Open Books

Organisers: Prof Constantin Blome and Dr Veronica Martinez

This workshop aims to help researchers, particularly young scholars, to give feedback and recommendations on their early development papers. Papers can be from any field in operations management. The aim is to critically discuss papers in the ideation stage. It is not the purpose of the workshop to give feedback on fully developed working papers or papers that will be submitted soon. This workshop offers twenty places.

Please Note: The Paper Ideation Workshop has been postponed until 2022.


The workshop comprises two-phases. In the first phase, which lasts 30 mins, an expert panel of five experienced scholars will share their best practices and recommendations in the art of academic writing for scholarly journals. In the second phase, which lasts 60 mins, the group is divided into five round tables of 4 participants. Each round table is led by an experienced scholar. Each participant will pitch their paper idea in 5 min, followed by ten minutes discussion and recommendations. The workshop will finish with some concluding remarks from the workshop organisers.


How to apply:

To apply for this developmental workshop, you first need to submit an abstract of 100-150 words for your developmental paper (submission deadline on 22nd January; acceptance decision announced on 16th February, 2021). If selected you will need to submit at minimum a one to two-page proposal outlining the paper and key sections and expected contributions of the paper by 13th April, 2021. Longer proposals and working papers are also permissible.




  • Abstract: On the top of your abstract-page include a) the working title, b) the research field of your paper and c) your current position (e.g. PhD student or early career scholar). Submit your abstracts before the 22nd Jan. 2021 directly to Veronica Martinez (

  • Proposal: In the top left hand of the first page of the proposal indicate the name of the author(s) and research area (services and/or manufacturing). These proposals should be directly submitted to Veronica Martinez (


It is important to note that these proposals are not linked to the conference proceedings, however participants must be registered for the main conference. This initiative is different from the doctoral seminar and the publishing seminar as it is much shorter and targets paper ideas, not finished articles or full drafts.

Important dates:

22nd Jan. 2021– Extended submission deadline for abstracts of 100-150 words

16th Feb. 2021 – Acceptance decision announced

13th April 2021 – Submission deadline for two-page proposal