Newsletter – May 2017

Dear RC17 members,

We are excited to send you our first newsletter. We intend to send you the RC17 Newsletter twice a year to bring you the newest information about RC17, its members, and organizational sociology in general. If you have any suggestions, announcements, publications, call for papers, please contact our newsletter editor Michael Grothe-Hammer (

Call for Abstracts

We are delighted to invite you to submit your abstracts to the forthcoming sessions on organizational sociology at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology 2018 in Toronto.

RC17 will host 13 sessions on the following topics:

The call for papers for each session can be found here:

The deadline for abstract submission is September 30th, 2017. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.


For more information about the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, please visit:

Spread the word and see you in Toronto!


New Board Members

RC17 welcomes two new board members: Tristan May and Michael Grothe-Hammer.

Tristan May is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of strategy and organization at the EMLyon Business School, France. He educated in Switzerland, France, and Germany. His research centers on institutional work and organizational identity construction.

Michael Grothe-Hammer is a research associate at the Institute of Social Sciences at Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany. He studied sociology at Bielefeld University and is currently working on his doctoral thesis about decision-based organization theory – including partial organization. His research interests include qualitative research methods, sociological systems theory, high-reliability theory, and sociology of disasters.


Summer school announcement

6th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology: Registration is Open

The program of the 6th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology is online and registration is open. The Summer School 2017 will be held from August 3 to 25 at GESIS Cologne, Germany. 15 courses are scheduled, among them four short courses and 11 one-week courses. New to the program are courses on “Preparing data for re-use”, “Structural Equation Modeling for Longitudinal and Panel Data”, and “Meta-Analysis”. Please find the full program under


Book announcements

Social Research: Paradigms in Action

By Norman Blaikie & Jan Priest

  • Important introduction to social research, unique in helping readers to set the necessary philosophical groundwork to find solutions to social problems
  • Works through the three most common paradigms of social research
  • Includes extensive applications and examples of the paradigms in action in connection to key social problems of current times
  • Written by an established and highly respected author of research methods texts

“Norman Blaikie and Jan Priest have written a first-rate book on methodology and, as with Blaikie’s previous work, it is comprehensive, clear and erudite. It will appeal both to students who want to make sense of social research paradigms and the seasoned methodologist who will find much to inspire and consider.” Malcolm Williams, Cardiff University

“Thoughtful, creative and groundbreaking, Blaikie and Priest have written a text that fills a core gap in many discussions of research. This is the importance of building in, from the outset, the role of explanation as much as description of social processes. A hugely informative read for those new to social research as well as seasoned professionals like myself!” Christina Hughes, University of Warwick

To find more information about the book, please visit the book’s page at:

Strategy: Theory and Practice

By Clegg, S. R.; Schweitzer, J.; Pitelis, C.; Whittle, A.

Strategy: Theory and Practice is underpinned by the premise that strategic management is an important social practice in organizations and society alike. Regarding strategy as the prime means through which organizations produce rationality, the book engages with the philosophical underpinnings of strategy, as well as providing detailed coverage of the practical implications for strategy tools in the real world.

The authors provide a coherent and engaging overview of the established ‘classics’ of strategic management, while taking an exciting and innovative approach to contemporary issues such as: behavioural decision-making, power and politics, ethics and globalization. Whether you’re an undergraduate or a postgraduate student of strategy, Strategy: Theory and Practice provides you with all you need to know to succeed in your course and reflect on your future practice.

To find more information about the book, please visit the book’s page at:


Call for Contributions for 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.