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Call for Papers: Ageing Societies: Comparing HRM Responses to the Career Expectations of Older Employees in Germany and Japan

Special Issue
Ageing Societies: Comparing HRM Responses to the Career Expectations of Older Employees in Germany and Japan

Keith Jackson, SOAS, University of London and Doshisha University, Japan
Philippe Debroux, Soka University and Chuo University, Japan

The emerging demographic context for the research and practice of human resource management (HRM) is unprecedented. Demographic shift in the form of ‘ageing societies’ has become recognised among academics and policy-makers as a growing economic challenge to organisations globally and to those operating from within so-called ‘developed’ economies in particular. Whereas some emerging economies and, by extension, some nationally-defined labour markets such as Turkey and Indonesia are experiencing rapid population growth and lower average ages among their populations, others such as Germany and Japan are experiencing a sharp fall in indigenous birth rates and simultaneously a rapidly ageing working population. In short, demographic shift in the form of ageing societies has become a key challenge to HRM policy-makers and practitioners across organisational, sectoral, regional, and national boundaries.

In this Special Issue we focus attention on two leading global economies, each giving context to historically comparable HRM systems: Germany and Japan. Each nationally defined system is under pressure to maintain equilibrium by seeking alternative working conditions or end-of-career pathways for older employees. At the national level, the response in each case might translate into policies for targeted immigration, increasing employment and career opportunities for women, or the raising of retirement ages in certain sectors. At an organisational level, HRM responses might become manifest in the re-negotiation of company pension and other compensation and benefit systems or the re-designing of work conditions and / or career pathways for older employees.

The emerging situation is both dynamic and, as stated previously, unprecedented. Consequently, organisations in both Germany and Japan are under pressure to formulate and implement innovative HRM strategies in response to the opportunities and threats to productivity that current global demographic trends are creating.

Call for Contributions
In the broader demographic context of ‘ageing societies’, this Management Revue Special Issue represents an attempt to identify and compare patterns of responses among HRM practitioners and policy-makers in German and Japanese organisations operating and competing across a range of business sectors. For the purpose of continuity across contributions we interpret ‘ageing societies’ as segments of nationally defined labour markets comprising current or potential employees at the age of fifty and over. In the specific context of markets for employment and career development so defined in Germany and Japan, we are looking for contributions on the following themes:

  • Responding to the employment and career expectations of employees aged fifty and over in the German manufacturing sector
  • Responding to the employment and career expectations of employees aged fifty and over in the Japanese manufacturing sector
  • Responding to the employment and career expectations of employees aged fifty and over in German public sector organisations
  • Responding to the employment and career expectations of employees aged fifty and over in Japanese public sector organisations
  • Responding to the employment and career expectations of employees aged fifty and over in German service sector organisations
  • Responding to the employment and career expectations of employees aged fifty and over in Japanese service sector organisations

The Editors also welcome expressions of interest from potential contributors offering to write on themes that connect generally with those specified above.

The Editors especially welcome contributions in the form of joint collaborations between German and Japanese HRM researchers and practitioners.

Final contributions will be around 5,000 words in length.

The Editors undertake to provide full editorial support to contributors who are relatively new to preparing contributions for publication in a quality management journal through the medium of international English: initial offers to contribute can be submitted in English, German or Japanese.

Regardless of each contributor’s language of preference, the Editors undertake to engage all contributors in a cross-national dialogue that should both strengthen the cohesion of the discussion across contributions and establish a global network of HRM scholars and practitioners that endures beyond the publication of this Special Issue.

Full papers for this Special Edition of ‘Management Revue’ must be with the editors by February 28th, 2015. All submissions will be subject to a double blind review process. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at http://www.management-revue.org/submission/ ‘SI Ageing Societies – HRM’ as article section.

Hoping to hear from you!

Keith Jackson, SOAS, University of London and Doshisha University, Japan
Philippe Debroux, Soka University and Chuo University, Japan

Kuehne Logistics University (#KLU) and #GIGA Hamburg are new members of the #PhD Network

We welcome the Kuehne Logistics University (KLU) and the German Institute for Global Area Studies (GIGA Hamburg) as new members to our Ph.D. Network.

