Saturday, November 30, 2013

Call for papers for MOPAN 2014 conference at Oxford

Call for papers for MOPAN 2014
The Collaborative Economy
Oxford Brookes University
14-16 July 2014

People in organisations are confronted by many challenges. They have to divide tasks, set rules, design (and redesign) organisational structures, mediate conflicts, and decide on strategies for change and innovation. In doing this, current societal, economic and technological developments have heightened interdependencies between organisations – raising interest in the inter-organisational domain. 

Partnerships, alliances and networks now proliferate both within and across the business, government and civil society sectors. Customers, too, are increasingly drawn into new patterns of collaboration and consumption. And in a world driven by real-time information provision, a globally interconnected economy, pressure on vulnerable ecosystems, and complex flows of people, ideas and resources, local issues can take on geopolitical dimensions.

The complexity of drivers, processes and outcomes at any given place and time make for wicked problems and profound uncertainties. All of this provides compelling rationales for engaging in multi-actor collaboration and investing in joint knowledge creation, in interactive sense-making and in the integrative negotiation of interests. 

This is the landscape that the 21st Conference on Multi-Organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks will be addressing on 14-16 July 2014 at Oxford Brookes University. Key themes will include:
·  Public sector collaboration in an era of austerity
·  Internationalisation of networks and alliances
·  Collaborative consumption: new models of purchasing and use
·  Digital technology in support of network forms of organisation
·  Collaboration for business model innovation
·  Leadership skills for networks and collaborations
·  University and industry collaboration: supporting research and innovation
·  Systems thinking in multi-organisational partnerships and networks.

Who Should Attend

Delegates from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives that address any of the areas above are welcome, including academics, practitioners and policy-makers. Papers from doctoral and early‑career researchers are especially welcome.


Oxford Brookes University Faculty of Business
Wheatley Campus
OX33 1HX

Paper Submission Details

Abstract deadline: 13 January 2014
Paper submission: 1 July 2014

Submission of abstracts
If you would like to present a paper at MOPAN 2014, please email an abstract to by 13 January 2014, putting the words “MOPAN Abstract” as the email  subject. Abstracts should be between 300-500 words long and contained in an attachment to your email. The abstract should include a title, 5-7 keywords, and names, affiliation and email addresses of authors.


Conference lead: Dr Paul Jackson, 

Event Price
£260: EARLYBIRD Registration (available until 31 March 2014)
£175: PhD Student Registration
£300: Standard fee

To book your place please go to:

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