Sinergie-SIMA 2021 Conference


Dear friends,
In 2020 we have experimented the innovation of a fully virtual conference, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the current pandemic, SIMA’s Board has opted to maintain the conference virtual for June 2021. Nonetheless, should conditions change substantially we keep the possibility of warmly welcoming you to Palermo for an in-person conference open. Our aim is to support the ongoing scientific debate and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to gain inspiration for their research and discuss their work during the conference. We are therefore preparing to host the conference on a digital platform able to facilitate a variety of session types and different ways of engaging the participants to the conference. We aim to deliver a multifaceted, constructive experience in which plenary and parallel sessions are complemented by occasions to gain in-depth feedback on the work presented as well as occasions for more informal networking and community building.
With our very best wishes for your continued health, safety, and security,
Sandro Castaldo, SIMA
Arabella Mocciaro Li Destri, University of Palermo
Marta Ugolini, Sinergie


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 the experience that Sinergie has matured over 30 years of activity and on Sima’s academic and professional 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.


We are proud to announce and invite you to the Sinergie-SIMA 2021 Conference


10-11 June 2021 – Palermo, Italy


The main topic of the conference will be discussed in plenary and parallel sessions on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th June 2021.
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, full papers selected through a double-blind peer review, will be presented.
One or more sessions will be dedicated to the presentation of extended abstracts to give conference participants the opportunity to present their most recent research and receive comments and suggestions from the session chair and other participants in constructive discussion sessions. A special track will be dedicated specifically to Management Case studies.
The official language of the conference is English, however the submission of full papers and extended abstracts in Italian is welcome and a selection will be included in specific sessions.


An intersection is “the point where two things come together and have an effect on each other”. This is the definition provided by the Cambridge Business English Dictionary. The same definition has offered inspiration for the design of the 2021 conference organized by SIMA, Sinergie and the University of Palermo.
Indeed, a multiperspective approach is needed to generate impactful new knowledge in the field of management studies. The legitimacy of management scholars in society increasingly rests on their ability to create social and economic value by finding solutions and offering effective and timely guidance to leaders in firms and institutions. This is especially true in face of the extraordinary economic, societal, health and environmental challenges firms and governments are currently tackling worldwide also as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At this link you can find the call for papers.


9 June 2021 – 15:00-18:30

This PDW aims to provide young scholars specific guidance and developmental feedback in the submission (or re-submission) of their working papers for potential publication to an international top-ranking journal.
The PDW is articulated in two parts. In the first part, two distinguished scholars will reason about challenges and best-practices for publishing qualitative (Davide Ravasi – UCL School of Management) and quantitative (Giovanni Valentini – IESE Business school) research. In the second part, the selected papers will be allocated to specific roundtables for in-depth discussion.
The target of the PDW are young and mid-career scholars who show robust interest for conceptual and empirical research in the field of management.
At this link you can find the PDW call for papers.


14 February 2021: Deadline for Full Paper Submission

01 March 2021: Deadline for Extended Abstract Submission

04 March 2021: Deadline for PDW Proposal Submission

25 May 2021: Deadline for Registration to the conference


June 10th and 11th, 2021

University of Palermo

Sinergie Italian Journal of Management

Submission: Full papers and extended abstracts, together with declarations (templates in, should be sent as email attachments to Laura Ciarmela at Deadlines for full paper submission: February 14th 2021; for extended abstract March 1st 2021.

Submission PDW:

Papers should be submitted by sending an email to and c.c. to Please indicate “PDW Sinergie Sima 2021” in the email. Deadline: March 04th 2021.


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Comunicato stampa

Call for paper

PDW Call for Papers