Fondazione Universitaria Marco Biagi
Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Fondazione Universitaria Marco Biagi
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Call for papers

Seventeenth International Conference in Commemoration of Professor Marco Biagi

The Collective Dimension(s) of Employment Relations:
Organisational and Regulatory Challenges in a World of Work in Transformation

Modena, 18-20 March 2019
Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

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• Deadline for submission of expressions of interest: 20 July 2018
• Deadline for submission of extended abstracts:  26 October 2018
• Deadline for submission of full papers: 15 February 2019

In order to move the discussion forward, encourage the exchange of views, and promote an interdisciplinary debate, contributions are invited from the international scholarly community on topics concerning the impact of the transformation of the world of work on the collective dimension of employment relations, divided into the following tracks:

  • Trade Unions and Employers’ Associations
  • Workplace Representation
  • The Workplace as an Organisational Community
  • Customers

Participants who intend to contribute a paper to one of the conference tracks should submit an expression of interest by 20 July 2018 with:

  • the title of the proposed paper;
  • a brief description of about 150 words (not including the bibliography), that should outline the topic and highlight the nature of the paper (theoretical analysis, discussion paper, presentation of empirical data, and so on);
  • the disciplinary (or inter-disciplinary) domain of the paper (e.g. Labour Law, Organization Theory, Labour Economics);
  • the author’s affiliation;
  • an indication of the conference track the paper for which the paper is intended. In this respect, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to assign papers to the track and session they consider to be most appropriate.

Expressions of interest will selected by the Organizing Committee by 7 September 2018.

Selected authors will be invited to present an extended abstract (2000 words, bibliography excluded) no later than 26 October 2018. Abstracts should include a brief discussion of the results and conclusions of the paper.

Extended abstracts will be selected by the Organizing Committee by 9 November 2018.

Selected authors will be required to submit a paper of 8000 – 10000 words no later than 15 February 2019. The papers should present a complete piece of research rather than simply the description of work in progress.

In cases in which it is not possible to accommodate all the contributions in the plenary or parallel sessions, the Organizing Committee may offer authors the opportunity to present their work in the poster sessions.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to refuse full papers that are not consistent with the conference tracks or with the expression of interest/full abstract previously approved.

The Organizing Committee will select the contributions to be included, after revision, in the conference proceedings to be published in 2019/20 by an international publisher. By submitting their final papers, the authors agree to the publication of their paper in the proceedings in case of acceptance by the Organizing Committee, in compliance with the no-multiple-submissions rule.

The working language of the conference sessions is English, and no interpreting services will be available. Abstracts and papers should be submitted in English.

Organizing Committee
Prof. Tindara Addabbo (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Prof. Edoardo Ales (University of Cassino and Southern Lazio), Prof. William Bromwich (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Dr Ylenia Curzi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Prof. Tommaso Fabbri (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Dr Antonio Riccio (University of Florence), Dr Olga Rymkevich (Marco Biagi Foundation), Dr Iacopo Senatori  (Marco Biagi Foundation), Dr Carlotta Serra (Marco Biagi Foundation)

Academic Advisory Board
Prof. Marina Orlandi Biagi (Marco Biagi Foundation, Chair), Prof. Tindara Addabbo (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Prof. Edoardo Ales (University of Cassino and Southern Lazio), Prof. Francesco Basenghi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Prof. Janice Bellace (The Wharton School, Philadelphia), Prof. Patrizio Bianchi (University of Ferrara), Prof. Susan Bisom-Rapp (Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego), Prof. Tommaso Fabbri (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Prof. Luigi E. Golzio (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Prof. F. Hendrickx (University of Leuven, Belgium), Prof. Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky (Central European University, Budapest), Prof. Alan Neal (University of Warwick), Prof. Ralf Rogowski (University of Warwick), Prof. Jacques Rojot (University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas), Prof. Yasuo Suwa (Hosei University), Prof. Tiziano Treu (Catholic University of Milan), Prof. Manfred Weiss (J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt-am-Main)

Expressions of interest, abstracts and full papers, as well as the requests of information, should be addressed to:
Iacopo Senatori (Researcher, Marco Biagi Foundation):

The first draft of the conference programme will be distributed by the end of January 2019.

Further information will be posted on the Marco Biagi Foundation website