1st ARTEM Organizational Creativity
International Conference
26-27 March, 2015 - Nancy (France)

Call for Papers

Call for papers

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Theme: "Rethinking Paths on Creativity and Sustainability"

The recent financial crises, the ongoing global shift towards new economic powers, protests against economic inequalities, increasing environmental concerns, and the accelerating pace of new technology development, are some of the challenges facing organizations today. It is essential that organizations respond to these challenges with creative, eco-efficient and eco-effective innovations that help conserve and improve natural, social and financial resources (Shrivastava and Statler, 2012).  This could help companies to cope with the risks and challenges of the market, of workers, consumers and public demands for protecting the environment for present and future generations. Regardless of the sector, private or public, organizations must invest in creativity in order to provide internal and external responses that go beyond the current managerial tool-kit.

Historically, the study of organizational creativity faced major impediments. Although it is considered to be a vital ability, which must exist in and across all organizations, knowledge about creativity is highly fragmented (Rickards et al., 2008).  Scholars and practitioners from such different fields as psychology, arts, management, and engineering have kept their understanding of creativity within the boundaries of their particular practice or research disciplines. However, it has been demonstrated that creativity can be approached from cross-disciplinary perspectives to the benefit of organizations, and their role in modern societies (Sternberg & Lubart, 1991). Models are being developed, which create more comprehensive views of organizational creativity. These models support processes of exploring individual creativity (Amabile, 1996), introduce and explain creativity enhancing techniques (Rickards and Moger, 2000), and the relationships between creativity and sustainability (Ramus & Steger, 2000). Creativity can be at the origin of new production processes and structures, and lead to improved quality, efficiency and safety. In these perspectives, creativity is required as a catalyst for innovation of products and services, as source of resources and improved energy efficiency, and as a foundation for sustainable policies and practices (Shrivastava et al., 2012).

ARTEM Organizational Creativity international Conference is in line with this reflection, and seeks to rethink paths on creativity to move organizations towards sustainability. 

The objective of this conference is to bring together academics, managers, professionals and doctoral students in areas such as engineering, arts and management to tackle the topic of organizational creativity in its different dimensions. Cross-field approaches that merge management techniques with aesthetics sensibility, engineering solutions with management perspectives, or management analysis with artistic tools could contribute to the provision of solutions that cater for the simultaneous need of financial soundness, organizational stability and sustainability. We especially welcome contributions that cover such approaches, exploring new frontiers for the practice of management in organizations.

The conference is organized around a general theme track and five domain-specific tracks. The following are suggestions of contributions, per track:

 Creativity and Sustainability track 

  • Creativity for sustainable solutions
  • Sustainability and organizational competitiveness
  • Institutional challenges to creative sustainable solutions
  • Creativity and ethics in business
  • Creativity for social innovation and social entrepreneurship
  • Creativity and environmental management initiatives

Creativity and environmental management initiatives

  • New strategies towards environmental preservation
  • Creativity and EMS quality improvement
  • Life cycle management of products  and services
  • Prototyping processes and ideas feasibility
  • Risk management
  • Supply chain management

Creativity, Aesthetics and Management track 

  • Creativity in design/ architecture/ landscape
  • Work spaces, engagement and performance
  • Representational methods (hands on or performance based)
  • Sound, performative arts and device
  • Creative industries  and economic well being
  • Art Aesthetics and Creativity in Organizations

Creativity and Innovation track

  • Sustainable innovation
  • Measurement of creativity and  innovation
  • Knowledge management for creativity and innovation
  • Creativity and innovation management in SMEs
  • Creativity and innovation in the economic downturn
  • Managing creativity and innovation in virtual context

Pedagogical track: Views on creative approaches to learning

Theoretical, empirical research work, state of the art reviews, cases studies, field studies and doctoral research in progress submissions will be considered.

Aesthetic practices and artistic inquiries by artists, into organizational sustainability challenges are also welcome.

Important Deadlines

Submission of full papers on The Conference website November 30, 2014 (extended deadline)
Notification to authors December 15, 2014
Return of finalized papers January 15, 2015


Amabile, T. M. (1996). Creativity and innovation in organizations (Vol. 5). Boston: Harvard Business School.

Ramus, C. A., & Steger, U. (2000). The Roles of Supervisory Support Behaviors and Environmental Policy in Employee “Ecoinitiatives” at Leading-Edge European Companies. Academy of Management Journal, 43(4), 605-626.

Rickards, T., & Moger, S. (2000). Creative leadership processes in project team development: an alternative to Tuckman's stage model. British Journal of Management, 11(4), 273-283.

