2021 Irish Academy of Management (IAM) Annual Conference and Doctoral Colloquium, Waterford Institute of Technology

We are delighted to announce that the 2021 Irish Academy of Management Conference will be hosted by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) on August 25′” and 26th 2021. The conference will be co-chaired by Dr Chris O’Riordan and Dr Collette Kirwan.

The School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) are delighted to host the Irish Academy of Management (IAM) Conference 2021. We are designing a conference that will be engaging and interactive, allowing space for networking and collaboration.

Based on public health advice, the potential for in-person attendance will be reviewed. However, all attendees will be able to attend virtually. We look forward to your participation in this year’s conference.

If you have any questions relating to the conference, please email us at IAM2021@wit.ie.

Conference Theme

Leading and Managing in 'Interesting Times': Learning for a Better Tomorrow

 The expression ‘May you live in interesting times’ has never been more relevant as it is now. Globally, we are witnessing and living through a period of history — in a variety of ways — that is unprecedented, uncertain and,  at times, surreal. In this respect, ‘interesting’ undersells these times but is nonetheless true. None of us know what is to come, but we do know that what was once normal is no longer such; we are changed as people and as a society. On many levels and in many ways, the world has had to adapt profoundly, and so also must organisations, those who work within and those who interact with them. This presents fundamental challenges for leaders and managers as they explore this new landscape with ever changing — and at times contradictory — guidance to understand and implement. No organisation or sector is unaffected, and leaders and managers have reacted and coped differently. 

There are important learnings to be taken from what leaders and managers have done to date, what they plan to do and what they wished they did differently. Making decisions and choices with incomplete information is typically the remit of leaders and managers, but there are few reference points to assist here. So, how do they do it and how can such experiences be applied to different contexts?

On the receiving end of this ‘new’ leadership and management are the stakeholders — employees, investors, suppliers, customers, the public to name a few — and it is critical to understand their perspectives, their needs, their fears and their uncertainties. How can these stakeholders help in making these decisions and is there now a requirement for a more collective, collaborative effort? Indeed, what are the implications for competition between organisations — do they battle with each other for a share of an uncertain and heavily depleted pie or unite in some way against a common threat to preserve their joint futures and that of their sector? Are we seeing the beginnings of a new economic and social model, or temporary and I reversible reactions? 

As researchers, we need to study leaders and managers — both those who succeed and those who do not — and their organisations in order to learn from them. If we can accept that we will be living in interesting times — in whatever shape — for many years to come, this is critically important and of social, professional and academic value.

Keynote Speaker

Prof Anthony J. Nyberg

Professor, Academic Director

Professor Anthony J. Nyberg teaches courses in negotiations, compensation and performance management, and research methods. His research focuses on how organizations compete through people, specifically the strategic role of pay in their attraction, emergence, retention and motivation, including those in the C-suite. Professor Nyberg’s work has been published in top academic journals. He serves as an associate editor for the Academy of Management Journal and on the editorial boards of other prestigious management journals. Professor Nyberg has received numerous awards for teaching, reviews and research including awards for best dissertation, best published manuscript (twice) and career success, including being named a Featured Scholar and a Breakthrough Rising Star by the University of South Carolina. He also received the Early Career Achievement award from the Academy of Management. His research has been highlighted in major international media outlets, including Business Week, Time Magazine, National Public Radio, US News & World Report, Harvard Business Review and CNBC. With a particular interest in dark leadership, Anthony’s insights will be valuable in pursuing a greater understanding of Leading and Managing in ‘Interesting Times’: Learning for a better tomorrow.


Meet The Editors

We are very pleased to announce that an online Meet The Editors session will take place at the conference on Wednesday 25th August from 11.45am to 1pm. The session will be moderated by the Chair of the Irish Academy of Management, Professor Anthony McDonnell (UCC), and will feature editors from the Irish Journal of Management, the European Management Review, the Journal of World Business, the Journal of Decision Systems and R&D Management.

This is sure to be a very interesting and valuable session and will be open to all registered at the conference. Further details regarding the session are available at the following link.

Submissions 2021

Registration Will Open In May 2021

The conference fees for virtual attendance are as follows:

General Rates

Institutional Member


no additional fees

Non-institutional Member


plus €60 individual membership fee

Student Rates

Student rate (Institutional Member)


no additional fees

Student rate (Non-Institutional Member)


plus €30 individual membership fee

Based on public health advice, the potential for in-person attendance will be reviewed. However, all attendees will be able to attend virtually.