2018 Organization Studies Workshop

2018 Organization Studies Workshop: Call for Papers 

Theme: Responding to Displacement, Disruption, and Division: Organizing for Social and Institutional Change

Date and Place: 24-26th May, 2018, Doryssa Seaside Resort, Samos, Greece

Conveners:W.E. Douglas Creed | University of Rhode Island, USA & University of Melbourne, AustraliaBarbara Gray | Pennsylvania State University, USACharlotte M. Karam | American University of Beirut, LebanonMarkus A. Höllerer | WU Vienna, Austria & UNSW Sydney, AustraliaTrish Reay | University of Alberta, Canada
Contact: douglascreed@uri.edu

The world today is experiencing jarring manifestations of displacement, disruption, and division, making for a troika of societal and institutional upheaval. Clearly we are facing growing social inequality across the globe (Anand & Segal, 2015); Oxfam reports that the richest 1% has accumulated more wealth than the rest of the world’s population combined (BBC News, 2016). The rise in religious and national identity conflicts has spurred a substantial increase in global migration. According to the UN High Commission for Refugees, there is an estimated 65.3 million forcibly displaced persons in the world, with 21.3 million numbering as refugees. Forces such as populism, nationalism, increasing economic inequity, sectarianism, and extreme political polarization look to be undermining the ‘habits of the heart’ that are fundamental to democracy (Putnam, 2000). Some even argue that the very heart of democracy is in need of healing and we must work for a politics commensurate with human dignity (Palmer, 2011). Separately and together, patterns of displacement, disruption, and division will likely rock global society for the foreseeable future – and call for robust organizational and/or institutional responses.

For this 2018 Organization Studies Summer Workshop, we encourage organizational scholars to address these and related grand challenges through the development of research that attempts to further investigate and better understand such displacement, disruption, and division from varied perspectives and levels of analysis. We see that organizational scholars have much to contribute in these domains and we believe that our workshop can be a space for reflection, investigation, and sowing the seeds for future robust action. Although we see strong potential for research from an institutional perspective, we equally welcome submissions grounded in other research traditions. Our key goal is to bring together interested scholars who may be able to shed new light on organizing for social and institutional change in response to these forms of upheaval.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 5th December, 2017.

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