Workshops and Seminars at ISTR 2020
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Nonprofit Education Research Workshop

ARIMA International Colloquium 

Inspirations from the South

Knowledge Sharing to Preserve Civil Society Space

Human Resource Management and Employee Relations in the Nonprofit Sector

Professional Development Workshops


Pre-Conference Special Sessions

Nonprofit Education Research Summit: Discussing and Comparing Eastern and Western Nonprofit Higher Education Programs

Repertoires of Interaction: Cross-sector collaboration and confrontation in service delivery, governance and advocacy - ARIMA Colloquium 

Inspirations from the South: What theoretical lenses/methodological approaches produced in Latin America might nourish our research projects on social innovation and third sector?

Knowledge Sharing to Preserve Civil Society Space

Professional Development Workshops

Big Data Analytics

Qualitative methods master class

Quantitative methods master class

The Impact from Within: coping with depression and anxiety among PhD Students, discussion led by Fabio Prado Saldanha, HEC Montréal

Establishing and maintaining your professional internet presence, Andrew Heiss, Georgia State University & Sarah Stroup, Middlebury College

Nonprofit Education Research Summit: Discussing and Comparing Eastern and Western Nonprofit Higher Education Programs

9:00am – 5:00 pm

Beginning in the 1990s, the number of university-based programs to educate future leaders of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations has seen tremendous growth throughout the world (Mirabella, Hvenmark, & Larsson, 2019; Mirabella, 2015; Mirabella, Hvenmark, & Larsson, 2015; Murdock, Tekula, & Parra, 2013).  While we know quite a bit about these developments in the Western context (Malcolm, et. al., 2015; Mirabella, Hoffman, Teo & McDonald, 2019; Mirabella, Gemelli, Malcolm & Berger, 2007; Palmer & Bogdanova, 2008; Young, 1999), there has been far less written about these programs in the global south.  In the case of East Asia, there is probably only one major study available examining university-based education, focused on the case of China (Zhang & Guo, 2015).  A group of scholars from Southeast Asia has been working for several years to fill this knowledge gap through a comprehensive regional study of the current state of nonprofit management education programs.  The proposed summit to be held in Montreal in conjunction with the ISTR Bi-Annual Conference will provide an opportunity for these researchers to share their findings to date, compare and contrast findings on a country, regional and international basis, and receive feedback from leading NGO education scholars.  . Those presenting at the summit will trace the development of nonprofit education programs in East Asia, determine the extent to which curricular options for future nonprofit leaders exist in these countries, and explore the challenges presented to future programmatic development by the social, economic and political environments of the region.


  • Nonprofit education in China, HongKong, and Macau: Qihai Cai, City University of Hong Kong
  • Nonprofit education in Japan - Aya Okada, Tohoku University & Yu Ishida, Miyagi University
  • Nonprofit education in Korea - Sung-Ju Kim, North Carolina State University & Bok Gyo Jeong, Kean University
  • Nonprofit education in Singapore - Sung-Ju Kim, North Carolina State University & Bok Gyo Jeong, Kean University
  • Nonprofit education in Taiwan - Helen K. Liu, National Taiwan University


  • Norm Dolch, University of North Texas
  • Angela Eikenberry, University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Roseanne Mirabella, Seton Hall University
  • Maureen Feit, Seattle University

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Click here to register for the Summit. 

For other questions please contact: Sung-Ju Kim (


The ARIMA partnership announces that it will hold an international colloquium 

Repertoires of Interaction: Cross-sector collaboration and confrontation in service delivery, governance and advocacy 

Researchers, students and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts that open the "black box" of micro-level interaction between civil society actors and those in the public or private sectors, for example, in situations of co-production, network governance or advocacy.

Proposals can be submitted in French or in English and must be submitted before October 262019 to:

ARIMA is a Québec-based research partnership supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). It focuses on knowledge development and knowledge mobilisation with respect to social action and intervention networks. It unites researchers and practitioners from the public and community or third sectors, who together to explore the methods and ramifications of new forms of governance that mandate local service and planning networks for dealing with complex social problems, and their impact on the development of social innovation and alternative practices.

