Call for Papers, Symposia, PDWs, & Reviewers

University campuses have been the birthplace of numerous social movements and site for protests against various social injustices over the last 50 years. Thus, as academics of, issues of social justice affect our work and personal lives. We encounter situations not only in the classroom, but also when engaged in research and service activities that bring to the forefront the matter of full and equal participation of and fair treatment for all societal groups. Also, businesses are faced with devising effective strategies to respond to acts of social injustice, managing equality and inclusion, and determining how to achieve long-term success while also making the world a better place for all its citizens. When social injustices and the social movements they trigger are ignored, they do not necessarily go away. Instead, they must be dealt with in a constructive manner. Creating novel solutions, exploring new avenues of change, and opening doors for learning are just a few of the ways individuals, groups, and businesses cope with the increased demands for social justice in their current environments. A few recent social justice movements include Black Lives Matter (racial equality), Fair Trade (greater equity for commodity producers in developing countries), and Idle No More (rights of indigenous people). But, what new forms of social injustice are on the horizon? How can social injustices with the potential to ignite social movements be identified earlier and more precisely? What can management scholars do to help businesses minimize issues of social injustice or react favorably to social movements? Does steady globalization invite different perceptions or forms of social injustice? How can we cultivate in our students the ability to not only anticipate and recognize social injustices, but more importantly commit to promoting social justice in ways that create competitive advantages for their employers or their own entrepreneurial firms?

Please join MFCA as we explore these and other questions during our 2017 Annual Conference themed “Social Justice, Organizations, and Academia: At the Interface.” For the first time in our history, this year’s conference will be held prior to the 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Atlanta, GA on August 2 -4, 2017. All sessions will be at the Sheraton Atlanta, 165 Courtland St NE. The negotiated nightly room rate is $155 plus 16.9% tax. The registration fee will be $99 for MFCA members and $149 for non-MFCA members (includes one year membership).


We invite you to submit papers and to propose symposia/professional development workshops (PDWs) on any management related topic as All Submissions Matter. However, we are keenly interested in papers, symposia, and/or PDWs related to the theme, “Social Justice, Organizations, and Academia: At the Interface.” Additional suggested topics/ideas, especially for symposia and PDWs, include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating an interdisciplinary network of research collaborators
  • Preparing for tenure and promotion
  • Uniting together to leverage our respective experiences and offer support as we progress through different career stages
  • Transitioning from academic to administrative or consulting positions
  • Using service learning to connect students and the community
  • Creating a climate, through the use of technology, where students are able to think beyond textbooks, identify challenges and provide actionable solutions
  • Learning effective grant writing
  • Managing priorities and trade-offs between the Big 3 – research, teaching and service
  • Increasing diversity & inclusion of students, faculty and staff at our universities

The desire to enhance scholarship on social justice invites a broad spectrum of theoretical perspectives, methods and applications. Some research-oriented questions to ponder regarding “Social Justice, Organizations, and Academia: At the Interface” include:

  • In what ways do academic institutions influence the emergence or growth of social movements? What role does academic institutions play in helping to shape how organizations respond to social movements or issues of social (in-)justice?
  • How does social protest engagement of customers, employees, and other stakeholder groups influence an organization’s strategic decision-making process?
  • To what extent do different types of social movements elicit different organizational responses/strategies? Is there an ideal fit between social movement type and organizational responses/strategies that maximizes outcomes for an organization?
  • What factors enhance an organization’s ability to respond to social injustices in positive ways?
  • How can we create situations where taking a proactive stance on social justice issues becomes beneficial to organizations and its various stakeholders?
  • How does advocating for social justice or successful social movements bring about organizational change?
  • How does technology help weaken the instances/effects of social injustices, anticipate new sources of social injustice, or uncover the emergence of a new social movement?
  • What are the downsides to tackling issues of social justice or social injustice?
  • Are there personal-level behavioral and cognitive mechanisms needed to respond to situations of social injustice or to cope with different stages of social movements?
  • What leadership attributes help to define the success of social movements?

We encourage you to submit papers (in various stages of development), PDWs and/or special topics/ symposia sessions to this year’s conference. Also, we recognize the value of a diverse group of scholars which includes researchers and practitioners from management and related disciplines with similar or different perspectives and approaches. If you are a doctoral student and would like to compete for the travel award, please indicate “Doctoral Student” in the subject line of the email and on the title page (page 1) of the submission. All submissions will undergo a double-blind review. Email submissions to: The deadline for all submissions is May 31, 2017. Notification will be provided to authors by June 16, 2017.


Papers – A maximum of two papers may be submitted per author. All papers should not exceed 25 pages, including references, tables, figures, etc. The papers should be double-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides; page numbers should be shown as a footer on all pages. Submit papers according to these additional guidelines:

Page 1: Title, author(s) with full contact information. Indicate contact author if there are several authors.

Page 2: Title and abstract (100-150 words)

Special Topics/Symposia Sessions – A maximum of two special topics sessions may be submitted per author. Special topic sessions include symposiums and panel sessions where multiple speakers will discuss a common theme. Special topic/Symposia sessions should be single-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides; page numbers should be shown as a footer on all pages. The session should include at least three (3) presenters and a facilitator. Submit special topic sessions according to these additional guidelines:

Page 1: Session title, presentation titles, facilitator, and full contact information for all participants.

Page 2: Description of session and rationale.

Pages 3-5: 500-word or less summary of each presentation.

Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) – PDWs provide opportunities to share knowledge/expertise on specific topics of your choice in an interactive and provocative manner while contributing to the professional development of our members. While PDW topics need not address the conference theme, they should be of interest to our members. Please submit proposals for PDWs according to these guidelines:

Page 1: Title of the proposed workshop and full contact information for all organizers

Page 2: Abstract of the workshop (up to 250 words)

Pages 3-5: Overview of the workshop to include an explanation of why it would be of interest to MFCA members, a description of the format/agenda for the workshop, and a summary of the primary learning experience(s) to be attained by the participants.

Style – In addition to following the requirements for all submissions, all papers must follow the current style of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Doctoral Student Submissions – Management doctoral students who have completed comprehensive exams and are ABD may submit a paper (not a symposium/special topic or PDW) to compete for a $300 travel award to present their paper during the MFCA conference. The award will be given based on best paper as determined by the reviewers. To be eligible for the award, the doctoral student must be the sole author on the paper or have only other students as co-authors. In the case of co-authored student papers, only one student will be eligible for the travel award.

Reviewers – We are seeking reviewers to assist in the peer review process. As the reviewer load is usually 1-2 papers, this is a great opportunity to make a contribution to a professional association without being overwhelmed. We also provide documentation to share your service as a reviewer with your institution. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please contact by May 24, 2017.