Dear Colleague

This is a reminder that Full papers for the AIRC5 conference can be submitted now, with a final deadline of April 20 2016..


Global Disruption and Organisational Innovation



aimed at management and (international) business scholars



·       Submission of Full Papers            Any time before                   20 April 2016

·       Acceptance notification to authors within a fortnight, max.:     04 May  2016

·       Early-bird registration cut off:                                                       07 May 2016

·       Deadline Full papers

      for inclusion in AIRC5 Proceedings:                                        30 May 2016


·       Conference dates:                                             3 – 5 July  2016,     2pm – 2pm

       For further information see below or on :

Conference Chairs      Professor Carla Millar

                                    Professor Kai Peters

                                    Lee Waller

Keynote Speakers    

·         Dr. Laurent Choain, Mazars

·      Professor Olaf Groth, Hult

·      Professor Mitchell Koza, Rutgers                    

·      Professor John Mahon, Maine

·      Professor Johan Roos, Hult

·      Professor JC Spender, Kozminski


Date and place:       3-5 July 2016, 2pm-2pm, Ashridge House, Berkhamsted by London, UK


Global Disruption and Organisational Innovation


AIRC5 is the fifth in a successful series of Ashridge international research conferences that bring to the research and discussion table top of mind CEO, leadership and management challenges, in a multidisciplinary global setting where HR, IB, policy, marketing, innovation and strategy scholars present and debate their research in interaction with keynote speakers and practitioners


In our last 4 conferences, we have seen a dynamic evolution of the topic and research foci, covering “Global Leadership, Global Ethics”, the “Challenges to bring the sustainability agenda from strategy to implementation”,” The multigenerational organization - from Gen Y to working beyond 65” - and last year’s “Challenges to managing HR in knowledge intensive institutions”.

AIRC conferences are linked to Special Issues of reputable peer reviewed international journals; to date the following have been / are being guest-edited:  IJHRM, JMP, JOCM [2x], JMD, JBE, JKM, JAET, JPA [2x] TFSC.


For the 5th conference we focus on how to innovate, re-shape and strategically manage our sometimes stagnating, increasingly easily disrupted organisations, taking global and multi-disciplinary perspectives.


Many firms are experiencing the disruptive impact of the financial crises and the recession, of the digital era, of disruptive technology, of the diverse generational demands, of integration and narrowing of the global world, its increasingly knowledge-intensive nature, the growing importance of integrity and acting responsibly, changes in consumption patterns, the large scale migration, and attention to global warming and the environment.  


Earlier in 2015 Hult/Ashridge Business School conducted research about what was top of mind amongst C-suite respondents in the G7. While the multigenerational workforce and the longevity of the western consumers were perceived as both an opportunity and a threat, for the greater majority of respondents the most important issues were the need for creativity and innovation, managing knowledge workers, sustainable business [ethics and responsibility requirements as well as changes in consumer demands], and the effects of digital disruption [e.g. disaggregation of industry, retail supply and value chains; internet; mobile phone based markets and payment system growth].  Overwhelmingly Board members saw ‘speeding up innovation’, ‘creating a service culture’ and ‘achieving organisational integration’ as top strategic priorities for their organization, and pronounced ‘communication and team work’, and ‘managing complexity’ as indispensable skills.


The AIRC5 conference welcomes submissions that discuss the organisational and strategic answers to the dilemmas of these and other organisational disruptions. Probing and evaluating  these answers, we strive to challenge the literature and address e.g. effects of lack of integrity, specificities of knowledge intensive firms, ICT challenges, multigenerational issues, and other demands of the current experiences: what new models can be posited, as the old rules and systems no longer seem to work.


All disruptions affect the firm, its people, its leadership, its global strategies and policy, entrepreneurship, models and effectiveness. There is a need for specific innovations and instruments to leverage, even profit from them, in- and externally.


The complex patterns of disruption that are occurring globally have given rise to the term “VUCA environment” (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous), and demand re-examination, reinterpretation or replacement of traditional thinking, opening it up to new concepts, new solutions. They may be multidisciplinary, multicultural, and must be dynamic, creative, forward looking, tolerant and inclusive.


We welcome the submission of Extended Structured Abstracts of original full papers, both conceptual papers that combine different and novel theoretical perspectives and empirical papers contextualizing the topics above, including advanced WIP, policy papers and research based proposals for panels.


To AIRC5 we welcome (interdisciplinary) scholars and practitioners in the various research areas that are affected by organisational disruption such as (but not limited to) People Management (HRM), International Business and Marketing, Organisational Change Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Sustainability, Ethics, IC and Knowledge Management, Talent Management, Technology Management, and Leadership.


For the AIRC5 conference we are envisaging three tracks with research topics including but not limited to:


A.    The Global VUCA environment: Innovations and challenges  

   A1. Global Industry Innovation: 

   A2. Global disruption driven innovation


        B.    Creating the VUCA cadre & management: Education, techniques, challenges

   B1. University sector Innovation: 

   B2. Personal development

   B3. Organisational Innovation and Knowledge Management


C.      Living the VUCA experience: responses to disruption

  C1. Organisational Creativity and Innovation

  C2. Board and Governance

  C3  Industry innovation:


For further topic areas, please see the website


AIRC5 offers dialogue among scholars and research minded practitioners and timely feedback and peer review on their papers before the submission deadlines for the journal Special Issues that will be linked to the conference.


Deadlines and review process

·          Deadline for submission of the Full Paper                                 20 April 2016

·          Acceptance notification to authors                                           04 May 2016

·          Deadline delivery of full papers for AIRC5 Proceedings              30 May 2016 


All full papers by registered participants will be included in the

AIRC5 Conference Proceedings with ISBN number

Papers not received by 30 May 2016 will not be published in the Proceedings



·       All Full paper manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed.

·       Papers are submitted with the understanding

·       that they are original, unpublished works 

·       that they are not being submitted elsewhere and

·       that [one of] the author[s] will attend the conference and present the paper

·       Submit your papers for review as email attachment  in Word (.doc or .docx)  to [log in to unmask]  with AIRC5 paper in the Heading, cc [log in to unmask]

·       Send finalised full paper for the Conference Proceedings by 30 May 2016 to [log in to unmask]  headed ‘AIRC5 Paper’

·       Submission details: please see


·       AIRC5 Submission of full papers:

• Full papers, submitted by 20 April 2016 will be double-blind reviewed and given feedback within a fortnight

• Manuscripts should use Harvard referencing guidelines



• First page: manuscript title and name of author[s], institutional affiliation, and contact information for each of the authors

• Second page: manuscript title and author[s] biographical details (max. 100 words pp)

• Third page: manuscript title and structured abstract (maximum 250 words)

• Fourth page and following: manuscript title followed by the text of paper

• Your paper should be written in English, and be between 4000 and 5000 words long

• Note: the author[s] names should not appear or be referenced after page three of the manuscript



·       Registration for AIRC5, and all further information can be found on the website,




Conference Details

For conference details and registration please see our website


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Carla Millar 

Prof. Carla C.J.M. Millar PhD

Chair AIRC5


Fellow, Ashridge, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 1NS, UK, 0044 1442 84 1175, 0044 20 7402 4700,

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Professor, International Marketing & Management, University of Twente,

   NIKOS (Netherlands Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship),

   IGS (Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies), 

   PO Box 217, 7500 AE  Enschede, The Netherlands, 0031 53 489 5355, 0031 33 462 7343;

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