17th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance
8 - 9 November 2021, Valletta, Malta

ACI is taking a hybrid approach towards conferences this year. We are planning to run our series of conferences as physical events with the option for participants to join virtually. If when it draws close to the time  of the event we are unable to meet in person due to COVID-19 restrictions the conference will move fully into the virtual format. We urge you to continue to submit your abstracts and papers in line with the published dates (extensions will be granted on request). For more details and regular updates please click here or contact

University of Malta, Valletta, Malta

Welcome to ECMLG 2021

It is now 17 years since the European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance was established. This event has been held in England, Croatia, Austria, Cyprus, Netherlands to mention only a few of the countries who have hosted it.

The conference is generally attended by participants from more than 35 countries and attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, practitioners and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of management, leadership and governance.

Conference Chair

Professor Frank Bezzina


Programme Chair

Professor Vincent Cassar


Personal Message from the Conference Chair

Welcome to the 17th Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance. It is with pleasure to host this Conference in Malta. As I write, the world is going through an unprecedented pandemic which has tried and tested all our previous understanding of organizational resilience. For many this has been a tragic experience, but we should also look at it as an opportunity to rethink our paradigms in management and leadership. This is an opportunity for researchers and scholars to debate and challenge what we thought were milestone fundamentals and make us question these in a critical manner. While all decisions should be based on the available evidence, including research evidence, researchers should have the courage to challenge what we have taken for granted and break the barriers towards new understanding. In light of this, one other reality emerges: the importance of working in multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams. Knowledge is complex and no one stream of expertise has a claim over the truth. Rather, it is important for researchers from different fields of interest and expertise to come together to critically evaluate with an open mind in a collegial environment. This conference provides one such opportunity. We hope that you will join us in the beautiful capital city of Malta, Valletta, at the Old Campus which served as the Collegium Melitense since 1592. We augur that all the conference delegates have a fruitful experience and one that builds new relationships for future collaborations and networking.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline18 April 2021Extended until 03 May 2021
Notification of abstract acceptance27 April 2021
Full paper due for review07 June 2021
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)16 August 2021
Earlybird registration closes30 August 2021
Final paper due (with any changes)13 September 2021
Final Author registration date04 October 2021

Conference Publications


Papers accepted for the ECMLG after the double-blind peer review process, will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. The conference proceedings have an ISSN ( 2048-9021) and will be assigned an ISBN on publication. Additionally, papers that have been presented at the conference will also be considered for further development an possible publication in the journals listed below. Note that journal editors are provided with the conference proceedings and will make selections if they feel work is appropriate and of sufficient quality for the journal. If invited to publish in a journal authors will be expected to develop the work by 40-50%, including a change of title and abstract. Individual journal procedures will need to be followed and there is no guarantee of publication.

Conference Accreditations


Proceedings of the European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance (ECMLG) are:

      • listed in the Web of Science (WoS) Conference Proceedings Citation Index
      • indexed by the Institution of Engineers and Technology in the UK (INSPEC)
      • listed in the EBSCO database of Conference Proceedings
      • listed on Google Scholar
      • listed on Google Books

The Conference Proceedings are submitted for accreditation on publication. Please note that depending on the accreditation body this process can take up to several months.