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ONLINE, JUNE 22-23, 2021

Dept. of Business Administration,
Public & Nonprofit Management
University of Mannheim, Germany

Dept. of Applied Economics
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

University of Edinburgh Business School, UK




University of Aberdeen Business School,
Scotland, UK


The third sector, which includes charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups, has grown in importance worldwide over the last few decades. It plays an essential role in supporting communities at all levels of society, from the local to the national and the international. The third sector is highly diverse in terms of the services offered, organisational size and structure. However, what they all have in common is providing essential support to the most needy and vulnerable in society. Many provide essential services that help to fill the gap in private and public service provision and make a substantial and rapidly increasing contribution to the health and well-being of society. 

Now more than ever the services of third sector organisations are needed by the most vulnerable communities as the global pandemic continues to run riot, destroying countless lives, ruining economies and exacerbating pre-existing conditions of inequality. Providing services and support through this global pandemic is one of the biggest challenges third sector organisations have faced as funding and donations become increasingly difficult to secure which exposes them to considerable financial stress. Even after the pandemic wanes, the financial wreckage that it will inevitably leave behind could have profound effects on the future of many institutions within the sector. 

The purpose of this workshop ‘The challenges of managing the third sector’ is to present and discuss in a stimulating academic environment high-quality research papers exploring the contemporary challenges in managing all kinds of non-profit organisations (NPOs). We seek to engage a global community of scholars and practitioners to explore the financial and managerial challenges facing this sector during the global pandemic and beyond. Potential contributors are encouraged to interpret this theme broadly, yet critically, including through applying diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives to a wide range of countries and regional settings. 

This workshop will be of interest not only to researchers active in this area, but also to policymakers, senior managers and practitioners from all disciplines.


The workshop organisers are particularly interested in the results of accounting, managerial, economic, policy and inter-disciplinary approaches that explore the contemporary challenges in managing third sector organisations during times of crisis.
Topics of potential interest include, but are not limited to:
Reflections on crisis and third sector creative responses to the global pandemic
Accounting and managerial challenges of NPOs during times of crisis
Responses to financial vulnerability and risk during and beyond the pandemic
The role of accounting and financial measures in NPOs – measuring performance and improving organisational transparency
Measuring performance and accountability in times of crisis
External crisis and the dangers of mission drift
Building and maintaining legitimacy and trust in times of crisis
The challenges of maintaining service delivery, governance and advocacy during a pandemic
Building a new normal post COVID - tools and tactics to develop change agents versus change victims
Beyond COVID - reconceptualising the Third Sector
Strengthening diversity and sustainability in times of crisis – the role of leadership, diversity and inclusion 
Innovating NPO’s – capitalising on the acceleration of digital communication and engagement
Assessing the impact of COVID on organisational values and service delivery
Maintaining innovation and knowledge exchange in the Third Sector during times of crisis
There are no particular paper requirements, but they should not be too long (preferably 8,000 words).
Submission now closed!

If you received an acceptance notice this is how you can upload your final paper:

Here is the procedure to upload your final paper (PDF only):

* go on the EIASM website (https://www.eiasm.net)
* click on "Workshops & conferences / Event administration"
* enter your login and 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 full papers: April 20, 2021
Notification: as of April 30, 2021
Registration of authors: May 19, 2021
Final papers: June 7, 2021



A selection of the best papers will be eligible for submission to a special issue of the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal (Guest editors Audrey Paterson, Bernd Helmig, Marc Jegers, and Irvine Lapsley). AAAJ is ranked by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Quality Journal List as A*. In the Association of Business Schools (ABS) it is 3-rated. It currently has a Scopus Cite Score of 5.7 and an impact factor of 3.349. More information will be offered during the workshop. 

This journal is indexed here  https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/aaaj





For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
121,00 € (including 21,00 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 157,30 € (including 27,30 € VAT)

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Ms. Cristina Setyar - EIASM Conference Manager
Tel: +32 2 226 66 69 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: setyar@eiasm.be