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The Fifth Austrian Early Scholars Workshop in Management
4th – 5th May 2017
WU — Vienna University of Economics and Business
JKU — Johannes Kepler University, Linz
The Fifth Austrian Early Scholars Workshop in Management is an opportunity for advanced PhD students and academics in early career stages to present and discuss their research with colleagues and professors from international and Austrian universities. In addition to facilitating intellectual exchange, this workshop aims to develop a global network of early career scholars interested in institutional, organizational and behavioral perspectives within management and organizational studies.
Robert M. Bauer, Professor of the Institute of Organization & Global Management Education (JKU)
Giuseppe Delmestri, Chair of the Institute of Change Management and Management Development (WU Vienna)
Regine Bendl, Chair of the Institute of Gender and Diversity in Organizations (WU Vienna)
Elango Elangovan, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and International Programs Director at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria)
Matthias Fink, Chair of the Institute of Innovation Management (JKU)
Royston Greenwood, Professor of Strategic Management (University of Alberta)
Bob Hinings, Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management (University of Alberta)
Markus Höllerer, Professor of Public Management & Governance (WU Vienna & UNSW Australia Business School)
Thomas Lawrence, Professor of Strategy (University of Oxford)
Renate Meyer, Chair of the Institute of Organization Studies (WU Vienna)
Elke Schüßler, Chair of the Institute of Organization & Global Management Education (JKU Linz)
Michael Smets, Professor in Management & Organization Studies (University of Oxford)
Target Group and Eligibility
The target group of the workshop is early career scholars who intend to pursue an academic career in the fields of organization and management theory, strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, international management and public management. The 2017 workshop is open to academics in early stages of their academic careers and PhD students who have already completed a substantial part of their dissertation projects.
The Austrian Early Scholars Workshop is open to and invites research that draws from a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches. However, given the faculty members’ extensive expertise in institutional theory, the Workshop provides an environment particularly conducive to research in this area.
Applicants are requested to email a CV and a short essay (max. 2,000 words) to
by March 1, 2017. This short essay should summarize the research study to be presented during the workshop. Notification of acceptance is sent out no later than March 15, 2017.
A revised longer paper – either an extended essay (max. 4,000 words) or a full paper (max. 8,000 words) – can be sent by April 20, 2017 for distribution to discussants and workshop participants.
All participants present a research study during the workshop. Later-stage work is presented in plenary sessions (eighteen minutes for presentation, followed by ten minutes for feedback from two discussants and ten minutes for open discussion); earlier-stage work is discussed at roundtables consisting of three or four early scholars and two faculty members (five minutes for presentations followed by everyone at the roundtable providing feedback based on their advance reading of the paper, and open discussion).
To be able to contribute fully to the discussions and help their fellows’ research, participants are required to prepare by reading their colleagues essays and papers prior to the workshop. Essays and papers are distributed electronically one week prior to the workshop.
Program and Fees
The workshop starts on May 4 at 9 a.m. and ends on May 5 no later than 4 p.m. There are no workshop fees for accepted participants. There will be a workshop dinner on Thursday covered by the organizers.
Please direct any questions to Mia Raynard (
) and Claudio Biscaro (
- Institute of Change Management & Management Development at WU Vienna.
The workshop will be held at the WU Campus in Vienna. For more information, see https://www.wu.ac.at/en/the-university/about-wu/
2017 OMT Junior Faculty Consortium
August 4, 2017
(Application deadline: April 30, 2017)
The OMT Division is pleased to announce the 2017 OMT Junior Faculty Consortium. If you have started a faculty position in the last few years, this workshop is for you!
The workshop provides an intimate forum for interacting with senior colleagues and peers to enable you to prosper in your academic career. The workshop focuses on:
You will have a chance to interact with an exciting team of faculty mentors and diverse peers who provide developmental feedback on your research, benefit from interesting and relevant panels, participate in roundtable discussions and informal conversations and build potentially lifelong networks.
This year’s faculty mentors offer diverse scholarly and geographic perspectives. Many have been editors for leading journals and won research and teaching awards.
