University of Gothenburg

Call for Abstracts - Extended to March 15, 2024

This year’s overarching conference theme delves into broader and in-depth issues surrounding sustainable working-life and sustainable HRM practices. The changing landscape of globalization, demographic shifts, new dynamics in the labor market, and technological advancements have transformed the working environment.

The conference aims to explore the prerequisites, conditions, and practices that foster sustainable and healthy jobs and organisations. How can academia and research contribute to a more sustainable development that integrates social, economic, and environmental considerations? How can organisations simultaneously meet the expectations of young professionals and encourage older employees to remain engaged? How can we create equitable conditions for everyone? What avenues exist for further developing HR functions and the profession? Are new policies, collaborative forms, partnerships, and practices necessary, and if so, what should they entail?

These questions are multifaceted and thought-provoking. As a result, we invite researchers from various disciplines and interdisciplinary fields, employing diverse methodological and theoretical approaches, to actively participate in this exciting and crucial discussion.

Contributions related to working-life and/or HRM are welcome. These can address the themes outlined below or explore other areas connected to working-life.

Conference Themes

  • Sustainable HRM Practices: International Comparisons
  • Sustainable Work Practices: Individual, Organisational, and Societal Perspectives
  • The role of HRM in the the development of sustainable behaviour at the workplace and beyond

  • Sustainable Flexible Work Forms and Hybrid Work
  • Meaningful and Sustainable Working Life
  • The Future of Socially and Ecologically Sustainable Work
  • Voice and Silence in Working Life: Organizing for Sustainable Communication Flows
  • Development of Professions to better meet goals of sustainability (HRM, OHS etc)
  • SDG 8 – Academia and Research Contributions
  • Decent Work and Decent Employment at All Ages
  • Balancing Decent Working Conditions and Economic Growth
  • Green Transition Challenges in New Industries: Effects on Working Life, HRM and Working Conditions
  • HRM, Digitalization and AI 

  • People Analytics and Personnel Economics
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Performance
  • Leadership and Employeeship in New Times
  • Organisation of the HRM Work and Function
  • Competence Management, Talent Development, and Learning Organisations
  • Changing Labor Market Relations
  • HRM in Small and Medium-Sized Companies
  • Equal Terms, Gender, Intersectionality, and Diversity Management
  • Sexual Abuses at Work: Occurence, and prevention measures 

Presentation Forms and Abstracts

Abstracts can be submitted for the following types of presentation forms:

1. Scientific Contributions:

  • These will be presented orally, with a duration of approximately 20 minutes, including discussion. Or, in the form of posters.
  • Submitted abstracts are expected to be developed into a full paper or work-in-progress (deadline: May 15).

2. Symposium or Workshop:

  • These sessions will involve 3-4 invited participants.
  • Formats can, for example, include panel discussions, round table discussions, open-space sessions, or speed-dating organisations.
  • Contributions may also relate to collaborative research and practice.
  • The session duration is planned to be 90 minutes

Abstract Guidelines:

  • All abstracts should be approximately 500 words.
  • Submit your abstract in a Word file to the email address no later than March 1, 2024.
  • Enter the stream you wish to belong to.

  1. For research-based individual contributions, the abstract should be structured as follows:
  • Title of the contribution
  • Name and contact details of authors
  • Introduction
  • Purpose
  • Method
  • Results
  • Possible conclusions

        2a. For research-based symposium, each contribution should be structured as above and collated together with the title of the symposium, focus, aim, and name of the contact person.     

        2b. For workshops, the abstract must contain:

  • Name and contact details of the responsible person
  • Other intended participants
  • Title of the contribution
  • A clear description of the purpose and implementation
  • The theme and/or issue(s) intended to be addressed