The KLU is a private, state-recognized university based in Hamburg, Germany. Besides some master programs the KLU offers a PhD program in logistics and its interrelated fields (e.g., marketing and leadership).

The GIGA Hamburg has a long tradition in educating young researchers. Their doctoral programme “seeks to provide young, international and German academics a platform from which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of comparative area studies (CAS).”

Call for Papers: The Future of Scholarly Communication in Economics

Call for Papers
The Future of Scholarly Communication in Economics

30-31 March 2015, Hamburg, Germany

In recent years scientific publishing has changed rapidly in response to the growth of the internet. Thanks to the internet, open access to research and data has become much more common. Apart from the increase in access to old forms of research, the internet has given rise to new forms of commentary, evaluation and publication, via social media channels, blogs, scientific wikis, and scientific networks. These internet-driven changes to the research process have changed the roles of publishers, libraries, and scientific communities.

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) are active players in this changing landscape. Since 2007, both institutions have run a new type of academic journal, <http://www.economics-ejournal.org> Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal. This innovative journal, inspired by successful predecessors in natural sciences, follows an open-access prin­ciple. Moreover, it is the only economics journal without a publisher listed in the SSCI.

To further stimulate the discussions on this topic, IfW and ZBW are organizing a workshop on the topic “The Future of Scholarly Communications in Economics”. The event will be held in Hamburg on March 30-31, 2015. Approximately 8 papers will be selected for presentation. Mark Armstrong (Oxford University) will deliver a plenary talk.

In order to encourage more participation, collaboration, cooperation, and discourse within the scientific publication process, the e-journal is planning to publish a special issue related to the workshop (open to all submissions, not only to selected presentations made at the workshop, but not mandatory for workshop participants).

For the workshop, we invite researchers from economics and other disciplines to submit related empirical and theoretical contributions. Among the areas of interest are:

  • Pros/cons of the review process, and new ideas for improvements
  • Different methods to measure reputation
  • Impact of open access on the publication market
  • Inclusion of research data in the publication process
  • The changing role of publishers, libraries, and scientific communities
  • The potential of social media tools (blogs, wikis, twitter, facebook etc.) in scholarly communication

All selected presenters will receive financial assistance to help with their travel costs.

Submission deadline: November 30, 2014 (completed or draft papers preferred)

Please send your manuscripts to editorial-office@economics-ejournal.org

Scientific Committee:

  • Mark McCabe (Boston University and University of Michigan)
  • Dennis Snower (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)
  • Klaus Tochtermann (Leibniz Information Centre for Economics)
  • Justus Haucap (Heinrich Heine-University of Duesseldorf)

Clusters in the Context of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Smart Specialisation Strategies & Regional Development

University of Flensburg – University of Southern Denmark– Curtin University (Perth)
Cluster Workshop 2014: Sept. 15-16, 2014 in Flensburg


Clusters are still a hot topic for scholars from different disciplines. More recently, specific interestin the field was directed towards the establishment of entrepreneurial ecosystems, smart specialization strategies and regional development. Linking these topics into Public Policies and firm strategies in clusters is the central theme of this workshop.

The organisers of the workshop will organise an edited book or a special issue of a journal on the topic of the workshop theme. Participants at the workshop will have the possibility to submit their papers for refereeing for inclusion in the publication.


The workshop will take place between September 15 and 16, 2014 at the International Institute of Management of the University of Flensburg (http://www.uni-flensburg.de) located in the very North of Germany at the border to Denmark.

Optional the participants may join a Work-in-progress workshop at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg on September 17.

The workshop in Flensburg is held as a combination of keynote speeches, paper presentations, highly interactive session as well as a colloquium for doctoral students. The idea of the workshop/symposium in Sønderborg is to give the participants the possibility to present and discuss work in progress projects.


We are particularly interested in developing new knowledge in the area of firm clusters with regard to a resource-oriented perspective on clusters bringing together a wide range of multidisciplinary and cross sectoral approaches.

