The 24th Nordic Academy of Management Conference

It is a great pleasure inviting you to attend the 24th Nordic Academy of Management conference (Nordiska Företagsekonomiska Föreningen / NFF), which will be held at Nord University Business School, 23 -25 August 2017. The theme for this conference is Nordic Opportunities.

The purpose of the 24th Nordic Academy of Management (NFF) conference is to strengthen the Nordic network in research in areas of business and economics. The conference aims to provide fruitful and energetic meeting place for scholars within business studies, to discuss and exchange ideas in their respective fields.

Business studies are broad and expanding, incorporating many disciplines. With conference theme “Nordic Opportunities”, we offer the opportunity for researchers to be innovative in their discussions about empirical and theoretical material, and we encourage new thinking around areas of research in business and economics.      

We do hope that the conference in Bodø, “Most attractive city of Norway 2016”, will provide you with inspiration during presentations and debates at parallel and plenary sessions while sharing academic views on future opportunities and networking with other participants.

The purpose of the Nordic Academy of Management is to advance research, education and practice in the field of business administration in the Nordic countries, i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
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  Track programs are available here 



Nord University Business School, 23-25 August 2017
PhD Workshop: 22-23 August 2017

Important deadlines:
Call for tracks: September 20, 2016
Track proposal deadline: October 15, 2016
Call for abstracts: November 30, 2016
Abstract deadline: February 27, 2017
Notification of abstract acceptance: March 27, 2017 New date!
Full paper deadline: June 20, 2017 New date! 


TRACKS overview

NFF 2017 Tracks

Track 2. After the Financial Crisis?
Track 3. Business in the High North

Track 4. Business models: in search of new avenues for business model conceptualization and contextualization
Track 5. Consumer behavior research in the Nordic countries: what’s happening?
Track 6. Digitalization: Information technology, knowledge and sustainability
Track 7. Emergency management
Track 8. Entrepreneurial learning & entrepreneurship education
Track 9. Entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges in the Nordic countries
Track 10 Experience research – Innovation, management and marketing        
Track 11. Humour, joy, and playfulness creating wellbeing in and around organizations
Track 12. Innovation in construction – how does it happen?
Track 13. Inter-organizational collaboration for innovation
Track 14. Management of innovation, product/service development and design

keynote speakers

George Lakey, 
Professor and author

George Lakey, 79, recently retired from Swarthmore College where he was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change. He created and managed the Global Nonviolent Action Database research project ( 

 Lakey also held teaching posts at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania. He has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents, and founded and for fifteen years directed Training for Change. In 2010 he was named “Peace Educator of the Year” and published his authoritative text on adult education, “Facilitating Group Learning” (Jossey-Bass). Each of his nine books has been about change and how to get it, including his most recent, "Viking Economics" (Melville House, 2016).

He has received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award, the Paul Robeson Social Justice Award, the Ashley Montague Conflict Resolution Award, and the Giraffe Award for “Sticking his Neck out for the Common Good.”

Kerstin Sahlin, 
Professor and Secretary General for Humanities and Social Sciences at Swedish Research Council

Kerstin Sahlin is Professor of Public Management in the Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University. In addition, she is Secretary General of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Swedish Research Council. From 2006 – 2011 she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Uppsala University. Professor Sahlin has published widely in the fields of organizational institutionalism, organizational reform, public management, project management, corporate social responsibility, as well as on the gobal expansion of management ideas and the development of global standards and regulations. Her current research interests include the role and governance of universities, public sector reforms, the role of corporations in global society and the public-private divide in societies.

Michael Booth, 
Journalist and author

Michael Booth is the award-winning author of six works of non-fiction, including the international best-seller, 'The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia'.

Anatoli Bourmistrov,
Professor, Nord University Business School

Anatoli Bourmistrov holds a position of Professor, and is Head of Department Economic Analysis and Accounting at the Nord University Business School. He is also project manager at the High North Center for Business and Governance. He has a Master of Science degree in Space Technology from Baltic State Technical University, Business Administration degree from Bodø Graduate School of Business, and a Doctoral degree from Norwegian School of Economics. His current research covers area of management control in organizations operating in dynamic environments. He is one of the authors who received David Solomons Prize Sponsored by the Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the best article in the annual volume of Management Accounting Research for 2013.



Wednesday, August 23

09:00 – 18:00

12.00 – 13.00

13.00 – 14.00
Welcome to NFF2017 and Keynote speech: George Lakey
The Nordic economic model: can it be replicated?        

