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2019 Research Xackathon Conference, Denmark

2019 Research Xackathon Conference, Denmark

Hosted by the University of Southern Denmark
Program Chair – Dr. Alexander Assouad
Local Program Chair – Dr. Nicole Franziska Richter 

 icon-calendar  Hackathon – June 21-24, 2019
 Right before the Academy of International Business annual conference in Copenhagen, DE.
icon-calendar AIB – June 25-28, 2018)
On-campus at the University of Southern Denmark
Transportation to and from Copenhagen provided. 


  • X-Culture Research Conference (a.k.a Paper Development Hackathon) right before the Academy of International Business (AIB) conference in Copenhagen.
  • Organized as a conference, so you can apply for funding from your university.
  • X-Culture provides the data and support.
  • Researchers intensively work on developing research papers 4 days before AIB and more meetings during AIB
  • Researchers go home with a paper idea, a co-author(s), initial results, and first the first very rough paper draft.
  • Registration cost $510, covers everything (transportation from Copenhagen by train to and from the University in Odense, lodging 3 nights, food (breakfast), social program, transportation to social events, all conference materials).
  • Additional expenses (lunches and dinners) to be provided by participants
    • Alternative arrangements for an “all inclusive” price of $640 can be made on request.



X-Culture is collecting huge amounts of data. We are tracking over 2,000 variables: longitudinal, multi-level, multi-source, multi-method. Just about anything related to international teams and virtual collaboration – we measure it.

We have dozens of papers in development based on the data, but there are many more good publications hidden in our database.

Traditionally, the researchers have been working alone or in small co-author teams. They would collect (or buy) they own data, analyze them, and write papers. This model is very limited. A person can have only so many ideas and has only so many hours a day to write papers based on those data.

As a result, most data sets are never fully utilized. Many great discoveries remain undiscovered.

X-Culture does things differently.

We are happy to share our data with researchers interested in developing and publishing high-quality research papers based on the data.

To aid them in this effort, we are organizing our annual X-Culture Research Conference (a.k.a. Paper Development Hackathon).



  • X-Culture data are made available to the general public.
  • Researchers interested in international HR/OB come to the conference,
  • intensively brainstorm ideas for papers based on the data,
  • get feedback on the ideas,
  • select the most promising ones,
  • present and critique them,
  • debate research designs and share suggestions,
  • form co-author teams,
  • run preliminary tests,
  • present preliminary results and get more feedback and suggestions,
  • finalize the story to be told in the paper,
  • put together a detailed paper outline or even the first very rough draft,
  • all while devoting enough time for socializing and forming strong personal and professional connections,
  • go home with a paper idea, co-author(s), initial results, and main points.
  • Then spend the next few months finishing up the paper in time for the AIB or AOM conference, and then to a journal shortly after.



  • A fully a developed paper idea(s) and outline of the first draft;
  • Co-authors, fully acquainted professionally and personally;
  • Completed initial tests and results;
  • Honest feedback and suggestions for further improvement;
  • A detailed plan, to finish up the paper and submit it shortly after the meeting.



  • Application, March 25, 2019
    • Including
      • Name, contacts, and affiliation
      • An abstract (100-300 words) of a recent study that illustrates your research stream. You will be asked to give a short presentation of this study on the first day of the X-Culture Research Conference so that other attendees can better understand what you are working on and assess you as a potential co-author.
      • An abstract (100-300 words) outlining one unique idea that can be tested (and eventually published) using the X-Culture data (details and codebooks here).
        Please review the list of the variables and experimental conditions in the X-Culture Database and the list of already published and ongoing studies based on the data.

        You will be asked to give a short presentation of this proposed study on the first day of the event. This will be your second conference paper presentation.

        You will not have to pursue this particular study. Your presentation will be used to boost the initial brainstorming of possible studies, but the ideas are expected to evolve and the hackathon participants interact, exchange their ideas, and start working with the data.

