Welcome to the 12th ICMS conference focused on Diversalising and Intern(ation)alising CMS: Places, Spaces, Bodies and Praxistical Theories (16-18 December, 2021)

Dear colleagues and fellow critters,

We are living in the strangest of times. Never before has the critical work we do become so meaningful and necessary. Covid pandemic and climate change continue to ravage lives, livelihoods and habitats - even as capitalist, racialist and neocolonial forces remain entrenched, reinventing themselves in ever new forms.

This expanding recognition of a need to change the business as usual, has prompted critical academia to introspect and take cognizance of the multiple pathways of doing, thinking and practising critique: from revisiting work and labour processes under new techno-economic regimes, to recentering state, neoloiberal modernity and organization in the context of de and recolonising mechanisms of othering, surveillance, auditing, ranking and publishing. We invite you to join us at the 12th ICMS conference focused on Diversalising and Intern(ation)alising CMS: Places, Spaces, Bodies and Praxistical Theories. We hope that this conference is a platform for us to work in solidarity with each other as critical academics in neoliberal states with managarialised universities, while providing us with an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to explore, understand, appreciate and learn from each other so that we may build better worlds for all of us.

Best Wishes
Dr. Payal Kumar & Dr. Nimruji Jammulamadaka
Conference Convenors

Message from the Vice-Chancellor

BML Munjal University, one of progressive universities in the country, is excited to host the “12th International Critical Management Studies Conference” on a very apt theme ‘Diversalising and Intern(ation)alising CMS: Places, Spaces, Bodies and Praxistical Theories’–during December 16-18, 2021. It will be a virtual conference.
These are unprecedented times due to the situation created by the pandemic. In spite of this and the neoliberal onslaught on academia and scholars, we have received a number of scholarly articles from all over the globe including UK, Finland, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, South Africa, Pakistan, India, USA and Australia.
The conference will provide a platform for academics and intellectuals to collaborate, to ideate, to share and to learn from each other. I am sure the 3-days event will be an extravaganza of knowledge creation, stimulating minds and fruitful discussions leading to solid recommendations for the academic community in particular and society at large.

Prof. Manoj K. Arora
Vice-Chancellor, BML Mumjal University

Message from the Dean

BML Munjal University holds the power of learning with a 3i philosophy- INQUIRE-INSPIRE-IMPACT- core to its philosophy and spirit. The focus of the university is to find creative solutions to problems through application of knowledge. Hosting this conference is our way of contributing and furthering the work in area Critical Management Studies, in the current unprecedented times. We invite you to participate in this conference to gain and contribute to extending the contours of a better world.

Best Wishes
Prof. Jaskiran Arora
Dean, School of Management


Dr. Payal Kumar is Dean of Research & Management Studies at ISH, Gurgaon, India. Formerly Professor and Chair HR/OB & Associate Dean of International Relations at BML Munjal University, Payal is an award-winning academician and a prolific writer. In addition to research papers, she has published 12 books with international publishers. She is also the series editor of the Palgrave Studies in Leadership and Followership. Another feather in her cap is that she is the inaugural recipient of the Andre Delbecq & Lee Robbins MSR (Academy of Management) Scholarship.

Payal is an advisory member of several international peer-reviewed journals and is also Senior Reviewer for the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Her research interests include diversity & inclusion, mentoring and change management. Prior to her academic career, she served as Vice President, Editorial and Production at SAGE Publications, India.

Dr. Nimruji Jammulamadaka is a Professor in the Organization Behaviour Group at IIM Calcutta, India. Her research interests include organisation design, corporate social responsibility, qualitative research methods, theories of Power, critical and postcolonial management studies, nonprofit and social sector. She is the author of Indian Business: Notions and Practices of Responsibility (Routledge, 2018) and editor of Governance, Resistance, and the Post-colonial State: Management and State Building (Routledge, 2017), Workers and Margins: Understanding Erasures and Possibilities (Palgrave, forthcoming).

She is also co-editing the book series Managing the Post-colony (with Gavin Jack, publisher Springer). She is co-editing the books Managing the Post-Colony: South Asia (with Shoaib Ul-Haq) and Postcolonialism and Story telling (with Ozan Alakavuklar, Amon Barros and AnaMaria Peredo) She has co-edited special issues of journals such as Decision and Organization. She is also an associate editor with Qualitative Research in Organization and Management.


BML Munjal University is offering prizes for two best submissions to the 12th International Critical Management Studies Conference on “Diversalising and Intern(ation)alising CMS: Places, Spaces, Bodies and Praxistical Theories.”

Best submission

250 GBP

Best Runner Up submission

150 GBP

Process for selection:

  • Nominations from sub-theme convenors will be received and assessed by the conference advisory board.
  • Prize-winning candidates need to have registered for the conference and would also be required to present their papers virtually.

Last date for conference submissions

Last Date

for conference submission

15th November, 2021

The registration fees for the virtual conference is INR 6,500 or GBP 70 per participant.

If you have any queries please write in to payalk1@gmail.com

Details for Wire Transfer (Only for International Delegates)

ACCOUNT NUMBER50100167133991
BANK ADDRESSSaket, New Delhi - 110017

About University

Named after the chairman and founder of the Hero Group, Dr. Brijmohan Lall Munjal, BML Munjal University is engaged in creating, preserving and imparting internationally benchmarked knowledge and skills to a diverse community of students from across the world. BMU’s aim is to nurture ethical leaders who are skilled, knowledgeable and have the life skills needed to lead organisations to success.

BMU seeks to transform higher education in India by creating a world-class and innovative teaching, learning, and research environment. Founded by the Hero Group and mentored by Imperial College London, BMU is a not-for-profit initiative offering undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

15 Conference Themes & Tracks

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International Advisory Board

Stella M. Nkomo

Professor, Department of Human Resources
University of Pretoria, South Africa

Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar

Associate Professor, School of Governance
Utrecht University, Netherlands

Mr. Shoaib Ul Haq

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, HEC Liege
University of Liege, Belgium

Prof. Premilla D’Cruz

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India

Prof. Simon Parker

Assistant Professor
Nottingham University Business School, UK

Prof. Gavin Jack

Professor of Management
Monash University, Australia

Prof. Peter A. Bamberger

Simon I. Domberger Chaired Professor
Coller School of Management, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. Charlotte Karam

Associate Professor
Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada

Prof. Alex Faria

Associate Professor
Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration, Brazil

Prof. Shaun Ruggunan

Associate Professor
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Prof. Daniel King

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Ms. Sally Riad


Prof. Nancy Harding

University of Bath, UK

Prof. Marcella Mandiola

Associate Professor
Alberto Hurtado University, Chile

To view the conference schedule, click here



(open to all, not just conference delegates)

Engaging with Decolonial Thinking in the Class Room Organisers:

Nimruji Jammulamadaka – Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India Sankalp Pratap – Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, India >, Shaun Ruggunan University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Biswatosh Saha Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India.

This workshop seeks to explore pedagogic concerns and practices around decolonial praxis.


(delegates only)

Being Practically Critical - Re-Imagining Possibilities For The CMS Conference

Daniel King, Nottingham Business School, UK Simon Parker, Nottingham University Business School, UK In this workshop we want to raise the question of what a CMS conference would look like that took the critical performative turn seriously.

This workshop seeks to explore pedagogic concerns and practices around decolonial praxis.

Contact Us

Dr. Payal Kumar

Conference Convenor

  • Payalk1@gmail.com

Dr. Sangita Dutta Gupta

Associate Professor, BML Munjal University

  • ICMS12@bmu.edu.in