The workshop will be held on the Friday prior to the Academy of Management meetings in Atlanta. On Thursday, August 3rd, we start with an informal dinner/mixer at 6:30pm. On Friday, August 4th, the program runs from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm. Research and professional development roundtables and panels run until 2:30 pm. From 2:45-4:15 pm, the forum joins the OMT Teaching Roundtables to give you the opportunity to talk with exemplary scholars-teachers in small groups about courses and techniques for high impact teaching.
To facilitate close personal engagement, space for this workshop is limited and participation is by application only. We expect about 30 participants. If you hold a faculty position as an Assistant Professor or a comparable rank and your research focuses on OMT related topics, we encourage you to apply. We also invite deans, department chairs, former workshop alumni and other faculty to encourage their junior colleagues to apply.
To apply, please email Wendy Smith (
) and include the following information:
1) Your name, email address, telephone number, and institutional affiliation
2) Your curriculum vitae
3) An abstract or description of a working paper you wish to receive feedback on (5 pages maximum)
We encourage you to apply early to guarantee consideration. The deadline for applying is April 30th, 2017. Please note that there is a $125 registration fee for the workshop.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the organizers Wendy Smith (
) and Tal Simons (
We look forward to meeting you in August!
Wendy Smith and Tal Simons
2017 OMT Doctoral Student Consortium
Academy of Management Annual Meeting Atlanta, Georgia August 4, 2017
Call for Applications
Deadline: April 30, 2017
We are pleased to announce that the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) division will once again hold a Doctoral Student Consortium as part of the pre-conference activities at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Designed just for OMT members, the goal of this consortium is to help doctoral students who are broadly interested in organizations and management as they enter the final phase of their doctoral programs and prepare for the job market and future careers. We aim to help you make the most of your doctoral program, advance your research, consider how best to publish your research, find a job in the academic or professional world, manage your early career and, perhaps most importantly, establish professional networks with colleagues who share similar research interests.
The consortium includes panel presentations, discussion sessions, and workshops aimed at these goals. It has been designed to allow for high levels of interaction between faculty and students. We have a group of distinguished faculty participants from different career stages and countries, these including:
In order to maintain a high faculty/student ratio, space for this consortium is strictly limited, and interested students must be nominated by their schools and must be OMT members (either already or by joining now). Due to space constraints, doctoral programs should nominate one applicant. Universities with multiple departments seeking to send students are advised to coordinate their nominations. Preference will be given to those students who have progressed to the dissertation stage and are either on the job market or considering being on the job market in the coming year. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2017.
Applications should be e-mailed by the department representative who nominates the student to the two consortium organizers listed below. It should include the following in the body of the e-mail:
Please attach three supporting items to the e-mail:
Students selected to attend the Consortium will be informed personally.
Please note that the Doctoral Consortium begins with an opening reception dinner on the prior evening of Thursday August 3, and ends on the afternoon of Friday August 4, 2017.
We look forward to seeing you at the AOM in Atlanta!
PDW at the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) Meeting
Hangzhou, China, June 19, 2016
A core objective of the Academy of Management is to enhance the scholarship of its members and increase their ability to publish research in top-tier journals. To facilitate this mission, the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy has been sponsoring a series of research development workshops outside of North America designed to develop emerging scholars in the parts of the world were the AOM has seen its largest membership growth.
The OMT Division will hold a PDW at the 2016 IACMR meeting in Hangzhou to provide hands-on training and feedback to doctoral students and junior faculty in the area of building and testing theory about organizations. This workshop will focus on aspects that, in the senior scholars experience, are often significant barriers to publishing in top-tier journals: (i) Asking the right questions; (ii) identifying a significant theoretical contribution; (iii) the quality of design and execution; and (iv) framing and presentation of the study.
Participation in this workshop will be limited to twenty-eight authors. Participants should reside at institutions within China. Each participant will receive feedback on their draft papers from a mentor and three other participants.