We invite papers from researchers and practitioners in the following topic areas:

  •  Smart specialisation strategies & clusters
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems in clusters
  • Small business incubation in clusters
  • Cross-border clusters
  • The role of public policy in clusters
  • Firm resources, strategy and clustering
  • Cluster management and facilitation
  • Cluster mapping and evaluation
  • Best and worst practice cluster cases
  • Innovation networks


There will not be a fee for participation but it is expected that the participants pay for their transport, accommodation and meals during the conference.


Professor Kerry Brown & Professor John Burgess, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Professor Susanne Gretzinger, University of Southern Denmark
Professor Susanne Royer, University of Flensburg, Germany

CFP_Cluster Workshop_2014

EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht: Full Professors of Management

EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht is one of the leading private business universities in Germany. The University currently has two faculties, EBS Business School and EBS Law School. EBS offers a unique network, excellence in research and teaching, and a strong international dimension. We aim to inspire personalities and we maintain a strong focus on responsibility and sustainability.

The Department of Strategy, Organization and Leadership at EBS Business School is seeking to appoint THREE new faculty members at the Full Professor level in the following areas:

Strategic Management
International Business
Organizational Theory
Organizational Behavior
Human Resource Management


We are seeking exceptional scholars with a demonstrated track record of published research and teaching. Candidates should have a doctoral degree from a leading university with a specialization and experience in one of the above or related fields. International reputation, the ability to attract external research funding, and an interest in executive education are desirable. The new faculty member is expected to contribute significantly to the department’s programme in research and teaching, design and lead research projects, and guide academic teams – which includes the supervision of doctoral candidates and mentoring of junior faculty. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to play a role in the development of the department and the school.

About the Department, School and University

The Department of Strategy, Organization and Leadership currently comprises 12 professors in the areas of Strategy, International Business, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Philosophy, Sports Management, Social Business, and Sustainability. It offers a vibrant and collaborative research environment. Core and adjunct members of the department come from internationally renowned schools (e.g., London School of Economics, Indian Institute of Management), publish in top journals in the management field (Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management Journal, etc.). The members are active in the international academic community through their membership on editorial boards of leading journals and leadership roles in the Academy of Management and other organizations.

EBS Business School is accredited by EQUIS and part of the EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, one of the leading private business universities in Germany. The campus is located at the heart of Germany in the greater Frankfurt area in the picturesque Rheingau region. Courses are taught in English. For more details, please visit our website: www.ebs.edu/sol.

Application Process

Candidates may send or e-mail a CV including a publication list and evidence of teaching capabilities, a brief statement regarding research and teaching objectives, and the names/contact details of three referees to the Department Academic Manager:

Baerbel Spors

Department of Strategy, Organization and Leadership
EBS Business School
EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht
Rheingaustraße 1
65375 Oestrich-Winkel
Phone +49 611 7102 1432

Writing Workshop Hamburg

Writing Workshop
Kühne Logistics University
2013-10-10 to 2013-10-11

The KLU is proud host of a writing workshop that is co-funded by the Work, Organizational, and Economic Psychology Section (Fachgruppe Arbeits-, Organisations- und Wirtschaftspsychologie, AOW) of the German Society of Psychology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, DGPs). Eight excellent mentors come together in Hamburg to support Ph.D.s and Post-Docs in their writing of scientific papers. The workshop is aimed at accelerating scientific research output from Germany and is hence also held in German.

Further Information

Call for Papers: ACM Conference on Online Social Networks (COSN’ 13)

Call for Papers

Topics of interest include:

  • Novel social applications and systems
  • Systems and algorithms for social search
  • Infrastructure support for social networks and systems
  • Social properties in systems design
  • Clean-slate designs for social systems
  • Measurement and analysis of social and crowdsourcing systems
  • Graph analysis and visualization
  • Processing and query optimization for large graphs
  • Management of social network data
  • Modeling Social Networks and behavior
  • Streaming algorithms for social data
  • Benchmarking, modeling, performance and workload characterization
  • Information extraction and diffusion
  • Data mining and machine learning in social networks
  • Privacy in data collection and management
  • Privacy and Security in social systems
  • Privacy-preserving mechanisms for social and mobile data analysis
  • Information disclosure and its impact on social networks
  • Tracking social footprint / identities across social networks
  • Trust systems and trustworthiness of social content/media
  • Trust and reputations in social systems
  • Detection, analysis, prevention of spam, phishing, and misbehavior in social systems
  • Social and psychological understanding of these topics

