Call for Nominations for the SAP IG Executive Team

sap-plainThe SAP IG would not work without the voluntary support by its members. Much of this work, e.g., reviewing activities, is informal in nature and invaluably contributes to the ongoing development of the Interest Group. In addition, the SAP IG is steered by an Executive Team that ascribes formal roles to some of its members and is in charge of important managerial tasks. Until February 28th, you can nominate members (including yourself) who you think might be interested in and capable of doing some of these tasks. Specifically, nominations are sought for the following positions:

  1. PDW Chair
  2. Secretary
  3. Membership secretary

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SAP-Newsletter, Fall Edition: Reflections on Anaheim and the Road Ahead

sap-newsletter-coverThe Fall Edition of the SAP Interest Group’s Newsletter (download PDF) is out and – as usual – packed with a great variety of intersting stuff:

The Road Ahead

  • Moving from Interest Group to Division • 2017 SAP Program Team 2017
  • Call for Submissions
  • Highlights of visiting Atlanta

Reflections on Anaheim

  • SAP’s First Doctoral & Early Career Program • Jean Bartunek’s 2016 Keynote Address
  • Congratulations to Our Award Winners
  • A Note from the Program & PDW Chairs

Emerging scholars & an emerging line of research

  • Three early career scholars
  • Historical Approaches & SAP


  • SAP Tracks at EGOS: Subthemes 49, 50, 51
  • New EGOS SWG on Process Research
  • Tracks at SMS and EURAM
  • Companion website for “Practicing Strategy” book
  • CfP for two Special Issues
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New Videos: SAP Distinguished Keynote Speaker 2016 Jean Bartunek

Keynote speaker Jean Bartunek, commentator Julia Balogun and SAP IG Chair Anne Smith (from left)

Keynote speaker Jean Bartunek, commentator Julia Balogun and SAP IG Chair Anne Smith (from left)

The Strategizing Activities and Practice (SAP) Interest group acknowledges each year the contributions of a distinguished scholar who has had a major influence on the work in the SAP research area. This year’s Strategizing Activities and Practice Distinguished Keynote Speaker was Jean Bartunek talking about “When academic relevance truly happened in practice: the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau“. Below are the video from her keynote talk and a video with SAP scholar Julia Balogun commenting on “Turning practice into an academic contribution“:

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Check out the SAP Program for the AoM Annual Meeting 2016 in Anaheim

Cover-SAP-AoM-Program2016We proudly present the full program of the Strategizing Activities and Practices Interest Group at the 2016 Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Anaheim.

Starting with several Professional Development Workshops on Friday and Saturday, which are part of first ever Doctoral & Early Career Program, the program lists all SAP sessions of this year’s AoM Annual Meeting. Furthermore, the program also features SAP social events such as the “Informal Meet & Greet breakfast discussing ‘Methodological insights'” on Sunday and, of course, this year’s SAP Keynote speech by Jean M. Bartunek (Boston College) about “The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” on Monday at 9:45 AM.

Check out the SAP AoM program as a PDF.

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Workshop on “Connections in Action: Keeping Track of Large Social Phenomena using Relational and ‘Micro-sociological’ approaches”

Location: University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Date: December 5th (2pm) to December 6th (4pm)

Theme: One of the challenges that process, practice and organizational routine studies share with other micro-sociological approaches (Collins, 1981) is how to deal with some of the ‘big issues’ or ‘grand challenges’ of our times. Examples of such issues include the nature and functioning of financial markets, the rise and fall of large institutional arrangements, the global travel of idea and ideologies, inequality, the bureaucracy and its failures, climate change and the future of the planet.

While work in this direction starts to emerge, current theoretical and methodological approaches appear to be generally ill-equipped to grasp social phenomena that are increasingly “complex, dynamic, distributed, mobile, transient, and unprecedented” (Feldman & Orlikowski, 2011: 1240). As a consequence  studies primarily concerned with understanding local situated action have been accused of ‘micro-isolationism’ (Seidl & Whittington, 2014) and therefore of little relevance outside academic circles. In contrast, studies describing large phenomenon by focusing on macro-level dynamics and processes are accused of lacking practice relevance as practitioners struggle to grasp the relevance of these abstract ideas to their local practices and everyday work. Thus, scholarly attempts of grasping large social phenomena through their local enactments are also closely related to what can be done about them. Continue reading

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Open Strategy Network: New Platform for Research on Open Strategy-making

OSN-LogoFueled by new digital technologies and by the perceived success of concepts such as ‘open innovation’, we can observe a growing interest in open forms of organizing more generally both among practitioners as well as among organization scholars (see also the wiki-based course on the matter). One such new field representing the interest in organizational openness is the realm of strategy research under the label of ‘Open Strategy’. The recently launched online community platform ‘Open Strategy Network‘ tries to connect and foster exchange among scholars interested in this emerging phenomenon.

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Open Tools (6): Open Thesis Project

The series Open Tools presents openly available tools supporting mostly qualitative SAP research. This post is about the project Offene Doktorarbeit (Open Thesis) by Christian Heise.


Christian Heise (Photo: CC-BY)

So far, this series presented interesting and openly available tools for SAP researchers. This time we peak into another research community and find a particularly inspirational use of open tools. In his dissertation on “Open Science”, political scientist Christian Heise used a number of open tools to make his research process as transparent as possible.

In 2013, Heise began to take notes on his ideas and the progress of his literature research in an openly accessible GoogleDocs document. Later on he experimented with the writing platform, but eventually migrated his project to the software development platform GitHub, where it is possible to trace every change he made to his document during the entire writing process. Besides his text, Heise also anonymized and uploaded his survey data from more than 1,000 respondents. After some legal battles with his examination office, Heise was allowed to license his dissertation drafts under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license, which allows others to take his material, to manipulate and redistribute it and even to use it for commercial purposes. Continue reading

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