“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.
The LeBow College of Business of Drexel University is hiring a tenure-track assistant professor in strategy and technology innovation management, starting in fall 2019 (read more). The Department of Management
has a strong preference for seasoned Assistant with strong publications record and research pipeline. The Department expects faculty research leading to publications in top tier journals thereby actively contributing to its research mission. Salary, teaching loads, and other types of research support are competitive with other research universities.
Read more here for further information on expected qualifications, the strategy group at Drexel, etc.
The SMS Annual International Conference is one of the hotbeds where scholars discuss current trends in strategy research and practice, and share their thoughts and ideas about how strategy-making is done. Scholars and practitioners interested in strategy-making practices can count on an interest group called “Strategy Practice” that holds the same status as other strong groups of strategy scholars at the Strategic Management Society”, such as Strategy Process, Behavioral Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, etc.
At this year’s SMS, which will take place from September 22 to 25 in Paris, the Strategy Practice IG will provide an exciting program.
Open strategy has become a key topic for scholars interested in strategy process and practice. Accordingly, Julia Hautz will host a panel on “Open Strategy: Current Status and Future Prospects for Research and Practice” at this year’s SMS Annual International Conference in Paris (read more here). Specifically,
this panel session provides collective insights from a diverse panel of distinguished scholars and experienced practitioners operating at the forefront of these fields. Leading senior researchers will highlight current papers, discuss the state-of-the-field and propose new research directions, opportunities and challenges related to Open Strategy research. A practitioner will share his expertise and experience in cutting edge Open Strategy design from sessions held around the world. The panel will propose key research questions and opportunities for practice in the field of Open Strategy with time allocated for Q&A.
The following panelists will share their thoughts, ideas, and experiences during the session:
- Loizos Heracleous (University of Warwick)
- Kurt Matzler (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)
- Luciano Oviedo (Intel)
- Christian Stadler (University of Warwick)
- Richard Whittington (University of Oxford)
The panel session will take place on Sunday, September 23, from 8 am to 9.15 am — no pre-registration required.
For the third time after Athens 2015 and Copenhagen 2017, Leonhard Dobusch, Georg von Krogh and Richard Whittington call for submissions to an EGOS sub-theme on organizational openness. After a focus on “open strategy” in 2017, the call for short papers of the 2019 sub-theme wants to connect research on open organizing across domains:
While there is growing reference to notions of openness across domains, these are largely disconnected from each other, show few signs of convergence and lack theoretical reference between domains. This fragmentation is even more marked when considering related notions such as organizational fluidity (Dobusch & Schoenborn, 2015), liquidity (Kociatkiewicz & Kostera, 2014), boundlessness (Ashkenas et al., 2002) and partiality (Ahrne & Brunsson, 2011). Alongside these notions, advanced societies appear also to be seeing the emergence of more open organizational forms such as crowds (Felin et al., 2014), communities (Faraj et al., 2016), ecosystems (Baldwin, 2012) or meta-organizations (Gulati et al., 2012). A central objective of the proposed sub-theme will be to bring together discussions of various forms of open organizing in order to explore possible commonalities and significant distinctions, and to develop means for more connected theorizing across domains and dimensions.
Check out the full call for papers at the EGOS website. Deadline for submissions is January 14, 2019.
Scholars interested in institutional theory and/or multi-level studies organization research may be inclined to participate in a workshop on “Reinvigorating Multi-level Theorizing of Institutions and Organizations”, which is convened by Paul Spee and April Wright. This two-day workshop will take place on November 5-6, 2018, at the University of Queensland Business School. Participants can count on valuable feedback on their work by the convenors, but also the keynote speakers: Charlene Zietsma (Penn State Smeal College of Business & UTS) and Paula Jarzabkowski (CASS Business School & UQ Business School).
Participation is free of charge. For more information on the content of the workshop and the registration procedure, click here.
Thanks to a host of excellent submissions, the program committee of the SAP Interest Group was able to compose an exciting program at this year’s AOM in Chicago. The SAP program can be found here. We hope to see you around in some of the IG’s sessions!