The mentors for this workshop will be the following OMT leaders with significant editorial experience: Waverly Ding (University of Maryland); Chi-Nien Chung (National University of Singapore); Xiaowei Luo (INSEAD); Chris Marquis (Cornell University); Peter Murmann (Australian Graduate School of Management – UNSW); Davide Ravisi (City University, London); Bilian Sullivan (HKUST). As a group, these mentors have experience as an Associate Editor or Senior Editor at: Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Management Studies, Management and Organization Review, and Organization Science.
Interested applicants should email a current CV and abstract of their study, not to exceed seven double-spaced pages, excluding references. The abstract should include: (i) a statement of the study’s research question; (ii) a statement of the study’s theoretical contribution; and (iii) the complete introduction (i.e., the first few pages preceding the theory development/lit review section).
Please submit applications to Chris Marquis at
January 13-14, 2016 Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Co-Sponsors: Academy of Management Review, OMT and Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
This developmental workshop offers the opportunity for Ph.D. students and faculty members at an early stage of their career to develop their papers for publication in quality outlets. The workshop will be led by editors from the Academy of Management Review and senior scholars from the Organization and Management Theory Division.
The workshop is open to both theory and empirical papers on micro and macro topics within management research, and we particularly encourage for this workshop papers focused on questions of framing, identity, image and impression management at different levels of analysis.
Within the workshop, emphasis will be placed on developing and writing strong theory, as this relates to theory papers as well as the theoretical contribution and theoretical implications for empirical papers. Authors will receive feedback from AMR editors, OMT senior scholars and peers with similar research interests. Mentors who have confirmed participation are: Belle Rose Ragins (AMR editor), Jean Bartunek (AMR editor), Russ Johnson (AMR editor), Gary Ballinger (AMR editor), Don Lange (AMR editor), Joep Cornelissen (AMR editor) and Candace Jones (OMT Div Chair). f
Participation in the workshop is limited to 50 participants. OMT will provide $2500 worthof competitive travel stipends. ranging from $250 to $500 and depending on need, to aid PhD students with their travel expenses and encourage them to attend the workshop. If you are a PhD student who wishes to apply for these stipends, please indicate this in your submission.
To apply please submit a title an abstract and a CV to Joep Cornelissen (
) before September 30, 2015. Full papers will have to be submitted before the 1st of December, 2015.
Title: On the Beginning of a New Beginning: Connecting with a Collective Mind in Form Emergence
Date and Location: Saturday, Aug 8 2015 6:00PM - 8:30PM at Vancouver Convention Centre in Room 217,218,219
Sponsors: INSEAD, OMT, ENT, MOC, TIM
This PDW brings together scholars primarily in the new institutional tradition to engage in questions about the interpretive antecedents of form emergence, particularly relating to the socially emergent, cognitive aspects of a crowd – a “collective mind.” Can we build systematic theories linking shifting meaning patterns of a collective mind to the political process of new form emergence? How should we study the role of institutional entrepreneurs in the context of meaning inter-connectedness between different actors and activities? The first half of the workshop is dedicated to exploring various preliminary frameworks for addressing how new forms emerge from collective dynamics spurred by new interpretations, and how social actors can engage in institutional work to connect with a crowd for new innovative opportunities. The theoretical and practical relevance of studying crowd dynamics has never been stronger, as the expansion of digital technologies and crowdsourcing in our rapidly wired world is increasingly giving rise to novel forms of organizing, i.e., crowd-forms. To that end, the second half of the workshop hosts roundtable discussions for examining applications of the suggested frameworks to practical issues of opening governance, followed by discussions on the type of changes incurred by crowd-forms as well as the promising areas of research and challenges going forward.
Pre-registration is required for this workshop. To register online, please visit https://secure.aom.org/PDWReg. The deadline to register online is July 31, 2015.
- Posted on behalf of Chris Marquis -
OMT held a paper development workshop in Beijing, China as part of the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR) bi-annual meeting on June 22, 2014. Faculty mentors that made the trip to China included Phil Anderson, Forrest Briscoe, Chris Marquis and Klaus Weber. OMT also co-hosted (with Shanghai Jiaotong University) a Meet OMT Reception at the IACMR on June 20.
We had a number of generous sponsors. Shanghai Jiaotong Univeristy sponsored cost of the venue and refreshments at the reception and Peking University, Renmin University, and Tsinghua University all sponsored some of the mentors travel costs.
Demand for the workshop was relatively strong as we received 35 submissions. However, with just 4 faculty mentors, we could only accept 16 papers. Four of the participants were doctoral students; 12 were junior faculty. The following universities were represented:
Our sense from this trip and interacting with participants at the broader conference and at the workshop is that there is a lot of interest in OMT topics and research!
See: OMT Facebook Photos
Posted on behalf of Verena Girschik and Luda Svystunova
Call for Submissions
NEW INSTITUTIONALISM ACROSS BORDERS:
Workshop on Recent Developments in Institutional Theory and the MNC Research Context
Copenhagen Business School, 30-31 October 2014
We invite submissions for a 2-day workshop on recent developments in New (Organizational) Institutionalism and research on multinational firms (MNCs). The aim of this workshop is to offer a supportive setting for participants to receive feedback on papers at various stages of development, and to provide opportunities for meeting others interested in organizational institutionalism and the MNC research context.
International business and management scholars have only recently started to incorporate the developments in institutional theory that address agency and change, for instance by considering the role of MNCs as institutional entrepreneurs (Kostova, Roth and Dacin 2008; Regner and Edman, forthcoming). At the same time, organizational scholars interested in these phenomena have only occasionally used the MNC as a context to explore their ideas, despite the many characteristics that make MNCs particularly suitable for such research (eg. Thornton, Ocasio and Lounsbury 2012). Since MNCs operate across borders, the MNC research context make theoretical issues such as institutional complexity, translation, and change particularly salient (see also Roth and Kostova 2003). We therefore hope that this workshop will serve as a forum to identify and discuss the ways in which recent developments in organizational institutionalism can inform MNC research, and in how, in turn, the MNC context could be used to develop and challenge institutional ideas.
We invite all conceptual and empirical papers on different aspects of new institutionalism and the MNC, and are particularly interested in papers advancing synergies between the two literatures. For example, they may address the following themes:
- How can we usefully apply institutional concepts and insights to the MNC?
- How does the MNC research context challenge institutional explanations? What are the limitations of institutional explanations of MNC phenomena?
- How can the MNC research context advance institutional theory?
- What are the qualitative, quantitative or mixed method strategies for capturing institutional phenomena in the MNC context?
Key note speakers: Tatiana Kostova (Darla Moore School of Business) and tba.
Please submit an extended abstract (3000 words) or a full paper to
by no later than September 8. We will notify you by September 19, and you will have the opportunity to update your contribution until October 10.
Fees, travel and accommodation:
There is no participation fee, but we do ask you to pay for your own travel and accommodation.
If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact:
Verena Girschik (
) or Luda Svystunova (
Kostova, T., Roth, K., & Dacin, M. T. (2008). Institutional theory in the study of multinational corporations: A critique and new directions. Academy of Management Review, 33(4), 994-1006.
Regnér, P., & Edman, J. (forthcoming). MNE institutional advantage: How subunits shape, transpose and evade host country institutions. Journal of International Business Studies.
Roth, K., & Kostova, T. (2003). The use of the multinational corporation as a research context. Journal of management, 29(6), 883-902.
Thornton, P. H., Ocasio, W., & Lounsbury, M. (2012). The institutional logics perspective: A new approach to culture, structure, and process. Oxford University Press.
Posted on behalf of the Organizers
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Sponsor: OMT (also BPS, Entrepreneurship, MOC, TIM)
AOM 2014 Philadelphia
Friday 1 August 2014, 8-11am
Despite a wide array of scholarly contributions, ‘category studies’ as a field is relatively young within organization theory. A common lexicon has only begun to take shape, basic assumptions are still under debate, and several avenues for research bearing considerable promise have hitherto been only scantly explored. This PDW takes stock of dominant thought within the field, continuing the “categorization of category research” quest (e.g. Durand & Paolella, 2013; Vergne & Wry, 2014). But it also aims to foster thought-provoking debates on emerging themes and approaches within category research. With a hybrid format between panel presentations and roundtable workshop, we engage in a community-building effort, gathering scholars from OMT and adjacent fields who recognize the role that a multitude of categorization processes play in the ordering of various offerings, firms, and markets.
