2018 Medici Summer School 

We are pleased to announce the organization of the 10th edition of the Medici Summer School in Management Studies for doctoral students and young researchers which will be held in Bologna, Italy, June 11 – June 15, 2018. The school is organized and sponsored by Bologna Business School (University of Bologna), HEC Paris (Society and Organizations Research Center and the HEC Foundation), and MIT Sloan School of Management (Economic Sociology PhD Program).     Host faculty include Emilio Castilla & Ezra Zuckerman Sivan (MIT), Simone Ferriani & Gianni Lorenzoni (Bologna), Rodolphe Durand (HEC), and Gino Cattani (NYU).  Guest faculty include Harry Collins (Cardiff), Jennifer Howard-Grenville (Cambridge), Brayden King (Northwestern), Johanna Mair (Hertie & Stanford), and Brian Rubineau. This year’s theme is “Organizations as Vehicles and Settings for Social Change.”
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Job Posting: 1-year Term Appointment at Grinnell College

The Department of Sociology at Grinnell College invites applications for a one-year term appointment (beginning Fall 2018). Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) or Associate Professor possible. Research and teaching interests are open but might include: political economy, comparative and historical sociology, or global sociology. The teaching load is five courses over two semesters. The successful candidate should plan to teach 1-2 introductory courses, 1 theory course, and offer 1-2 courses in their area of specialization. Additional information about our curriculum and faculty can be found at https://www.grinnell.edu/academics/areas/sociology.

A link to the full posting can be found here: https://jobs.grinnell.edu/postings/1988

 

Meet your Council: Josh Seim and Benjamin Shestakofsky

Josh Seim and Benjamin Shestakofsky are the 2017-2018 OOW Council Student Representatives.  Learn more about their research and ties to the subfield below.

1) Where did your interests in organizations, occupations, and work originate? How have you found concepts and theories from this scholarship useful in your work?

Josh Seim: I’m broadly interested in how the poor are processed, regulated, or “governed” across a number of institutions. My first research project brought me into a penitentiary in Oregon where I was set on explicating the aspirations and actions of soon-to-be-released prisoners. There, I quickly realized that I would need to account for the internal organization of the facility if I hoped to make sense of what previous scholars described as a “perplexing optimism” among prisoners approaching the gate. I drew on the Gresham Sykes’ Society of Captives, Donald Clemmer’s The Prison Community, and other texts to examine my interview transcripts and field notes. While these books are not usually claimed by organizational sociology, they motivated me to consider how penal domination, a basic organizational feature of the prison, shaped inmate subjectivity.

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Labor and Labor Movements ASA Panels of Interest

OOW members are encouraged to submit to the following sections organized by the Labor and Labor Movements Section:

Race and labor and the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Strike
In February 1968, 1,300 black Memphis sanitation workers struck for safer jobs, better pay, and union recognition, carrying signs that said “I am a man”.  Rev. Martin Luther King visited Memphis repeatedly to support the strike, and on one of those visits, on April 4, 1968, he was assassinated.  Despite vicious union-busting by the city government, the workers went on to win the strike.

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Time-limited Open Access to Chapter within New Volume on Precarious Work

OOW members will be interested in the just-published volume, Precarious Work, edited by Arne Kalleberg and Steven Vallas. Published under the auspices of Research in the Sociology of Work, the volume contains 16 original chapters on various facets of precarious (or non-standard) employment. Contributors include prominent scholars in many fields, addressing the precarization of work in Europe, the United States, and the developing world. Readers will benefit from open access to one of the volume’s chapters in particular: the article by Sharon Zukin and Max Papadanotakis, “Hackathons as Cooptation Ritual: Socializing Workers and Institutionalizing Innovation in the ‘New’ Economy.” The link to use is here and here: https://www.book2look.com/book/4F8kzkJuje. Readers can access the abstracts for all the volume’s papers here and here: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/book/10.1108/S0277-2833201731

Gender, Professions and Organizations Writing Workshop

The 14th semi-annual Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, January 25th 2018 – the day of the opening reception for the Sociologists for Women in Society winter meetings in Atlanta, Georgia.

The workshop was originally intended for sociologists who are doing research on gender and academic careers, scientific workplace organizations, organizational transformations to promote gender equality, etc. It has been broadened to include gender, professional work, and organizational change. The purpose of the workshop is to learn about the range of work attendees are doing, to facilitate collaboration and to set aside time for writing.

We encourage new and returning participants. If you’ve never come, welcome, and if you have, welcome back! If it turns out that you can’t come, please let one of us know; conversely, if you know of someone who has been considering joining us, encourage contacting one of us a.s.a.p. We will make a reservation for lunch for the full group; while this is an enjoyable part of the day, participants may opt to use the hour and a half for other activities.

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