SAP IG Executive Team: Call for Nominations

SAP-new-logo2The SAP Interest Group is seeking nominations of suitable candidates for various leadership positions in preparation of the upcoming elections. Specifically, members of the interest group will elect candidates for the following roles:

  • PDW Chair (joining the SAP Executive Committee on a five-year leadership cycle)
  • Representative-at-Large (1-year term)
  • Treasurer (3-year term)

If you think that someone, or even you, would be a suitable candidate for any of these leadership positions in light of this person’s leadership skills and collegial spirit, please nominate this person for election here.

The nomination process will be closed on March 1.

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Don’t Leave Debates about What “Strategy” Is to Others! Call for Proposals: Strategy Practice at SMS 2019


img_1531At the Strategic Management Society, members are organized in interest groups. There, strategy scholars also engage in a “Strategy Practice” Interest Group, which operates on equal terms with more established groups such as “Competitve Strategy”, “Corporate Strategy”, or “Strategy Process”.

The Strategy Practice Interest Group is seeking submissions of proposals for presentation at the SMS 2019 in Minneapolis, MN, which will take place on October 19-22. As the CfP states:

Our Strategy Practice Interest Group focuses on the doing of strategy. It is interested in opening the ‘black box’ of strategy work by examining the actors, activities and practices that are involved in formulating, implementing, and changing strategies. It also aims at linking the strategy work to important outcomes across different levels and various contexts in which strategy actors operate. Our interest in opening the ‘black box’ of strategy making resonates particularly well with the 2019 SMS conference theme, Out of the Spotlight “Strategies”. While welcoming all contributions that are aligned with our general interest, we particularly seek those that reveal what strategy making looks like in the industries, countries, or other contexts that have received little public and scholarly attention, and that focus on the strategy actors, activities, and practices that have largely been neglected by existing research.

Deadline: February 20, 2019

Format: 5-7 pages

Thus, the Strategy Practice Interest Group shares the key interests of scholars who explore the process and practice of strategy-making.

Is it worth participating? Yes, it is. SMS is the conference at which strategy scholars with different disciplinary training—management, economics, and so forth—stake out the state of the field and in which direction it is moving. As practice scholars know, such debates are not just mere “rhetoric”: They are consequential, at least in part, for the types of approaches and ways of thinking that editors (many of which will be there) will consider “strategy” in the years to come. Thus, if practice scholars—with their background in the broader social sciences—want to have a say in debates about what “strategy” is, they might consider submitting their work to the Strategy Practice Track at SMS 2019.

Proposals may be submitted here.

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SAP-R Workshop in London: Invitation

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The SAP Community is renowned for its open and collaborative character, constantly helping each other out and sharing ideas. One of the formats that institutionalizes this idea is the SAP-R Workshop series. These workshops are designed to provide feedback on SAP-focused work, from R&Rs to earlier work, to build on and extend the extant body of SAP knowledge. For this, distinguished scholars from the SAP field interact with participants in a smaller, workshop-like environment.

The next SAP-R Workshop will take place on April 3, 2019, 12–5 pm, at Warwick in London. If you’re interested in participating, you may register until February 28. Read more here about the concept, place, and registration procedure.

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SO! Call for Papers: “Temporal Work: The Strategic Organization of Time”

Strategic_Organization.jpgStrategic practices are inherently entwined with the notion of time: Their performance has a “before” and “after”, makes references to the past and future in the present, and (re)constructs the past to make sense of situations at hand and performatively invokes the future, among others. Therefore, the SO! Call for Papers on “Temporal Work: The Strategic Organization of Time” (read more) should raise particular interest among scholars engaged in the examination of strategic processes and practices. Specifically, as the Call for Papers specifies:

And yet, while considerable attention has been devoted in strategic management research to time-related constructs and their antecedents and consequences, more work is needed on what managers and others actually do or can do to intervene with respect to important time-related phenomena, and how their temporally-oriented practices and activities accomplish strategic outcomes.

Thus, the Call for Papers explicitly invites practice-based work in strategic organization on time-related phenomena in and around organizations.

This Strategic Organization special issue will be edited by Tima Bansal (Western University), Juliane Reinecke (King’s College), Roy Suddaby (University of Victoria), and Ann Langley (HEC Montréal). The deadline for submission is November 30, 2019. For more information on the aims and scope of the special issue as well as the submission procedures, read more here.

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Symposium/Workshop on Video Methods at the University of Warwick

warwick_logoVideo methods have become an important means through which strategy and organization scholars generate meaningful theoretical conclusions. Especially strategy-as-practice scholars have openly embraced video technologies in their methodological repertoire.

