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5th AIMAC Doctoral Symposium

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The 5th AIMAC Doctoral Symposium continues a tradition started in 2013 which aims to develop a supportive and inclusive community of PhD students and scholars, and to foster dialogue and future collaborations. For the first time in 2020, the Symposium will be held independently of the biennial AIMAC conference, from Sunday 29 March until Tuesday 31 March.

The Symposium will comprise of plenary sessions, research workshops, campfire sessions and networking events. It is a unique opportunity to receive constructive and developmental feedback from established scholars in the field of arts, cultural and media management. 

How to apply

We welcome applications from second and third-year doctoral students from all disciplines of arts and cultural management, including (yet not limited to):

  • strategy
  • marketing
  • organisational behaviour
  • operations management
  • management science
  • accounting
  • finance.

Places are limited to make the most of the learning and networking opportunities offered by the Symposium.

Please combine all application materials into one PDF file including:

  1. short biography of not more than 100 words.
  2. one-page summary of your dissertation proposal or expected dissertation topic. 
  3. application letter of not more than 400 words explaining why you wish to take part in the doctoral symposium and what you expect to gain from it.
  4. curriculum vitae, including the name of your supervisor and (if already known) of the members of your thesis committee.
  5. letter of recommendation from your supervisor. 

We look forward to receiving your application by 15 November 2019 at: [email protected].

Please direct your applications and all enquiries to the Symposium Chair, Dr Allègre L Hadida.

Allègre Hadida

Associate Professor in Strategy

PhD (Doctorat HEC, France)


Sunday 29 March 2020

19:30-22:00 | Evening talk and welcome dinner

Location: Magdalene College 

Monday 30 March 2020

09:00-17:30 | Doctoral Symposium

17:30-19:00 | Evening drinks and nibbles reception

Location: Cambridge Judge Business School

Tuesday 31 March 2020

09:00-17:30 | Doctoral Symposium

Location: Cambridge Judge Business School

Full programme coming soon.

Magdelene College.

Sunday 29 March 2020

Magdalene College
Magdalene Street
United Kingdom

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Event at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 March 2020

Cambridge Judge Business School
Trumpington Street
United Kingdom

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Useful travel information

By train

Cambridge is on the main lines from London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street. Magdalene College is situated about 1.5 miles from the railway station. It is served by regular buses and taxis or a 30-minute journey on foot. Cambridge Judge Business School is situated about a mile from the railway station. It is served by regular buses and taxis or a 15-minute journey on foot.

By car

Please note that there is no onsite parking available at the venues.  Parking in the city centre is also very limited. Attendees are advised to take public transport where possible. Those for whom travel by car is the only option, we advise that you use Cambridge Park & Ride. All Park & Ride buses stop at the city centre central bus station which is a short walk from the event venues.

Closest airports

Stansted Airport is the nearest airport to Cambridge. It is easily accessible by train, coach or taxi. Luton and City Airport are also relatively close, and accessible by coach or taxi.

Useful links and contacts

National Rail Enquiries

Panther Taxis
Tel: +44 (0)1223 715 715

Airport Lynx Cambridge
Tel: +44 (0)1223 440 040

Cambridge Park & Ride information

About the hosts

Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) is pleased to co-host the 5th AIMAC Doctoral Symposium in collaboration with AIMAC. CJBS brings the latest thinking from academia and professional practice in order to develop greater knowledge and better methods to have an impact on the world in which we live and work. This means working with students, academics and organisations at a deep level, identifying important problems and questions, challenging and coaching people to find answers, and creating new knowledge.

Since 1990, the Business School has forged a reputation as a center of rigorous thinking and high-impact transformative education, situated within one of the world’s most prestigious research universities and in the heart of the Cambridge Cluster, the most successful technology entrepreneurship cluster in Europe.

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The International Association of Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC) is a global network of researchers in arts and cultural management. The Association’s main activity is a biennial research conference during which participants present their most recent research insights, discuss ideas face-to-face and learn about the latest developments in arts and cultural management. 

AIMAC also participates in the publication of the International Journal of Arts Management, a refereed journal intended for art and cultural managers, consultants, educators, researchers and civil servants. 

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Learn more about the International Journal of Arts Management

How to register

Registration opens January 2020.

Symposium fees of £175 per participant include:

  • sessions, workshops, lunches and coffee breaks on 30 and 31 March 2020 at CJBS
  • en-suite College accommodation on 29 and 30 March (third night extension for an additional fee on 31 March subject to availability) 
  • welcome dinner on 29 March 2020 in Magdalene College, Cambridge
  • evening drinks and nibbles reception on 30 March 2019 at CJBS.

Registration for the Doctoral Symposium is by invitation only. Applicants will be informed of acceptation decisions in January 2020. Those invited to participate in the Symposium will then be asked to submit a paper for presentation and to register to the Symposium by 14 February 2020.

Submitted papers should not exceed 20 pages of text (times new roman 12 font, double spaced). They should clearly state:

  • the purpose of the study and context in which it is taking place
  • the research question the study seeks to address
  • an overview of the literature in which the study is grounded
  • an overview of the methodology employed to answer the research question 
  • the expected theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions of the study
  • some preliminary results from the analyses carried out in the study.

The focus of the submitted paper can be theoretical, methodological and/or empirical, depending on the progress made by the applicant on their doctoral thesis.


Participating doctoral students will be accommodated in Magdalene College, Cambridge. For participating faculty, a range of accommodation is available in Cambridge.

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