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Keynote Speakers (in chronological order)


Prof. Anand Narasimhan, PhD is the Shell Professor of Global Leadership at IMD Lausanne. Anand holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani, India), an MBA specializing in Human Resource Management from XLRI (Jamshedpur, India), and a PhD in Management from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, USA). Anand has served on the faculty of the London Business School and the Imperial College Business School (London, UK), and has had visiting appointments at the Indian School of Business (Hyderabad, India) and Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management (Nashville, USA). Anand's research on award ceremonies and tournament rituals as field-configuring events is published at Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Popular Music, Organization Science, and the Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries. He is an associate fellow of the Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms at Said Business School, Oxford University. Anand advises organizations on transforming their leadership capability.


Prof. Dominic Power, PhD is Professor of Economic Geography at Uppsala Universitet. Dominic’s research agenda focuses on the geographical foundations of business competencies and competitiveness and on the economic geography of contemporary economic change. He is Board Member of Konstnärsnämnden - the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and a Board Member of Swedish Government Council for Creative and Cultural Industries (Ledamot Rådet för kulturella och kreativa näringar). He recived is D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and was previously Lecturer in Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham and a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Durham. His research on trade fairs as temporary and cyclical clusters has been published in Economic Geography and European Planning Studies and offers new theoretical perspectives on the concept of field-configuring events.


Prof. Tor Hernes, PhD is Professor of Organization Theory at the Department of Organization at the Copenhagen Business School since 2008. And since 2012 he is Adjunct Professor (Vestfold University College, Norway). He holds a degree in Civil Engineering (Southampton University) and a PhD in Organization and Management (Lancaster University). He is founding editor and editor-in-chief of the academic journal on organization and management Nordiske Organisasjonsstudier (Nordic Organization Studies). And he is an occasional reviewer for a number of academic journals on organization and management an a member of the editorial board of Organization Studies and SAGE Handbook of Organization Studies. He is an internationally renowned expert on theorizing time and space in organizations.


Prof. David Obstfeld, PhD is Associate Professor of Management at the Management Department at the California State University, Fullerton. Prior to California State University, Fullerton, he was on the faculty of New York University’s Stern School of Business and the University of California, Irvine’s Merage School of Business. His primary teaching focus is in Entrepreneurship and Strategy. His research examines how the knowledge-intensive, network-based social processes that result in organizational change and innovation unfold at the local and firm levels. Currently, his interests focus on how the interaction of social network-based brokerage activity, knowledge articulation, creative projects, and collective action influence entrepreneurship, innovation, and firm strategy. He has published widely on networked-based creativity and temporary organizations and his award-winning research examines how the knowledge-intensive, network-based social processes that result in organizational change and innovation unfold at the local and firm levels.


Prof. Joseph Lampel, PhD is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Cass Business School, City University London. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Before taking up his position at Cass, Joseph Lampel held positions at Stern Business School, New York University, St. Andrews University, Scotland, and University of Nottingham Business School. Professor Lampel is the co-author and co-editor of five books, and more than 50 scholarly and practitioner articles. His work focuses mainly on strategy and innovation in creative and knowledge-intensive industries. He has edited the 2008 Special Issue on field-configuring events which has introduced the concept to management scholars.


Prof. Amalya Oliver, PhD is Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University Jerusalem. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her interest is in organizational networks, theory and methods, the rise of the professions, and scientific misconduct. Among her many publications are Networks for Learning and Knowledge Creation in Biotechnology (2009, Cambridge University Press) and From Handshake to Contract: Trust, Intellectual Property and the Social Structure of Academic Research (2000, Oxford University Press; with Julia Porter Liebeskind). She also published in Organization Studies, Research Policy, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, Organization Science, and others. Currently she is studying organizational networks in the Israeli Knowledge intensive industries and learning networks within science consortia. Prof. Oliver serves as the Chair of the Hoffman doctoral fellowship program on Leadership and Responsibility, and was until recently, The Chair of the Library Authority at The Hebrew University. 

  Prof. Mary Ann Glynn, PhD, Joseph F. Cotter Professor of Management & Organization and Research Director of the Winston Center for Leadership & Ethics at Boston College. Her research interests are at the intersection of micro-level cognitive processes (such as learning, creativity and intelligence) and cultural influences (social norms, institutional arrangements, and status affiliations) on identity, symbolism, and organizational  leadership. She is the nationally elected Program Officer for the Academy of Management, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division and serves on the editorial board of Organization Science.

Prof. Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen, PhD, Professor with Special Responsibilities in the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. His research interests focus on organizational and institutional change, institutional action and agency, industry emergence and field structuring and organizational identity construction and legitimacy. Studies include cultural transformation processes in innovative firms, mergers and acquisitions in high-tech firms, diffusion and institutionalization of managerial ideas and practices in creative and knowledge-intensive firms. Recent research on changes and strategies for organizing and managing creative enterprises in the film and media field, is published in international journals and in the co-authored book.

  Prof. Cynthia Hardy, PhD, Laureate Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at  University of Melbourne. Her research interests revolve around organizational change, discourse, and power and politics in organizations. Her work has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, where she has published papers on discourse, innovation, institutional theory, and institutional entrepreneurship. Her work has also been published in the Academy of Management Review; and she is recently co-edited a special issue of this journal on theory development.
  Prof. Steve Maguire, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Organization and Director of Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management at McGill University. His research focuses on technological and institutional change driven by the emergence of new risks to human health and the environment. Specifically, he seeks to understand the fates of particular technologies (i.e. whether, how and why they are adopted and enter the economy; whether, how and why they are abandoned and exit the economy) and how this is influenced by the activities and strategic behaviours of non-market actors (e.g. non-government organizations, scientists, politicians, and government organizations) in addition to market ones (e.g. firms and their customers).
  Prof. Dr. Harald Bathelt, Professor of Innovation and Governance at the Department of Political Science and Professor of Geography and Planning, both at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of industrial and economic geography, political economy and methodology. Specific research and teaching areas include the analysis of long-term social and economic development, industrial clustering and the socio-economic impacts of regional and industrial change.
  Prof. Dr. Martin Müller is a Swiss National Science Foundation Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Zürich and Head of the Unit of Space & Organization. His research revolves around mainly three topics: mega-events (such as the Olympic Games or the Football World Cup), natural disturbances (such as the bark beetle) in protected areas, and theories and methods of human geography. His research is published widely and is often mentioned in leading international media outlets.