Past Conferences & Workshops

Aston University’s El Shaarani Research Centre in Islamic Business & Finance and Durham University’s  Islamic Economics & Finance Centre

First Annual Symposium

Date: 3-4 December 2011
Venue: Aston Business School (Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre)


Symposium theme

Analytical and Empirical Research in Islamic Finance, Economics and Law

Symposium’s Objectives

To offer a venue for thorough review and discussion by selected Islamic Finance Experts of the analytical and empirical research in Islamic Finance and the means to advance this type of research.

To lay the ground for a future regular event that will review and advance this type of research

The Symposium will cover analytical and empirical research in four tracks: Accounting; Economics; Finance and Law

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Professor Hugh Willmott: Taylorizing Business School Scholarship: On the Performative Effects of Journal Ranking Lists 

(Jointly authored with John Mingers, University of Kent)

  • Date: 22 November 2011
  • Time: 13:00- 15:00
  • Room: TBC
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To reserve a place please email Maria Podsiadly m.podsiadly@aston.ac.uk

Management Accounting Research Group Conference 

Date: 17-18 November 2011
Venue: Aston Business School, Birmingham

ABS Contact (administration) :Maria Podsiadly, Tel +44 (0) 121 204 3368, Fax +44 (0) 121 204 3734, Email m.podsiadly@aston.ac.uk 

9th International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis

Date: 25-27 August 2011

Website: http://www.deazone.com/dea2011/

Venue: Thessaloniki, Greece

ABS Contact: Ali Emrouznejad

Further information can be found here.

 The 25th British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference

Date: Doctoral Workshops - 12th & 13th September 2011, Main Conference - 13-15 September 2011

Venue: Aston University - Main building

Contact: See BAM website for further details 

Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in a Challenging Environment

As public sector cuts begin to bite into many economies and private sector organizations seek to climb out of the recession, managers at all levels and in many countries face enormously challenging environments. Not the least of these is the requirement to innovate in order to improve products, services and processes in organizations rather than simply cut costs. Another is the task of maintaining employee engagement and protecting enlightened staff management practices in the face of external threats. These challenges exist constantly in organizations, but rising to meet them effectively is all the more important in these difficult times. How can we develop organizational cultures that value innovation, engagement and courage in challenging environments?

High performance is the aim of all leaders and managers who are ambitious for their organizations. But we have seen the widespread damage inflicted on economies and individual lives by the unbridled ambition of managers in the financial sector. If there is one change that must come from recent events in the finance industry, it is the recognition that leadership must be underpinned by core human values of wisdom, justice, humanity, courage, temperance and care for the environments we are privileged to inhabit. How can high performance be achieved in the context of values being at the core of business practice? And what does high performance mean in a post recession environment and for employee well-being? Are we facing a new world of business or are we condemned to cycle repeatedly through successive phases of rampant growth followed by hand-wringing regret?

The 25th British Academy of Management conference offers access to research carried out by those who seek to offer answers to these and many other critical management questions. For those seeking solutions to the problems we face, the conference is a rich source of knowledge and an opportunity to find alternatives to the status quo in our understanding of management, performance, organizations and the nature of the challenges that we face.

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To Go to the BAM 2011 web page please click on the link here 

Islamic Finance For Corporate UK Conference

Date: 16 June 2011

Venue: Aston Business School

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AIB 2011 Annual Meeting 

Date: 24th - 28th June 2011

Venue: Shige Makino, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Deadline of Call for Papers: 17th January 2011

International Business for Sustainable World Development

In recent years, sustainability has become the new morality. Sustainability involves meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs (The World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987). Defined as such, sustainability is a guiding principle to enhance the well-being of current and future social, economic, and environmental systems. A growing number of business leaders believe that sustainability is not an option but an imperative. In this year's World Economic Forum, Jeffrey Sachs called upon business leaders to "go beyond pure self-interest and act as global statesmen in building a sound global system" as they reshape the world in the wake of the global financial crisis. Business leaders are now expected to play more active roles than ever in addressing pressing global issues, such as poverty and inequity, global warming and pollution, ownership and usage of scarce resources and emerging technologies.

