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2nd PUPOL (Public and Political Leadership) Conference

Call for papers for the 2nd Public and Political Leadership conference to be held at The Open University in Milton Keynes (UK) on 6th-7th April 2017.  An optional pre-conference visit to the UK Parliament in Westminster is planned. 

The theme of the conference is ‘Leadership for Public and Social Value’ and the organizers will develop a proposal for a special issue in a leading international academic journal, based on the best accepted full papers.

The first conference was successfully held at Radboud University, Nijmegen (NL) in April 2016.  The conference is small and provides good time for each paper to be fully discussed with colleagues. 

The PUPOL Board members are Professors Ludger Helms, Paul ‘t Hart and Jean Hartley.  

Please note that the closing date for abstracts [500 words] is 15/11/2016. Informal enquiries can be made to

For more information, click here.







We are excited to open the call for proposals for the 2017 Research Conference of the Public Management Research Association (PMRA). The PMRA furthers research on public organizations and their management by organizing and sponsoring an annual Public Management Research Conference as well as other conferences and symposia; stimulating research through other print and electronic platforms, advancing professional and academic opportunities, and serving as a voice for the public management research community ( The PMRA owns The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), one of the field’s premier journals. It also recently initiated a new journal Perspectives on Public Management & Governance. The School of Public Affairs at the American University will host the 2017 PMRA Conference, June 8-10, 2017.

The 2017 PMRA Conference Program Committee consists of Committee Chair Anna Amirkhanyan (American University), Robert Christensen (Brigham Young University), Amanda Girth (The Ohio State University), Tima Moldogaziev (The University of Georgia), Alasdair Roberts (University of Missouri), Dan Smith (The University of Delaware), Lars Tummers (Utrecht University), and Brian Williams (The University of Georgia).

Individual Paper Proposals. The program committee welcomes proposals featuring high quality theoretical, qualitative, or quantitative research. Empirical proposals will be evaluated based on the significance and quality of the research question, design, methods, data, and implications. The program committee also welcomes theoretical proposals. Theoretical proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which the proposal provides insight into a compelling public management subject, identifies foundational assumptions and key concepts, and results in testable hypotheses.

Full Panel Proposals. The program committee encourages the submission of complete panels consisting of four individual papers and a chair. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that tackle compelling research questions or subjects of study in public management. The panel organizer will formally make the submission on behalf of the full panel. The panel organizer will also provide information on the overall theme of the panel and indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel’s theme. The panel submission should include information on the panel chair. Each of the papers in the panel will be evaluated separately on whether the piece meets the criteria for individual paper submissions. The program committee may drop or add papers to proposed panels.

Additional Information on Paper and Panel Proposals. All proposals will be evaluated using a double-blind peer review process with the program committee serving as the evaluators. Participants will be able to choose to submit a paper or panel. Paper proposals should be no more than 400 words. Panel proposals should include a panel title and description (400 words or less), as well as four individual paper proposals (400 words or less each). A person may submit no more than two proposals (including both single-authored and co-authored papers). Individuals will be limited to two acceptances. The online submission system will be available beginning October 1, 2016. All proposals must be submitted no later than November 30, 2016. Notifications of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent by January 31, 2017. If a proposal is accepted, the presenter must register for the conference in order to participate. Persons interested in serving as panel chairs should email Anna Amirkhanyan at


Pre-Conference Workshops. The conference will feature a limited number of pre-conference sessions and workshops to be held on June 8, 2017, the first day of the PMRA Conference. These sessions are meant to be very engaged learning opportunities, and we encourage workshop proposals on any topic that has significant potential for advancing public management research and impact. Sessions/workshops will typically be planned as half day or full day.

Proposals for pre-conference sessions and workshops must be submitted through the online system and include the following information: 1) Title, 2) Statement of objectives and scholarly importance, 3) Detail on the length and format of the session, 4) Names and affiliations of session organizers and leaders, 5) Ideal number of participants. The proposals should not exceed 1000 words in length. Submissions for pre-conference workshops are due on November 30, 2016 and decisions will be made in March 2017. Submission. Online submissions may be made through by November 30, 2016. Any questions regarding the proposal submission process may be directed to Anna Amirkhanyan at We look forward to your submission!



