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Academic Conference on Organisation Development, Change and Leadership


Aug. 29, 2018 9:00AM - Aug. 30, 2018 6:00PM

Venue: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Call for Papers: Academic Conference on Organisation Development, Change and Leadership is organised by Centre for Social and Organisational Leadership (C SOL), School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Organisations are increasingly affected by constant change, and the ability to adapt and stay relevant is the key determinant of their very existence. Exponential rate of change in technologies, demographics, partnership and alliances, work structure and diversity has facilitated an augmentation of the markets, opportunities and in turn the expansion of organisations. However, such spurt of simultaneous growth taking place through number of avenues emanates convolution of processes and harbingers conflict with a potential of eventually causing organizational malfunction. This has created a significant need for a genre of Organisation Development (OD)/ Change professionals who are able to enable organisations to better respond and adapt to industry/market changes and technological advances by deeply impacting organisational and human factors. To bring about sustainable change and to create both competitive and collaborative advantage for organisations, OD and change professionals need to have expertise in managing and developing people; and a deeper understanding of knowledge and practice of various business functions. We also need to focus on nurturing the next generation global leaders who can understand the new world as a system of interacting components that impact each other in significant but often underutilized ways; opening doors for more holistic,effective and innovative leadership. Therefore, being able to identify, adapt, implement change with efficiency and accelerating growth and performance while continuing to be congruent with the core values of the organisation is crucial for the sustainability and potential growth for business and societies.

The objectives of this conference are:

  • To critically evaluate emerging themes and theories in organisation development and change management
  • To identify various tactics and strategies evolved by organisation development and change professional
  • To deliberate upon the challenges and issues faced by organisation development and change professional during the process of facilitating organisational diagnostics and interventions
  • To explore the intersection of art in OD

The thematic areas would be as follows:

  • Organisation Development
  • Change Management
  • OD & Leadership
  • Art & OD
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Organisation Analysis and Diagnostic Models and Interventions (Human Process Interventions; Techno Structural Interventions; Large System Interventions)
  • Action Learning in OD
  • Emerging Trends in OD


OD and Change practitioners, Research Scholars, Corporate and Government Representatives, Leaders and change agents in NGO’s and civil society who have made contribution in the above mentioned thematic areas are invited to participate in the conference.

Both empirical and theoretical papers that focus on the conference themes outlined above can be submitted. Delegates and students interested in participating in the deliberations without submitting papers are also invited.

Details related to paper submission

Authors must submit an abstract in about 750 words to Kumar Kunal Jha (kumar.jha@tiss.edu) and Dr. Aman Borkar (aman.borkar@tiss.edu) by 15th May, 2018. Authors are expected to submit a short bio along with their paper mentioning authors and co-authors name, institutional affiliation, experience, contact number, email and postal address. Kindly note that the authors are expected to submit their bio separately and not mention any details with the abstract, as the abstracts will undergo blind review. Relevance of papers, quality of objectives/research questions and methodology would be critical parameters for inclusion of the papers in the conference. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 31st May, 2018 and will be required to submit the full paper by 1st August, 2018.

Important dates

Abstract Submission: 10th June, 2018
Announcement of Selected Abstracts:20th June, 2018
Full Paper Submissions: 1st August, 2018
Registration Deadline: 15th July, 2018
Event Date: 29th and 30th August, 2018

Travel bursary: Partial travel bursaries are available for few paper presenters from developing and under-developed countries.

Best paper awards: Best paper awards will be given under each theme

Registration fee

Paper Presentation:

Paper Presenters Fees
Indian Participants (in INR) International Participants (in USD)
Students and Scholars 7500 $200
Academicians 10000 $300
Industry Professionals 20000 $450

All the paper presenters will get free entry to the two day ‘Transcendence 2018: TISS Organisation Development and Change Conference’ to be held on 31st August and 1st September, 2018. For more information about Transcendence, kindly visit  https://odclschool.tiss.edu/?page_id=1138

Attending Only (Without paper presentation):

Attending Only Fees
Indian Participants (in INR) International Participants (in USD)
Students 2500 $100
Research Scholars 5000 $125
Academicians 7500 $200
Industry Professionals 20000 $450

**Above fees includes conference kit, lunch and snacks of both the days

Note: The paper presenter and attendees will be provided with the list of best hotels nearby TISS campus.

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