Announcement: Special Themed Section on Marxist Studies of Organization Published

A Special Themed Section on Marxist Studies of Organization has now been published in Organization Studies.


When Organization Studies Turns to Societal Problems: The Contribution of Marxist Grand Theory

Matt Vidal, Paul Adler, and Rick Delbridge

Organizational Learning: Bringing the Forces of Production Back In

Jonas A. Ingvaldsen

Community and Innovation: From Tönnies to Marx

Paul S. Adler

Free Labour, Social Media, Management: Challenging Marxist Organization Studies

Armin Beverungen, Steffen Böhm, and Chris Land

Explaining Organizational Paths through the Concept of Hegemony: Evidence from the Italian Car Industry

Giuliano Maielli

Introducing the Journal of Professions and Organizations

Last year marked the launch of a new journal called “Journal of Professions and Organizations” which is published by Oxford University Press. It is part of their Law & Social Sciences journal collection.

This journal could be a suitable outlet for the OOW members. Our broad objective is to leverage the network of international scholars in sociology, management, psychology, geography as well as economics and business history in order to advance research in the broader field of expert or knowledge-based work. This broad perspective enables us to bring together scholars from very diverse disciplines to engage in broad debates and foster a multidisciplinary research agenda. This makes JPO unique and puts it at the forefront of the development towards more integrative and multidisciplinary research in this field.

Call for Papers: Social Movements and the Economy Workshop

Call for Papers: Social Movements and the Economy
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
Date: October 23-25, 2015

We invite submissions for a workshop on the intersection of social movements and the economy, to be held at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management from Friday October 23 to Sunday October 25, 2015.

In recent years, we have seen the rise of a vibrant literature engaging with questions of how social movements challenge firms, support the rise of new industries, and engender field change in a variety of domains of economic activity. A growing amount of attention has also been devoted to the ways that actors with vested interests in particular types of economic activity may resist, co-opt, imitate, or partner with activist groups challenging their practices. On the whole, there is now substantial evidence of a variety of ways that social movements effectively influence the economy.

And yet there has been less recent attention paid to the inverse relationship: classic questions related to how economic forces – and the broader dynamics of capitalism – shape social movements. This is all the more remarkable given the major economic shifts that have taken place in the U.S. and abroad over the past decade, including economic crises, disruptions associated with financialization and changing corporate supply chains, the struggles of organized labor, and transformations linked to new technologies. These changes have major implications for both the theory and practice of social movement funding, claims-making, strategic decision-making, and the very targeting of states, firms, and other institutions for change.

This workshop seeks to bring together these two questions in order to engage in a thorough reconsideration of both the economic sources and the economic outcomes of social movements, with careful attention to how states intermediate each of these processes.

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Info-Metrics Institute Seeks Nominations for Annual Prize

The Info-Metrics Annual Prize in Memory of Halbert L. White, Jr.

The Info-Metrics Institute is pleased to create research prizes, in memory of Professor Halbert L. White, Jr., one of the Institute’s founding members, who passed away on March 31, 2012.

The prizes will reward outstanding academic research by scholars. An award of $2000 will accompany each prize, along with an invitation to become an Institute Research Associate, with the benefits that being an Associate provides. Prize winners will be recognized at regular meetings (either conferences or workshops) held by the Institute.


We seek nominations of researchers from any discipline who:

  1. Have done outstanding work developing or applying statistical information-theoretic methods, which has had (or is likely to have) significant impact.
  1. Have earned their doctorates during the past decade.

The Institute envisions awarding two or three inaugural prizes, hopefully spanning multiple disciplines.

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Seeking Participants for UIUC Study on Fatherhood, Parenting, and Families

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are conducting a study on fatherhood, parenting, and families.
Would the study be a good fit for me?
This study might be a good fit for you if:
* You are married and/or cohabitating and have children 12 and younger
* You or your spouse are working for payWhat will happen if I take part in the study?
If you decide to take part in the research study, you would:

*  Complete a brief online survey to see if you can be included in this study.
*  If eligible, both you and your spouse will be asked to complete individual 30-45 minute online surveys
​*  If both spouses complete the survey, your family will receive $25 as a thank you for your participation.
To take part in this research study or for more information, please contact Rachael Hawn at 217-244-7259 or

Announcement: New Book: Do-It-Yourself Democracy

Do-It-Yourself Democracy: The Rise of the Public Engagement Industry

Caroline W. Lee

In Do-It-Yourself Democracy, sociologist Caroline W. Lee examines how participatory innovations have reshaped American civic life over the past two decades. Lee looks at the public engagement industry that emerged to serve government, corporate, and nonprofit clients seeking to gain a handle on the increasingly noisy demands of their constituents and stakeholders. New technologies and deliberative practices have democratized the ways in which organizations operate, but Lee argues that they have also been marketed and sold as tools to facilitate cost-cutting, profitability, and other management goals – and that public deliberation has burdened everyday people with new responsibilities without delivering on its promises of empowerment.

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