Call for Papers:
International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship 2017
ACSEP, National University of Singapore Business School
21 April 2017, Singapore

The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the National University of
Singapore Business School invites submissions for International Symposium on Social
Entrepreneurship (ISSE) 2017. The Symposium will be held on the campus of the National University
of Singapore on 21 April 2017. Travel and accommodation assistance may be provided to speakers on
a case by case basis.

Social entrepreneurship has emerged as an active field of practice and research in last three decades.
ISSE is conceived to provide a platform for academic researchers, social entrepreneurs and various
stakeholders to share their knowledge and expertise in the development of social enterprises. ISSE
consists of both invited industry talks and academic paper presentations.

ISSE 2017 will focus on impact assessment of social enterprises. Submitted academic papers must be
unpublished original work. A list of possible topics includes:
 Examples and case studies of impact assessment metrics, indicators, and frameworks adopted
by social enterprises. Sample impact assessment frameworks include B-lab, Impact Reporting
and Investment Standards (IRIS), social return on investment (SROI), balanced scorecard,
modified scorecard, blended value accounting (BVA), social impact assessment (SIA) or
 Comparative study on the commonality and differences of the impact assessment adopted by
social enterprises in different countries, sectors, organisational forms, or stages of development.
 The interlink among the theory of change, impact assessment and future performance in social

Paper submission
Submissions may be made by email to Ms Lydia Chan ( The submission
deadline is 30 November 2016. The paper acceptance will be notified by the end of February 2017.
Accepted papers will be published as symposium proceedings on ACSEP website. ISSE 2016
proceedings can be found in the following link:

To learn more, click here.





16th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies 

22-23 June 2017


Hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin, Ireland 

Full details can be found at: 

This call is open until the 1st December 2016.

For more information, please go to:

Also, after a very successful first year we will running the 2nd Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards. 

For more information, and to enter the competition see:




Special Issue Call for Papers

Title of Journal:         Management Decision

Special Issue Title:       Organizing for social innovation: tensions and paradoxes of managing social and collective enterprises


Guest Editors:

Emmanuel Raufflet

Valérie Michaud

Chris Cornforth



Social innovation has gained a central place in research, public policy, and for the economy (in organizations).


On the research front:  Several social innovation research centers have been created recently in North and Latin America and Europe, based on different intellectual traditions/ disciplines, as well as research methods (from more participatory to more classical research methods). A recent open book maps these advances (See attach).


On the public policy front: several governments have elaborated and funded social innovation policies including the European Union, the Government of Quebec, Canada among others.


On the economic front: in the context of post-industrial societies and economies, social innovation is recognized as a source of value creation for society, territories, organizations as well as a novel way to address complex challenges for which classical economic paradigms are not best suited.


Yet not only is the social innovation topic timely, the challenges of managing social enterprises (where lots of social innovation take place) and their inherent paradoxes also appear of particular relevance. More specifically, we observe two blooming communities of scholars, which we aim to bring together through this special issue.


The first one is interested in the management of organizational tensions and paradoxes. This community is highly dynamic, and fast growing. As case in point, the all-time record for submissions generated for a special issue of Organization Studies was recently set by a special issue on the paradox topic. Institutionally speaking, 2015 was also marked by approval, by the EGOS board, of a dedicated “standing-working group” status for the paradox subtheme. The paradox community covers a wide range of paradoxes: exploration-exploitation, control-autonomy, continuity-change, just to name a few. Our proposed special issue would generate new insights on some paradoxes that have more recently gained interest - the tensions between social and financial goals - and on others that have, to our knowledge, not yet been explored in the paradox literature, such as the paradoxes between innovation and institutionalization, common to social innovation processes of diffusion, through scaling up projects. 


The second community is composed of researchers interested in social enterprises, whether these are individual or collective initiatives, hybrids and other pluralistic organizations that foster social innovation. While the social enterprise management literature often refers to the social-purpose business US model, in Europe and Quebec, traditionally, the focus has been on social and solidarity organizations (co-operatives, nonprofits).


This special issue of Management Decision


By adopting an explicitly open conception of the organizational forms in/for which social innovation can emerge, this special issue aims to encourage comparisons and dialogue between communities of researchers on social enterprises, largely defined.  It will focus more particularly on the challenges of organizing (for) social innovation in social enterprises with the following three guiding questions:


Organizing/organizations and social innovation: What are the forms, processes and impacts of organizing (for) social innovation in social enterprises? What forms of organizing are more prone to generating social innovation? How do social enterprises (largely defined) organize and shape the dynamics between social innovation and social transformation?