The late, great Professor CK Prahalad, father of the "bottom of pyramid""philosophy, was among the first scholars to advocate using business strategy to build sustainable development because the need for it was obvious. "Don't deny the obvious," he said, "get on with it and innovate" (Economic Times, November, 2009). Now is the time to get on with it. Do we understand the importance of having a sustainable world? Can international business resolve critical global issues? How do firms achieve innovation and sustainability simultaneously? How can we measure the contributions of firms to sustainable world development? What roles should managers, global and domestic, play in sustainable world development? How can theories of international business be modified to encompass sustainable world development? The goal of the 2011 AIB meeting is to address these important questions, showing how international business communities can resolve critical global issues to develop a sustainable economy, society, and environment.

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2nd International Workshop on Insights in Organisational Justice and Behavioural Ethics

Date: 27-28 June 2011

Website: www.aston.ac.uk/justice

Venue: Aston Business School

ABS Contact: Jonathan Crawshaw  


IFORS2011 - Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) stream

Date: 10-15 July 2011

Website: http://www.DEAzone.com/DEAatIFORS2011/index2.htm

Venue: Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia

ABS Contact: Ali Emrouznejad

Further information can be found here.


  ABS Research Day 2011

Date: 6th April 2011

Venue: G161

Outline of the day

Contact: Bhomali Grover


International Conference on “Developing internationalization, coping with globalization”

Date: 21 April 2011

Venue:Toulouse Business School, France

Reistration deadline: 10 April 2011

Further information can be found here 


Management Accounting Research Group Conference


Date: 18th and 19th November 2010
Venue: Jurys Inn
Contact (administration): Maria Podsiadly, Tel +44 (0) 121 204 3368, Fax +44 (0) 121 204 3734,
Email m.podsiadly@aston.ac.uk
Registration: Open from September 2010

Full papers (or extended abstracts) should be submitted to the organisers by 30th September 2010. For the plenary presentations preference will be given to full papers.
Alan Lowe +44 (0)121 204 3370, Email:
Melina Manochin +44 (0)121 204 3732, Email:

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Joining instructions now available here

Conference Programme here

To go the the MARG 2010 web page please click on the link here.

UK Research Office (UKRO) EC Funding Strategy Writing Event

Date: Wednesday 24th November 2010, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue: Room MB144 (EAS School Office), Main Building, Aston University
Contact: Paul Knobbs, Tel +44 (0) 121 204 4150, Adam Hewitt

Emma  from UKRO will be visiting Aston on the 24th November to deliver a EC Funding Strategy Writing event for ADR’s and senior research staff. The session will provide valuable information about the key points to address when developing an EU strategy, or positioning your group/school/self correctly to benefit from EU funding.

The session will generate lots of discussion and is designed to allow the sharing of best practise.
If you plan to attend please email Adam Hewitt hewittae@aston.ac.uk, or Dawn Vaughan d.m.vaughan@aston.ac.uk to confirm your place.


UKRO Visit - Marie Curie Fellowships  

Date: Wednesday 24th November 2010
Venue: Room MB108, Main Building, Aston University
Contact: Paul Knobbs, Tel +44 (0) 121 204 4150

Email: p.r.knobbs@aston.ac.uk
Registration: Open now

On the 24th November UKRO will be visiting. In the afternoon Emma from UKRO will deliver a info-session (2:00 – 3:30) on Marie Curie Fellowships – the International Incoming Fellowships (IIF), Intra European Fellowships (IEF), International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF). Open March 2011, deadline July/August.

IEF – Aston Hosts a fellow from inside Europe (any nationality, must be based in Europe) for up to two years, to Research and receive training. Generally a strong early/mid career researcher.

IIF – Aston Host a fellow from outside of Europe for up to two years, to research and train Aston researchers. Generally an experienced researcher.

IOF – Aston researcher travels to a host institution outside of Europe for up to 2 years, to research and be trained in new techniques. Generally an experienced researcher. 

If you have overseas colleagues who would be interested in undertaking a period of research at Aston, or you wish to spend time overseas, the fellowships are ideal, the application is 25 pages long and usually written between the host and fellow. Also, we have expert EU consultants to assist in the preparation of proposals. In 2009 EAS submitted 2 proposals (1 successful), in 2010 11 were submitted (results due December 2010), consequently there is lots of model text and exemplar applications. The salary for MC fellow’s is €55k for researchers with less than 10 years experience, €85k >10. There is also cash for travel, consumables and overheads.The fellowships are a relatively easy way into EC funding.  


