The Elgar Encyclopedia of Organizational Sociology is a single-volume Encyclopedia in a new and exciting series of Encyclopedias in Sociology offered by Edward Elgar Publishing.
This volume offers relatively concise encyclopedic coverage of the discreet subfield of organizational sociology. We aim to capture a comprehensive set of diverse perspectives on organizational sociology, with easy-access entries and references to assist scholars and researchers as they search for seminal content in this important field.
The Editors wish to create a volume that provides readers with key foundational concepts in the field of sociology and organization studies, while also being inclusive of a range of theoretical perspectives that include but is not limited to liberal, postmodernist, historical materialist, or post-colonialist feminist accounts. We are also open to discussion that focusses on topics that meld transdisciplinary perspectives (e.g., inertia when implementing change), or social implications of technological change (e.g., deskilling, upskilling, digital skills and agile organizations). We are particularly interested in contributions that reflect the Global South and move us beyond purely Western perspectives, authors, and topics. Additionally, we encourage entries that update the major debates about the evolution of the discipline.
The single-volume Encyclopedia will consist of around 200,000 words that reflect selected entries from authors who respond to this call, or specially commissioned entries. Authors may choose to contribute one or more entries. The editors seek entries that provide a concise summary of the most relevant accumulated knowledge on a subject or concept. We expect that the length of entries will vary but, as a guide, more complex entries should be 2,000-3,000 words, while less complex entries (e.g., the definition of a key concept) as little as 1,000 words.
To ensure editorial integrity and foster diverse perspectives, the Editors request that authors peer-review two entries from other contributors for every entry they submit. Authors will be entitled to post the pre-print version of their entry on their own website and institutional repository after a six-month embargo period. For those interested, there will also be an option to publish a limited number of entries Open Access for a fee.
Organization of entries will be alphabetical and may include a very limited number of entries on founding authors in the field and their contributions, theories, and concepts upon which organizational sociology is defined. The Encyclopedia will be organized as follows: Biographies and contributions of approximately 10 founders of the field; Main Conceptual entries, and Organization entries. We expect Main entries to be between 2,000 – 3,000 words, Biographical and Organization entries to between 1,000 and 1,500 words. We append an initial list that interested contributors can consult. We also encourage contributors to propose their own entries not on our list for consideration. Interested contributors can send an initial 250-word outline that contains a precis of the content they wish to submit, and why it is important to include in the Encyclopedia. Please send these initial entries and further enquiries to:
Mary Godwyn, EiC Elgar Encyclopedia of Organizational Sociology
January – June: Solicitation of authors to write and peer-review entries for the Encyclopedia.
Commitment from authors – The EiC will distribute Contributors Agreements to each author.
September 15: Deadline for submission of written entries from authors.
November 15: Distribution of entries to peer-reviewers.
Mary Godwyn, Professor of Sociology, Babson College, MA, USA
Ethné Swartz, Professor of Management, Feliciano School of Business, Montclair State University, NJ, USA
Michael Grothe-Hammer, Associate Professor of Sociology (Organization & Technology), Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
Samuel O. Idowu, London Guildhall School of Business & Law, London Metropolitan University, UK