Despite the growing interest in video methods, scholars still face a number of key challenges that might limit the possibilities for reaping the benefits of video technology in strategy and organization research. Such challenges span the entire research process, from the matching of sites, research questions, and research designs, to data collection, data analysis, and the reporting of results.

To help PhD students and early-career scholars find solutions to some of these challenges, Ila Bharatan and and Davide Nicolini will offer a symposium/workshop on “Advances in Video Methods of Organizational Research: An International Symposium and Peer Assistant Workshop” (read more).

The symposium/workshop will take place on March 19–20, 2019, at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK. It includes keynote speeches by experts in video methods such as Jon Hindmarsh, Rick Iedema, Curtis LeBaron, Nick Llewellyn, and Philippe Sormani.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2019. For further information on the application procedure and the content of the symposium/workshop, read more here.

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Organization Studies: Special Issue Call for Papers

Open Organizing in an Open Society? Conditions, Consequences and Contradictions of Openness as an Organizing Principle


Editors: Leonhard Dobusch, Georg von Krogh, Violetta Splitter, Peter Walgenbach, Richard Whittington

Submission Deadline: Nov 30, 2019

The CfP as PDF including references can be found here.

Openness has become a powerful norm within contemporary societies (Tkacz, 2012): communities and citizens want both to know “what is going on” and to “have a say” in what affects their daily lives. Organizations are responding by adopting more open practices, for example by introducing greater transparency of information, enhancing upwards and downwards accountability and increasing inclusion by dissolving internal and external boundaries. The call for more openness has a range of implications for organization design, decision-making, control systems and culture. As an organizing principle, openness fundamentally changes what organizations are, how they function and how they interact with their environments. But openness also seems to stand in contrast with existing understandings of organizational confidentiality, competitive advantage, and classical notions of authority. Across these aspects of organizational openness, this special issue aims to theorize the conditions, consequences and contradictions of organizational openness.

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SMS Strategy Practice IG Election: Vote Now!

The Strategy Practice IG of the Strategic Management Society invites its members to vote for:

  • An Associate Program Chair–candidates: Gaurab Bhardwaj and Eric Knight
  • Two Reps-at-Large: J Ignacio Canales, Saeed Khanagha, Luz Rivas, Torsten Schmid, Candace TenBrink, and Matthias Wenzel

The deadline of the election is November 30. Vote now!

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SAP IG at AOM 2019: Call for Papers and Symposia

AOM2019extendedlogo(1)A message from Virpi Sorsa, the SAP IG Program Chair


The Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) interest group invites intellectually bold and stimulating research for submission to the 79th Academy of Management’s annual meeting 2019, held in Boston (United States of America). Over the past few years, the SAP interest group has established an inclusive and diverse community that sheds light on the everyday practices and activities that constitute strategy work in the established and more contemporary organizations. Some of the key questions for the SAP interest group are what, when, why, and how organizational leaders carry out strategic work –and how this work matters.

“Understanding the Inclusive Organization”, the theme of the AOM 2019, is particularly relevant for SAP research. Organizations actively engage in consultation and co-strategizing with both internal and external stakeholders. In inclusive organizations strategizing consists of empowering employees and the public, working collaboratively across organizational and sectoral boundaries, and finding ways to work together to solve problems and implement solutions. This may be called as “Open strategizing” in SAP research and such strategizing promotes transparency and inclusion, external and internal visibility of information about an organization’s strategy as well as inviting different stakeholders to voice their views and engage in finding meaning in organizational activities. Open strategizing challenges those conceptions of strategic management that emphasize secrecy over transparency, competition over cooperation, and mystification and technologization over concretization and communication. Thus SAP is calling for a new wave of scholarship that not only enriches extant theories but also develops new concepts and frameworks. The thematic stance of AOM 2019 therefore, offers a particularly exciting opportunity to develop SAP research toward understanding the inclusive organization!

We encourage the submission of conceptual and empirical studies that focus on the specific conference theme, works that address other issues within the general domain of the SAP Interest Group and those that explore the intersections of SAP with fellow divisions such as BPS, OMT, ODC, RM, TIM and MOC. We also warmly invite symposia that seek to change the conversation on existing scholarly approaches and develop new questions and ways of looking at phenomena. Keeping the importance of “Understanding the Inclusive Organization” in mind, we strongly encourage the submission of manuscripts that appeal to wider audience beyond the SAP community by building linkages with other divisions and interest groups.