Social innovation in/between sectors, and for social transformation:

To what extent does social innovation in social enterprises differ in its antecedents, processes, and outcomes from social innovation that emerges in other sectors (traditional for-profit, government) in which it emerges? What are the potential and limitations of social innovation through inter-sectoral collaboration involving social enterprises?


Social innovation and tensions:

What are the concrete tensions experienced in organizing (for) social innovation in social enterprises? How are they managed? Does their management differ according to the type of social enterprise studied (e.g. BCorps, co-operatives, nonprofits, hybrids and cross-sector collaborations, etc.)

How is the innovation-institutionalization tension experienced and dealt with, as local, grassroots projects are being scaled up and social franchises developed? And finally, does social innovation generate tensions, or is this the other way around, in social enterprises?


Submission Procedure:


Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here:


Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at:


Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.


Key Dates:

Submission Deadline:                   January 2017

Expected publication date:           Early 2018



Call for Submissions
Philanthropy & Education is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the inaugural November 2016 publication. The journal is sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University and published by Indiana University Press.
The journal’s mission is to promote scholarship and inform practice around philanthropy, which is broadly defined as including, but not limited to: fundraising, volunteerism, civic engagement, alumni relations, corporate social responsibility, prosocial behavior development, and the professionalization of the field of practice. Thus, Philanthropy & Education seeks to publish empirical and scholarly studies that are accessible to practitioners with clear implication for implementation.
The Editorial Board will welcome papers from all aspects of education (K-20+), both domestically and internationally, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to: anthropology, economics, history, law, management, political science, psychology, public administration, religious studies, social work, and sociology. To further the journal's mission, Philanthropy & Education encourages submissions from scholar-practitioners, particularly those who have recently completed their dissertations.
More information about Philanthropy & Education, as well as detailed submission guidelines and instructions, can be found here: Question can be directed to:
We look forward to reviewing exciting submissions in the coming months





The John D. Gerhart Center is currently accepting abstract submissions for its Fifth Annual Conference on Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE on November 11-12, 2015.

Takaful is an annual regional meeting of scholars, young researchers, policy-makers, activists 

and practitioners in the field of philanthropy and civic engagement, both from within and outside the Arab region. The conference is structured to encourage interaction between scholarly analysis and lived experience, with the hope of contributing to sound policy and practice in philanthropy and civic engagement.

Takaful 2015 will be hosted by the Gerhart Center in cooperation with the CSR division of Al Ahly Holding group.


Interested researchers are invited to submit an abstract for their paper: click here:


For more information on thematic areas covered this year and abstract submission process kindly click here



Open call for Papers
The Ugandan Journal of Management and Public Policy Studies
Full paper

We are pleased to invite you to submit your manuscripts to the Ugandan Journal of Management and
Public Policy Studies (UJMPPS). The Journal accepts manuscripts from subscribers throughout the year.
It accepts original theoretical and empirical research articles, essays as well as reviewed articles and
books related to management throughout the year. The article submitted should not have been submitted
in any other journal.

UJMPPS is a multidisciplinary internationally peer-reviewed journal publishing a wide range of
articles in the fields of public administration and management, governance, leadership and public policy.

UJMPPS is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across the Management Discipline. Thus the
journal covers all management related subjects and welcomes submission of manuscripts that meets the
general criteria of significance to management discipline and scientific excellence. The journal welcomes;
-Original articles in basic and applied research
-Case studies
-Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

The journal has a distinguished editorial advisory board with extensive international scholarship and this
ensures that the journal maintains high scientific standards and has a broad international coverage. A
current list of the editorial advisory board and journal's editors can be found at

We invite you to submit your manuscript (s) to:; and or
for publication. If for any reason submission through the above addresses is not possible send your
submission to the Chief Editor – Proscovia Namubiru, PhD, and or to the
Managing Editor-Rose B. Namara, PhD, as an MS-Word file attachment. Once a
manuscript has been received, it will undergo a rigorous peer-reviewing process before acceptance.
Normally a paper will normally be referred back to the author with reviewer’s comments before a final
issue is submitted. Once fully accepted, the paper will be published in the next issue. Any article
submitted should meet the UJMPPS guidelines. The Editors reserve the right to reject any submitted
article which does not conform to the guidelines.

To read the full call, click here.



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