September 5th - 7th 2019

Antwerp, Belgium
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Monday, April 1, 2019

Registration is now open!

Join the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Council for the 9th annual Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS) Conference, hosted by Antwerp Management School (AMS) in Belgium.

You are invited to participate in this premier international conference for doctoral students, alumni, faculty and managers involved in engaged management research and evidence-based management around the world. Register for EMS19.

Participants are invited to submit proposals for papers, posters, and panels and workshops for consideration in the conference proceedings. Visit the EMS19 webpage to learn more about guidelines, instructions, and deadlines for proposals. Submit your proposal.

EMS is an opportunity for doctoral students and recent graduates to share and develop their research ideas. The Doctoral Consortium and Alumni Consortium will take place simultaneously on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Interested candidates must be able to attend all consortium activities as well as the 2019 EMS Conference. Learn about consortiums.

For questions, please contact EMS2019@ams.ac.be.
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Key Dates

June 1, 2019 Submission deadline for full papers, posters, panels, and alumni consortium
June 16, 2019 Submission deadline for doctoral consortium
July 15, 2019 Proposal acceptance notification
July 15, 2019 Early bird registration ends
September 5-7, 2019 EMS Conference (Antwerp, Belgium)

Program

Thursday, September 5
Doctoral Consortium​
8.30 Coffee + Registration
9.00 Welcome Remarks
9.30 Breakout Session 1
12.00 Lunch & Keynote
13.00 Breakout Session 2
15.30 Break
16.00 Panel:
16.45 Closing Remarks
18.30 - 22.00 Welcome Reception
Alumni Consortium
8.30 Coffee + Registration
9.00 Welcome Remarks
12.00 Lunch & Keynote
15.30 Break
16.00 Panel:
16.45 Closing Remarks
18.30 - 22.00 Welcome Reception
Friday, September 6
Theme: ​Management Scholars Engage
8.00 - 8.30 Coffee + Registration
8.30 - 9.00 Opening Session
Steven De Haes / Bart Cambré
9.00 - 10.00 Plenary Session: Keynote — Management Scholars Engage with Organizations
Speaker: Bert Brugghemans
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.30 Panel #1
Chair:
Topic: Defining Practical Utility of Research
Participants:
Panel #2
Chair:
Topic: What are Engaged Scholars really looking for?
Participants:
Research Session #1
Chair:
11.30 - 12.30 Panel #3
Chair:
Topic: What is the value to the organization of their manager(s) becomming scholars?
Participants:
Research Session #2
Chair:
Research Session #3
Chair:
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.30 Plenary Session: Keynote — Management Scholars Engage with Academia
Speaker:
14.30 - 15.30 Panel #4
Chair: Bart Cambré
Topic: Networking, connecting, developing collaborations among Exec. Doctoral programs
Participants:
Research Session #4
Chair:
EDBAC Board Meeting
Chair: Emma Parry
Participants: Open Board Session
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 - 18.00 Poster Session
Saturday, September 7
Theme: ​Management Scholars Engage
8.30 - 9.00 Coffee + Registration
9.00 - 10.00 Plenary Session: Keynote — Management Scholars Engage with Society
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Wayne Visser
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.30 Panel #5
Chair:
Topic: How build the Sustainable Development Goals in the Exec. Doctoral Program?
Participants:
Panel #6
Chair:
Topic: Current applied research on Creative and Fashion Industry: dealing with sustainability principles
Participants:
Research Session #6
Chair:
11.30 - 12.30 Panel #7
Chair:
Topic: Circular Economy in Academic Environment: a viable goal or rather utopia?
Participants:
Research Session #7
Chair:
Research Session #8
Chair:
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.30 Plenary Session: Keynote — Management Scholars Engage with Scholar-Practitioners
Speaker:
14.30 - 15.30 Panel #8
Chair:
Topic: Are the Standards for Executive Doctoral programs consitent with societal benefit?
Participants:
Research Session #9
Chair:
Panel #9
Chair: Kalle Lyytinen & Lars Mathiassen
Topic: How to translate a doctoral thesis into a EMR submission
Participants:
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 - 17.00 Panel #10
Chair:
Topic: Best Practices in Executive Doctoral Programs
Participants:
Research Session #10
Chair:
Panel #11
Chair:
Does society benefit from academic knowledge? (What constitute 'benefit')
Participants:
17.00 - 17.30 Closing Session Bart Cambré + Hugo Marynissen
Philip Cola (Case Western)
19.00 - 23.00 Conference Dinner
Awards ceremony: Best Paper, Best Quantitative Paper, Best Applied Paper

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.

Bill Duggan

Senior Lecturer in Business Management — Columbia University

William Duggan is the author of three books on innovation and a professor at the Columbia Business School in New York. His books include Creative Strategy: A Guide for Innovation, The Seventh Sense: How Flashes of Insight…

Bill Duggan

Senior Lecturer in Business Management — Columbia University

William Duggan is the author of three books on innovation and a professor at the Columbia Business School in New York. His books include Creative Strategy: A Guide for Innovation, The Seventh Sense: How Flashes of Insight…

Venue

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.

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MAS

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.

AMUZ

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.

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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 1, 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.


GUIDELINES

  • 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 1, 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.

GUIDELINES

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


Poster

  • 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 1, 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 hugo.marynissen@ams.ac.be, for feedback prior to submitting it to the conference system.

GUIDELINES

  • 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.


Cost

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.

Cost

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.

About EDBAC

The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Council (EDBAC) is an organization representing more than 50 member schools in ten countries that organizes the conference annually. EDBAC promotes the value of engaged management scholarship and seeks to raise its profile internationally.

About AMS

Antwerp Management School (AMS) is an international business school based in Antwerp (Belgium) that helps its customers to create sustainable value by shaping talent into becoming Global Citizens, mastering the art of decision-making and leading people.

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