Call for contributions to a development meeting to develop the theoretical concept of i-deals and provoke debate around this subject.

Tuesday 21 July–Wednesday 22 July 2020
Professor Denise Rousseau; University Professor; Carnegie Mellon University
Professor Neil Conway; Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management; Royal Holloway University of London
Professor Rob Briner; Professor of Organisational Psychology; Queen Mary University of London
Dr Maria Tomprou; Research Scientist, CoEx Lab; HCII, Carnegie Mellon University


We cordially invite researchers working in the field of idiosyncratic deals (i-deals) to submit extended abstracts (for paper presentations) and/or posters for consideration at the meeting scheduled in July 2020.

The purpose of the meeting is two-fold:

  • To facilitate the conceptual and methodological development of the theoretical concept of idiosyncratic deals in response to existing calls for concept clarification (see Liao, Wayne, and Rousseau, 2016; Conway and Coyle-Shapiro, 2016).
  • To provoke debate with respect to this intriguing and nascent theory.

Liao et al's (2016) critical review of i-deals research highlighted that the consequences for employees, when granted i-deals, seems to be contradictory, and there are several unanswered gaps in the research. This event will respond to these research gaps by enhancing the engagement and collaboration of management studies' scholars with a specific emphasis on undertaking a critique of i-deals.

Paper Submission

We welcome extended abstracts that adopt a theoretical and/or an empirical perspective on the topic of idiosyncratic deals. Both qualitative and quantitative research is welcomed.

Submissions may include draft manuscripts as well as papers that have already been submitted to a journal. Authors will have 15 minutes to present their research, followed by 10 minutes for discussion with the audience.

Guidance for Extended Abstracts

  • Include Name, Title, Affiliation and Contact Information (email address)
  • Use Abstract Headings, such as: Research Questions(s); Method and Data Description; Summary of Findings; Key Contributions
  • Maximum length: 2,000 words (including all tables, appendices, and references)
  • Times New Roman 12-point font, double spacing, and 1 inch (2.5cm) margins
  • Number all pages

Poster Submissions

A one-hour poster session will be organised each day, specifically for early stage researchers to present their research in progress (for example, PhD students presenting their doctoral research projects) and get detailed feedback from attendees.

Guidance for Poster Submissions

  • Title page including: Title of Poster; Author Names; Affiliation; Contact Information; Small Description (10-20 lines briefly outlining the project)
  • Poster page in A3 format (Landscape or Portrait). The author(s) will be responsible for the printing, transport, and animation of their poster
  • Submission (Title page and Poster page) must be combined in one PDF document
  • Use Times New Roman 12-point font, double spacing, and 1-inch (2.5cm) margins for the project description offered on the title page

Submit Your Abstract


There is no participation fee for this meeting. Additionally, morning and afternoon refreshments and a light lunch will be offered on both days of the meeting. Transportation and accommodation are not covered and are the responsibility of the attendees.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Date Details
1 November 2019 Call for submissions
1 February 2020 Deadline for all submissions
2 April 2020 Decision notifications sent for presentations
1 June 2020 Deadline for registration
15 June 2020 Online programme available
21-22 July 2020 Meeting in Business School, Edinburgh

For additional queries, please contact Maryam Aldossari.

Organising Committee

Further Information