14.00 – 14.30
Refreshments and Exhibition

14.30 – 17:00
Parallel sessions

19:00 – 21:00
Welcome reception

Thursday, August 24

08:00 – 17:00

09:00 – 10:00
Keynote speech: Kerstin Sahlin
Nordic way: developments, translations and theorizing of management ideas

10:00 – 10:30
Refreshments and Exhibition
(sponsored by Studentlitteratur AB)

10:30 – 12:30
Parallel Sessions

12:30 – 13:30
Speakers corner by Hubro Education

13:30 – 14:30
Keynote speech: Michael Booth / Deans meeting
Introducing the Nordic tribes to the world, and each other

14:30 – 15:00
Refreshments and Exhibition

15:00 – 17:30
Parallel Sessions

19:00 – 24:00
Gala dinner

Friday, August 25

09:00 – 11:00
Parallel Sessions

11:00 – 11:30
Refreshments and Exhibition
(sponsored by Hubro Education)

11:30 – 12:30
Keynote speech: Anatoli Bourmistrov
Nordic research opportunities: perspectives of the High North

12:30 – 13.00
NFF Members’ meeting

13:00 – 14:00

papers and authors

Full papers are available via this link.
To get access to full papers on your computer you should log in by using username and password (the same ones you have received for conference app).

Publishing possibilities

Accounting, Accountability and Auditing Journal  Special Issue on "Accounting and Accountability changes in Knowledge Intensive Public Organisations" 
link for more info

Baltic Journal of Management Special issue on "Accounting and performance management innovations in public sector organizations"  
link for more info

Special Issue in the journal “Construction Management and Economics”.
More info at Track 12 “Innovation in the construction business – how does it happen?”


Early – bird:
NOK 4800,-
June 20, 2017 New date!

NOK 5600,-
August 17, 2017

Registration closes on August 17.
For later registrations, please take contact by email:

In case of cancellation before 1 August 2017, you will have to pay 50% of the conference fee.
For cancellations on or after 1 August 2017, there will be no refund

phd workshop


Application deadline:
April 3, 2017

Notification of acceptance:
May 2, 2017

Full paper deadline:
August 1,  2017

PhD Workshop program

Tuesday, August 22

12:00 – 13:00 

13:00 – 16:00 
PhD workshop 

18:00 – 22:00 
PhD workshop dinner 

Wednesday, August 23

09:00 – 12:00 
PhD workshop 


The workshop provides a limited number of PhD students with a forum for presenting their research and getting feedback from fellow PhD students and experienced researchers in the field.

The workshop is open to doctoral students within all fields of business administration, and all topics, pertinent perspectives and methodological approaches will be considered.

The workshop is intended not only to be a source of scientific inspiration, but also a social event. As max 20 students can be admitted, doctoral students who are about halfway through their projects will be given priority, since they are most likely to benefit from the workshop. Priority will also be given to doctoral students from NFF member institutions. Work mode: presentation, discussion and reflection.

The workshop will be held in a cooperative, open and friendly atmosphere. In the spirit of this philosophy, participants are required to attend the entire workshop. All participants are expected to present, discuss, and reflect upon their work to and with fellow students and faculty. Sessions will be organized in smaller groups based on the submitted material with a senior scholar in each group.

A faculty of scholars specialized in different fields of business administration will take part in the PhD Workshop, provide support and feedback, share their experiences, and engage actively in the discussions. The Faculty will be announced in February, 2017.

The workshop will be coordinated by Professor Gry Agnete Alsos, Nord University Business School.

The application deadline is April 3, 2017. In order to apply for the PhD workshop students must submit a motivational letter, recommendations from a senior researcher and a short project presentation (4-7 pages) to with stating ‘PhD Workshop’ to the subject of this email. All three documents must be submitted as PDF files.
Notification of acceptance of the abstract will be made by May 2, 2017.

Doctoral students who want to present their paper during the main NFF conference must also submit an abstract to a regular track.

Cost and Fees
There will be no fee for participation in the PhD Workshop. Accepted students will also get accommodation one night in single/double rooms, dinner (Tuesday), lunch, coffee and refreshments during the PhD Workshop.

