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4 June 2024 - 5 June 2024

9:00AM - 5:00PM

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Durham University Business School, the Centre for Organisations and Society (COS), and the Doctoral Society are delighted to co-host the International Doctoral Consortium (IDC) with the theme of ‘Grand Challenges’ taking place on 4th and 5th June 2024 in Durham, United Kingdom.

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Durham University Business School

International Doctoral Consortium (IDC) on ‘Grand Challenges’ at Durham University Business School

Following previous successful years, the International Doctoral Consortium (IDC) will be returning with the theme of ‘Grand Challenges’, co-hosted by Durham University Business School, the Centre for Organisations and Society (COS), and the Doctoral Society. The consortium is an excellent forum for PhD students at all stages to exchange ideas, experiences and research results in a friendly and supportive environment.

IDC provides a platform for dialogue between researchers and PhD students to expose their different projects and perspectives in critical management studies. The consortium is generally critical, broadly qualitative, highly developmental, but also supportive and intimate for attendees. IDC looks to create and sustain an international network of researchers.

We invite you to submit an abstract relevant to the call (max. 500 words, excl. references). Some potential ideas could be:

  • The future of work
  • Leadership
  • Employee health and wellbeing
  • Investing in human capital for a sustainable global economy
  • Gender and women’s work
  • The changing impact of technology
  • Corporate social responsibility and global stability
  • Sustainable marketing strategies
  • Sustainability in global supply chain management
  • Environmental responsibility of organisations
  • The role of (social) entrepreneurs in uncertain times
  • Initiatives for sustainability in emerging economies
  • Foreign direct investment and its impact on sustainability
  • Development of new methodologies

Submissions are not restricted to these areas. All are welcome and can be either conceptual or empirical papers.


The focus of the consortium is to provide PhD students with the opportunity to exchange their ideas both formally and informally through student presentations, workshops, and social gatherings. To maximise the experience, we ask that attendees come prepared with presentations, any questions they wish to explore, an open mind to feedback and discussions, and a willingness to engage and get involved! The overall environment is supportive and focused on learning and developing.

In addition to research presentations, the consortium will feature keynote speakers and workshop sessions. There will also be parallel events which IDC attendees are very welcome to join, with personal development workshops and the opportunity to meet PhD students from Durham University Business School.


To submit, please complete the form and attach your abstract (in Word or PDF format) at this website:!-IDC24

The deadline for submissions is 30th April 2024

If you have any questions, please contact: Zhaohua (Flora) Song at

Workshop Scientific Committee

Dr Cat Spellman, Dr Arezou Ghiassaleh, Professor Susanne Braun, Professor Peter Hamilton, Professor Jo McBride

Workshop Organising Committee

Zhaohua (Flora) Song, Weihang (Katarina) Li, Marisa Plater, Jafni Bin-Johari Jiken, Marco Orru, Iqbal Yasin

Important dates

Submission deadline for abstracts: 30th April 2024

Decisions: in April 2024

Registration closes: 15th May 2024

Conference dates: 4th – 5th June 2024

IDC Call for Papers

Registration Website:!-IDC24

Travel and Accommodation Information

Please indicate on submission whether you will require a subsidised place for accommodation. Further information on accommodation will be shared at a later date.


Durham University Business School is located on Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB, United Kingdom. It is at walking distance from Durham City Centre.

By rail - Various train services connect Durham to other major cities. A high speed service connects Durham to London in less than 3 hours. Other services run frequently Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, Scotland, the Midlands and the South West. The city centre is walking distance from the train station, or a taxi can take you to the Business School in 10 minutes.

By Road - Durham is two miles from the A1(M) exiting at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham, following signs to Durham City Centre. Coach services are available from most major cities.

By Air - Durham is 30 minutes drive from Newcastle Airport, and 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley. Both have regular domestic and international flights.


The conference attendance is free of charge and some financial support for accommodation is available.