The Applied Research Conference (ARC) is an annual meeting place for academic researchers and practitioners working in people management, employment policy and related fields. It holds a unique place in bringing together these two communities to hear about cutting edge research in HR and discuss how it can be applied in practice. ARC is an interdisciplinary conference that covers a wide range of aspects of people management, employment, learning and development and organisational development. In all research papers presented, we set out to discuss the practical application of insights to organisational life and labour markets.
This year, the conference will take place on 22-23 January 2020, and will be hosted by Dublin City University (DCU) Business School in Ireland. One of Europe's most dynamic business schools, DCU is ranked in the QS Top 50 Universities under 50 years old.
We welcome thematic reviews, primary research and evidence reviews. We invite three types of submission:
- Research paper: original empirical research
- Evidence review: systematic review or rapid evidence assessment
- Poster: to present research in progress
You will be asked to indicate what type of submission you are making.
We welcome papers on a wide range of themes in work, employment and people management, including:
- Conflict and unfair treatment at work
- Employee voice and empowerment
- Equality, diversity and inclusion
- Ethics and governance
- Flexible working and work-life balance
- Health and well-being
- The HR and people development profession
- Motivation and commitment
- New technologies at work
- Pay and benefits
- People analytics
- Resourcing and workforce planning
- Skills, learning and careers
- Work contracts and security
- Workforce and organizational change.
Submissions must contain:
- Presentation title (please aim for clear and engaging!)
- Brief overview of the research paper to be used in the conference programme (maximum 100 words)
- Research focus, rationale and questions (maximum 250 words)
- Research methods (maximum 150 words)
- Research findings or argument (maximum 250 words)
- Practical importance and implications of research (maximum 250 words).
Submissions must be made through our secure platform, which requires registration.
Important guidance points
Papers will be selected for: relevance to the contemporary world of work, employment and people management; appropriate and robust methods; contribution to knowledge and understanding of the field; and drawing out practical implications of the research. Find out more.
- Papers must draw out clear links between the research and its implications for practice. The submission judging process will reflect this emphasis.
- Standard presentation slots will be 15 minutes, of which approximately 5 minutes should focus on practical applications. Speakers will have time for Q&A and discussion in addition to this.
- By submitting a paper you commit to registering for and attending ARC on Thursday 23rd January 2020 at Dublin City University Business School, Ireland, if your paper is selected for inclusion.
- Conference fees are the same for speakers and non-speakers: £80/€93 + VAT standard rate; £55/€64 + VAT student rate.
- Selected submissions will be confirmed mid-September 2019.
- Further to the conference we have publication opportunities (see below).
What are the opportunities for successful submissions?
- CIPD short paper. Where possible, we would like ARC presenters to provide a summary paper of 2-3,000 words (excluding references) for publication by the CIPD. This paper should emphasise the practical implications of the research. It will be promoted among practitioners and policy makers by the CIPD, so is a good way to gain impact from your research.
- Fast-tracked peer-reviewed publication and Professor Ian Beardwell Prize. All those presenting research papers at ARC are also welcome to submit a full-length article (6-8,000 words) for two purposes:
- To be entered for the CIPD’s Professor Ian Beardwell Prize for outstanding contributions to research in HR, work and employment, which will be awarded with a £1,000 prize at ARC the following year.
- To be invited to be fast-tracked through the blind review process for publication in Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ) or the Journal of Organizational Performance: People and Performance (JOEPP). Authors not invited to be fast tracked will receive feedback and advice on their papers without it counting as a formal rejection.
The deadline for both types of paper will be 31 March 2020.