Letter of the President
Dear EURAM Friend,
A few more weeks are unfolding until you take a well-deserved break. Soon after, we invite you to submit a paper to the EURAM 2022 Conference paper submission by 11 January 2022.
For PhDs who wish to apply for the EURAM Doctoral Colloquium 2022, you will have an extra week up to 18 January to submit the necessary documents for this event and to receive personalised feedback on your research. To maintain the high quality of the exchanges, we also need the engagement of our colleagues to join us as mentors in Winterthur, Switzerland. Mine Karatas-Ozkan, Vice President Talent Development, tells us more in this newsletter about the ideal profile of PhD mentors.
Let me remind you that our academy is active throughout the year with other initiatives. Those are perhaps less visible to conference attendees, yet they offer you other ways to be involved in the EURAM community. Members of the Executive Committee drive those activities:
- Michael Morley, Editor-in-Chief of the European Management Review (EMR), and his co-editors have just published the 3rd Issue of Volume 18 of our EURAM journal. We are also happy to share that the journal has recently reached an impact factor of 2.54.
- Panos Desyllas, EURAM Vice President Research Funding, has plans to organise a PDW on Pillar II of Horizon Europe, focusing on “Cluster Calls” during the next EURAM conference in 2022. He tells us more about the event in this newsletter. He will also provide a summary of the last PDW which took place during the EURAM conference in 2021 discussing application strategies for grants of the European Research Council (ERC).
- Stefan Güldenberg, EURAM Vice President Practice, focusses his energy on the development and strengthening of ties with practitioners. One way to be part of the initiative is to submit a “SPARK”. Feel free to submit a 2-page summary of a research article for publication on the website and for wider outreach via social media. Those summaries will typically focus on the results, on why those results are important for practice and mention the reference to the full paper. Other parts, such as the methodology, can be stated in brief. SPARKS and other activities for practitioners are described in detail by Stefan in this issue of the newsletter.
For now, I wish you a productive phase of getting your papers ready for January. Also, I do hope you will be able to spend time with your loved ones and enjoy the end of year Holidays.
I look forward to seeing you in Winterthur for the EURAM Doctoral Colloquium and the EURAM Conference in June 2022.
Kathrin M. Moeslein, President
Mine Karatas-Ozkan, Vice President Talent Development
Connect with us as Mentors for the EURAM 2022:
We are delighted to invite you to join us for our Doctoral Colloquium (DC) scheduled on the 13th and 14th of June 2022, as Mentors! In such exciting times that we are re-shaping our doctoral education support activities, our flagship programme, namely, DC remains to be a magnet to attract brilliant doctoral students and such wonderful colleagues joining us and making our community grow every year. We aim to support our doctoral students not only academically and pastorally for their doctoral journey but also endeavour to guide them in transitioning out of their PhD, in other words, for their career development. Mentoring sessions have always been at the heart and soul of our EURAM DC and your efforts and contributions are highly appreciated by our students and us. Please drop me an e-mail at email@example.com if you wish to join us as Mentors for what promises to be a stimulating, inspiring and exciting event.
Mine Karatas-Ozkan, Vice-President Talent Development
Stefan Güldenberg, Vice President Practice
2021 has shown us again how important good and trust-building communication between science, politics and practice is. Good science communication is decisive in how well a country and its people can prepare for and master crisis situations. In this light the Corona pandemic can be seen as a test case for dealing with the great challenges facing humanity ahead, such as managing migration or climate change.
We as EURAM see ourselves committed to develop and provide state-of-the-art management knowledge towards key decision makers. We do this via three main channels:
- EURAM’s Annual Conference: Since 2020, it is possible to purchase a special practitioner ticket for our annual conference or key parts of it or to take over a sponsorship role. Built on this, we are offering a practitioners experience/path at our annual conference as well as various attractive opportunities for practitioners to engage in a valuable exchange with academia, such as the initiation of corporate research problem workshops, meet the academics, an academic buddy program, practitioner in residence for each SIG and much more. Within the next years, this should develop into a separate EURAM membership category for practitioners and a strong and scientifically engaged practitioners community within EURAM.
