Newsletter – September 2018

Dear RC17 members and Newsletter subscribers,

We had a great XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Toronto! Scholars from around the world engaged in intensive debates on the forefront of organizational sociology showing that our discipline is much alive and well. For instance, in four sessions on the topic “Disappearing Organization” we discussed the current state and the future of organizational sociology laying the ground for further theoretical developments and publications. Moreover, we had many other interesting thematic sessions on “Office As a Vocation”, “Professions and Professional Service Firms”, “Beyond Words: Visuality, Materiality, and Multimodality in Organizational Theory”, “Corruption and Whistleblowing”, “Ranking Organizations”, “Organizing Organizations”, “Organisations, Work and Society”, and “The Global Financial Class”. You can access the abstracts of all our sessions here: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/webprogram/Session8123.html

We also decided to relaunch our website, which you can now find in a new design under a new URL: www.organizational-sociology.com. Spread the word!

Moreover, we created a Twitter account. So, follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SocOrganization

If you have any suggestions, announcements, publications, or call for papers for the next newsletter, please contact our newsletter editor Michael Grothe-Hammer (Michael.grothe-hammer@hsu-hh.de).

New RC17 Website

Call for Contributions

We have a new website: www.organizational-sociology.com. The website presents our RC17 and posts news and calls related to our work. It also features a section on “OrgSoc Links”. We are open for any suggestions on how to develop the site. Do you want your weblog linked? Do you have some exciting news to share? Do you want to contribute to the website? Please contact Michael.grothe-hammer@hsu-hh.de.

Call for Papers

CfP Special Issue “Organization and Membership”

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Systems Research and Behavioral Science
[SSCI: IF 0.86; ABS: **; ABDC: A]

Topic: Organization and Membership

Guest Editors:
Michael Grothe-Hammer, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany
Anders la Cour, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Submission Deadline for Papers (5000-8000 words) is January 15th, 2019

The CfP can be found here: https://bit.ly/2tkDlE9
The journal homepage can be found here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10991743a

CfP Spring School “Organized Creativity” 2019 Berlin

Call for Papers for the International Spring School

“Organized Creativity: Approaching a Phenomenon of Uncertainty”

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, March 12-15, 2019,

The Spring School provides space for exchange between advanced doctoral students, early postdocs and several senior scholars that do research on creativity either in the context of innovation research or in the fields of business and management studies, economic geography, psychology or sociology. Combining lectures from renowned scholars (Prof. Dr. Dr. Karin Knorr Cetina, Prof. David Stark, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher, Prof. Dr. Elke Schüßler, Prof. Dr. Jörg Sydow) with the presentation, discussion and development of individual papers, this call invites advanced doctoral students and early postdocs from all disciplines concerned with creativity and uncertainty to join our discussion in Berlin. The working language will be English.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2018. Applicants are requested to email a CV and a short essay (max. 2,000 words including references) to konstantin.hondros@unidue.de. This short essay should summarize the research that is to be presented during the Spring School. Notification of acceptance is sent out no later than October 30, 2018. In case of acceptance, a revised longer paper – either an extended essay (max. 4,000 words) or a full paper (max. 8,000 words) – must be sent by January 15 2019 for distribution to discussants and workshop participants well in advance of the event.

You can find the full CfP and additional information on our website: https://organizational-sociology.com/cfp-spring-school-organized-creativity-2019-berlin

CfPs for EGOS 2019 Sub-themes

CfP EGOS 2019 Sub-theme “Realizing the Potential of Historical Organization Studies”

Call for Papers for the 35th EGOS Colloquium in Edinburgh, July 4–6, 2019.

Sub-theme 30: Realizing the Potential of Historical Organization Studies

Deadline for submission of short papers is Monday, January 14, 2019, 23:59 CET.

Convenors:
Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Mairi Maclean, University of Bath, United Kingdom
Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria, Canada

Please find the full Call for Papers here:

https://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/main.jart?rel=de&reserve-mode=active&content-id=1534193845533&subtheme_id=1535187600357

CfP EGOS 2019 Sub-theme “The Intricacies of Meta-Organizations”

Call for Papers for the 35th EGOS Colloquium in Edinburgh, July 4–6, 2019.

Sub-theme 37: The Intricacies of Meta-Organizations

Deadline for submission of short papers is Monday, January 14, 2019, 23:59 CET.

Convenors:
Nils Brunsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
Héloïse Berkowitz, CNRS, France
Sanne Bor, Hanken School of Economics, Finland

Please find the full Call for Papers here:

https://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/main.jart?rel=de&reserve-mode=active&content-id=1534193845533&subtheme_id=1511424478399

CfP EGOS 2019 Sub-theme “Formal Organization Today: Reconnecting with the Classics”

Call for Papers for the 35th EGOS Colloquium in Edinburgh, July 4–6, 2019.

Sub-theme 45: Formal Organization Today: Reconnecting with the Classics

Deadline for submission of short papers is Monday, January 14, 2019, 23:59 CET.

Convenors:
Pedro Monteiro, Warwick University Business School, United Kingdom
Paul du Gay, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom
Signe Vikkelsø, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Please find the full Call for Papers here:

https://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/main.jart?rel=de&reserve-mode=active&content-id=1534193845533&subtheme_id=1511424499819

CfP EGOS 2019 Sub-theme “Organization and Decision”

Call for Papers for the 35th EGOS Colloquium in Edinburgh, July 4–6, 2019.

Sub-theme 60: Organization and Decision: The Theoretical Challenge of a Changing World

Deadline for submission of short papers is Monday, January 14, 2019, 23:59 CET.

Convenors:
Cristina Besio Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany
Niels Akerstrøm Andersen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Michael Grothe-Hammer, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany

Please find the full Call for Papers here: https://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/main.jart?rel=de&reserve-mode=active&content-id=1534193845533&subtheme_id=1511424478653

Book announcement

Organization and Decision

by Niklas Luhmann
translated by Rhodes Barrett
edited by Dirk Baecker

Book description:

Translated into English for the first time, Luhmann’s modern classic, Organization and Decision, explores how organizations work; how they should be designed, steered, and controlled; and how they order and structure society. Luhmann argues that organization is order, yet indeterminate. In this book, he shows how this paradox enables organizations to embed themselves within society without losing autonomy. In developing his autopoietic perspective on organizations, Luhmann applies his general theory of social systems by conceptualizing organizations as self­reproducing systems of decision communications. His innovative and interdisciplinary approach to the material (spanning organization studies, management and sociology) is integral to any study of organizations. This new translation, edited by one of the world’s leading experts on Luhmann, enables researchers and graduate students across the English-speaking world to access Luhmann’s ideas more readily.

Reviews:

“Niklas Luhmann is one of the most innovative thinkers of the twentieth century. His approach to the social world had a major impact on social theorizing. His key work on organizations, Organization and Decision, is finally out in English translation. It is a must-read for all scholars and students of organization.” David Seidl – University of Zurich, Switzerland

“A long-awaited translation of Niklas Luhmann’s landmark contribution to organization studies. We discover an author extremely well versed in the management literature, who is in constant dialogue with key authors such as Karl E. Weick, Herbert A. Simon and Michel Crozier. A must read for anyone interested in the communicative constitutive approaches to organization and organizing.” François Cooren – Université de Montréal, Canada

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

https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/organization-and-decision/F69AA272C0F1DC151692CF6ECAFCCE6A

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 (Michael.grothe-hammer@hsu-hh.de). Do also not hesitate to contact Michael, if you have any other suggestions regarding our Newsletter.

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