French Retailing Conference


11th Etienne THIL French Retailing Conference, La Rochelle, France, 2-3 Oct 2008; Deadline 30 Mar

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11th Etienne THIL French Retailing Conference
2 – 3 October 2008
La Rochelle – France


For ten years, the Etienne Thil French Retailing conference has drawn to La Rochelle both business people and academics from the sphere of distribution, thus paying homage to the lifework of Etienne THIL, actor and theorist in the modernising of the retail trade.

Since its beginnings, it has become the annual meeting place of all those involved in the changing face of retailing, as much in the field of management and marketing, as for the ecological, sociological, legal and even historic dimensions of this central element of social life.

The French Retailing conference encourages the development of original perspectives on the management of retail distribution in general (human resources and organisation, strategic management, finance, logistics, etc.) as well as new/innovative approaches to retail marketing and more precisely in the fields/categories of:

  • Trade-industry relations
  • Management and sales techniques
  • Managing distribution channels
  • New technologies and on-line retailing
  • History and geography of trade/business
  • Legal aspects of commerce
  • The international dimension of distribution

Deadline, Format & Process

The French Retailing 2008 Conference invites electronic submissions of papers, which should be sent via e-mail and in word Format only no later than the 30 of March 2008 to the TWO following people: AND

Acceptance of a paper implies that at least one of the authors must attend the conference and present the paper.

In preparing your paper please make sure that you follow the guidelines for referencing set out in the Journal of Retailing.

Papers will be evaluated through a double blind-review process and authors will be notified of acceptance / rejection by late May 2008.

For all further information please contact Sylvie Rolland:

There will be an extensive social program for participants and their spouses during and outside the conference (visits of local interests: Cognac, cycling and walking on Atlantic Islands (Ré and Aix) and others sailing and fishing activities?)