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Doctoral and Early Career Symposium on Academic Creativity and Openness

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:30 to 18:30
The Library, The Open University, Milton Keynes
Alexandra Bristow

We are pleased to announce this symposium on academic creativity and openness for PhD researchers and early career academics working in the field of management. The aim of the symposium is to ‘open up’ academic work and careers in order to help participants create new, innovative solutions to some of the complex tensions and dilemmas academics face today.

The symposium is generously funded by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) grant for Developing the Management Studies Community, and by The Open University Business School. As the result of the funding, the event is free to attend, and we also have bursaries available to help those participants who would otherwise struggle to attend. For more information about this symposium please see the attached PDF document.

Key details

Timing: Wednesday 26th June 2019, 10:30 – 18:30 (GMT). This is the day before the International Critical Management Studies Conference starts, providing an ideal opportunity for delegates to attend both events. However, there is no obligation to do so.

Location: The Library (Seminar rooms 1, 2, 4 and 5), The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Cost: Free to attend, multiple bursaries available

Eligibility: Doctoral students and early-career academics working in the field of management

Registration: The application deadline for the symposium has now passed. Participants will be informed of the outcome by the end of April.

Symposium speakers and facilitators

  • Dr Katie Beavan, University of the West of England
  • Dr Sadhvi Dar, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Sarah Gilmore, University of Cardiff
  • Prof Nancy Harding, University of Bath
  • Dr Laura Mitchell, Researcher, Consultant and founder of Seriously Learned
  • Dr Olivier Ratle, University of the West of England
  • Dr Sarah Robinson, University of Glasgow
  • Prof Martyna Sliwa, University of Essex
  • Dr Jenna Ward, University of Leicester

International Critical Management Studies Conference

The symposium takes place the day before the 11th International Critical Management Studies conference, also at The Open University. Although there is no obligation to do so, as we suggested above, participants could make the most of their stay in Milton Keynes by attending both events. For those who choose to do so, the symposium will provide an opportunity to make friends and connections that can grow further during the CMS conference.

Getting to and around Milton Keynes and the OU

Milton Keynes has the advantage of being centrally-located within the UK and, through excellent train connections, easily accessible from both London and Birmingham international airports.

Travel advice can be found here. In addition to the public buses serving The Open University, the University operates its own peak hour station shuttle bus (this is a comfortable coach run by Souls). Further information about buses and links to timetables can be found here.

Skyline is the University’s preferred taxi supplier: 01908 222111.

The symposium will be held on the Open University main campus, in the Library, seminar rooms 1, 2, 4 and 5. A campus map can be found here (please note that this is the Walton Hall campus, not the East Campus).

Parking on campus is free. We ask that you park in the South West car park only. This can be found on the map above and is a very short walk to and from the Library, where the event is being held.  


Information about local hotels can be found on the 11th International CMS conference website.

There are also many Airbnb spaces available for rent in the Milton Keynes area. Please search using the Walton Hall postcode: MK7 6AA to determine the distance between each space and campus.


For questions about the symposium, please contact Alexandra Bristow.


Please see the attached PDF document for a full list of references.