Oxford Saïd annual conference on Professional Service Firms

Embracing the “new normal” in professional service

For the past decade or so, scholarship on professional services has been dominated by 'alternatives.'

The annual Professional Service Firms conference is a partnership between Saïd Business School and the Journal of Professions and Organization. This year the conference will seek to harness this spirit of innovation, dialogue and community.

Timing and venue

The conference will be held on August 11-13 2019 at District Hall, Boston, MA.

District Hall is a public innovation center that dubs itself 'the living room of Boston’s innovation community.' Our conference will seek to harness this spirit of innovation, dialogue and community. It starts with an informal dinner on the day the Academy of Management meeting ends (Tuesday, 11 August) and closes with lunch on Thursday, August 13.

The Journal of Professions and Organization

The conference will once again partner with the Journal of Professions and Organization.

The Journal of Professions and Organization (JPO) launched in 2013 by Oxford University Press to further research on professionals and their organisations. As in past years, the Professional Service Firm Hub at Oxford is sponsoring JPO’s Best Paper Award, and the winners will be recognised during a short ceremony at the Conference.

Additional information

There is no fee for registration or meals for those who are invited to attend.

All delegates will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. The PSF Hub at Oxford will offer small travel bursaries to those attendees selected to present their paper. Further information will be made available to participants via the conference website from May 2019 once decisions on papers have been made.

Call for papers

We welcome contributions – both empirical and theoretical – which examine the full range of questions addressing the what, why, who and how of the new normal in professional services. Please send an abstract of no more than 1000 words to PSFconference@sbs.ox.ac.uk by 19 April, 2019. Abstracts will be reviewed and decisions communicated by the end of April 2019. Complete papers will be due by 23 July, 2019. 

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