Engaged Management Scholarship Conference 2023

Call for submissions

Engaged Management Scholarship Conference 2023
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
September 7 - 9, 2023

The EMS 2023 conference is open to diverse research questions posed by researchers aiming at different contexts and real-world problems, and employing diverse methods of inquiry and conceptual frameworks.

Following the success of prior EDBAC Summits, the EMS 2023 conference will be hosted in a hybrid format (both in person and online) by the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Submissions for the 2023 EMS conference are now closed.

Original/New Work Rule:

  • The submitted papers must not have been presented at prior EMS conferences. However, substantively revised versions of the previously presented work is acceptable.
  • At the time of submission, the papers must not have been published or accepted for publication by academic journals.
  • If a paper is under review, it must NOT appear in print or online before the EMS 2023 conference (September 7-9, 2023).

We look forward to receiving submissions for:

Please note that all submissions involve a commitment to register and present or participate in the conference, as appropriate for the type of submission, either virtually or in person. Submissions for which no authors are registered for the conference by August 1, 2023 will be removed from the program and proceedings.

Important dates

June 18, 2023

Submission deadline for all papers, posters, panels, consortia and workshops

July 9, 2023

Acceptance notification

Aug. 20, 2023

Final camera-ready deadline for papers and posters

Doctoral Consortium Submissions

The 2023 EMS Doctoral Consortium is a special, invitation-only session where a select group of nominated DBA, Executive Doctorate or Executive PhD students present their research, share ideas and receive feedback and advice from experienced faculty from around the world. This is also a great networking opportunity to engage with other nominated DBA, Executive Doctorate or Executive PhD students from top programs.

This year’s Doctoral Consortium will be held both in-person and online on Thursday, September 7, 2023. Participants in the doctoral consortium will also be required to register for the main 2023 EMS Conference. 

All applicants must be nominated by their executive doctoral programs and, if accepted, are expected to attend all Consortium meetings and activities on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

Program directors (or equivalent) of EDBAC member institutions nominate the doctoral students:

1. Identify a list of your best students (recommended up to five students). The nominated students should have a clear research agenda defined, usually being in the second or subsequent years of the program. 

2. Send them a customized recruitment email (contact 2023ems@haskayne.ucalgary.ca for an example). 

3. Write their nomination letter (contact 2023ems@haskayne.ucalgary.ca for an example)

4. The student will submit your nomination letter along with a three-page extended abstract to the Doctoral Consortium track through the conference EasyChair portal. 

The deadline for applications to the Doctoral Consortium is June 18, 2023. 

If you are selected to participate in the Doctoral Consortium, you will need to submit the following:

  1. A three-page extended abstract of your ongoing dissertation work, which should include the following:
    • A clearly articulated research question.
    • Justification for why and to whom the research is important (So What?).
    • Brief literature review.
    • Presentation of the theoretical basis for the work.
    • Research model and hypotheses (if applicable). 
    • Description of the research design and discussion of the relevance and practical importance of the study for evidence-based management and engaged scholarship.

The abstract should not exceed three single-spaced pages, using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font. This does not include references, tables, figures, and appendixes. The extended abstract should be merged with the director's nomination letter into a single PDF or Word file, and submitted through the conference EasyChair portal before June 4, 2023. 

  1. A 15-minute presentation on your proposed dissertation research. This allows others in your break-out group to review all the presentations before the doctoral consortium and be prepared to share feedback and suggestions during the consortium.
  2. A poster (optional). Posters will be in the form of a 36-inches by 48-inches (either in landscape or portrait configuration). This is a separate submission to the poster session and not part of the doctoral consortium submission. It is highly encouraged but optional for doctoral consortium participants.

Some helpful hints on creating your poster can be found at: https://colinpurrington.com/tips/poster-design/

Please reference this document for more detailed information about the poster submissions.

The University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business will provide poster printing on request. Please email: 2023EMS@haskayne.ucalgary.ca and include Poster Printing in the subject line.

Deadline: Final camera-ready papers and posters must be submitted by August 20, 2023. 

Research Paper Submissions

These submissions represent completed papers or research projects, including empirical, essay, topic, and translation papers. These papers will be peer-reviewed and, if accepted, presented either in person or virtually at the conference, and will appear in the conference proceedings. Regular submissions presenting completed research projects are where the primary research question(s) have been at least partially addressed and answered.
These submissions can theoretically and methodologically take any form: quantitative studies, qualitative studies, new theoretical positions and so forth. Papers need to provide unique insights into important business problems offering solutions that are practical and evidence-based consistent with the mission, aim and scope of engaged scholarship.
The length of the manuscript cannot exceed 8,000 words including references. For citation and reference style, it is recommended to follow the Academy of Management Journal style.


Regular submissions can follow any of the five genres of Engaged Management Review as follows:

  1. Empirical papers: Analyses of empirical data that result in findings of practical and theoretical importance, with a demonstrated influence on management practice.
  2. Essay papers: Discussions of theoretical, philosophical and methodological contributions to engaged management scholarship.
  3. Translation papers: Presentations of the outcomes that engaged management scholars have had while translating their scholarship into practice.
  4. Topic papers: Management adaptation of the Critically Appraised Topics (CAT) as found in the medical literature.
  5. EMR Dissertation Digest: Dissertation Digests communicate the key findings from a doctoral dissertation with findings of practical and theoretical importance and based on rigorous use of qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods.

Poster Submissions

These are expected to be in-progress research projects that will be reviewed and approved in advance by a select editorial board chosen by the Poster Session Chairs. Since the posters may not have any collected data or results at the time of the submission, they will be judged on the merit of the research idea, study plan, and potential implications for research and practice. If the results of the study are available, it is recommended to briefly summarize them.

Posters will be in the form of a 36-inches by 48-inches (either in a landscape or portrait configuration). 

Some helpful hints on creating your poster can be found at https://colinpurrington.com/tips/poster-design/

All posters will be printed and mounted at the University of Calgary prior to the start of the conference.

Please reference this document for more detailed information about the poster submissions.

Email 2023ems@haskayne.ucalgary.ca with any questions.

Faculty and Alumni Consortium Submissions

Submit your work or ideas for a suggested faculty or alumni panel or presentation. This is an opportunity to share experiences and engage with other faculty and alumni of executive doctoral programs about research plans and ways to use your degree to further engaged scholarship.

Please note: The Faculty and Alumni Consortia are series of pre-organized workshops and do not involve paper or poster submissions.

Submissions proposals should include the following:

  • Title
  • Brief description (4 -5 sentences)
  • Name of chair and email address
  • Panel participant names, university affiliation and email addresses

Panels and Workshops

Panels and Workshops are intended to be sessions on relevant topics to engaged scholarship and DBA, Executive Doctorate and Executive PhD programs, faculty, students, and alumni. Panels aim to present ideas and engage the audience in discussion. Workshops are usually offered by faculty, staff, or alumni who share knowledge of a given research topic or practice and can be interactive.

Submissions should include:

  • Panel or Workshop
  • Title
  • Brief description (4-5 sentences)
  • Name of chair and email address
  • Panel participant names, university affiliation, and email addresses