Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities


OLKC 2018: 26th and 27th April 2018

Doctoral Day: 25th April 2018

Conference theme: Learning to make a difference

In the context of ULMS, ‘Learning to make a difference’ has three distinct elements. First, a focus on providing an inclusive learning experience which enhances employability and inspires our students to become socially responsible citizens. Secondly, all Faculty members aspire to produce innovative research which has global impact and enriches our programmes. Finally, the School’s cutting-edge research expertise is focused on having demonstrable impact on business and society. Therefore, we encourage a range of different contributions – as outlined below – dealing with the theme of ‘learning to make a difference'.

The Call for Papers for this conference is now open.

Further information about OLKC and the City of Liverpool can be found in the brochure.

Conference Venue

Hilton Hotel Liverpool, Liverpool City Centre

  • 4 star hotel for up to 300 guests (theatre) in the Grace suite
  • Views over Liverpool Waterfront
  • Foyer area available inclusive for drinks receptions
  • 215 bedrooms, including executive, junior and presidential suites.

Doctoral Symposium Venue

Management School, University of Liverpool 

The Management School has recently been extended and we offer first-class facilities for the doctoral symposium.

Action Learning Symposium

The International Action Learning Research and Practice (ALR&P) community is running an Action Learning Symposium as part of the Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC) annual conference in Liverpool.  

Senuous Learning Symposium

The Sensuous Learning Symposium brings together members of the global GNOSIS 2020 network and invites new members interested in advancing this agenda to enrich the OLKC annual conference in Liverpool. The symposium will see the launch of the edited book collection (Sensuous Learning for Practical Judgment in Professional Practice) that features the ABM that members of the network have developed and share lessons from their application in a wide variety of organizational and professional contexts. 

Power, Politics and Emotions Symposium

The Power, Politics and Emotions Symposium will explore diverse perspectives and approaches that contribute to our understanding of the connections between power, emotion, knowing and learning. Our aim is to offer support for ongoing, high quality research and scholarship within this area. Following on from the successful Symposiums at OLKC2016 in St. Andrews and OLKC2017 in Valladolid, we are again offering a Symposium design that will help to shape key theoretical and empirical papers for future publication in top journals, including pre-conference review of submitted papers. 

Key Dates

  • 10th November 2017 - Submission of conference abstracts
  • 8th December 2017 - Notification of acceptance
  • 16th February 2017 - Submission of full papers and revised abstracts (developmental papers)
  • 28th Februrary 2018 - Deadline for Early Bird Registrations
  • 28th March 2018 - Deadline for Final Registrations