We are pleased to announce the 2nd Emotions and Institution Workshop, which is planned for December 15 and 16th, 2014, at the Schulich School of Business, York University, in Toronto, Canada. The theme is “Beyond the gap: Discovering the impact and importance of studying emotions and institutions”. High quality papers will be encouraged to submit to a special topic forum at Organization Studies, for which a separate call for papers will be issued. Deadline for full papers for the workshop is September 1st, 2014. More information is below. There will be no fee for the workshop, but we do ask you to cover your own travel and accommodation expenses. Please submit papers or questions to workshop organizers Charlene Zietsma ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Madeline Toubiana ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), and join our linkedin group “Emotions and Institutions” where we will have relevant resources, papers, and information on upcoming events.

Background on the Emotions and Institutions Workshop

There is a growing acknowledgement that emotions have been understudied and undertheorized in institutional theory (Creed, Dejordy, & Lok, 2010; Creed, Hudson, Okhuysen, & Smith-Crowe, forthcoming; Voronov, forthcoming; Voronov & Vince, 2012), yet we have little understanding of why such study is important, and what role emotions play in key institutional phenomena like change, persistence, agency, reflexivity, identity and logics. As Friedland (2013: 44) described: “institutional life…demands myriad moments of located passion”. But how – and why – do emotions matter? In this conference we are seeking to move “beyond the gap” to look at the ways in which an empirical and theoretical focus on emotions may improve our understanding of core institutional phenomena.

Early efforts show that emotions have important impacts such as: stimulating institutional work (Toubiana, Zietsma, & Bradshaw, 2012; Voronov & Vince, 2012), institutional conformity, disruption and recreation (Creed, et al., forthcoming), energizing and constituting institutional logics (Friedland, Mohr, Roose, & Gardinali, forthcoming); influencing actor involvement in emerging fields (Grodal & Granqvist, forthcoming), and legitimacy and network spillovers (Haack, Pfarrer, & Scherer, 2014). Related areas have also explored how emotions can be amplified in social settings (Collins, 2004; Hallett, 2003), and examined the effects of emotions on social outcomes and processes (Goodwin & Jasper, 2006; Jasper, 2011). In this workshop, we will bring together scholars leading the charge in the emerging area of emotions and institutions to further the conversation and galvanize their efforts to develop meaningful contributions to institutional theory. Roger Friedland will provide a keynote presentation, and other leading scholars will present a closing panel.

Dr. Charlene Zietsma
Associate Professor and Ann Brown Chair in Organization Studies
Schulich School of Business
York University

Madeline Toubiana B.Com, M.Ed
PhD Candidate
Organization Studies
Schulich School of Business
York University


Collins, R. (2004). Interaction ritual chains. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Creed, W. E. D., Dejordy, R., & Lok, J. (2010). Being the change: Resolving institutional contradiction through identity work. Academy of Management Journal, 53(6), 1336-1364.
Creed, W. E. D., Hudson, B. A., Okhuysen, G. A., & Smith-Crowe, K. (forthcoming). Swimming in a sea of shame: incorporating emotion into explanations of institutional reproduction and change. Academy of Management Review.
Friedland, R. (2013). God, love and other good reasons for practice: Thinking through institutional logics. In M. Lounsbury & E. Boxenbaum (Eds.), Institutional Logics in Action: Research in the Sociology of Organizations (Vol. 39A, pp. 25-50): Emerald Group Publishing.
Friedland, R., Mohr, J., Roose, H., & Gardinali, P. (forthcoming). The institutional logics of love: measuring intimate life. Theory and Society.
Goodwin, J., & Jasper, J. M. (2006). Emotions and social movements. In J. E. Stets & J. H. Turner (Eds.), Handbook of the sociology ofemotions (pp. 611-636). New York: Springer.
Grodal, S., & Granqvist, N. (forthcoming). Great expectations: Discourse and affect during field emergence. In N. M. Ashkanasy, W. J. Zerbe & C. E. J. Härtel (Eds.), Research on emotions in organizations (Vol. 10): Emerald. 
Haack, P., Pfarrer, M. D., & Scherer, A. G. (2014). Legitimacy-as-Feeling: How Affect Leads to Vertical Legitimacy Spillovers in Transnational Governance. Journal of Management Studies, 51(4), 634-666. 
Hallett, T. (2003). Emotional Feedback and Amplification in Social Interaction. The Sociological Quarterly, 44(4), 705-726. doi: 10.2307/4120729 
Jasper, J. M. (2011). Emotions and social movements: twenty years of theory and research. Annual Review of Sociology, 37, 285-303. 
Toubiana, M., Zietsma, C., & Bradshaw, P. (2012). Why won’t you advocate for us? Exploring the disruptive institutional work of marginalized stakeholders. Academy of Management Proceedings. 
Voronov, M. (Ed.). (forthcoming). Towards a toolkit for emotionalizing institutional theory (Vol. 10): Emerald. 
Voronov, M., & Vince, R. (2012). Integrating emotions into the analysis of institutional work. Academy of Management Review, 37(1), 58-81. doi: 10.5465/armr.2010.0247


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