Professional Development Workshops


Professional Development Workshops (PDW) Call for Submissions 

PDW Chair: Pawan Budhwar, Aston Business School, UK

We invite proposals for PDW sessions that will take place on Wednesday the 9th of January, 2019.

The PDW format is highly flexible and can take nearly any form (workshops, tutorials, panels, debates, round table discussions, etc.). PDWs provide opportunities to experiment with new models and ideas that do not fit within the confines of regular paper submissions. We encourage the submission of creative ideas for interactive sessions that actively engage participants in learning new information, acquiring new skills and techniques, or addressing pressing issues or questions. PDWs can address any issue of concern to HR scholars and/or practitioners in the domains of research, engagement and/or teaching.  We especially welcome submissions aligned with the conference theme of Navigating the shifting boundaries of HRM.

If you have questions or would like to discuss or suggest a potential workshop idea, please contact, Pawan Budhwar at This is particularly important if you are considering a teaching-related session, as it may be possible to package your idea together with other teaching-related sessions and presenters in a longer teaching-oriented PDW (thus increasing the likelihood of acceptance).

Some key questions to consider prior to submitting a proposal include:

  • Does the workshop offer a high quality and high-level learning experience that will positively impact the professional development of participants?
  • Does the workshop have a theme or group of participants that will draw a strong audience?
  • Is the workshop creative and innovative in all its elements?
  • Does the PDW submission incorporate the conference theme?
  • Does the proposed PDW require pre-registration of participants?

All stand-alone proposals should be submitted using the submission system. The submission deadline is Friday the 18th of May at 17:00 (CET), but earlier submissions are encouraged. Note that there is limited space on the PDW program and we cannot guarantee that all proposals will be accepted.