Call for Entries: Elgar Encyclopedia of Organizational Sociology

Call for Entries

Elgar Encyclopedia of Organizational Sociology


  • Mary Godwyn, Professor of Sociology, Babson College, MA, USA
  • Ethné Swartz, Professor of Management, Feliciano School of Business, Montclair State University, NJ, USA
  • Michael Grothe-Hammer, Associate Professor of Sociology (Organization & Technology), Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
  • Samuel O. Idowu, London Guildhall School of Business & Law, London Metropolitan University, UK

Project Description:

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Organizational Sociology is a single-volume Encyclopedia in a new and exciting series of Encyclopedias in Sociology offered by Edward Elgar Publishing.

This volume offers relatively concise encyclopedic coverage of the discreet subfield of organizational sociology. We aim to capture a comprehensive set of diverse perspectives on organizational sociology, with easy-access entries and references to assist scholars and researchers as they search for seminal content in this important field.

The Editors wish to create a volume that provides readers with key foundational concepts in the field of sociology and organization studies, while also being inclusive of a range of theoretical perspectives that include but is not limited to liberal, postmodernist, historical materialist, or post-colonialist feminist accounts. We are also open to discussion that focusses on topics that meld transdisciplinary perspectives (e.g., inertia when implementing change), or social implications of technological change (e.g., deskilling, upskilling, digital skills and agile organizations). We are particularly interested in contributions that reflect the Global South and move us beyond purely Western perspectives, authors, and topics. Additionally, we encourage entries that update the major debates about the evolution of the discipline.


The single-volume Encyclopedia will consist of around 200,000 words that reflect selected entries from authors who respond to this call, or specially commissioned entries. Authors may choose to contribute one or more entries. The editors seek entries that provide a concise summary of the most relevant accumulated knowledge on a subject or concept. We expect that the length of entries will vary but, as a guide, more complex entries should be 2,000-3,000 words, while less complex entries (e.g., the definition of a key concept) as little as 1,000 words.

To ensure editorial integrity and foster diverse perspectives, the Editors request that authors peer-review two entries from other contributors for every entry they submit. Authors will be entitled to post the pre-print version of their entry on their own website and institutional repository after a six-month embargo period. For those interested, there will also be an option to publish a limited number of entries Open Access for a fee.

Organization of entries will be alphabetical and may include a very limited number of entries on founding authors in the field and their contributions, theories, and concepts upon which organizational sociology is defined. The Encyclopedia will be organized as follows: Biographies and contributions of approximately 10 founders of the field; Main Conceptual entries, and Organization entries. We expect Main entries to be between 2,000 – 3,000 words, Biographical and Organization entries to between 1,000 and 1,500 words. We append an initial list that interested contributors can consult. We also encourage contributors to propose their own entries not on our list for consideration. Interested contributors can send an initial 250-word outline that contains a precis of the content they wish to submit, and why it is important to include in the Encyclopedia. Please send these initial entries and further enquiries to:

Mary Godwyn, EiC Elgar Encyclopedia of Organizational Sociology




January – June: Solicitation of authors to write and peer-review entries for the Encyclopedia.

Commitment from authors – The EiC will distribute Contributors Agreements to each author.

September 15: Deadline for submission of written entries from authors.

November 15: Distribution of entries to peer-reviewers.


January 15: the Deadline for peer- reviews of entries to be submitted to Co-editors.

March 15: the Deadline for Co-editors to complete their review of peer-reviewed submissions.

April 15: Deadline for Co-editors to provide feedback on entries.

June 15: Deadline for rewrites and resubmissions

August 15: Deadline for Co-editors to complete final revisions and submit manuscript to publisher.

Final Entries and Due Date:

All final entries are due on September 15, 2023, but can be sent at any time before that. Please follow the structure below:

  • Title
  • Introduction and brief overview of the topic, figure/author/researcher, or concept.
  • Discussion and application
  • Critical summary and conclusion
  • Name of Author (right indent)
  • References and selected further readings.

The referencing system for in-text citations is (Author, Year). To refer to a specific page it is (Author, Year: p. 166). The following format is to be used for the list of references at the end of the entry:

  • Boltanski, L. and E. Chiapello (2005), The New Spirit of Capitalism. London: Verso.
  • Hyman, R. (2006), Marxist thought and the analysis of work, in M. Korczynski, R. Hodson and P. Edwards (eds), Social Theory at Work, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Pettinger, L. (2004), Brand culture and branded workers: service work and aesthetic labor in fashion retail, Consumption, Markets & Culture, 7(2), pp.165-184.
  • Authors can also suggest other types of media such as websites, podcasts or films under references and selected further readings.

