Workshop on “SAP Meets Entrepreneurship as Practice”: Watch Now

In the meanwhile, practice-based work can be found in various fields of management research. Two such fields have become more prominent in recent years: Strategy as Practice and Entrepreneurship as Practice.

At AOM 2018 in Chicago, members of these fields jointly held a PDW to stake out opportunities for dialogue and intersections. Watch the video here:

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Call for Registration: Helsinki Workshop on Routines and Practices


A workshop organized by Kathrin Sele, Waldemar Kremser, Laura Mitzscherling and Lauri Paavola

We are excited to announce the Helsinki Workshop on Routines and Practices at Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, FI on May 22-24, 2019. The workshop is part of the Routines.Research.Community and is generously sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies and Aalto University.

Leading up to the 20th anniversary of routine dynamics research, the purpose of this workshop is to bring together PhD students and early career academics with senior scholars to discuss current and future topics in research on organizational routines and social practices. Grounded in a practice perspective and with a methodological focus on action patterns this growing body of research has important implications for our understanding of fundamental concepts of organization and management studies, such as change, strategy, interdependence, or temporality. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss and further develop new ideas in an open and collaborative setting. Further, the workshop will focus on methodological challenges and provides ground for creating a network for exchange and collaboration.

We have an exciting program and are delighted that several top scholars (Martha Feldman, Brian Pentland, Kristina Lauche, Davide Nicolini, Jörg Sydöw, and Eero Vaara) will join us. The workshop will feature an entire day dedicated to novel ideas and projects, complemented with a day focusing on methods to study routines and practices from several perspectives.

To ensure the best experience, the number of participants is restricted to 40. Workshop participation is free. PhD and early career participants can apply for funding (max. 300 Euro/person) of their travel and accommodation costs. Scholars interested in participating are invited to apply through e-mail by March 15, 2019 (, briefly outlining their interest and how their research relates to the workshop focus. Please indicate in your application whether you need funding to participate. Acceptance decisions for the workshop will be announced end of March.

We look forward to seeing you all at Aalto University.

Kathrin Sele, Waldemar Kremser, Laura Mitzscherling and Lauri Paavola

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Ted Schatzki’s Distinguished Keynote: Watch Now

Ted Schatzki’s work has inspired many scholars in the SAP Community. At AOM 2018 in Chicago, IL, he inspired the community once again: in his distinguished keynote. Watch the keynote here:

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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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