Call for Papers: EGOS Sub-theme on Organizations as Open Politics

EGOS 2017 Conference – Copenhagen, Denmark

Subtheme 32: “Organizations as Open Polities – Struggles in the ‘Good Organization’”

We invite you to submit a paper abstract to the sub-theme on “Organizations as Open Polities – Struggles in the ‘Good Organization’” at the European Group of Organization Studies’ (EGOS) 33rd annual colloquium in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference will take place on July 6-8, 2017.

This sub-theme (mini-conference) advances research on organizations as ‘open polities’ – political systems that are embedded in societal power and conflict. The subtheme aims to extend and update foundational work in this perspective (e.g., Zald, 1970; Selznick, 1957; Roy, 1952; Gouldner, 1954;  March, 1962; Crozier, 1964), which studied political processes and structures inside organizations as intricately intertwined with social, cultural, or political processes and structures external to organizations. We invite papers from any discipline and any methodological orientation that share an interest in related questions.

The full call for papers here:

The deadline for submitting a short paper (3,000 words) is January 9, 2017. Detailed submission instructions can be found at:

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact one of us.

Best regards,

Klaus Weber (Northwestern University),
Simone Schiller-Merkens (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies),
Daniel Wäger (University of Amsterdam),

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