OOW Program for 2013 Meetings – all open submission sessions

1. Exploring Links between the Law and the Workplace

Description: This session seeks papers that address ways in which the law impacts work organizations.  Papers might consider the following legal areas:  civil rights, safety, and employment (e.g., minimum wage laws, laws regulating work hours).  Papers can address topics such as, but not limited to, the way laws shape employer behavior, the impact courts have on employment practices, the manner by which employers respond to legal regulation, and the implication laws have for workers’ experiences.

Session Organizer Name: Julie Kmec

Session Organizer Affiliation: Washington State University

Session Organizer Email Address: jkmec@wsu.edu

2. Economic Sociology, Organizations and Social Inequality

Description: This session is co-sponsored by the Economic Sociology section. We invite papers on the role of organizational structures, processes and actors in mediating and shaping socio-economic processes and outcomes. Papers may deal with macro or micro processes, contemporaneous or historical, local or comparative.  Inequality can relate to class, gender, or race, their intersection or another dimension. The hope is to investigate more thoroughly the organizational and managerial processes related to economic inequality.

Session Organizer Name: Alexandra Kalev

Session Organizer Affiliation: Tel Aviv University

Session Organizer Email Address: akalev@post.tau.ac.il

3. Organizations and the Natural Environment: “Sustainability” and Beyond

Description:  Materially and culturally, formal organizations shape and are shaped by the natural environment.  Although American environmental sociology emerged as a subfield four decades ago, the growing interest of organizational scholars in environmental topics has largely coincided with the diffusion of a “sustainability” discourse and “sustainable” practices through the for-profit sector since the 1990s.  What does a specifically organizational approach contribute to the sociology of the natural environment?  This panel welcomes papers on a variety of empirical questions related to organizations and the natural environment.

Session Organizer Name: Victoria Johnson

Session Organizer Affiliation: University of Michigan

Session Organizer Email Address: vjohnsn@umich.edu

4. Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, No Jobs? The Changing Nature of Work in Today’s Economy

Session Organizer Name: Elizabeth Gorman

Session Organizer Affiliation: University of Virginia

Session Organizer Email Address: eg5n@virginia.edu

NOTE THAT THERE ARE 2 SESSIONS THAT ARE “OPEN TOPICS”

5. Open Topics in Organizations, Occupations, and Work

Description: We welcome empirical papers related to the study of organizations, occupations, and work. The organizers will identify a number of promising papers and then attempt to create a panel with related papers, but the intent is to be open to the variety of work that OOW scholars are conducting today.

Session Organizer Name: Beth Rubin and David Brady

Session Organizer Affiliation: University of North Carolina Charlotte and WZB

Session Organizer Email Address: barubin@uncc.edu and david.brady@wzb.eu

6. Open Topics in Organizations, Occupations, and Work

Description:  We welcome empirical papers related to the study of organizations, occupations, and work. The organizers will identify a number of promising papers and then attempt to create a panel with related papers, but the intent is to be open to the variety of work that OOW scholars are conducting today.

Session Organizer Name: David Brady and Beth Rubin

Session Organizer Affiliation: WZB and University of North Carolina Charlotte

Session Organizer Email Address: david.brady@wzb.eu and barubin@uncc.edu

7. Roundtables

Session Organizer Name: Eric Dahlin and Kimberly Fox

Session Organizer Affiliation: Brigham Young University and Bridgewater State University

Session Organizer Email Address: eric.dahlin@byu.edu and Kimberly.Fox@bridgew.edu

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