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Ruth Alas, Estonian Business School, Estonia
Christopher J. Rees, University of Manchester, UK
and Beijing University of Technology
Soulla Louca, University of Nicosia


"Facilitating Organisational Change in the midst of a Financial Crisis, through a Training and Coaching Initiative: The Case of the Cyprus Civil Service"


Marios Michaelides, Head of Cyprus Academy of Public Administration,
Ministry of Finance, Republic of Cyprus


George Ioannou, Director and Head of Sustainability Business Services Consulting,
PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited


Final schedule: click here

A welcome reception will be organised on September 10th at 18.30h at the Lordos Hotel, Syrine Deck on the lobby level.


We are delighted to issue the announcement for the 10th EIASM colloquium on the subject of Organizational Change and Development (OCD). Previous events have taken place in Tallinn, Vilnius, Bucharest, Krakow, Vienna, Malta, Bern, Ghent, and Essen.  The 10th Colloquium is scheduled to take place in Larnaca, Cyprus in September 2015.

As in previous years, the 2015 OCD colloquium is designed to provide delegates with the opportunity to present their work and discuss it in a constructive environment. Thus, the colloquium seeks to bring together international scholars and practitioners with a view to exploring perspectives and insights into the management of OCD. Work presented by delegates at the OCD colloquiums in previous years has been published in journals such Human Resource Development International, Baltic Journal of Management, Journal of Business Economics and Management, Journal of Organizational Change Management, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Business Ethics, and the Estonian Business Review. In addition, the 2013 colloquium resulted in the production of an edited textbook; this textbook, compiled from papers presented at the event and entitled ‘Change Management and the Human Factor’ was published by Springer in 2015 (see http://www.springer.com/business+%26+management/organization/book/978-3-319-07433-7 ). The Chairs of the event will seek to mark the occasion of the 10th colloquium by publishing a special issue of an appropriate journal subject to editorial approval of selected papers.


Change management is now widely recognised as a core subject that needs to be both understood and practiced in order for organisations to survive and thrive in the modern era. Textbooks and journals dedicated to the subject of organisational change and development have proliferated and OCD as a subject has become entrenched in management qualification and training programmes as well as in research settings. The developing prominence of OCD can be traced back to an array of influences and trends ranging from Kurt Lewin’s socially-driven work on group dynamics to the widely applied business-related models of organisational change designed by management consultants and academics such as Kotter, Peters and Waterman. Approaches such as Business Process Re-engineering and Total Quality Management, which centred on the use of change management strategies to improve organisational effectiveness, became hugely influential as organisations sought to maximise the efficiency of their operations. While many of these approaches were originally intended for use in private sector organisations, they were adapted and then adopted by public sector organisations introducing Public Sector Reform and New Public Management initiatives. Further, inter-related global factors such as the expanding reach of MNCs, the influence of the World Bank and the IMF, technological advances, and market reforms in both the public sector and communist countries, ensured that change management as an applied subject became highly topical across geographical boundaries.   As such, OCD has emerged as a subject that cuts across geographical contexts, sectors, and disciplines. In fact, the history of this colloquium itself bears testimony to the mutually shared interests and concerns of academics and practitioners who are engaged with the subject of OCD in a diverse range of countries which includes Australia, Germany, Japan, Russia, India, United Arab Emirates and the USA.

Yet, while its lively and ubiquitous nature is readily apparent, so too is the highly problematic past of OCD as a focus of management theory and practice; for OCD, by its very nature, is an amorphous subject that can be presented positively but is regularly associated with power struggles, failed policies, and mismanaged institutions. For example, in the recent past, the global financial crisis has raised serious questions about the failure of financial institutions to deal with a turbulent environment and to manage organisational change effectively in accordance with socially acceptable norms and values. These kinds of observations raise many questions. For example, what OCD principles can be drawn from the impact of the financial crisis and its knock-on effects on public, private and third sector organisations? To what extent is OCD theory and practice relevant to topical issues such as downsizing in the public sector, pension reform, competition and regulation, zero-hours contracts, and unemployment? How can current concerns inform and enrich the subject of OCD and enable those working in the subject area to make a contribution to wider society? Similarly, at an international level, as we see political events unfolding in the Middle East, what contribution can OCD scholars and practitioners offer in terms of analysis and remedies for the future as whole countries look to rebuild the very fabric of their societies, infrastructures, and organisations? To what extent are issues such as freedom of movement, religion, happiness, security, and surveillance relevant to the subject of OCD? Is it possible to place parameters around key issues relating to the subject of OCD or should those working in the subject area be attempting to identify, develop and promote underlying principles, values, and techniques that are appropriate to implement across time and contexts.

In summary, this year’s colloquium will focus on the past, present and future of OCD. It will seek to promote discussion around:

  • the origins of OCD theory and practice in order to explore how and where it has been used and with what effect;
  • the current theoretical, methodological, environmental and political challenges facing the subject of OCD;
  • possible directions for OCD theory and practice in the future.

As in previous year, the Chairs of this colloquium seek to encourage a wide variety of contributions to ensure that there is broad access to the topic, particularly from those who may be approaching it from non-standard, novel or even unusual perspectives. Thus, while the focus for this year’s event is placed on the past, present and future of OCD, we actively encourage a wide range of contributions which directly address issues relating to organisational change and development. As an indicative guideline only, papers are invited primarily (but certainly not exclusively) on the following types of topics:

  • the history of OCD and what we can learn from it;
  • key influences and influencers on OCD theory and practice;
  • looking back to understand organisational change failures;
  • clarifying the objectives of OCD;
  • case studies of OCD successes;
  • cost-based perspectives on OCD
  • new approaches to OCD methodology;
  • OCD in public, private and third sector organisations: all for one and one for all?
  • the impact of national policy on OCD interventions;
  • OCD in international contexts;
  • religion and OCD theory and practice;
  • the role of values and ethics in OCD;
  • OCD and inequality
  • gender-based perspectives on OCD
  • the convergence of OD, HRM and HRD activities;
  • professions and the practice of OCD
  • the nature of resistance to change during an economic crisis;
  • OCD in mechanistic and autocratic organisations;
  • cultural perspectives on OCD;
  • learning perspectives on OCD;
  • the use of ICT in OCD interventions;
  • training and development for OCD practitioners;
  • the past and future use of consultants in OCD interventions;
  • what’s next for the future of OCD?




Abstracts: Please submit abstracts electronically via the workshop website.

- Submissions must be made in MS Word and Times New Roman 12pt. 
- Authors’ names must not appear anywhere on the abstract.
- The abstract must not exceed 250 words and must use single-spaced formatting with no double spacing between paragraphs.
- The abstract should contain the aims, objectives, and/or questions of the study. These aims, objectives, and/or questions should highlight the relevance of the study for organizational change and development theory and/or practice. 
- Do not include any institutional graphics or logos.
- Documents must be tidy and not show any history of editing changes.
- Do not send documents in 'read only' format (as papers need to be anonymized for the review process).

Full papers: there are no specific guidelines for the full papers just make sure that you include the author's details.

Procedure to upload your final paper (PDF only): 

* go on the EIASM web site (http://www.eiasm.org ) 
* click on "Workshops & conferences / Event administration" 
* enter your login (which is your e-mail) 
Please note that you need to enter your e-mail address exactly as it appears in your EIASM profile 
* add your password (in case you have forgotten one of these items, please follow the procedure indicated). 
* at that stage, you will see that the final version of your paper is needed. Clicking on "details" enables you to upload it 
- In case the title is different from the title of the abstract you submitted, please modify it. 
* once it’s done, don't forget to click on the "SAVE" button. 


Submission of abstracts: closed
Notification of authors: as of June 18, 2015
Registration for authors: July 9, 2015
Submission of final papers: July 31, 2015


Lordos Hotel
Dhekelia Road, 6305

To book your accommodation and travel click here.


For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
270,00 € (VAT Exempt)
For participants coming from another academic institution 350,00 € (VAT Exempt)

Cancellations made before August 25, 2015 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access




Ms. Cristina Setyar - EIASM Conference Manager
Tel: +32 2 226 66 69 - Fax:
Email: setyar@eiasm.be