Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities


We are delighted to announce that the Call for Papers for the Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC) 2018 Conference is now open.

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Conference Theme

The conference takes place from 25th to 27th April 2018 in Liverpool (UK). 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’.  

Please submit your abstract by November 10th  2017. Acceptance notification will be sent by 8th December 2017. Full papers will be due by 16th February 2018. Abstracts and papers can be submitted via the conference website. Submission Guidelines are available at the conference website (see below).  Content in the conference website will be added as the event develops and we invite you to check for updates from time to time. 

Submission Guidelines

Full Papers

Those whose work is fully developed should submit their work as a ‘full paper’ and such papers will be evaluated according to the usual standard academic criteria of rigour, reliability and originality. Please submit an extended abstract of 1800 words by 10th November 2017. Full papers (5000 to 7000 words) will be due 16th February 2018.

Developmental Papers

Submitting to the development stream will enable authors to obtain appropriate feedback to help progress their work towards a journal submission. The review stage will be used to provide guidance on how to strengthen the paper before presentation at the conference. Please submit an extended abstract of 1800 words by 10th November 2017. Revised abstracts (1800 words) should be submitted by 16th February 2018. 

Practice-led Papers

We encourage practising managers and consultants who seek to engage with scholarship (those undertaking DBAs or Professional Doctorates for example) to attend the conference.  Please submit an abstract of 600 words by 10th November 2017. A full Practice paper (3000-4000 words) should be submitted by 15th February 2018.


The OLKC2018 theme is ‘Learning to Make a Difference’. Those interested in organizing a symposium related to this theme should submit an abstract of 500 to 800 words by 10th November 2017.

There are currently three symposia being offered as part of the conference:

Action Learning (Clare Rigg)

Sensuous Learning (Elena Antonacopoulou)

Power, Politics and Emotions (Cathrine Filstad, Bjørn Erik Mørk, Kevin Orr and Russ Vince)

Doctoral Workshop (PhD and DBA)

We invite submissions for our doctoral workshop, which will take place in the University of Liverpool Management School on 25th April 2018.  All students participating in the doctoral workshop will be eligible to attend the main conference without additional charge (except conference dinner). The Workshop will provide the opportunity for students to engage with experienced researchers and journal editors from the OLKC community. An extended abstract of 1000 words should be submitted by 10th November 2017 - with 7 sub-headings: Objectives, Research methods, (expected) Findings, Research implications, Practical implications, Originality, Key references.

You will then be required to submit a paper of 4000 words by 15th February, following the same format as the abstract. You should also include an additional section (no more than 300 words) outlining the main challenges you currently facing in your doctoral studies.