EGOS Sub-theme on “Strategizing for Grand Challenges”

0x338FB1BFBEE26FDC630303A3F97E7A05.jpeg“Enlightening the future”––the overarching theme of EGOS 2019 in Edinburgh could not be any more open for a deeper engagement with the “grand challenges” of contemporary societies. Are these challenges a matter of economists and sociologists? Of course, they are. At the same time, however, strategy and organization scholars can also contribute a lot to explaining how these challenges are, or can be tackled. Sub-theme 19 on “Strategizing for Grand Challenges”––co-convened by Katharina Dittrich, Paula Jarzabkowski, and Jane Lê––invites scholars to explore the strategic and organizational practices through which grand challenges are addressed.

Some of the questions that could be explored within the scope of this sub-theme are:

  • How do organizations and their managers share and generate new strategic practices to address grand challenges?
  • How do organizations and their managers work strategically to address grand challenges?
  • How do organizations and their managers work across organizations to enable inter-organizational strategizing for grand challenges?
  • How does inter-organizational strategizing for grand challenges link to intra-organizational strategizing?
  • How do people and organizations assign strategic importance to such issues?
  • What are the implications of the magnitude and scope of these issues for strategizing?
  • What are potential problems and implications of broader strategizing processes?
  • How do market and non-market strategies of companies link?
  • What methodological innovations enable practice-based research on grand challenges? What can be gained from using these methods?

In addition to the regular paper program, the sub-theme will host keynote speeches by Charlotte Cloutier, Jennifer Howard-Grenville, and David Seidl.

The deadline for short papers is January 14, 2018. For more information on the sub-theme, click here.


About Matthias Wenzel

Professor of Organization Studies at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg.
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