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Organizing virtual academic meetings in the wake of COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced academia to rethink the ways we work and connect with peers across the world. So, what are the best formats and approaches to virtual academic meetings that keep the research – as well as the interpersonal connections – going? The Center for Sports and Business at the Stockholm School of Economics has some insights to share.

In mid-April, researchers at the Center for Sports and Business at the Stockholm School of Economics together with colleagues from Imperial College London and Rennes School of Business planned to organize a workshop in Stockholm with international researchers from different part of the world.

Academic conferences, symposiums and workshops are essential features of how researchers connect with one another and together develop and improve each other’s research. Just as many other sectors of society, COVID-19 has forced academia to rethink the ways in which these kinds of meetings take place.

”In November last year, we invited our international colleagues to submit their work to our two-day workshop on ’Leveraging sports contexts to advance management research’ in Stockholm. At that time, we could not have envisioned what would unfold in the following months,” says Martin Carlsson-Wall, Associate Professor at the Department of Accounting and Director for the Center for Sports and Business.

After discussing whether to postpone the workshop or canceling it altogether, the organizing committee decided to try to organize it virtually instead.

Read more: https://www.hhs.se/en/about-us/news/2020/organizing-virtual-academic-meetings-in-the-wake-of-covid-19/

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