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Call for Submissions

2010 Conference on Commitment
Advances and Debates Surrounding Workplace Commitments
November 5–7, 2010 Columbus, OH

This conference brings together a community of scholars interested in the phenomenon of commitment to share and discuss ideas and findings relating to the conference theme of “Advances and Debates Surrounding Workplace Commitments.” The purpose of this conference is to advance the literature by promoting leading-edge thinking on all aspects and forms of commitment in organizational contexts regardless of bases, mindsets, or targets (e.g., commitment to organizations—employing or other; people; teams; occupation; goals; routines; change efforts; decisions; values; etc.).

The conference will be a mix of invited (30%) and peer-reviewed (70%) presentations. There will be a single track of presentations of a variety of lengths and formats. The small size of the conference promotes opportunities for informal interaction and dialogue among attendees to facilitate networking, collaboration, the sharing of ideas, and in-depth discussions. A special issue of Human Resource Management Review will be developed from the best presentations and ideas from the conference.

Individuals interested in participating must submit an abstract for consideration by March 15, 2010. Submitted proposals may be for single paper presentation but other formats (e.g., debates, panel discussions, round tables, symposia) are welcome and encouraged. Submissions may address any aspect of workplace commitments with a preference given to those with the greatest potential to advance the literature. Specifically, submissions are sought that (a) summarize recent advances; (b) highlight new insights, perspectives, methodologies, or measures that may advance commitment theory and research; or (c) seek to resolve current issues or debates in the literature. A program committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts, and submitters will be notified of program decisions by mid May 2010.

For more information and detailed submission instructions, visit the conference Web site (
http://fisher.osu.edu/~klein_12/Commitment.htm) or contact the conference organizer, Howard J. Klein, at klein_12@fisher.osu.edu.