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11th International Critical Management Studies Conference

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Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29, 2019
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The Open University Business School's Department for People and Organisations is excited to host the 11th International Critical Management Studies Conference 2019, in collaboration with VIDA. The theme of the conference will be around “Precarious Presents, Open Futures”.

In this spirit, we are enthusiastic in our desire to foster discussions, papers, installations and interventions regarding what it means for societies and organisations to be “open” in the 21st century. This includes, but it is not limited to:

  • how being open is under attack by renewed discourses of individualised privilege and “closure”.
  • what currently constitutes a radical or even revolutionary form of political, economic, historical, and ethical openness in organisations and management, and the possibilities of what this could look like in the future. 

We are thus interested in critical interventions that explore timely and new concepts such as:

  • digital inclusion
  • decolonising data management
  • 'trans-human' management
  • open sourced organisations
  • virtual progress
  • global solidarity
  • mobile organising

These themes all critically interrogate the ways that technologies and emerging forms of organisation can subvert established identities, processes and practices, values / ideals and open up space for new and marginalised voices to shape the present and future. Just as importantly, we are committed to “opening up” how a conference is organised and managed – inviting collaborative and creative spaces for constructing knowledge sharing between academics, activists, practitioners, artists, and policy makers.

Call to Participants

Workshop: The pervasive problem of sexual harassment CMS 2019

The pervasive problem of sexual harassment: Naming and sharing latest research and institutional action

Convenors: Charlotte KaramBanu Ozkazanc-Pan, Alison Pullen, Adriana Rampazo, Juliana Teixera

Sexual harassment is a pervasive problem experienced by individuals in a variety of contexts including in higher education, housing, workplaces, public spaces, and online. This workshop brings together CMS colleagues to discuss the transnational prevalence of sexual harassment across spaces and places. Download the full document for more information.

Places are on a first come, first served basis. Please register for this workshop by 15 June 2019.

Email to register Download the document

Call to Participants and Bursary Applicants

Symposium: Doctoral and Early Career Symposium on Academic Creativity and Openness

Are you a Doctoral researcher or an early-career academic? Would you like to meet others and make friends ahead of the CMS conference? Would you like to spend a day thinking, talking and learning about doing academia differently with established as well as emerging scholars? If so, please sign up for our symposium, which will take place the day before the CMS conference.

We have an exciting line-up of speakers and facilitators running creative sessions on writing and teaching differently, career problem solving, opening up publishing, power and resistance strategies, collaborating with technology, academic activism, and critical friendship. Generously funded by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and The Open University Business School, the symposium is free to attend, and a number of bursaries are available to cover expenses for those in need of financial assistance.

Places are limited, so please sign up as soon as possible ahead of the 31st March application deadline. For more information about the symposium and how to apply to attend, please click on the link below.

More information on the Symposium

Best PhD Paper in Management Learning and Education

We are inviting submissions for the Best PhD Paper in Management Learning and Education award sponsored by the journal Management Learning. This award is open to PhD students who have recently completed their PhD or are in the later stages of writing up their thesis. The award will be given to the paper that best illustrates critical and reflexive scholarship on organisation and learning. Papers may be single authored or joint authored, provided the PhD student is first author. The winner will receive assistance from the journal's editorial team in the preparation of the paper for submission to Management Learning. The deadline is 31 May 2019, for further details please download this PDF document.


The abstract deadline for all streams has now passed. We will provide further details about how these streams will work at the conference in due course.

News and announcements

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker at the conference will be Dr. Priyamvada Gopal of the University of Cambridge. There will also be a plenary session showing the film Educating Rita with a panel made up of Professor Carole Elliott (Roehampton University), Professor Martin Parker (University of Bristol) and Open University academics.

We expect registration to open in late February - early March 2019.

Further information will follow soon including workshops, installations, interventions and other events.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 09:00 to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 17:00
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
CMS Event Team

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