PhD students who also want to participate in the main conference must register and pay the main conference fee.



practical information

Conference secretariat:  

Chair of the Conference Committee

Organizing Committee:
Erlend Bullvåg, Dean of Nord University Business School
Anatoli Bourmistrov, Professor
Frode Mellemvik, Professor
Jan Oddvar Sørnes, Professor
Gry Alsos, Professor
Terje Mathisen, Professor
Elena Dybtsyna, Associate Professor
Bjørn Willy Åmo, Associate Professor
Are Severin Ingulfsvann, Associate Professor
Siri Jakobsen, Associate Professor
Anita Eide, Senior Advisor
Kathrine Mathisen, Advisor

Universitetsalléen 11
8026 Bodø


Radisson Blu
Single room including breakfast: NOK 1.495 
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Scandic Havet
Single room including breakfast: NOK 1.390
Booking code: BNOR230817
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Transportation - getting here

Flight from Oslo to Bodø:

After arriving at Bodø Airport, you can take the bus or a taxi to your hotel in the city (5 min) or to the university (15 min). Bodø airport is also known for being located close to the city, and you can therefore literally “go-to-gate” from you hotel. If you choose to walk, it might take about 15-20 minutes.
There is a bus stop and taxi station right outside the main entrance of the airport.

Bodø taxi is 07550. (Norway`s country code is +47). Taxi fares are quite expensive in Norway, and cost around 300-400 NOK from the airport to the University.
You can also take the city bus between the university and Bodø city during the day. The buses also go to the airport. It goes every 15 minutes (during the day) and takes about 15-25 minutes. The ticket cost approximately 38 NOK. You can find the Bus timetable here or you can call (+47) 177 for questions about the routes and itinerary.

Bodø/Nordland taxi call center 07550
You can also send a text message to order a taxi – send the word TAXI to 2233.
If you are calling from outside of Norway, the number is +4722388309

Car rentals
Budget – Bodø Airport – Telephone +47 94804333
Hertz – Bodø Airport – Telephone +47 75548400
Avis – Bodø airport – Telephone +47 75541000
Website (in Norwegian) 
or call (+47) 61051910

Airport/flight information
or call (+47) 67033500


the city of bodø

Bodø is Northern Norway's second largest city with approximately 50,000 inhabitants. It is situated north of the Arctic Circle and offers fascinating and contrasting seasons, from midnight sun in June to polar nights in December. The town is a communication centre with a busy airport, and offers good bus, railway and boat connections. Bodø is a distinctive student town with a lively cultural scene and night life.

Photo: Tommy Andreassen - 

Bodø is situated at a peninsula, and the city centre is compact with shops and restaurants within walking distance from all hotels. It is actually possible to walk from the airport to the city centre in 10 minutes. Public transport is good and the infrastructure is built to suit pedestrians and cyclists. Norway in general has a low crime rates and Bodø is a peaceful town.
 Photo: Tommy Andreassen/

Climate and weather conditions 
When coming abroad people often ask how cold it is in Bodø, assuming that a town above the Arctic Circle has to be freezing cold. The truth is that the Norwegian coastline is heated by the Gulf Stream and it never actually becomes very cold.  However, there is one exception: In Bodø you will experience 24h daylight and hopefully the Midnight Sun in June! To learn more about Bodø weather, please look at

Photo: Terje Rakke - Nordic Life/

Dining out
Bodø offers restaurants, cafes and pubs of all sorts. It is possible to visit fine dining and having a high quality four course meal including a wine menu for approx. NOK 1000 ($120). Pizza places are easy to find. The price for 16’’ pizza is approx. NOK 200 ($25). Ethnic cuisines such as Spanish tapas, Indian curry, Sushi, Chinese and Thai are also popular.               

Visiting Norway, a fish meal is recommended and several restaurants offer good Norwegian cuisine. Gratuity is not mandatory but given if you feel the service deserves it. It is very popular to buy shrimps from the fishing vessels and eat them by the quay. We absolutely recommend it!

Photo: Terje Rakke - Nordic Life /

Shopping is good in Bodø as the town also is a regional centre, there are two malls; one in the city centre (Glasshuset) and one a 20 minutes’ walk from the city centre (City Nord). The City Nord mall has frequent bus connections from the University Campus as well as from the city centre. Nordic design articles are found in many shops. For instance, Norwegian handicraft is bought at Husfliden. Swedish glass art (e.g. Orrefors), Finnish Marimekko and Ittala products, as well as The Moods of Norway fashion wear are found in several stores. For non-European citizens it is possible to shop “tax free”, i.e. to get the tax refunded when leaving Norway (

To learn more about Bodø see and Welcome to a taste of the North




It might be so that some of you might need a Visa to enter Norway, in which case we will send you a formal invitation/acceptance letter for the Conference. If you are in doubt whether or not you need a Visa, we advise you to check The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s web site. If you need an acceptance letter, please contact Adviser Anita Eide Nord University Business School.


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