University of Edinburgh Business School
Sixth Annual University of Edinburgh Business School Paper Development Workshop to be held on 4 March 2019
November 20, 2018

Sponsored by the Organization Development & Change Division of the Academy of Management and the Centre for Strategic Leadership at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

Following previous successful events held in 2014–2018, we are very pleased to be able to announce that the sixth annual paper development workshop on organisational and institutional change will take place on 4 March 2019 at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

This workshop has been generously sponsored by the Academy of Management’s Organization Development & Change Division and the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Strategic Leadership. As before, this workshop offers an opportunity for scholars to develop their ongoing work related to organisational and/or institutional change. The workshop will be developmental with each paper having as a discussant a senior scholar with a track record of multiple publications in, and editorial/editorial board appointments with, our leading journals.

Confirmed discussants include:

  • John Amis (University of Edinburgh)
  • Royston Greenwood (University of Alberta and University of Edinburgh)
  • Matthew Grimes (University of Cambridge)
  • Candace Jones (University of Edinburgh)
  • Tom Lawrence (University of Oxford)
  • Johanna Mair (Hertie School of Governance & Stanford University)
  • Gerardo Patriotta (University of Warwick)
  • Nelson Phillips (Imperial College)

Authors will also receive feedback from peers with similar research interests. It should be of special interest for colleagues recently graduated with a PhD and doctoral students with quite well-developed manuscripts; scholars more advanced in their careers are also welcome to attend.

Selection of papers will be based on an abstract of 500 words. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 11:59pm, 17 January 2019. Full paper drafts will be required by 22 February 22 2019. Please send abstracts and papers to John Amis at


The generous support of the ODC Division and the Centre for Strategic Leadership will allow us to provide a small number of $500 scholarships to help defray expenses for some doctoral students. Successful applicants to the workshop will automatically be considered for a scholarship: no separate application is required.

Logistics and Support for Participants

The Centre for Strategic Leadership at the University of Edinburgh Business School is pleased to host and jointly organise this workshop. The conference will consist of around 50 doctoral students, early career faculty and senior colleagues who will discuss papers and offer developmental advice. The atmosphere will be collegial and informal, but centred on progressing working papers with the objective of getting them published in leading journals. There will also be a plenary session devoted to improving understanding of how to publish in leading journals.

There is no conference fee, and no charge for lunch, coffee breaks and closing reception. Participants must make their own travel arrangements and pay for accommodation – we will provide recommendations of where to stay. Participants are expected to attend for the whole day; registration is 8.30am and the formal programme concludes at 5pm with a drinks reception, finishing at 6pm. If participants wish to extend their trip to enjoy Edinburgh and the surrounding area, we can help with advice and arrangements.

Key Dates

Submission of abstract 11:59pm, 17 January 2019
Notification of acceptance 20 January 2019
Full paper due 22 February 2019
Workshop 4 March 2019


The contact for questions regarding the workshop and submission of materials is John Amis (