Proposed List of Entries for Encyclopedia of Organizational Sociology

  1. Accountability
  2. Adam Smith
  3. Adhocracy
  4. Administrative Sociology
  5. Affirmative action
  6. Age
  7. Agile organization
  8. Agency theory
  9. Alexis de Tocqueville
  10. Algorithmic culture
  11. Alternative organizations
  12. Animals
  13. Art gallery
  14. Authority (types)
  15. Bias (types such as gender, race, 2nd generation)
  16. B-Corporations
  17. Bottom-up management
  18. Boundary spanning
  19. Bureaucracy (including types)
  20. Bureaucratic organizational form including bureaucratic control
  21. Business continuity
  22. Business organizations
  23. C. Wright Mills
  24. Capitalism (types – monopoly vs stakeholder)
  25. Charles Perrow
  26. Chester Barnard
  27. Chicago School
  28. Circular economy
  29. Clandestine Organization
  30. Class conflict
  31. Cliques
  32. Coercive organizations
  33. Cognitive dissonance
  34. Collective action
  35. Contagion
  36. Conversion of technologies
  37. Communicative Constitution of Organization
  38. Communism
  39. Compensation
  40. Compliance
  41. Contingency Theory
  42. Crisis management
  43. Critical Race Theory
  44. Deviance
  45. Democracy
  46. Diffusion of innovations
  47. Digital affordances
  48. Digital networks
  49. Digital nomads
  50. Digital punishment
  51. Digital Social Sciences
  52. Digital systems and architecture
  53. Disruptive change
  54. Disruptive innovation
  55. Ecosystems
  56. Emotions in Organizations
  57. Extreme work
  58. Formal Organization
  59. Fragmentation (network structures)
  60. Gendering
  61. Gender equity
  62. Gig work
  63. Groups
  64. High-Reliability Organization
  65. Inertia
  66. Industrial crises
  67. Informal Organizations (Grassroot Organizations)
  68. Informality (of structures and processes)
  69. Innovation economy
  70. Institutional theory and neo-Institutionalism
  71. Interactional and relational theories of organization
  72. International Schools
  73. Inter-organizational networks
  74. Intersectionality
  75. Labor process
  76. Legitimacy
  77. Managerialism
  78. Mary Parker Follett
  79. Marxism
  80. Meta-Organization
  81. Michel Crozier
  82. Mission statements
  83. Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)
  84. Networks (types such as embedded in organizations, social, digital)
  85. Network effects
  86. Niklas Luhmann
  87. Normal accidents
  88. Organizational crises
  89. Organizations and inequality
  90. Organization and Macro-level differentiation of society
  91. Organization and societal differentiation
  92. Organization as closed system
  93. Organization as field – please clarify
  94. Organization as network
  95. Organization as open system
  96. Organization as process
  97. Organization as social order
  98. Organization as social system
  99. Organization as structure
  100. Organization as system
  101. Organization Studies
  102. Organization Theory
  103. Organizational adaptation
  104. Organizational behavior
  105. Organizational chart
  106. Organizational culture
  107. Organizational diversity
  108. Organizational Ecology
  109. Organizational fields
  110. Organizational governance
  111. Organizational Institutionalism
  112. Organizational pathology
  113. Organizational key concepts
  114. Organizational Sociology and other sociologies
  115. Organizational Theories and paradigms
  116. Organizational types and forms
  117. Organizationality
  118. Organizational resilience
  119. Partial Organization
  120. Partnerships
  121. Party (event)
  122. Party (political)
  123. Peter Drucker
  124. Pierre Bourdieu
  125. Platforms
  126. Police
  127. Political Economy
  128. Political Sociology
  129. Power
  130. Practice theory
  131. Prison
  132. Profit maximization
  133. Public Administration
  134. Race
  135. Radical democracy
  136. Rational myth
  137. Rational systems theories
  138. Rationality (types)
  139. Reciprocity
  140. Reforms
  141. Relational organizational form
  142. Religious Organizations
  143. Resistance (collective and individual)
  144. Resource dependency theory
  145. Restaurants
  146. Retaliation
  147. Rituals
  148. Robert Merton
  149. Schools
  150. Sensemaking
  151. Shops
  152. Social Movement Studies
  153. Social order vs. social organization
  154. Social stratification
  155. Social Systems Theory
  156. Socialism
  157. Sociology of Sports
  158. Sociology of Work
  159. Solidarity
  160. Stakeholders
  161. Strategic Alliance
  162. Strong vs Weak ties
  163. Structural theories
  164. Structural holes
  165. Structuration
  166. Sustainability
  167. Sustainable corporations
  168. Systems (Rational, Natural, Open)
  169. Systems theory
  170. Tacit skills
  171. Talcott Parsons
  172. Teams
  173. Technology
  174. Temporal working regimes
  175. Temporary Organization & Project Organization
  176. Tokenism
  177. Top-down management
  178. Total organization
  179. Town meeting model
  180. Transaction cost economics
  181. Transactional model
  182. Translation
  183. Trust
  184. Uniformed work
  185. Union organizations
  186. University
  187. Voluntary organizations
  188. Weber (Max)
  189. Weberian Ideal Types
  190. Whistle blowing
  191. White collar work
  192. White collar crime
  193. Wicked Problems
  194. Work-life balance