Conference Theme: Does Management Matter?
The theme of this year’s conference reflects the dynamic nature of the business landscape. In light of the social, political and economic turbulence of recent years, there is a need to re-examine how organisations have been affected and subsequently have reacted to these developments. More pressing for management scholars is the need to reflect on the role of ‘management’ against the backdrop of this unrest.
Certainly, the urgency of change affecting organisations requires a re-evaluation of what is expected of managers in contemporary firms. Relatedly, what managers themselves now expect of the organisation is a growing line of enquiry too. Indeed, how both employees and employers have reacted to changes in the work environment such as the diversification of employment contracts, have given rise to the emergence of a more individual-led association between both parties, often weakening the centrality of the manager in maintaining an effective employment relationship. However, the advent of new forms of organisations yields novel work arrangements thus creating different requirements for managers at the same time. It may be a case that management is evolving not devolving. Nonetheless, established thought and prevailing truths in management scholarship are being challenged by changes at macro, meso and micro levels. Consequently, it is time for academics to pause and reflect on the consequences of these developments for management.
Cork is Ireland’s second largest city but the locals consider it the ‘real capital of Ireland’! The city centre is surrounded by interesting waterways and is full ofexcellent restaurants driving a burgeoning food scene. The River Lee flows around the centre, an island packed with grand Georgian parades, cramped 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces such as the Opera House, Crawford Art Gallery and the famous English Market. St Patrick’s Street runs from St Patrick’s Bridge on the North Channel of the River Lee, through the city’s main shopping and commercial area, to the Georgian Grand Parade, which leads to the river’s South Channel. North and south of St Patrick’s Street lie the city’s most entertaining quarters: webs of narrow streets crammed with pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops.
Cork’s dynamism is reflected in contemporary buildings, bars and artscentres. The best of the city is still happily traditional – snug pubs with live-music sessions most of the week, excellent local produce and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals. Within a short distance of the city are the legendary Blarney Stone and Castle, the historic town of Kinsale, and the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. The county of Cork is within the province of Munster and is within driving distance of the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, the botanically important Burren Region, Bunratty Castle, the Ring of Kerry, and the lakes of Killarney.
Information on travelling to Cork and accommodation for the conference can be found here, while details on registration and submissions are available here. For more information on the conference schedule please visit here.
We are delighted to welcome two high profile keynote speakers to the conference:
Professor Carol T. Kulik is a Research Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of South Australia Business School, and a senior researcher within the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX). Her research focuses on the effective management of workforce diversity and organisational fairness. Current projects are investigating strategies for closing the gender gap in salary negotiations, reducing stereotype threat among mature-age workers, and motivating organisations to invest in diversity management practice. Professor Kulik has been an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Management. She is in a 5-year leadership track at the Academy of Management (AOM); the track includes serving as AOM President in 2019.
The title of Professor Kulik's keynote is Gender equity initiatives: Good intentions and unintended consequences.
Researching gender equity issues can be a dispiriting endeavour. For decades, researchers have documented the low representation of women in senior management roles and lamented the gender gap in salary. Today there may be new cause for optimism as more countries leverage their legislative and regulatory powers to motivate organizations to be more proactive and more innovative in their gender equity efforts. For example, Australia’s ASX Corporate Governance Council introduced reporting standards requiring organizations to disclose the number of women at senior levels on an “if not, why not?” basis. The reporting standards are widely credited with a spike in the number of women occupying board and senior management positions but research suggests that the standards may have equivocal – and ironic – long run effects on gender equity. The keynote will celebrate the good intentions evident in the activity surge around gender equity but will also highlight some unintended consequences. In particular, the keynote will encourage researchers to reflect on how we can best approach the study of gender equity to ensure that our research plays a positive role in public debates.
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett (DSM) is Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces.
