejection notifications: July 15, 2019
  • Doctoral Consortium: September 5, 2019

Apply here for an opportunity to share experiences and think with other alumni of executive doctoral programs about research ideas and on ways to use the EDBA in your career. Accepted applicants are expected to attend all Consortium meetings and activities on Thursday, September 5 (the day prior to the start of the conference). Note: The alumni consortium is a working session of pre-organized workshops and does not involve paper or poster or panel submissions. Applications for the consortium should be submitted here. Panels for a more general audience, as well as research papers or posters, should be submitted above.

We’re out! How do we use the DBA degree?

We’ve all worked hard to earn our DBA degrees…now what? As DBAs, we have developed a host of new skills, a broader perspective, and a new network of colleagues. We think differently and see the world differently, but how have our lives and careers changed? As pioneers of a new credential, we have the opportunity and challenge of figuring out what it means to be a DBA. Please join your DBA colleagues for a lively day of discussion and support as we figure out how each of us can, and will, use our DBAs to expand our opportunities and impact.

To be eligible to participate in the consortium, you must:

  • Be a graduate of an executive doctoral program
  • Be willing to help colleagues advance their research and careers

The Alumni Consortium will be held the day before the Engaged Management Scholarship Conference on Thursday, September 5 2019, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Alumni Consortium Eligibility

The main criterion is interest in applying EDBA skills to research and career, in one way or another! Participation in the Alumni Consortium is by application only. Each graduate wishing to participate in the Consortium is expected to attend all Consortium meetings and activities on Thursday, September 5 2019, and must also sign up for and participate in the Engaged Management Scholarship Conference (September 7-9, 2018). Candidates who are not able to make this commitment to the Consortium and Conference should not apply.


The cost of attending the Alumni Consortium is €100 to cover the cost of breaks and lunch. This is in addition to the EMS conference fees.

Important Dates

Invitation to the Consortium: Invitations will be issued on a rolling basis
Alumni Consortium: September 5, 2019
EMS Conference: September 6-7, 2019

Alumni Consortium Application Process*

To be invited, participants must express a clear intent to work together to further each other’s research and careers. To apply, please go to Easy Chair, click on “Author,” submit short answers to the three questions below. A committee of faculty and alumni will read all responses and extend invitations to those who seem ready to add to the collegial work of employing EDBA skills to further research and business objectives.

Question 1 – Career & the DBA

The main goal of the alumni consortium is to facilitate the use of EDBA skills in one’s career. We have designed sessions to strengthen teaching, academic leadership, entrepreneurship, and executive or consulting skills, but would like to tailor these sessions to participants’ interests and needs. To help us organize good discussions, please provide one or two paragraphs in which you reflect on:

  • What is your current title and role? (Current titles and roles?) For which organization(s)?
  • How you are using your DBA skills or credential currently, whether in business, consulting, academia or as an entrepreneur.
  • If you are not using your EDBA currently, please identify the obstacles to using your skills.
  • Looking ahead, how would you like to be using your DBA skills or credential in 5 years?

Question 2 – Research

A subsidiary goal of the consortium is to encourage all EDBA alumni to participate in research in one way or another. To facilitate conversation, please write up a research question that intrigues you. The question can be in any stage, from a thought to a project. And you can take any role, from throwing out an idea, to providing data, to being a co-author. One paragraph would be plenty!

  • Topic Name
  • Background/Motivation/Expected Contribution
  • Research Question
  • Initial Thoughts about Data and Method.
  • Support Required for the Work (co-authors, sounding board, methodological help, further data, etc.)

When responding, please be as concrete as possible so that we can use your input to refine the workshop offerings.

When you are ready to submit, please go to the submission page.

* The language of the Consortium is English, and all submitted materials must be in English. Students must have sufficient proficiency in English to participate in the presentations, discussions, and other activities.

With sincere thanks to the sponsors


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