Outline of the workshop
During the first hour, four distinguished scholars in the field give their view on the current stage and future development of category studies:
Ezra Zuckerman, MIT Sloan School of Management: “The Categorical Imperative Revisited”
Elizabeth Pontikes, University of Chicago: “The Role of Audiences Revisited”
Rodolphe Durand, HEC Paris: “Border-Crossing and Strategic Outcomes Revisited”
Mukti Khaire, Harvard Business School: “Category Construction Revisited”
This is followed by an interactive section where participants break out into discussion groups, each moderated by a facilitator, covering various relevant topics within category research.
Nina Granqvist, Hanken School of Economics
Stine Grodal, Boston University
Lionel Paolella, Cambridge University
Anna Tyllström, Uppsala University
J.-P. Vergne, Ivey Business School, Western University
Tyler Wry, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
To conclude, we discuss each table’s “discoveries” in a plenum and wrap up with a general conclusion, and comments from the guest speakers. We also aim to identify future steps to be taken to foster the community.
PARTICIPATION BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION ONLY
As time is short and space limited, we accept a maximum of 30 participants. Please write a short abstract (about 200 words) on what you perceive as important future directions for research on categories and categorization, to be sent to the
*** no later than May 30, 2014.***
Topics could concern, but are not restricted to, the following themes:
- strategic self-categorization
- category straddling and hybridization
- language, semiotics and meaning in categorization
- categories and power
- category emergence and change
- practices of categorization
- movements, logics and categories
- new approaches to categories and identity
- longitudinal dynamics of categorization processes
Note that if accepted, your text might be shared with other participants to form basis for the roundtable discussions.
Welcome to join the discussions and debates on the future of categories and categorization research.
Rodolphe Durand, HEC Paris
Writing Workshop – Organizational and Institutional Change
By: Sarah Birrell Ivory, Doctoral candidate, University of Edinburgh Business School
Thirty-five doctoral students and faculty gathered at the University of Edinburgh Business School in Scotland. We came from as far afield as USA, Canada, India, South Africa, Israel, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, France, and Switzerland, as well as from across the UK. We were grouped with senior academics Jennifer Howard-Grenville (University of Oregon), Gerry George (Imperial College), Mike Lounsbury (University of Alberta), Nelson Phillips (Imperial College), Paul Tracey (University of Cambridge) and John Amis (University of Edinburgh) to discuss our papers relating to organizational and institutional change. Over lunch, coffee, and eventually wine and beer, topics veered to broader issues of academia and PhD trials and tribulations.
Writing workshops such as these are rarely just about specific feedback for a paper you are about to submit to a journal. They provide a forum for each of us to get a glimpse of the academic writer that we want to become. We see our paper through other people’s eyes and realise they didn’t interpret it how we thought we had written it. We read other people’s papers and see obvious improvements that they were blind to because they became so embedded in the work. Hearing people explain their paper in 5 minutes often cleared the fog of what their paper was trying to say. More than once I thought (about my own work as well as others) “if that’s what you meant, why didn’t you write that?” (see Rule 1 below). I heard people say – and I said myself – “I didn’t realise what my argument was until you told me what you thought it was after you read my paper” (see Rule 2 below). It is a classic case of how do I know what I think until I hear what I say – or in our case, until I see what I write.
Travelling for a whole day, and being away from your computer for the best part of a week, in order to get a 45 minute review of your paper doesn’t appear to make sense from a cost-benefit perspective. But it often happens that 45 minutes of good comments trumps 3 months of vague, non-committal, or polite comments from people who haven’t really looked at your work. That 45 minutes of feedback can change the direction of your thinking, the theoretical foundations of your article, the ambitions for your data, or the confidence in your scholarship. Writing workshops aren’t necessarily about making a specific paper ready for publication. More often they are about making a specific author a better writer and communicator for the future. Perhaps this is the greatest lesson from a Writing Workshop: sometimes, when we are stuck, we need to just write. Not for an audience, a journal, or a deadline, but for ourselves, for our understanding, and for the clarity of our argument.
