'AI technologies and the future of management' workshop

'AI technologies and the future of management' workshop

Join us for a free two-day workshop in Liverpool to discuss the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in the future of management practice, research and education.

Dates: Thursday 21 - Friday 22 September 2023

Place: Brett Building, 19 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L7 7BD

Cost: free (Refreshments and lunch included for delegates on both days)

Financial support: £100 per person bursaries available (find out more) 

Important Dates:

  • Bursaries application deadline: 5 September 2023 (find out more)
  • Poster idea submission deadline: 5 September 2023 (find out more)
  • Research poster competition decision: 6 September 2023
  • Poster submission deadline: 20 September 2023 (find out more)
  • Registration deadline: 21 September 2023 (register now)

Bringing management education and research (back) to life after AI technology: from ChatGPT to Goethe?

AI technologies are transforming the way we live, work and do business. Robotics, integrated logistics and production systems are replacing the need for manual workers, whilst intellectually, human decision-makers are being substituted for artificially intelligent designs.

With increasing levels of automation and augmentation of work, the use of these disruptive AI technologies raises important questions and challenges for the future of management research, practice and education:

  • Will jobs disappear?
  • What skills will be required of workers and managers?
  • How will organisations design strategy, manage human resources, make financial decisions and calculations, construct production and logistics facilities, market products or monitor their workforce performance?
  • What is the role of higher education in furnishing relevant skills and providing critical distance to evaluate the wider challenges the changes pose to our role as citizens and human beings?
  • What new problems and dangers might these systems entail, ranging from surveillance to redundancies, the autonomy and authenticity of decisions, and ownership and responsibility of actions?

To shed light on these questions, the Management School’s Centre for Organisational and Employee Wellbeing (COEW) and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, are bringing together experts who are studying, developing, using and critiquing AI developments.

The goal is to facilitate joint reflections on the effects of disruptive AI technologies, such as large language learning models, machine learning, chatbots or algorithmic decision-making, on organisational and employee wellbeing, and the future of management education.

Academics and students are welcome to join this forum of ideas, knowledge and experience, as well as businesses and policymakers concerned with the impact of AI on management and staff wellbeing.

If you are a doctoral or early career researcher interested in these topics we also invite you to take part in our research poster competition, and we have bursaries available to help with expenses if you are selected.

Find out how to present your research at our workshop

Find out more about the financial support available

You will also have opportunities to ask questions, network and explore future research collaborations.


Hosted by COEW Director, Professor Damian O’Doherty, and Professor Mike Zundel, the workshop features expert academics and speakers from a wide range of specialist business and management areas, including institutional theory, critical management studies, cybernetics, marketing, strategy, supply chain theory and organisation theory (see timetable for more details).

The keynote speeches will be followed by a roundtable discussion and debate, a research poster competition, paper development sessions and a closing plenary with leading thinkers on critical pedagogy including professors Hugh WillmottChristine Moser and David Berry.

The event will also include the launch of professors Robin Holt and Mike Zundel’s new book, ‘The Poverty of Strategy: Organization in the Shadows of Technology’.


DAY 1 - Thursday 21 September
Location: Brett Building, 19 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L7 7BD
10:00 – 11:00

Poster set up, tea/coffee on arrival and registration

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:30

Algorithms as the holy grail? And not: How values and morality change organizing (often for the worse)’

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch and networking

13:30 – 14:30 

AI dreams and nightmares: a practical guide to waking up

14:30 – 15:30 

Rhetorical strategies of authenticity: Emerging Contest over Cultured Meat

15:30 – 16:00 

Tea/coffee break

16:00 – 17:00

Let’s argue with AI: from machine learning to learning through machine

17:00 – 18:00

The Worlds of COMUZI



18:00 – 19:30

Book launch: The Poverty of Strategy: Organization in the Shadows of Technology

Location: Bundobust, First Floor, 17-19 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4DN
From 20:00

Dinner at Bundobust Liverpool

DAY 2 - Friday 22 September
Location: Brett Building, 19 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L7 7BD
09:30 - 10:30

Real fear of artificial life

10:30 – 11:00

Tea/coffee break

11:00 – 12:00

Teacher/ Programmer: Navigating the Tension between Goethe and AI

12:00 – 13:00 

A view from the Students: What do we want?

  • Kathir Elongavan, BSc Hons in Management graduate, Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS)
  • Florian Truetzschler, BSc Hons in Management graduate, AMBS
13:00 – 14:00 

Lunch and networking

14:00 – 15:30 

Roundtable: Reflections and debate on the future of AI in management and management education

15:30 - 16:00


Present your research at our workshop

If you are a doctoral or early career researcher studying the impact of AI technology on management practice, research or education, we encourage you to present your work in our poster competition.

Topics of interest

We welcome poster presentations on topics including, but not limited to:

  • AI and wellbeing
  • Digital technologies and AI in the context of sustainability and climate change
  • Educational implications and possibilities arising from AI technology
  • Human-technology interactions as these are extended and reinvented by AI

Submission guidelines

For your research to be considered for presentation at our workshop, please submit a 300-word proposal outlining the content of your poster idea before 5 September 2023 at 12 PM.

You can click here or use the form below to start your submission:

We will inform all applicants of the decision made on their submission by 2 September 2023 at 12 PM, and if successful, you must submit your poster via email to Sophia Hinton-Lever by 20 September 2023 at 12 PM, following the format below:

  • Page limit: one A3 page
  • File: PDF format only

Financial support

We have £100 per person bursaries available to contribute to travel and accommodation expenses, with priority given to those participating in the workshop’s research poster competition. However, we encourage regular attendees who are not entering the competition to apply.

How to apply?

All applications for financial support must be submitted before 5 September 2023 at 12 PM:

  • For research poster competition applicants: you can indicate your interest to be considered for financial support as part of your poster idea submission.
  • For regular attendees: indicate your interest to be considered for financial support by sending an email to Sophia Hinton-Lever with the subject ‘AI/management workshop - Bursary’, including your name and affiliation(s).

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