[Conference] Call for Papers: Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities, April 2009, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Call for Papers
OLKC 2009 – International Conference on Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities, 26-28 April 2009, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Submission deadline of 800 word abstract: 15 October 2008;

OLKC is a leading international conference for researchers in the area of organizational knowledge and learning. The conference is international in scope, and inclusive of the wide range of intellectual perspectives that have helped to make organizational knowledge and learning one of the most vibrant areas for contemporary research and debate. We therefore welcome theoretical, empirical and combined contributions. Building on prior conferences, the theme of the 2009 OLKC conference is:

Connecting worlds

As scholars on organizational learning, knowledge and capabilities we find ourselves at the intersections of numerous worlds. With the theme of OLKC 2009 we aim to pay attention to various aspects of ‘connecting worlds’ such as the objects of our studies, the research methodology we adopt and the daily world we live in.
The increased globalization of today’s world raises the need to connect different contexts. This brings several interesting questions to the fore, related to connecting multiple meanings, voices, practices, networks and so on. The theme calls for research topics that until so far have been approached as peripheral, such as for example studies on knowledge capabilities in alliances, offshoring and outsourcing and other forms of inter-organizational networks; knowledge sharing between developed and developing countries; implications for crossing epistemic boundaries, and corresponding issue of power and conflict. Also, after a declined interest in ICT over the last years, the urge to connect different worlds has stimulated a comeback of ICT in studies on knowledge sharing. This brings up issues such as connecting virtual worlds with ‘real life’ worlds and the potentials and limitations of Web 2.0 applications.
The increased complexity of our research field also poses new methodological concerns that seem to cross the boundaries between traditional methodological paradigms such as quantitative versus qualitative research strategies. Choosing the most suitable level of analysis has become more difficult. For example, how can we make observations while things happen continuously, in different time zones and at different places? What are the boundaries of our study objects in such a world? Can we overcome these issues by taking a multilevel approach and what are the implications of such choices? We strongly support papers that bridge existing methodological divides and combine them with new approaches.
With OLKC 2009 we hope to connect scholars from as many worlds as possible and create room for misunderstandings and clashes in order to provoke constructive discussion and offer inspiration for different worlds to enrich one another.


  • Submission deadline of 800 word abstract: 15 October 2008
  • Authors will be advised on their papers status: December 2008
  • Full papers of 5,000 to 7,000 words due: 15 March 2009

Abstracts can be submitted through the conference website: www.feweb.vu.nl/olkc2009

Round table sessions
To enable more interactive sessions, we plan to organize, next to regular paper presentations, round table sessions in which up to six related papers will be discussed interactively. To ensure high quality discussion, each session will be chaired by an experienced discussant and all participants in these sessions will be required to read the papers in advance. When sending in your abstracts you are required to indicate whether you would be willing to present your paper in a round table session. This would replace a “regular” presentation of your paper. The conference organizers will try to respond to your preference but cannot give any guarantee.

PhD Workshop
A one day pre-conference PhD workshop will be held April 25-26, 2009. Workshop convenors: Sue Newell, Bentley College, USA; Jacky Swan, University of Warwick, UK, Michael Zack, Northeastern University, USA. For further information contact: Jeanne Mengis at jeanne.mengis@lu.unisi.ch

For further Information go to the website of the conference.