For more information, contact Maryse Rivard at:




Inspirations from the South: What theoretical lenses/methodological approaches produced in Latin America might nourish our research projects on social innovation and third sector?

Date: 9h30 to 16h30 (with 1h30 break for a lunch)

Deadline to register: May 31, 2021 or until all spots are filled 


ISTR - International Society for Third Sector Research

CRISES HEC Montreal – Center for research on social innovations

Brief description

This workshop seeks to present and discuss what we call ‘inspirations from the South’ in order to promote and nourish an intense North/South dialogue, particularly in the domain of social innovation. Despite the existence of a large body of literature that incorporates a variety of approaches, it should be noted that prevailing social innovation concepts/publications are essentially European and North American. The academic world that is interested in social innovation reproduces the same pattern of cultural domination and colonization of the imaginary that is condemned to other areas of the so-called ‘science’ (Pozzebon et al., 2019). In this workshop, we argue for the value of a greater South-North knowledge sharing by providing an overview of the theoretical traditions coming from Latin America. This includes post-development and buen vivir, participatory action research and social technologies, to cite a few. Although presenting different historical trajectories, what all those streams share is a cultural and political positioning aligned with post-colonialism and post-scientism, challenging numerous premises of the Western vision of progress and science, including the supremacy of technical/scientific knowledge and emphasizing the importance of a higher local/peripherical protagonism.

This workshop will promote reflection and exchange about the possibilities of integrating more purposively Latin American theoretical lenses and methodological approaches in our research projects. The workshop is organized in two parts. In the morning, different participants will introduce different streams, each one debated and discussed to have the core assumptions and main concepts presented. In the afternoon, the participants will be organized in different tables to discuss and work together around one of the streams from the South. Each table will produce a one-page with the results of their discussion. The workshop will end with the organization of one agenda for future activities.    


Marlei Pozzebon – HEC Montréal & FGV/EAESP


Sonia Tello-Rozas – ESG UQAM

Armindo dos Santos de Souza Teodósio – PUC Minas

Chantale Mailhot – HEC Montreal

Adriana Ferrarini – UNISINOS

Erika Licon – Concordia University

Expected number of participants: 30

Criteria for participation: People interested to participate in the workshop should send one-page explaining her(his) connection with theoretical lenses or methodological approaches produced in Latin America and how she(he) will contribute to the theme of the workshop. 

Proposals (one-page) can be submitted in French, English, Spanish or Portuguese before May 31, 2021, to :


Knowledge Sharing to Preserve Civil Society Space

Time: 9:30-17:00


Deadline to register: May 31, 2021 or until all spots are filled 

Register here: 

The Global Nonprofit Data Workshop, co-organized with Michael Lenczner and Jesse Bourns (Ajah / Powered by Data), Elizabeth Bloodgood (Concordia University/GRNDS), Wendy Wong (University of Toronto/GRNDS), and Sarah Stroup (Middlebury College/GRNDS), brings together nonprofit data experts from NGOs, government, and academia to engage in knowledge sharing around how to develop better nonprofit data environments. Nonprofit data environments, including all available information about themselves, their funders, their governments, and their clients, can enable robust nonprofits working more effectively in collaboration with other nonprofits and their local and national governments. At this point, however, there is limited knowledge of what data is available across national contexts, much less how to provide useful access to nonprofit organizations. The workshop will spend the day first examining the nature of current nonprofit data projects at nonprofits, foundations, and academic institutions such as the Open Government Partnership, the Open Nonprofit Data Collaborative, and the Global Registry of Nonprofit Data Sources, in order to understand how access to data and analysis using this information can be enhanced to empower nonprofits, especially smaller nonprofits and organizations in the Global South, and to develop infrastructure to encourage collaboration between the interested actors for better practices in data collection and use at national and global levels.

Some of the questions that this workshop will explore include: What kinds of data are currently available and where should access be expanded? How can the nonprofit sector encourage government to be more responsive to the data needs of the sector? What mechanisms are available to ask for more data, and how well do these work? 