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) First Grant Scheme (FGS)

ESRC First Grants Scheme Masterclass

Date: Wednesday 29th September 2010
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Aston Business School, 6th floor, room 6.4 and 6.5
ABS Contact: Debbie Evans D.Evans@aston.ac.uk 0121 204 3095

In preparation of the upcoming ESRC First Grants Scheme call expected in October, AARM is organising an ESRC FGS Masterclass on Wednesday 29 September at 2.00pm to be held in ABS room 6.4 and 6.5 for those interested in learning more about the Scheme.  This informative session will offer advice and tips on how to succeed and detail the support applicants will be offered. 


The Competition is open to all staff at Research Organisations (ROs) eligible for Research Council Funding, who have not previously been Principal Investigators (PIs) on Research Council awards. It is imperative that applicants are within six years of the completion of their PhD or equivalent professional standing upon commencement of the grant from 1 October 2011; this will be assessed on a case by case basis by the ESRC. This time limit excludes any period of formal career breaks taken for family care responsibilities, health or other personal reasons; in such cases evidence must be provided.

EAWOP Small Group Meeting

Managing Diversity in Organisations: Bridging the world of science and practical significance

Date: 23-24 September 2010
Venue: Aston Business School
ABS Contact: Dr Yves Guillaume


International Conference on Emergency Preparedness (InterCEPt)

The Challenges of Mass Evacuation

Date: 21-23 September 2010
Website: InterCEPt 

Venue: Aston Business School
ABS Contact: Jill Forrest & Maria Podsiadly intercept@aston.ac.uk


ESRC seminar on Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability, Government and Civil Society

Date: 1-2 July 2010
Venue: Aston Business School
Contact: alan.murray@shef.ac.uk

The sixth and final seminar in the series will be chaired by Dr. Kathryn Haynes, AIM Services Fellow, Aston Business School. The event will draw together some of the earlier themes of the series to consider the fundamental question about the relationship between social responsibilty and business.

Speakers include:
Professor Rob Gray, University of St Andrews
Professor Jesse Dillard, Portland State University
Dr Martin Brigham, Lancaster University Management School
James Robey, Head of Sustainability, Capgemini Plc
Dr. Stuart Cooper, Aston Business School

 The second day will include related presentations relating to responsible management education. Both events can be attended separately or together and accommodation is available. There is no fee for attendance and travel bursaries of up to £100 each are available to 8 PhD students.

Please notify interest in this event to alan.murray@shef.ac.uk


11th International Human Resource Management Conference

Emergence of New Economic Powers: Management of Human Resources in the Challenging Global Context

Date: 9-12 June 2010
Website: IHRM
Venue: Aston Business School
ABS Contact: Pawan Budhwar


Green HRM and Corporate Social Responsibility

Date: 9th June, 2010
Organised by: Aston Centre for Human Resources (ACHR)
Venue: MB 234, Aston Business School, Aston University
Time: 12.00noon – 1.50pm

Aston Centre for Human Resources (ACHR) is delighted to offer a special lunch-time seminar on the highly relevant theme of managing the ethical and environmental/sustainability agenda from an HRM perspective. We have three leading scholars who have agreed to present at the event -

  • Susan Jackson – from Rutgers University in the United States (amongst the top institutions in the world for HRM research), she is a distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management. Her current research focuses on understanding how human resource management practices can be used to support environmental sustainability.

  • Carole Parkes – from Aston University, who has led the CSR agenda for Aston Business who has led the CSR agenda for Aston Business School and built a global profile through engagement with businesses and universities investigating ethics, responsibility, sustainability and HRM

  • Helen Borland – from the University of Birmingham, her research is underpinned by scientific principles of ecological sustainability, looking at evidence for change towards sustainability in human society. She also explores whether we can move towards more sustainable economic and business models and what they might look like.

These speakers have very generously agreed to contribute to ACHR for this event. Attending this event will cost a minimal fee of £10 per head which is intended to cover lunch.

For more information please contact Lilian Otaye, Aston Centre for Human Resources (ACHR), Email: otayele@aston.ac.uk


Journal Writing Workshop

Publishing in Top Journals: A Guide to the Perplexed

This event proved invaluable to those wishing to publish in top ranked journals, especially in light of the fourthcoming REF.

Date: Monday 25 January 2010                                                                                                                                            Speaker: Martin Kilduff
Diageo Professor of Management Studies, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

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