He has forty two years’ service in the Irish Defence Forces and is the first naval officer to serve as Chief of Defence. He is a recognized change leader, contributing to ongoing transformation and positioning the Irish forces in a post-modern setting. Vice Admiral Mellett has extensive experience at home and abroad, including in Afghanistan and Lebanon, in combined and joint operational missions. He has service as a specialist Naval Diving Officer and Commander of three seagoing commands. Vice Admiral Mellett is a champion of internal and external organisational diversity. An advocate for better gender balance in the forces, he led the introduction of a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy in the Defence Forces (the first of its kind in the Irish Public Service). He is a strong advocate of external networks and partnership with other militaries, state bodies, research institutes and enterprise. He was co-founder of the Irish Maritime and Energy Resources Cluster, an innovation partnership between the military, academia, and enterprise, which received the Prime Minister’s Public Service Excellence Award in 2012. Holder of a Doctorate in Political Science and a Masters in Government and Public Policy, Admiral Mellett has a keen interest in research with a focus on European security, innovation, diversity and values-based leadership. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at University College Cork.
The title of Vice Admiral Mellett's keynote is ‘No man is an island, in pursuit of wisdom while leading in complexity’.
In telling his story Vice Admiral Mellett draws on the poem of John Donne ‘No man is an Island’ intimating that organizations, indeed states do not have all the answers. Using the macro level as a backdrop he paints a picture of accelerating complexity with implications for human, organizational and state security. In his keynote he advocates firstly for innovation and organizational diversity, leveraging internal and external networks. Secondly in arguing that values provide the bridge between understanding and wisdom, he reflects on the importance of institutionalised values interlinked with norms and principles (including inter alia, gender equality, cross cutting arrangements, diversity and inclusion) to enhance resilience and success. He comments on the negative impacts of egos and the debilitating effect of inappropriate silos. Finally he argues the key at every level is values based leadership which promotes greater autonomy, employee voice and risk management, acknowledging that mistakes are inevitable in complex organizations and are best viewed as ‘portals of discovery’.
For this year’s conference, we invite submissions however broadly, in the following tracks:
- Accounting, Finance and Corporate Governance chaired by Dr. Michelle Carr
- Education, Teaching and Learning chaired by Associate Professor Brendan Boyle
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management chaired by Dr. Eric Clinton
- Industrial Relations chaired by Dr. Michelle O'Sullivan and Dr. Lorraine Ryan
- Human Resource Management chaired by Dr. Alma McCarthy and Dr. Thomas Hippler
- CSR, Business Ethics and Sustainability chaired by Associate Professor Tanusree Jain
- Operations and Distribution Management chaired by Professor Graham Heaslip
- Strategic Management chaired by Professor James Cunningham
- Leadership & Organisational Behaviour chaired by Dr. Sarah Kieran and Dr. Sarah MacCurtain
- Critical, Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Management chaired by Associate Professor Na Fu
- International Business chaired by Dr. Kieran Conroy
- Technology and Innovation Management chaired by Dr. Eoin Whelan and Roger Sweetman
- Marketing and Services Management chaired by Dr. Christina O'Connor
- Healthcare and Public Sector Management chaired by Dr. Vivienne Byers
- Tourism, Hospitality and Food chaired by Dr. Noel Murray
In addition to the keynote speeches and paper presentations, the conference will also feature:
- a Doctoral Colloquium chaired by Professor Matthias Beck. The focus of this Doctoral Colloquium is on the role of publications and conference presentations during the PhD journey. Professor Beck and Gail Sheppard, a final year PhD student at UCC, will discuss the role these activities have played for them and ask the audience to reflect on their own experiences in this regard.
- a Meet the Editors session with Professor David Collings (Journal of World Business), Professor Anthony McDonnell (Human Resource Management Journal), Professor James Cunningham (The Journal of Technology Transfer)
- an Early Career Workshop led by Dr. Christine Cross, IAM Vice Chair
- a symposium on research funding led by Dr. Sean Lucey (Research Manager, College of Business and Law, UCC)
- Irish Academy of Management Special Interest Groups symposia