Human Resource Management and Employee Relations in the Nonprofit Sector: A comparative look at practice

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

This event is a coordinated series of sessions that will be scheduled during conference session.

To receive more information about this series of events, sign up here.

From the perspective of nonprofit organizations, HR and employee relations are fraught with challenges. Faced with multiple pressures of increasing employment growth and Millennial patterns of job tenure, coupled with increasing service demands, nonprofit organizations recognize the benefits of enhancing HR management within their organizations but often face multiple roadblocks to implementation. Despite a growing area of research on the nature and challenges of employee relations in nonprofits (Baluch, 2016; Cunningham & James, 2009; Cunningham, 2010; Cunningham, Hearne, & James, 2013), there is still a significant gap in our understanding of key concepts.

In the morning, a roundtable event will bring nonprofit human resource (HR) scholars and practitioners together to discuss major HR and employment trends, dimensions and issues in nonprofit organizations. Recognizing that there are common challenges in employment relations in nonprofit organizations regardless of geographic location, the roundtable event provides a rare opportunity for mutual exchange among and between organizations and scholars on HR issues. The roundtable format affords a convivial setting for ideas exchange and networking among nonprofit HR practitioners and researchers alike.

In the afternoon, a panel discussion will then bridge academia and practice.

Scholars in nonprofit HR will explore current practice from the perspective of their own research specialty, showcasing front-line responses to internal and external influences. This panel follows a half-day workshop that brings together nonprofit HR practitioners and researchers.

Roundtable Speakers:

  • Odette Trépanier, General Manager, Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre en économie sociale et action communautaire (CSMO-ESAC, Social Economy and Community Action Workforce Sectoral Committee), Québec

  • Liberty Hacala, former HR Generalist Rexdale Community Health Centre
  • Sonia Ifidon, Senior Program Officer, Centre for Youths Integrated Development, Abuja, Nigeria

Panel Presenters:

  • Kunle Akingbola, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration, Lakehead University

  • Alina Baluch, Senior Lecturer in Management, University of St Andrews

  • Valérie Michaud, Associate Professor, École des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal

To learn more about this event,sign up here

Professional Development Workshops

Big Data Analytics

Qualitative methods master class

Quantitative methods master class

What Does the Internet Say About You? Digital Identities for AcademicsAndrew Heiss, Georgia State University & Sarah Stroup, Middlebury College.  Why should academics cultivate a web presence?  How can a digital identity improve your research and build professional networks?  Which platforms are most useful?  In this workshop, our goal is to share practical tips about whether, how, and where to develop digital identities.

The Impact From Within: Voicing Our Emotions in Research facilitated discussion led by Fabio Prado Saldanha, HEC Montréal.  Please contact Fabio ( if you are willing to sign up to help get the conversation started during the workshop.

The intention of this workshop is to create a space where PhD students, scholars at different career stages, and practitioners may voice some of the personal issues they have experienced while doing research, such as experiencing feelings of rejection, failure, judgement, isolation, procrastination and pressure to excel. Through a fishbowl format of interaction, we will start off the conversation and invite participants to join the conversation at any time. And then together we will discuss and share different strategies for coping with these stresses in our work.

In the organization and management research, much have been said about critical performativity, critical reflexivity and even diffractive approaches  to make researchers aware of the impact of their research on individuals, communities, police-making and society in general. However, few if any studies in these literatures stress the tensions that organizational and management PhD students and scholars undergo during the process of research itself. Although these issues are subject of large research on psychology– paying a particular attention to medical students –, it is not uncommon to notice that many doctoral students and scholars in other fields experience similarly stressful conditions that we find in the literature. In addition, rare are the places in the academia where feelings are clearly expressed and explanations provided about how people coped with them, which corroborates the idea that openly voicing our emotions is still a taboo.

Discussants are not previously determined: it is the audience in itself that is aimed to co-create the discussion. Although the themes will be emergent-oriented, we will suggest some topics to discuss such as family-work balance, insecurities about choices made, etc., with the intention to share strategies that scholars developed to cope with their vulnerable situations in research.


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