International Doctoral Consortium 2017

International Doctoral Consortium 2017

JUNE 12-14, 2017


A message from Albert Mills, Co-Chair of ICMS:

We recently wrapped up another wonderful international doctoral consortium at Saint Mary’s University. Karen Ashcroft and Peter Simonson were the keynotes and 32 students from 5 continents engaged in series of presentations of their research, discussion groups and roundtables and a number of methodological workshops.  After six years at Saint Mary’s the event moves next year to Jyvaskyla University in Finland for IDC2017. Please consider sending your doctoral students to this event. If you get them to Jyvaskyla we will accommodate them for up to three free nights and much more (see below). Also consider become a sponsor school (see below):


What is a sponsor school?

It is a school (department, division, whatever) that i) promises to try to send at least one doctoral student each year to the IDC and ii) allows us to advertise their support by agreement to use their logo in connection with the IDC.

What costs are associated with being a sponsor school?

The travel costs of each student sent to the IDC.

What are the benefits of being a sponsor school?

1) Your student(s) is/are exposed to a high level doctoral consortium that helps to build their intellectual, analytical and presentation skills, their confidence and genuine networks of other doctoral students from across the globe (our existing sponsor schools come from 5 continents)

2) We have an absolute maximum of 50 students per IDC. If or where that number is exceeded preference is given to students from sponsor schools.

3) There are NO sponsorship fees. Nor are there registration fees for the conference. In fact, we provide 3 nights free accommodation – with a hot breakfast and wifi, a conference bag, two lunches, and a host of social events.

4) Exposure of students to leading faculty and keynote speakers.

5) A full program of student-centred events run and designed by a doctoral student coordination committee.

6) Association with a well-known, well-established, and uniquely international doctoral consortium that has run successfully since 2011.

Current sponsors include 11 business schools (and a health sciences school) from 8 countries and five continents -North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa

CANADA:  Athabasca University DBA; York University PHD Human Resources; and Saint Mary’s University.


UK: Queen Mary University;

FINLAND: University of Eastern Finland; Jyvaskyla University School of Business and Economics; University of Oulu Health Sciences

NETHERLANDS: Radboud University Nigmegan.



SOUTH AFRICA: University of the Free State.

In addition, over the years, we have had students from other business schools across the United States (including UMASS Amherst, Fielding Graduate U), the UK (including Warwick, Huddersfield) and Finland (including Hanken, Aalto); Austria (Vienna U.of Economics and Business), Norway (U.of Stavanger), Mexico (Technologic de Monterrey, EGADE Business School), India (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur), and many others.

For further information on being a sponsor university contact:

For further details on IDC7 contact: and


Background Information

The International Doctoral Consortium brings together critical and qualitatively-oriented organizational and management scholars and PhD students. Together, established and emerging scholars engage with multi-paradigmatic approaches and gain greater exposure to a range of postpositivist approaches. The consortium is highly developmental and geared towards PhD students who present, discuss, and debate topics and methods key to the study of management issues from a critical perspective. The IDC has become an increasingly popular event because of its intimate size, the intellectual generosity of the academic community, the interactions between participants, and the truly international experience of the event — with students from at least four continents and ten or more countries.

Students: Why should they attend?

The consortium is 1) generally critical, 2) broadly qualitative, 3) highly developmental, 4) very supportive, 5) intimate, 6) international, 7) involves leading scholars, and 8) run and developed by doctoral students.

1) There is a core of critical management studies scholars and students involved in the conceptualization and planning of the consortium but encourage participation from those who identify with social change but do not necessarily identify specifically with CMS and those who are early in their research and would like exposure to research with a critical impulse.

2) The core of the workshops are built around a range of qualitative approaches (e.g., Actor-Network Theory; auto-ethnography, etc.) to management and organizational studies research

3) Regardless of philosophical or paradigmatic leanings all participants experience a highly developmental program, with plenty of time to discuss their work and get feedback from other doctoral students and faculty

4) The consortium atmosphere is highly supportive and encouraging of students’ work and helps them to move forward in developing and completing their doctoral work

5) The number of participants is limited to 50 in order to maintain an intimate feel and allow everyone to become exposed to each others’ work and comments. [NOTE: priority is given to students from ‘sponsor’ schools].

6) The focus of the workshops is international both in terms of sponsor schools from each continent of the globe and the involvement of students from each sponsor school on the Student Organizing Committee that runs the consortium. Stefanie Ruel (Athabasca University, Canada), this year’s chair of the SOC is a launch manager with the Canadian Space Agency so we are in very good hands. [Stefanie’s research draws on Foucaldian analysis to explore the discursive processes that serve to maintain and potentially challenge discriminatory practices in the Space industry].

7) Each year we attract 12-18 leading scholars to run on-site workshops, including this year’s keynote speakers Karen Ashcraft and Peter Simonson. Karen and Paul follow on from Pushkala and Anshuman Prasad (2015), Paul Adler (2014), Hugh Willmott (2013), David Levy (2012), Anshuman and Pushkala Prasad (2011).

8) The Student Organizing Committee is a wholly student body who plan forthcoming doctoral consortiums, with input from students across the globe.

NOTE: a small number of bursaries (CAD$400) are also available for participating students.

Sponsor Schools: What are they and why should schools consider being a part of the venture?

Sponsor schools are business schools who undertake to try to send at least one doctoral student to the annual doctoral consortium each year. It is a commitment to be an active part of the consortium. There are no registration fees involved. The school is responsible for getting their students to the consortium but once there we (Saint Mary’s University) provide the venue, bags, food, and three nights accommodation in on-site student residences. The idea of the sponsoring schools is to ensure that a) we remain international by design rather than accident, b) we can ensure a steady state of 40-50 student participants, and c) we – consortium faculty and student participants — can build important (critical) networks across the globe. Generally, to date, participants have come from a range of schools, consisting of mainly sponsor schools but a sizeable minority of non-sponsor schools. In the event we exceed our limit of 50 applicants, priority will be given to doctoral students from sponsor schools.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor school please contact me: We are looking from business schools from across the globe but with particular interest in South America, Asia, and Africa — but we would also be more than happy to hear from those of you in European and US schools also.