The keynote from Gerry George gave the audience an outline of the journal submission process and an understanding in particular of the Academy of Management Journal. In my view, though, it did much more than this. It showed us that academia as a field can be guided in different directions, and has different potentials. Gerry encouraged us to consider the practical implications of our work, and centre our work on questions that business needs answered. Not, he hastened to add, at the expense of solid theory, well-supported scholarship, or rigorous empirical method. However, as an applied field it is our role to provide a better understanding of business and management.
It is essential to thank those senior academics who took the time to organise and lead this Workshop. These scholars have incredibly busy calendars and it is a credit to their commitment to the next generation of researchers that they carve out time for doctoral Writing Workshops. I’m sure I speak on behalf of all the students who attended the event in thanking the group leaders.
A special note of thanks should go to Nelson and John who were the organisers of the event, and to event sponsors:
Finally, I have summarised two key rules that I have taken from the Writing Workshop held in Edinburgh. These may be useful in your writing endeavours:
Rule 1: Write what you want people to hear, in language that ensures they understand what you are saying.
Rule 2: Know what you are trying to say, otherwise rule 1 becomes defunct.
Photos of the event can be seen on the OMT Facebook page!
Posted on behalf of Maja Korica
Following on from last year’s highly successful inaugural event, we are pleased to announce the second annual Warwick Business School International Summer School on Practice-Based Studies.
This year’s School is taking place from 1-5 September on the University of Warwick campus, Coventry, UK. Working in collaboration with the International Symposium Series on Process Organization Studies (PROS), the School is envisioned as a key international forum for the study, development and promotion of practice-based studies in organization, administrative and policy sciences. For its second edition, themed ‘How to conduct practice-based studies in social and organizational research’, the School aims to engage a limited number of ‘advanced studies’ participants who have some familiarity with the practice approach and are interested in further exploring this topic in a multidisciplinary, inclusive and open setting.
Confirmed faculty for this year’s edition include Theodore Schatzki (University of Kentucky, USA), Barbara Czarniawska (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Jorgen Sandberg (The University of Queensland, Australia), Silvia Gherardi (University of Trento, Italy) and Michel Anteby (Harvard Business School, USA). The School is directed by Davide Nicolini, Maja Korica and Hari Tsoukas, and supported by a Scientific Advisory Committee that includes some of the most prominent scholars in the field (for full list, please see the website).
Abstracts should be submitted to
no later than 9 May 2014. For further information, please visit the School website: http://warwick.ac.uk/isspbs
Sponsored by: European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), Academy of Management Organization & Management Theory (OMT) Division, Organization Studies, Aalto University, and Hanken School of Economics.
To be held: In Helsinki on 4th and 5th of September, 2014
The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the publication of empirical research in quality outlets by doctoral students and faculty members. The broad theme of the workshop is on "explaining change", with primary emphasis on research methods and connection between theory and data. We hope participants will study change related to institutions, industries, organizations, groups, or individuals in organizations. We will accept up to 24 participants including at least 10 PhD students based on written applications.
We hope to work in an informal and developmental atmosphere to advance the work of our participants. The primary intent of the workshop is to create stronger networks among European scholars and to develop research skills of the participants. Our mentors will include senior professors and editors from high quality journals. Organization Studies is an official sponsor and partner of the workshop.
For more details, contact:
Applications for participation: Please submit an abstract of maximum 1500 words by June 1st to
Travel and accommodation scholarships: Organization and Management Theory division of AoM will provide travel grants for a number of PhD students. EGOS will sponsor travel for a number of PhD students and faculty members from the Eastern Europe. Please indicate in your application if you want to be considered for travel scholarships.
Participating mentors include:
Frank den Hond Hanken School of Economics (Organization Studies)
Robin Holt University of Liverpool (Organization Studies)
Nelson Phillips Imperial College London (Journal of Management Inquiry)
Rebecca Piekkari Aalto University
Henri Schildt Aalto University
Janne Tienari Aalto University (Organization)
Eero Vaara Hanken School of Economics
Workshop website: http://goo.gl/PAeG7P
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