There is a sovereign ceiling that constrains the development of organizations. The human impulse that breeds the enterprise, for-profit or non-profit, is rather inhibited than nurtured by the systems of collective administration. Enterprises, voluntary associations, and citizen actions, intertwine with public agencies to form an open systems society. The weaknesses of one sector overburdens the others, particularly when governments are ineffective, businesses are underperforming, and civil society disoriented. As a result, the distance between the human condition and the human potential is persistent. It remains unhindered by isomorphic mechanisms and incongruous theories ruling the private and public sectors. Changing the way companies, organizations, citizen associations, communities, and most notably, government, functions is a requisite to elevating the human condition.
The apparent consensus about the need to change, is replete with demands aimed at structure, whether intangible, such as laws and standards, or tangible, like information technology and physical infrastructure. However, the continuous and sustainable change required to navigate the ever-morphing world, requires an organic development of structure and agency.
Management as science and practice is called upon to play this role: Developing the dynamic and proactive capabilities of human systems through inclusive and empowering processes, touching the ensemble of the constituents, the structures, and the interactions between them. Implicit or explicit, management permeates all organization functions in all sectors of society.
Keeping the focus on nurturing human talent and wellbeing, prosperity and sustainability, this conference invites management scholars and practitioners to share their papers addressing business cases, non-profits, government administrations, but also, social, and environmental issues. For the sake of example, social issues could relate to inclusivity, gender equity, digital literacy, citizen engagement, and many others, and natural environment issues, like water responsibility, forest management, biodiversity conservation, solid waste management, energy transition, etc.
The conference committee invites papers that demonstrate relevance and originality with profound field work and elaborate literature. Although not conditional, the committee favors authorship inclusive of field representatives, and invites scholars, practitioners, and doctoral students to submit their papers, consulting cases, and doctoral research..
The Academy of Management, Management Consulting Division,
The International Society for Organizational Development and Change.
The event is organized with the close collaboration of VRR and various schools of USJ: ESIB, FLSH, ELFS, ISSP.