The submission deadline for the 79th AOM Annual Meeting is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time). Paper and symposia submissions must be made through the AOM Submission System (opens late November 2018). Please carefully review all the submission information and formatting instructions especially before submitting symposia. The scholarly program takes place from Sunday, August 11 through Tuesday, August 13.

Last but certainly not the least, allow us to emphasize that strong scholarship requires good reviews. Reviewing peers’ works is a fundamental process through which knowledge advances in a community. If you are submitting to the SAP Interest Group this year, please also consider reviewing for SAP! For more information on Strategizing Activities and Practices, kindly please visit the SAP Interest Group website.

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AOM 2019: Call for PDW Submissions


The Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) interest group invites creative and forward looking proposals for the professional development workshops (PDWs) to be held during the 2019 AOM conference at Boston, USA.

The key questions for the SAP interest group are what, when, why, and how organizational members carry out strategic work –and how this work matters. SAP research has thus great potential to speak to the theme of the AoM 2019: “Understanding the Inclusive Organization.”As the workforce of any organization is becoming more diverse and heterogeneous and employee’s sense of belonging to the organization diminishes due to shorter employment and virtual ways of working, the creation of inclusive organizations and practices is on the top of the agenda of many international development organization (e.g., UN, IMF, G20) as well as global companies. In strategy-making, these efforts are reflected in a growing trend towards “open strategy” that encourages participation in strategic work by all organizational members, not just top management. An important enabler of open strategy are new digital technologies that allow employees to contribute their ideas and concerns and strategic leaders to engage with these concerns on a wider scale than in traditional ways of communicating and participating. These changes are challenging our existing conceptions of strategy work and call for the development of new concepts, frameworks and new methodologies.At the same time, the theme of the “Inclusive Organization” also invites us as academics to reflect on our own practices and how they can become more inclusiveby paying greater attention to and engaging with ways of doing research in developing countries and the concerns of minority groups. The thematic stance of AOM 2019 therefore, offers a particularly exciting opportunity to develop and design PDWs that help in exploring both inclusiveness in strategy work and in academic research. Some possible themes include:

  • Developing new conceptual and methodological tools to explore and theorize open strategy, participation in strategy making and power relations that marginalize certain voices in strategy making
  • Exploring ways for academics to create and foster more inclusive practices
  • Providing doctoral students and early career scholars with tools to navigate the changing academic environment

PDWs at AOM conferences offer a fertile platform for explorations outside the traditional presentation formats in the main conference. These workshops can take on various forms such as paper development sessions, career networking and development meeting, methodological bootcamps or group discussion sessions. As such, ground for generative dialogues and collective knowledge creation and sharing, among the participants, is offered.

The PDW sessions will be held between 8:00am Friday, August 9th, and 8:00pm Saturday, August 10th2019. Keeping the importance of the “Inclusive Organization” in mind, we strongly encourage PDWs that appeal to a wide range of audiences beyond the SAP community by building linkages with other divisions and interest groups. Please indicate potential co-sponsors in the submission document (e.g., OMT, BPS, ODC, MC, RM, TIM). The minimum duration of a PDW is 2 hours, but submitters are welcome to request a duration of 1.5 hours if they feel it would better serve the workshop, session flow, and attendee engagement. The 1.5 hour duration request must be documented in the uploaded proposal document itself at the time of submission and the PDW Chair will subsequently reduce the duration to 1.5 hours on the submitter’s behalf.

The deadlines for submission is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time). All submissions must be made through the AOM submission web-site at system opens on November 27th). Please carefully review all the submission guidelines and formattinginstructions before submitting and indicate potential co-sponsors (e.g., STR, OMT, ODC, RM, MOC, TIM etc.) in the submission document.

Submitters are strongly encouraged to discuss potential PDWs with SAP PDW chair, Katharina Dittrich (


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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Position in Digital Strategy at Lancaster University

CA49CBD0-266F-4B4F-A6E6-4B476FD7E2FDThe Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Lancaster University is recruiting a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Digital Strategy (read more). As announced:

We are seeking colleagues with research interests in the theory, development and practice of Digital Strategy. In particular, we welcome applications of scholars interested in one or more of the following research areas: Digital Strategy, Digital Transformation, Strategic Management of IT, Technological Innovation, Digital Business Models, or any other field relevant to digitalization. We look for candidates that are developing, or have the potential to develop, a strong international reputation for publication in the field of Digital Strategy.

As part of the Department you will also contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Department offers an excellent environment for research and teaching and from which to develop your academic career.

Further details on the job description, person specification, and procedures for applying online can be found here. The deadline for applications is November 20, 2018.

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