Program Committee

Rakesh Agrawal, Microsoft Research, USA
Jussara Almeida, Federal University of Minais-Gerais, Brazil
Lerone Banks, Federal Trade Commission, USA
Steven Bellovin, Columbia University/FTC, USA
Smriti Bhagat, Technicolor Palo Alto, USA
Augustin Chaintreau, Columbia University, USA
Meeyoung Cha, KAIST, Korea
Graham Cormode, University of Warwick, UK
Jon Crowcroft, University of Cambridge, UK
Nilesh Dalvi, Facebook, USA
Amr El Abbadi, University of California Santa Barbara, USA (PC co-chair)
Peter Gloor, MIT, USA
Matthias Grossglauser, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Krishna Gummadi, Max-Planck Institute, Saarbrucken, Germany
Anne-Marie Kermarrec, INRIA, France
Balachander Krishnamurthy, AT&T Labs–Research, USA (PC co-chair)
Silvio Lattanzi, Google New York, USA
Cecilia Mascolo, University of Cambridge, UK
Muthu Muthukrishnan, Microsoft & Rutgers University, USA
Daniele Quercia, Yahoo! Research, Barcelona, Spain
Jie Tang, Tsinghua University, China
Ben Zhao, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Important dates:

Abstract submission due: Friday June 21 23:59 GMT
Paper submission due: Friday June 28 23:59 GMT
Acceptance notification: July 31
Camera-ready copy due: Mon September 2
Conference: Mon-Tue October 7-8, Boston

COSN 2013 allows two forms of submissions (PDF only):

Full papers (up to 12 pages including references) describing original research in detail
Short papers (up to 6 pages including references) conveying promising work/high-level vision

All submissions must satisfy the following requirements:

10-point font, two-column format, letter page size (11 x 8.5 inches)
Names / affiliations of all authors on title page
Submission site: http://cosn13.cs.ucsb.edu/
Use style file at http://cosn13.cs.ucsb.edu/sig-alternate-10pt.cls

Non-compliant submissions will be rejected without review.


General Chair: Muthu Muthukrishnan, Microsoft & Rutgers University
Publicity chair: Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Delhi
Student travel grant chair: Ben Zhao, UC Santa Barbara
Local Arrangements Chair: Alan Mislove, Northeastern University
Registration chair: Christo Wilson, Northeastern University

COSN Steering Committee

Virgilio Almeida, Federal Univ of Minais Gerais, Brazil
Xiaoming Fu, Univ of Goettingen, Germany
Jon Crowcroft, Univ of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Balachander Krishnamurthy, AT&T Labs-Research, USA (Chair)
Ben Zhao, Univ of California Santa Barbara, USA

COSN Technical Advisory Committee

Sihem Amer-Yahia, CNRS, France
Krishna Gummadi, MPI, Germany
Anne-Marie Kermarrec, INRIA, France
Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University, USA
Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Delhi, India

COSN is the result of merger of 6 workshops held over the last few years in various venues:

SNS (Eurosys)
HotSocial (KDD)

Introduction to the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS)

Institution: see Organisers & Acknowledgements

Program of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Michael Terwey (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)


30.09.2013, 09:00 – 12:30

Room: n.s.

Max. number of participants: 20

Semester periods per week: n.s.

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English


ALLBUS (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften – German General Social Survey (GGSS)) is one of the foremost survey programs in Germany. It has been institutionalized as a part of GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. The prototype for similar national data generation programs is the American General Social Survey (GSS).

