NARTI Annual Doctoral Conference 2020

Dream, Plan, Achieve: Researching to Make a Difference

15 and 16 June 2020
University of Liverpool Management School and Liverpool Business School
In association with NARTI and ESRC

Conference programme

Call for Abstracts

Application Form 

Due to high concern over the COVID-19 virus, many NARTI events that are scheduled to take place this academic year will now take place in the next academic year. Therefore, have made the decision to postpone the NARTI Annual Conference until the 14-15th June 2021. 

All applicants who have submitted their abstracts will be contacted to let them know whether they have secured a conference place by April 21st 2020 as originally agreed. These places will be held for the June 2021 dates unless you get in touch to tell us that you no longer wish to attend. 

You will also receive feedback on your submissions by the 21st April and this is to enable you to develop your presentation ready to resubmit at a later date. Given the delay between submission and the conference being held, we are now aiming to allow an opportunity to resubmit further developed extended abstracts in response to feedback early in the New Year (exact dates TBC). This will allow a further round of feedback and development prior to your presentation at the conference. 

We appreciate that many of you may have completed your PhDs by June 2021, therefore the Conference will be open to both Doctoral and Early Career Researchers and this will generate a good mix of experience and knowledge. This means that you can still attend if you are no longer a PhD student at this stage. 

We will also reschedule events which will be useful for your research so please check the NARTI website regularly for updates.

We will keep in touch with you and if you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to ask.

As we enter the new decade, scholars at the cusp of their careers are increasingly encouraged to make a difference with their research both in doing something novel and innovative in terms of theory, but also to make an impact with their research beyond the confines of scholarly journals.

This conference seeks to embrace this challenge and opportunity to make a difference both within and beyond academia.

Organised over two days in summer 2020 within the vibrant city of Liverpool, this conference will focus on PhD student’s scholarly and career development by providing a supportive and engaging environment to develop research ideas, potential contributions and future career goals.

A range of high-profile and eminent academic speakers and editors of top-tier journals will share their career insights, provide feedback on individual submissions and presentations, and be available for networking throughout the conference. Further, PhD students will have the opportunity to network and build relationships with other PhD researchers from across the UK.

The event commences on Monday, 15 June in the morning and ends on Tuesday, 16 June, in the afternoon.

All sessions will be held in the University of Liverpool Management School and an evening meal is also included at The Refinery offering a further, informal, networking opportunity.


We welcome submissions from across the broad disciplinary area of Business and Management. The event will be open to all doctoral students across the UK, with doctoral students within NARTI institutions and/or the NWSSDTP receiving first preference.

Academic panel

• Professor Joep Cornelisson (Rotterdam School of Management)
• Professor Emma Bell (The Open University)
• Professor Caroline Gatrell (University of Liverpool Management School)
• Professor Roy Suddaby (University of Victoria & University of Liverpool Management School)
• Professor Lisa Anderson (University of Liverpool Management School)
• Professor Mike Zundel (University of Liverpool Management School & Copenhagen Business School)
• Professor Claire Hannibal (Liverpool John Moores University)
• Professor Dave Bryde (Liverpool John Moores University)
• Professor Ian Fillis (Liverpool Business School)
• Professor Dilani Jayawarna (University of Liverpool Management School)

Travel and hotel bursaries

Small bursaries (not exceeding £50) are available to provide support towards travel costs to and from the conference. These are available to doctoral students who are currently studying at a NARTI institution (excluding the Universities of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores).

Hotel accommodation is available to doctoral students who are currently studying at a NARTI institution (excluding the Universities of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores). Please indicate your accommodation requirements in the NARTI Application Form. Accommodation is only provided for one night (15th-16th June 2020) and is subject to availability. 

Submission guidelines and important dates

Potential participants will firstly be required to submit a 1000-word extended abstract or overview of their paper. Extended abstracts should be representative of the intended final submission. If they are empirical, for instance, they should include some expected, preliminary or indicative findings.

All extended abstracts will be single-blind peer reviewed and feedback provided. Upon acceptance, extended abstracts should be turned into a full paper presentation.

For submission of extended (1000 word) abstracts:
Submission opens: 24 January 2020
Submission closes: 17 March 2020, 17:00
Notification of paper acceptance: 21 April 2020, 17:00

Abstracts should include the following:
• Paper title
• Broad research area – please select one of the following:

- Organisational Behaviour
- Human Resource Management
- International Business
- Entrepreneurship
- Strategy
- Marketing
- Supply Chain and Operations Management
- Accounting and Finance
- Economics
- Other (please specify)

• Purpose of the paper
• Theoretical background
• Methodology
• Main findings
• Potential contribution
• 3-5 key words

To submit your extended abstract please do the following:
1. Submit a 1000 word extended abstract (as outlined above)
2. Submit a letter of support from your supervisor
3. Download and complete the Application Form
4. Submit all of the above documents to no later than Tuesday 17 March 2020, 17:00.

If you would like to just attend the conference as a day guest then please email your interest to


Please submit extended abstracts to:
Contact with queries about conference content:
Contact with queries about conference travel bursaries:

Important dates

For submission of extended (1000 word) abstracts:
Submission opens: 24 January 2020
Submission closes: 17 March 2020, 17:00
Notification of paper acceptance: 21 April 2020, 17:00