CFP: Discovering Creativity in Necessity

An extended CFP from McMaster University for their conference “Discovering Creativity in Necessity”. Some travel funding is available. Details:

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to report that we have had a strong response to our initial call to abstracts for “Discovery in Necessity” conference. This has allowed us to make a strong case with our funders for additional funding for some level of travel assistance beyond the already committed accommodation and conference fee subsidies. We are awaiting final confirmation on the level of additional support that will be forthcoming.

 We are bringing this to your attention because were contacted by individuals who wanted to participate but did not have sufficient funding for travel costs, and so did not submit abstracts. For this reason we are extending abstracts submission deadline until April 24, 2011. We have decided to announce a second (and final) adjudication process subject to our obtaining some travel assistance, extending our deadline until April 24, 2011. While we cannot commit to obtaining travel funding, we will attempt to do so, and thus wish to encourage as many submissions as possible subject to funding opportunities. We are all excited about what promises to be a very interesting and rewarding conference,

DeGroote School of Business
1280 Main Street W.
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

Phone 905-525-9140

Dear Colleague,

We would like to draw your attention to a conference on ‘Discovering Creativity In Necessity: Organizational Ingenuity under Institutional Constraints’ which will be held at McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business, on the 9th and 10th of September, 2011. Keynotes include Bill Starbuck, former President at the Academy of Management and professor emeritus, NYU, and Teresa Cascioli, former Chair and CEO Lakeport Brewing Income Fund and former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

The main purpose of this conference is to expand our understanding of innovation and creativity in contexts and environments where resources are scarce, and freedom of action is highly constrained. To meet the challenge of these situations actors often develop a set of skills, social tactics, and mental orientation that express ‘organizational ingenuity’: the ability to create innovative solutions within structural constraints using limited resources and imaginative problem solving.

The conference is organized in conjunction with a forthcoming special issue of Organization Studies. The conference is therefore a unique opportunity for participants who are interested in submitting to the special issue to share ideas and receive feedback prior to the Organization Studies deadline of February 28, 2012.

Scholars and practitioners who are interested in attending the conference must submit abstracts by April 15, 2011. Authors selected for presentation will be notified by May 1st, 2011, with full paper expected by August 1st, 2011.

Registration fees will be waived for participating presenters. In addition, all hotel accommodations (not including incidentals) and conference meals will be covered for participating presenters.

Further details as they become available will be posted on the conference website:

Warmest Regards,

Benson Honig, Israel Drori, Joseph Lampel
Conference Chairs