Since 1980, ALLBUS/GGSS has provided a series of representative cross-sectional samples drawn from the adult population in Germany. These biennial surveys include partly replicative and partly innovative question modules and added value data for analyses of social structure, attitudes, values, and behavior in Germany. Moreover, users may find various possibilities for international comparisons. There are 19 currently available ALLBUS/GGSS surveys (1980-2012) with a total of 57,723 respondents. A large part of the documentation has been translated into English.
In its first part the course gives an overview of the project as such, basic sampling procedures, various question modules, and recent activities of the ALLBUS Research Data Center. The second part comprises hands-on exercises of chosen data. The calculations will be done primarily using SPSS-syntax. Participants should have fundamental knowledge in data handling, in statistical data analysis and in using programs like SPSS via syntax.


Alba, Richard, Peter Schmidt and Martina Wasmer (eds.) 2003: Germans or Foreigners? Attitudes Towards Ethnic Minorities in Post-Reunification Germany, New York und Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Blohm, Michael, Franziska Lerch, Ute Hoffstätter, Katharina Schmidt and Daniel Nowack 2013: ALLBUS-Bibliographie (27. Fassung), GESIS – Technical Reports 2013|06.

Davis, James Allen, Peter Ph. Mohler and Tom W. Smith 1994: Nationwide General Social Surveys, in: Borg, Ingwer and Peter Ph. Mohler (eds.), Trends and Perspectives in Empirical Social Research, Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter: 17-25.

Smith, Tom W., Jibum Kim, Achim Koch and Alison Park 2005: Social-Science Research and the General Social Surveys, in: ZUMA-Nachrichten 56: 68-77.

Terwey, Michael 2000: ALLBUS: A German General Social Survey, in: Schmollers Jahrbuch 120: 151-158.

Terwey, Michael and Horst Baumann 2013: Variable Report German General Social Survey. ALLBUS / GGSS Cumulation 1980 – 2010, ZA-Study-No 4576, Cologne: GESIS, GESIS – Variable Reports No. 2013|2.

You have to register for the 7th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Introduction to the SOEP

Institution: see Organisers & Acknowledgements

Program of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Elke Holst & Lea Kröger (SOEP at DIW)


01.10.2013, 09:00 – 12:30
02.10.2013, 09:00 – 12:30

Room: n.s.

Max. number of participants: 25

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English


The Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) is a longitudinal study of private households in Germany. The panel provides information on all household members and was started in 1984. In 2011, there were more than 12,000 households with more than 21,000 persons sampled. Some of the many topics include household composition, occupational biographies, employment, earnings, health, well being, integration, values, lifestyles, and personality. The course gives an overview of the data structure and the research designs facilitated by longitudinal household studies that go beyond conventional surveys (household analysis, intergenerational analysis, life course research, etc.). In hands-on sessions using Stata, the course provides an applied introduction into the data retrieval, the construction of longitudinal data files, and illustrates some exemplary analyses.

SOEP@DIW Berlin website:

http://www.diw.de/soep (deutsch) or http://www.diw.de/en/soep (english)

Reading the SOEP Desktop Campanion is a prerequisite for participation.

You have to register for the 7th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

GESIS: Mathematical Tools for Social Scientists

“Please find enclosed the link to detailed information about the course ‘Mathematical Tools for Social Scientists’.
The course will be given at GESIS in Cologne, Germany by Dr. Martin Elff on September 23–27, 2013.

The seminar is designed to help bridging the gap between school-level mathematics and mathematical knowledge needed to understand advanced statistical data reduction techniques in depth. You will be introduced to (or invited to ‘revisit’) essentials of e.g. the algebra of vectors and matrices, solving linear equations etc. and then arrive at understanding the mathematical background of derivatives of matrix and vector functions, the geometry of linear regression and principal components.

At the same time, you will learn the mathematical notation of the procedures and you will develop skills in applying R, a free software package for data analysis, statistical computation and graphical presentation. As a byproduct, you learn how to use R in the context of your research interests. R has a constantly growing number of ready-made modules for a wide range of statistical and graphical applications (currently more than 3790).

A detailed description of the course is available at: http://www.gesis.org/en/events/mathematical-tools/