Rickards, T., Runco, M. A., & Moger, S. (Eds.). (2008). The Routledge companion to creativity. Routledge.

Shrivastava, P. and M. Statler (Eds.) (2012).  Learning From the Global Financial Crisis: Creatively, Reliably, and Sustainably. Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, CA.

Shrivastava, P., Ivanaj, V., & Ivanaj, S. (2012). Sustainable development and the arts. International Journal of Technology Management, 60(1), 23-43.

Sternberg, R. J., & Lubart, T. I. (1991). An investment theory of creativity and its development. Human development, 34(1), 1-31.

Preliminary Programme 

Thursday, March 26, 2015
09.00-09.30 Welcome of participants

09.30-10.00 Conference opening
10.00-12.00 Plenary session
12.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.15 Parallel sessions
15.15-15.45 Coffee-break
15.45-17.00 Parallel sessions
From 19.00  Gala Dinner & Soundpainting

Friday, March 27
09.00-10.15 Parallel sessions

10.15-10.45 Coffee-break
10.45-12.00 Parallel sessions
12.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.15 Parallel sessions
15.15-15.45 Coffee-break
15.45-17.00 Parallel sessions
17.00-18.00 Closing of the conference

Guidelines for Authors

Full papers presentation guidelines: maximum 7000 words, spacing 1 throughout, Times New Roman 10-point font, A4 size page formatting, 1 cm margins top and bottom, 1.5 cm margins right and left.


Participants of ARTEM OCC are invited to submit their papers for the special issue of  Journal of Cleaner Production (2013 impact factor: 3.59) on "Organizational Creativity and Sustainability".

More information: see call for Special Volume


Please fill  the online registration form

Conference fees
Fees include the Gala Dinner of March 26, the lunches of March 26 and 27, coffee breaks, and welcome bag.

Fees by December 31, 2014 -> 295 €
Fees after December 31, 2014 -> 340 €
Doctoral student fee -> 245 €


ARTEM OCC 2015 is co-organized by the Alliance ARTEM (Art - Technology - Management) RECHERCHE:
ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Ecole des Mines de Nancy, France
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Nancy, France

In partnership with:
IRCASE – International Research Chair in Arts & Sustainable Enterprises
David O'Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA, USA
Laboratoire CEREFIGE (University of Lorraine)
Laboratoire BETA (University of Strasbourg & University of Lorraine)
Laboratoire ERPI (University of Lorraine)
Laboratoire LGIPM (University of Lorraine)


Klaus-Peter SCHULZ

Scientific Commitee

Sid ABDELLAOUI, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Tamym ABDESSEMED, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
David ALLEN, Manchester University, United Kingdom
Ariane BERTHOIN-ANTAL, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Marie-Reine BOUDAREL, Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Christian BOURION, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Thierry BURGER-HELMCHEN, University of Strasbourg, France
Stewart CLEGG, UTS Business School, Australia
Jehanne DAUTREY, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Nancy
Hansjörg GAUS, Saarland University, Germany
Silke GEITHNER, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Corinne GENDRON, UQAM Montréal, Canada & ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Nuno GUIMARAES da COSTA, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Silvester IVANAJ, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Takaya KAWAMURA, Osaka City University, Japan
Anthony KUHN, Université de Lorraine, France
Patrice LAROCHE, ESCP Europe, Paris, France
Stéphane LHUILLERY, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Sébastien LIARTE, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Delphine  MANCEAU, ESCP Europe, Paris, France
John MC INTYRE, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
Kamel MNISRI, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Laure  MOREL, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Daniel MUZIO University of Newcastle University Business School, United Kingdom
Stephen PARRY, Manchester University, United Kingdom
Miguel PINA E CUNHA, Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal
Tudor RICKARDS, Manchester University, United Kingdom
Annalisa SANNINO, Helsinki University, Finland
Klaus-Peter SCHULZ, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Paul SHRIVASTAVA, University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada & ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Minoo TEHRANI, Roger Williams University, Bristol, USA
Bettina von STAMM, Innovation Leadership Forum, United Kingdom
Eric W. STEIN, Penn State University, Pennsylvania, USA
David WASIELESKI, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA & ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Dina WILLIAMS, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Organization Commitee

Tamym ABDESSEMED, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Clarice BERTIN, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Marie-Reine BOUDAREL, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Jehanne DAUTREY, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Nancy
Nuno GUIMARAES da COSTA, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Kamel MNISRI, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Klaus-Peter SCHULZ, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France
Joëlle THIERY, Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Université de Lorraine, France

Carla VIDINHA, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France


Phone: +33 (0)3 83 17 37 89

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