- EURAM Labs: On the day before the official opening of each EURAM Annual Conference, EURAM Labs offer the possibility for practitioners to interact with researchers in a workshop like setting on current grand topics and challenges. At the 2021 Online Annual Conference we have run altogether eight EURAM Labs on topics like “The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on retailers and the changes in consumer behaviour”, “Vocational Training and Youth Employability after the Covid 19 crisis” or “ESG investing-the New Normal”.
- EURAM Sparks: In addition EURAM has continued its efforts to establish the EURAM Sparks initiative: EURAM Sparks. EURAM Sparks is an open-access platform driven by the idea to widely spread the latest research findings from the EURAM community towards practitioners. Sparks are based on cutting-edge research of EURAM members published in academic journals, academic books or at academic conferences. Sparks are presented in their very essence, understandable and impactful for practitioners who are provided with practical solutions and recommendations at their fingertips. A high-level Editorial Board ensures that each Spark contribution will be evaluated and only those having the potential to represent up-to-date scientific management knowledge and practical relevance will be published as EURAM Sparks. In addition all Sparks will be professionally edited in order to communicate management research in an most appealing way without losing its scientific accuracy.
Panos Desyllas, Vice President Funding
EURAM’s Research Funding Initiative
The VP Research Funding is a newly established position within EURAM’s executive committee, and reflects the Academy’s commitment to put a spotlight on the funding of management research. One of the primary triggers of this initiative is the observation that management research is not always receiving the level of public funding that it deserves. Compared to other social sciences, management research is often subject to the misconception that it can rely exclusively on funding from the industry. In practice, however, such funding is usually limited and can rarely fully support research on complex business issues involving different stakeholders. Through a series of initiatives, we aim to raise awareness and, hopefully, improve opportunities to conduct collaborative, funded research.
Funding Opportunities: Horizon Europe
(a) Pillar I: European Research Council (ERC)
During the last EURAM Annual Conference, we organised a PDW which focused on “Research Funding by the ERC”. As part of the workshop, we invited ERC grant holders (Luis Diestre, Professor at IE University; Maria Rentetzi, Professor at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität), coordinators from ERC’s office (Jerko Markovina, ERC coordinator of SH1 panel), former members of ERC’s peer review panel (Ammon Salter, Professor at the University of Bath) and EURAM’s current and past presidents (Kathrin Möslein, Professor at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität; Thomas Durand, Professor at Cnam). The speakers discussed:
- The different types of grants, namely, starting, consolidator and advanced grants.
- How to design the proposed research to demonstrate rigour, feasibility, and significance.
- How to communicate the scholarly significance and societal impact to management and non-management evaluators.
- How to navigate the different stages of the evaluation process.
According to ERC’s coordinator, ERC panel members are looking for proposals that address such questions as:
- Does the project go substantially beyond the state of the art?
- Why is the proposed project important?
- Is it timely? (Why wasn’t it done in the past? Is it feasible now?)
- What’s the risk? Is it justified by a substantial potential gain? Is there a plan for managing the risk?
- Why is the PI the best/only person to carry it out?
- Is the PI internationally competitive as a researcher at his/her career stage and in his/her discipline?
- Is there evidence that the PI is able to work independently, and to manage a 5-year project with a substantial budget?
For more information and to access the recording of the session, please visit: https://euram.academy/euram?service=info&p=hq_EURAM_Research
(b) Pillar II: Horizon Europe Cluster Calls
During the forthcoming EURAM Annual Conference in June 2022, we plan to organise a PDW on Pillar II of Horizon Europe, focusing on “Cluster Calls”. The panel is expected to discuss such issues as: How to identify relevant cluster calls? How to apply to a cluster call? And, how to identify partners or join and manage research consortia?
(c) Becoming an Expert Evaluator for Horizon Europe
There are opportunities to work for the European Commission as an expert evaluator of applications for Horizon Europe. Expert evaluators assist in the evaluation of proposals, prize applications and tenders. They are selected from the European Commission’s expert evaluator database. Colleagues need to register their interest through:
Please keep EURAM’s office informed once registering by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.