Letter of the President
The EURAM quarterly newsletter will reach you at a time when most of us are returning to the academic life for the year to come. I hope you had a chance to recharge your batteries for 2021-2022.
We already look forward to our next EURAM conference to be held 15-17 June 2022 at the ZHAW School of Law and Management in Winterthur, Switzerland and to receiving your papers by the submission deadline on 11 January 2022.
For this issue of our EURAM E-News, two EURAM vice presidents are sharing the latest news and I am happy to give the floor to those who engage in the busy life of our Academy:
- Dorota Dobija, Vice President Governance, tells us about all the EURAM governance changes that occurred last June.
- Eythor Ivar Jonsson, Vice President Conferences, describes the journey of the last 18 months to stage the EURAM Annual Conference in the cloud.
You will hear more from the members of the executive committee in our forthcoming newsletter editions.
Enjoy your read and never hesitate to send us your input of interest to the EURAM community.
Kathrin M. Moeslein, President
Governance Changes June 2021
After a two-year transition period, the new governance structure was implemented during the 2021 Annual Conference.
The newly elected Chairperson is Niels Noorderhaven, Tilburg University. He becomes the chair of the Board and of the General Assembly. The full board composition is:
- Chairperson: Niels Noorderhaven
- President: Kathrin M. Moeslein, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg & HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
- Vice President Governance & Finance: Dorota Dobija, Kozminski University
- Chairs of the Country Representatives Council: Dieter Bögenhold, University of Klagenfurt & Lucrezia Songini, Eastern Piedmont Uni. & SDA Bocconi School of Management
- Chairs of the SIG Committee: Anabel Fernandez Mesa, University of Strathclyde & Hamid Kazeroony, NWU/Walden University
- Founding Dean of the Fellows College: Peter McKiernan, University of Strathclyde
- Executive Officer: Luisa Jaffé (ex officio)
All the board members were elected during the spring of 2021.
Changes occurred in the Executive Committee as well:
- Panos Desyllas (University of Bath) was appointed as Vice President Research Funding,
- Mine Karatas-Ozkan (Southampton University) as Vice President Talent Development and
- Maria Rentetzi (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) as Vice President Science Diplomacy.
Xavier Castañer (University of Lausanne), Vice President External Relations and Miia Martinsuo (Tampere University), Vice President Membership, ended their mandate within the Executive Committee.
Three new Fellows join the College of Fellows: Miia Martinsuo, Howard Thomas (Singapore Management University) & Hans van Ees (University of Groniningen).
Last but not least, Donatella Depperu (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) accepted to join the Ethics Committee to replace Niels Noorderhaven. The committee is composed of Joan E Ricart (IESE), Wafa Khlif (Toulouse Business School) and Donatella Depperu.
Elections for a new president and new country representatives will be held in early 2022.
We wish all the new officers every success during their mandate and thank all of those who served EURAM in the last few years!
Dorota Dobija, Vice President Governance & Finance
Digitalization of EURAM conferences
In the spring of 2020 EURAM executive committee was faced with some tough choices! How could EURAM run a conference in a Covid-19 pandemic? The first response was to postpone the conference which was supposed to take place in June 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. The rationale was that it was a possibility that the pandemic would be short-lived and would phase out in the autumn. Moving into the summer of 2020 it was evident that an onsite conference in Dublin would be impossible. The choice was then between cancelling EURAM conferences until the end of the pandemic or try a different approach, an online conference. The EURAM executive committee created a Taskforce with the responsibility of exploring the potential of an online conference, develop it and support the execution of it. The EURAM online conference taskforce was a group of volunteers from the SIGs, local organising committee from Trinity College in Dublin, the EURAM executive office and the executive committee, chaired by the VP of EURAM conferences. It was the first step in the journey towards digitalization of EURAM conferences.
Two EURAM conferences have now been organized as online conferences, EURAM 2020 conference, which was originally planned to be in Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and EURAM 2021 conference, that was supposed to take place in the Université of Québec in Montréal, Canada. Both conferences enjoyed the support of the universities although an online conference was a very different challenge than hosting an onsite conference. Both conferences called for something different from the EURAM community. The difference experienced was however supported by the new reality of online teaching and meetings which most academics had to embrace in the pandemic. For the EURAM organization it was something new and challenging. The transformation of the EURAM conferences to an online format was an important lesson for the organisers and the community. It might just be a turning point in the history of EURAM as an organization.
The EURAM 2021 online conference, backed by Université of Québec in Montréal, Canada, was a very successful event in every aspect, although some might have complained about the food! In some ways the community building of different SIGs was supported by the ease of reach and connectivity, authors got a different type of feedback in the paper sessions and the format created an opportunity to attract top journal editors and keynote speakers. Most people agree now that the online conference format has not only cons but also some pros, opportunities which onsite conference cannot provide. EURAM as an organization has also in the process created new capabilities, partners, and opportunities.
The EURAM community is looking forward to an onsite conference in Winterthur/Zurich, Switzerland in 2022. It will most likely be an onsite conference if things do not change dramatically in the coming months up to the conference. There is a lot ‘s of excitement in the air about the 2022 conference and many are looking forward to seeing EURAM friends face to face again. It will be a celebration! It is also an opportunity to test if EURAM can build on the capabilities which were created during the digitalization process. There are lots of ideas being developed to strengthen the EURAM community and future conferences with the power of digitalization. The power should be used to strengthen the community and the potential of the organization.
Looking back to the spring of 2020 where the EURAM executive committee was faced with some new challenges it is evident that the misfortune has matured the organization and inspired sparks of innovations for the future. As an organization EURAM has learned a lot – if nothing else, EURAM learned how to digitalize a conference! The future will be different from the past and digitalization will be a facilitator and EURAM is therefore better prepared for an interesting journey and days ahead.
Eythor Ivar Jonsson, Vice President Conferences