7th RME Research Conference - University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons

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7th RME Research Conference

About the conference

The promise of digitalization and artificial intelligence:
Implications for responsible management education and moving forward with the SDGs

Chur, Switzerland; 18th – 21st October 2020

As part of our university’s commitment to champion responsible management and the United Nations’ Agenda 2030, we are pleased to invite the members of the global PRME community to join us this year in the beautiful alpine landscape of Switzerland for the RME Research Conference 2020. The overarching theme of the conference invites participants to explore the impact of digital transformation on responsible management education, as well as on achieving the SDGs.

Digital technologies and artificial intelligence are becoming ingrained into society, leading to a paradigmatic shift in the ways that enterprises do business and how universities and business schools prepare their students for the business world. Accordingly, there is a growing need to explore how digital transformation can help foster responsible leadership and promote the achievement of the SDGs. At the same time, questions remain as to the challenges that these disruptive technologies pose to responsible management and sustainable development as well as how research can contribute to this discussion. Therefore, in the seventh edition of the RME Research Conference, there will be a specific focus on the link between digital transformation, responsible management education and the SDGs.

The RME Research Conference is an ideal place to test and discuss new ideas, therefore we encourage suggestions for innovative ideas. We aim to create an environment that is welcoming and friendly, yet succeeds in challenging the existing knowledge base and assumptions, and hence drives the debate around responsible management education and the SDGs forward.

Conference dates

  • 18th October 2020 - Arrival and informal get-together in the evening
  • 19th and 20th October 2020 - Conference
  • 21st October 2020 - Topic-related field trip (optional)

Conference venue

University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons
Fachhochschule Graubünden
Pulvermühlestrasse 57
7000 Chur
Switzerland
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Important dates

  • 30th January 2020 - Call for conference tracks opens
  • 1st March 2020 - Deadline call for conference tracks
  • 13th March 2020 - Call for research inputs opens (e.g., abstracts, papers, work in progress)
  • 31st May 2020 - Deadline for research inputs submission
  • 10th July 2020 - Notification of accepted research inputs
  • 31st August 2020 - Deadline for early-bird registration
  • 9th October 2020 - Deadline for regular registration

Conference History

In 2014, the RME Research Conference series was initiated by the PRME Regional Chapter DACH in collaboration with the PRME Anti-poverty Working Group at the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons. To date, six conferences have been held in various cities throughout the globe.

  • 2014: The Future of Responsible Management Education; Chur, Switzerland
  • 2015: Inclusive Business; Cairo, Egypt
  • 2016: Linking SDGs and Responsible Management Education at Universities; Krems, Austria
  • 2017: New Research Questions for Responsible Management Education and Advancement of SDG; Curitiba, Brazil
  • 2018: Leadership Development for Advancing the SDGs; Cologne, Germany
  • 2019: Multi-stakeholder Engagement for the Agenda 2030; Jönköping, Sweden

Forthcoming

  • 2020: The promise of digitalization and artificial intelligence: Implications for RME and moving forward with the SDGs; Chur, Switzerland
  • 2021: Suzhou, China

Conference Concept and Format

The main conference will be a 2-day event with a well-balanced combination of plenary sessions, interactive panel and roundtable discussions, posters and parallel sessions. Parallel sessions will be held in 90-minute blocks, while the conference program remains flexible regarding the possible parallel conference tracks.

The general frame and concept of the conference will therefore include:

  • A couple of plenary sessions (proposed by the organizers) to address the key issues related to the main topics of the conference
  • One or two panels and/or roundtable discussions with invited speakers on behalf of major stakeholders (proposed by the organizers and/or selected through the proposal submission and approval process)
  • Conference tracks/parallel sessions proposed by different stakeholders, as described below, will be based on the research contributions submitted and approved through the Call for Contributions and the respective review process.
  • Poster session to accommodate an active participation of students and youth
  • Open engagement sessions formats such as world café and a hackathon will be considered

The conference tracks/parallel sessions, as well as interactive panel and roundtable discussions, will be based on (a) proposals received by PRME Working Groups, Regional Chapters, Champion Group and other entities and streams, (b) proposals received by other conference co-organizers, and (c) research community in general, which all will be approved by the Conference Program Committee. The conference program design will ensure the overall coherence as well as openness to innovative proposals, including the main conference topics, by warmly welcoming an active participation and innovative proposals from PRME community, research community in general, and other stakeholders from different parts of the world.

  1. Theoretical and applied research papers and other contributions whose purpose is to augment our empirical and conceptual understanding on the conference general theme and its topics.
  2. Interactive panel discussions are panels, interviews or debates that bring together practitioners from different fields and management educators to openly introduce and discuss the conference general theme and its topics.
  3. Round table discussions are means to further explore and/or expand the issues and bring in additional individual and organizational/institutional insights, experiences and lessons learned.
  4. Conference poster sessions will cover work-in-progress and showcasing projects on the conference general theme and its topics.
  5. Open engagement sessions encourage creative and collaborative forms of engagement such as speakers corner, world café, Hackatons or working lunch.

Submission Guidelines

Conference tracks and session proposals: To be considered for review, the submission should include a one-page summary of the following:

  • A clear title related to the conference general theme and its topics as outlined in the call
  • A background summary of the problem, challenge or opportunity
  • Name, affiliation, bio and email address of the track/session proponent(s)
  • Target groups that are interested in the subject and will be invited/mobilized to contribute

The review process will be run by the conference Program Committee, who will also suggest the respective format and schedule for the accepted tracks/sessions.

Interactive Panel/Roundtable Discussions: To be considered for review, a panel/roundtable discussion proposal should include a one-page summary of the following:

  • A clear title related to the conference general theme and its topics as outlined in the call
  • A background summary of the problem, challenge or opportunity
  • Name, affiliation, bio and email address of the Panel Session Leader
  • Names, affiliations of the proposed Panel Speakers

The review process will be run by the conference Program Committee, who will also suggest the respective format and schedule for the accepted panel discussions.

Theoretical and applied research papers: abstracts, extended abstracts, working papers and/or work in progress in English. To be considered for review, the submissions must include:

  • A clear title related to the conference general theme and its topics as outlined in the call
  • A clear statement of the background and research objective/s
  • A short account of the contribution to the field, research design, preliminary conclusions.
  • Three to five keywords

The review process will be run by the conference track/session proponents and chairs, who will also suggest the respective presentation format for the accepted contributions.

Poster Sessions: To be considered for review in the poster session track, a one-page summary of the following should be included:

  • A clear title related to the conference general theme and its topics as outlined in the call for papers
  • A background summary of the problem, challenge or opportunity
  • A short account of the contribution to the field, and design

The review process will be run by the conference Program Committee, who will also suggest the respective format and schedule for the poster session.

Open Engagement Sessions: To be considered for review in the breakout sessions, a one-page summary of the following should be included:

  • A clear title related to the conference general theme and its topics as outlined in the call for papers
  • A background summary of the problem, challenge or opportunity
  • A short outline of the methodology and aim of the session
  • Proposed number of participants

Contact

For more information on the conference, please send an e-mail to rmerc-2020@fhgr.ch.

We look forward to welcoming you to Chur!

Co-Organizers