Xackathon 2020 VANCOUVER

Hosted In Beautiful Vancouver
Program Chair – Dr. Justin Kramer
 icon-calendar  Xackathon – August 3rd-6th, 2020
 Right before AOM Vancouver, CA.
icon-calendar AOM – August 7-11, 2020)


  • X-Culture Research Conference (a.k.a Paper Development Xackathon) right before the Academy of Management (AOM) conference in Vancouver.
  • 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 AOM and more meetings during AOM.
  • Registration costs are $810 (registration and lodging individual room) or $510 (registration and lodging in a double room)
  • Registration costs include, Xackathon fee, lodging, breakfast, lunch and 2 dinners.



X-Culture collects huge amounts of data. We track 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) their 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 organize our annual X-Culture Research Conference (a.k.a. Paper Development Xackathon).



  • 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,
  • Networking, socializing and forming strong personal and professional connections,


  • A fully developed paper idea(s) and outline of the first draft or
  • A completed submission ready publication candidate
  • Improved networks, 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 Due, April 5th, 2020
    • Including
      • Name, contacts, and affiliation
      • 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 as the Xackathon 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.

        ** Xackathon is small high quality driven research workshop, hence attendance is limited to 10 places.

  • Acceptance to be confirmed by April 12th, 2020
    • Abstracts will be reviewed
    • Best contributions will be accepted
  • Acceptance criteria
    • All applicants and ideas are welcome for submission, however, preferences will be given to submissions that have one or more of the following criteria:
      • Utilizing X-Culture data
      • Being an X-Culture professor/instructor
      • Papers that are already well developed but in need of significant assistance and/or new ideas and a fresh perspective



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 an “all-inclusive” event. The registration fee covers all your expenses from the moment we meet in Vancouver to the moment we return to the start of the AOM conference.




  • Webinar 1: Meet and Greet
    Sunday, May 8th

    • Meet and greet
    • Review of the available data and research projects in progress
    • Brainstorming research paper ideas
    • Homework: Think about the teams or papers you would like to join/contribute to
  • Webinar 2: Teams and Ideas
    Wednesday, May 18

    • Team formation
    • Q&As about data
    • Homework: Further refine your possible paper ideas, more is better and keep it open,
      think about possible co-authors (no commitments at this time), start looking at the data
  • Webinar 3: Further Exchange of Research Paper Ideas
    Monday, June 15th

    • Group check-in
    • Status updates; Are you prepared for the trip?
    • Customized data requests must be submitted by this date
  • Webinar 4: Pre-conference research webinar 
    Wednesday, July 15th

    • Pre-event requests
    • Concerns, addition, changes


  • Monday, Aug 3
    • Arrive at YVR and individual check-in (after 3pm local time)
    • Evening welcome reception (provided)
  • Tuesday, Aug 4
    • Breakfast (provided)
    • Team time
    • Lunch (provided)
    • Team time
    • End-of-day debrief. Updates, share problems and solutions
    • Dinner (provided)
  • Wednesday, Aug 5
    • Breakfast (provided)
    • Team time
    • Lunch (provided)
    • Team time
    • End-of-day debrief. Updates, share problems and solutions
    • Collective group outing (provided)
  • Thursday, Aug 6
    • Breakfast (provided)
    • Team time.
    • Lunch (provided).
    • Team time
    • End-of-day debrief. Updates, share problems and solutions.
    • Dinner (on your own)
  • Friday, Aug 7 to Aug 11 [for only those who chose to stay with us]
    • AOM pre-conference and conference events
    • Self-organized informal team time


Post-event, Academy of Management Conference, August 7-11

  • Continue working on the paper with your co-authors
  • Special event: Sunday, August 9th, 7 pm: X-Culture Dinner (open to all X-Culture professors)
  • We will be keeping our lodging facilities during AOM, if you are interested in keeping your room through Tuesday, August 11th for AOM. Please contact us ASAP to reserve those spaces.



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 Airbnb.



You can apply for funding from your university, as 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 (the final version of the study, developed at the conference);
  • The study proposals will be included in the conference proceedings and published on the conference web page.


Submit Your Application

 icon-question-circle QUESTIONS:

Dr. Justin Kramer

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Past X-Culture Research Xackathons: