Newsletter January 2019

Dear RC17 members and Newsletter subscribers,

With our January 2019 Newsletter we wish you a healthy and a successful year 2019!

In July 2020, the 4th ISA Forum of Sociology will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Robert van Krieken and Michael Grothe-Hammer will coordinate our programme for the Forum. We just started with the preparations and are looking forward to an exciting conference. Hence, we are sending our call for sessions with this Newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact Robert and Michael if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Forum!

Call for Sessions

4th ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 14-18 July 2020

Programme Coordinators


Session proposals should be sent to the programme coordinators via e-mail till 01 March 2019.

Call for sessions

The Research Committee on the Sociology of Organizations is calling for proposals for sessions for the 2020 ISA Forum in Porto Alegre. We will be organizing a total of 12 sessions of 90 minutes each, including a timeslot for our business meeting.

Following discussions of future programmes at the 2018 Toronto World Congress, some of the possible additions to the core themes and topics usually covered in RC17 could include

  • Sociology of Organizations: Contributions from the Global South
  • Societal Grand Challenges and Organizations
  • Advances in Innovative Theories of Organization

We encourage proposals for sessions which facilitate the participation of PhD students and early career scholars as well as of scholars from the Global South. Some of the sessions may be jointly organized with other ISA Research Committees. We are also open for proposals for sessions that feature linguistic diversity by including other languages than English.

Submissions, to be sent to both Programme Coordinators, should include the following information:

  • Title of the Session
  • Format of the session:
    • Regular session – up to five presentations
    • Featured or Keynote Speaker
    • Author meets their Critics
    • Panel sessions – a larger number of shorter papers on a specific theme
    • Joint session – identifying the other participating RC
  • A 250-word description of the session
  • Language(s) of session
  • Full name, affiliation and contact details of the session organizer(s) and/or session chair(s) (if different)
  • A brief statement on previous conference session organization experience (if applicable).

For further information, please check the guidelines for session organizers under

You are also welcome to approach the programme coordinators Robert van Krieken and Michael Grothe-Hammer with early stage ideas and suggestions. Please do also not hesitate to contact the coordinators if you have any questions or need assistance.


Call for Papers

Special Issue “A World of Meta-Organizations: Dynamics and Complexities of Meta-Organizing”

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Guest Editors:
Héloïse Berkowitz (CNRS TSM Research):
Nils Brunsson (Uppsala University):
Michael Grothe-Hammer (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg):
Mikaela Sundberg (Stockholm University):
Bertrand Valiorgue (Université de Clermont-Ferrand):

Meta-organizations—that is, organizations that have organizations as their members—are an entrenched phenomenon of significant and increasing importance. Nowadays, there are hundreds of thousands of diverse meta-organizations: their number has been escalating and their forms have been evolving rapidly (Ahrne & Brunsson, 2008). Many meta-organizations gather firms (e.g. Global Business Initiative or Airlines for Europe), some gather sustainability standards and accreditation bodies (e.g. the standard association ISEAL), or a combination of universities, businesses, civil society initiatives in multi-stakeholder meta-organizations (e.g. Fair Labor Association). Sports associations are meta-organizations. All international governmental organizations, standards organizations or industry associations can be treated as meta-organizations. Associations of fab labs, living labs and cooperatives also constitute examples of meta-organizations. Hence, almost all individual-based organizations and virtually all states join multiple meta-organizations, thus meta-organizing their environment through several layers. The meta-organizational phenomenon appears therefore far-reaching and heterogeneous, playing various crucial roles in modern society but raising dramatic governance challenges, as the exemplar cases of the European Union or FIFA show.

This special issue wants to embrace and advance the work on meta-organizations. We welcome submissions on all aspects of meta-organization. Submissions can be theoretical, empirical, or methodological in nature.

Submission deadline for full papers is December 1st, 2019.

The full CfP can be found here:

If you have an idea for a possible paper that may fit this call and would like to discuss it initially, do not hesitate in contacting one of the guest editors.


Reminder: RC 17 partner workshop “Meta-, Macro-, and Partial Organization”

RC17 board members Héloïse Berkowitz and Michael Grothe-Hammer call for submissions for the workshop “Meta-, Macro-, and Partial Organization: Advances in Research and Theory”.

Toulouse School of Management, France, May 13-14, 2019

Deadline for submissions of extended abstracts (3-7 pages) is February 15th, 2019.

Scientific Committee: Göran Ahrne (Stockholm University), Héloïse Berkowitz (CNRS TSM-Research), Sanne Bor (Hanken School of Economics), Frank den Hond (Hanken School of Economics), Michael Grothe-Hammer (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg), Stefan Kirchner (Technische Universität Berlin), Dennis Schoeneborn (Copenhagen Business School), David Seidl (University of Zurich), Mikaela Sundberg (Stockholm University)

Héloïse and Michael welcome submissions on aspects of meta-organization and/or partial organization and/or an integration of both. Submissions that address one of the mentioned concepts are as welcome as combined efforts.

The full call for papers can be found here:


Call for Contributions to our Newsletter

For the future issues of our Newsletter, we need your contributions. We are particularly interested in contributions on:

  • Relevant calls for papers for conferences, workshops, and special journal issues
  • Conference and workshop reports
  • New book publications
  • Brief reviews of books or seminal journal articles (approx. 200-300 words)
  • Reports from activities on organizational sociology in national associations

Please send your submissions to our Newsletter editor Michael Grothe-Hammer ( Do also not hesitate to contact Michael, if you have any other suggestions regarding our Newsletter. |