Marxist Organization Studies: Institutional forms of power and their legitimacy

EGOS 2016, Naples

University of Naples Federico II

July 7–9, 2016


Call for papers

In 2016, we will build on the success of the six previous EGOS Marxist studies sub-themes in bringing together people who share an interest in drawing on Marx’s ideas to advance organization studies. The organizers of the EGOS 2016 Colloquium have called for papers on the interaction of overt and hidden forms of power, on the legitimacy and illegitimacy of institutions, and how these contours of power shape the process of organizing and organization.

This sub-theme takes up this invitation by providing the space for reflection on the current contributions and future prospects of Marxist-inspired organization studies in examining the operation of power, institutions and organizing in shaping organizational life. With its dual emphasis on human agency (“praxis”) and class struggle on the one hand, and on the role of institutions and deep structures on the other, Marxist work is particularly well placed to contribute to the examination of these phenomena.

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EGOS 2016, Powering Inequality: The Impact of Organizational Practices on Individual Employment Outcomes

Naples, Italy
Subtheme 22: “Powering Inequality: The Impact of Organizational Practices on Individual Employment Outcomes”

We would like to bring to your attention the colloquium on “Powering Inequality: The Impact of Organizational Practices on Individual Employment Outcomes,” which we are convening as part of the European Group of Organization Studies’ (EGOS) 32nd annual conference in Naples, Italy. The conference will take place on July 7-9, 2016.

Our purpose is to bring together a group of researchers who share a concern for advancing our knowledge of the mechanisms through which organizations influence inequality in the labor market. We welcome papers from different disciplines and at all levels of analysis.

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A reminder that the call for papers for the Leadership Excellence and Gender Symposium ends November 15th. Details regarding this conference can be found below.

Call for Papers:

The Krannert School of Management and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University invite all interested scholars to submit papers for the Leadership Excellence and Gender Symposium. The submission deadline is November 15, 2015 and the conference will be held at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University on March 28-30, 2016.  

Scholars from all fields and disciplines are welcome to submit research regarding gender and leadership excellence from an organizational perspective.  There is also an opportunity to publish in a special issue of Human Resource Management.
From the conference website:
“We are especially interested in research that focuses on new developments related to organizational change and studies that have not yet been published or accepted for publication. Doctoral students and junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply. But, we welcome and value submissions from faculty at all career stages. The best papers will be invited to be submitted for review for a special issue of Human Resource Management (”

Mini-Conference of the Comparative Historical Sociology Section
Friday, August 19, 2016
Seattle, Washington

The Comparative Historical Sociology section of the American Sociological Association and the Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) program at Northwestern University are pleased to announce a mini-conference entitled “Can Comparative Historical Sociology Save the World?” The conference will take place August 19th, 2016 at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

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Careers, Care, and Life-Course “Fit:” Implications for Health, Equality, and Policy

June 23-25, 2016 (June 22, 2016 Pre-Conference Policy Day)
Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington D.C., USA

The Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) invites submissions for the 2016 Conference, Careers, Care, and Life-Course “Fit:” Implications for Health, Equality, and Policy, to be held June 23-25, 2016 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The Work and Family Researchers Network is an international membership organization of interdisciplinary work and family researchers. We seek fresh and innovative scientific contributions on work and family issues from investigators in diverse disciplines, and we value all disciplinary perspectives on the issues. The voices of all stakeholders are needed to understand and address work and family issues to advance knowledge and practice. We also encourage policy advocates, policy makers, and work-life practitioners to submit evidence-based contributions. Continuing at the 2016 conference will be a practitioner “track” in an effort to encourage practitioner and policy-oriented submissions and promotion of researcher and practitioner/policy maker collaboration. There will also be a preconference Congressional briefing (“Policy Day”) on June 22.

Read more about the Call for Papers here .

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Editor’s Note: The following ASA recap comes to us from Julie Kmec and Sandra Kalev. All slides have been posted with permission. If other ASA session organizers wish to put together similar website posts, please contact Chris at

This invited session offered a unique opportunity for researchers to learn about rich data sources for studying work, organizations and inequality. The panel showcased the types  of data available for researchers by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency responsible for overseeing employers’ nondiscrimination practices and outcomes. The EEOC can offer a variety of quantitative and qualitative data sources on organizations, demographics and discrimination for academics to explore. Panelists were both EEOC officials and sociologists working with these data and they discussed data access and surveys a wide range of possible research projects. We are attaching the slides for those who had to miss the panel and are interested in learning about research possibilities with these data.


Ronald Edwards, Director of the Program Research and Surveys Division of the EEOC – slides

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts – slides

Beth Hirsh, University of British Columbia – slides


Organizer Names: 

Alexandra Kalev, Tel Aviv University

Julie Kmec, Washington State University


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