        * Please review the list of ongoing research projects here. It will give you a good overview of what kind of work is already being done or could be done using X-Culture data.

  • Acceptance to be confirmed by April 1, 2019
    • Abstracts will be reviewed
    • Best contributions will be accepted
  • Registration by April 15
    • Standard registration ($510), on or before April 15, 2019
    • All inclusive registration ($610), on or before April 15, 2019



To make the event more productive and allow the participants to spend all their time on paper development and professional networking, the Research Conference is organized as a “all inclusive” event. The registration fee covers all your expenses from the moment we meet in Copenhagen to the moment we return to Copenhagen for the AIB conference.

The standard registration fee ($510) includes:

  • Transportation to and from Copenhagen
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Lodging 3 nights Hotel Cabin
  • Transportation back and forth from Hotel Cabin t0 University Campus where the conference will be taking place (5 min overland rail)
  • All X-Culture administration, data request/format and research assistant costs

The all-inclusive registration fee ($610) includes:

  • All items included in the standard registration fee
  • Plus 3 lunches (provided at the university cafeteria, cost up to $10 per person if bought individually)*
  • Plus 3 dinners (we plan to have dinners as a group at local restaurants, cost up to $30 per person if bought individually)*

* If your travel expenses are covered by your university, it is much more efficient to get the all-inclusive registration, rather than deal with the receipts and reimbursements. However, if you are covering the cost on your own and you are on a very tight budget, you may be able to save a little on food.




Day 1 

  • Arrival: transportation to Odense (rail)
  • Welcome Reception
  • Introduction to the X-Culture database and overview of the research already in progress
  • Homework: Think about possible new paper ideas based on the available data


Day 2 

  • Breakfast
  • Session 1: Ideation and Team Formation
    • Brief review of on-going X-Culture research projects
    • Presentations of submitted ideas from applications
    • Team formation
  • Lunch
  • Session 2: Building a Foundation
    • Create specific research questions
    • Craft Theory/Hypotheses/Narrative
    • Identify Measures
  • Dinner: Socializing and informal discussion
  • Homework: Think about data analysis


Day 3 

  • Breakfast
  • Session 3: Initial Presentations
    • Present foundation
    • Receive feedback
    • Data-intensive discussions
  • Lunch
  • Session 4: Further data analysis
    • Run focused tests
    • Get clarification (on data and statistical tests)
  • Free-form Dinner: Meet with your co-author teams
  • Homework: Prepare a presentation of preliminary results


Day 4 

  • Session 5: Results
    • Present initial results
    • Receive feedback
  • Working Lunch
    • Incorporate feedback
    • Most promising paper award
  • To AIB: Transportation back to Copenhagen (Rail)
    • More socializing on the way
  • Homework: Develop a detailed plan with deadlines for working toward a conference submission (to AOM/AIB in late Fall) and a good journal shortly after.



Due to both cost, convenience and the opportunity to further shape our X-Culture community, we have made arrangements to house in a well equipped local hotel in Odense (Hotel Cabin)

For more information, please visit:

This cost is included in your registration fee.


Transportation to and from the University of Southern Denmark

Your program registration fee will include a return ticket on the local rail service to and from Copenhagen. Since most participants will be arriving around the same time, we plan to meet up in Copenhagen and travel to the conference site as a group. Our experience shows that this short road trip provides a perfect opportunity for breaking the ice and getting to know each other.



You can apply for funding from your university, the event is organized as a conference:

  • The application requires a submission of a paper/abstract of your research ideas that you would like to pursue using the X-Culture data;
  • The submission will be peer-reviewed;
  • The accept/reject decisions will be made based on the peer-reviews of your submission;
  • You will be asked to present your work on the first day of the conference (study proposal, your submission) and then again on the second (study outline, developed at the conference) and on the last day (final version of the study, developed at the conference);
  • The study proposals will be included in the conference proceedings and published at the conference web page.


Submit Your Application

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Dr. Alexander Assouad
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Past X-Culture Research Xackathons: