Sinergie-SIMA 2020 Conference
Sinergie and Sima’s common aim is to develop the contribution of Italian scholars to the international debate on management issues. Since 2016, Sinergie and Sima work together to organize the annual conference, a scientific event based on Sinergie over 30 years’ experience and on Sima academic network.
The Sinergie-Sima conference is therefore a well-established scientific meeting that brings together scholars from the field of management to present and discuss their research in a collaborative and friendly environment.
Alternating plenary and parallel sessions will address the conference topics. Keynote speakers will participate in plenary sessions, contributing with their expertise.
We are proud to announce and invite you to the Sinergie-SIMA 2020 Conference
Companies and Universities working for a better society
September 7-8, 2020 – Pisa, Italy
The 2020 Sinergie – SIMA Conference will be held in Pisa on 7th and 8th of September.
The main topic of the Conference is: GRAND CHALLENGES: Companies and Universities working for a better society.
The deadline for full paper is: February 18, 2020
The deadline for extended abstract is: May 18, 2020
At this link you can find the call for paper.
The main topic of the conference will be discussed in alternating plenary and parallel sessions to be held on Monday and Tuesday 7 and 8 September 2020.
The plenary sessions will centre on contributions from well-known academics and professionals who will participate in the debate as keynote speakers, discussants or interviewees. In the parallel sessions, the full papers, selected in a double-blind peer review, will be presented.
One or more sessions will be dedicated to presentation of extended abstracts to give conference participants the opportunity to present their research and receive comments and suggestions from the session chair and other participants in what hopefully will be constructive discussion sessions.
The official language of the conference is English. Submission of full papers and extended abstracts in Italian will be welcome and a selection will be included in specific sessions.
Università di Pisa – Polo Didattico Piagge, Via Giacomo Matteotti, 56124 Pisa PI, Italia
This year I have the honour of co-chairing the Sinergie-SIMA Conference with Prof. Marco Frey, Prof. Marta Ugolini and Prof. Sandro Castaldo.
I work at the University of Pisa and, in 2017, I founded a research centre called REMARC – Responsible Management Research Centre. At REMARC I coordinate a team of excellent scholars – both locals and externals –conducting research on sustainable development and responsible management. Our goal: to rethink capitalism and save the planet! I believe wholeheartedly that the business sector has a role to play in addressing future sustainability grand challenges and this has shaped this year’s conference theme: “Grand challenges: Companies and universities working for a better society”.
I want to say a few things about the conference.
First, we will have a group of top-notch keynote speakers: Ans Kolk (Amsterdam Business School) is a world expert on international business and sustainability; Andrew Crane (Bath University) is one of the few management scholars working on modern slavery; Mette Morsing (Copenhagen Business School) recently appointed Senior Advisor of the PRME Foundation for the Global Compact; and Philip Shapira (Alliance Manchester Business School) who will join us to discuss the redesign of research universities to better address societal needs, inclusiveness and sustainability. Our sponsors include local leaders of the sustainability agenda such as Acque S.p.A., KME, Pharmanutra, Conad Nord Ovest among others, about whose activities we will learn more during the event.
Second, we are keen to include this community’s youngest members; the programme includes a Paper Development Workshop (PDW) and a panel on “predatory” journals – which latter will be of interest to and informative for the whole community. My colleagues Valentina De Marchi and Francesco Rullani are helping me with the PDW which aims to offer expert advice to young scholars with promising papers to allow them to achieve the quality required by top tier management journals. Next, expert panellists Graziella Bertocchi (Uni More); Francesco Ciampi (Uni Florence); Anna Severin (Swiss National Science Foundation) and Mauro Sylos Labini (Uni Pisa) will join us to discuss the phenomenon of predatory publishing and provide suggestions about how to avoid it.
Third, we are planning a thrilling “meet the editor session” with representation from top journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, R&D Management, among others.
Last but not least, I want to send the message that we care about the issue of gender in academia and have tried, as far as possible, to ensure a gender balance in the panels and allow female scholars to be heard since our female colleagues less often occupy leading and highly visible positions than male colleagues. I would, therefore, like to encourage all my female (and under-represented gender) colleagues to be bold, to be strong and never to give up!
We do hope you will enjoy the forthcoming Sinergie-SIMA conference!