Call for papers: Marxist Organization Studies, EGOS 2016, Naples

Marxist Organization Studies: Institutional forms of power and their legitimacy

EGOS 2016, Naples

University of Naples Federico II

July 7–9, 2016


Call for papers

In 2016, we will build on the success of the six previous EGOS Marxist studies sub-themes in bringing together people who share an interest in drawing on Marx’s ideas to advance organization studies. The organizers of the EGOS 2016 Colloquium have called for papers on the interaction of overt and hidden forms of power, on the legitimacy and illegitimacy of institutions, and how these contours of power shape the process of organizing and organization.

This sub-theme takes up this invitation by providing the space for reflection on the current contributions and future prospects of Marxist-inspired organization studies in examining the operation of power, institutions and organizing in shaping organizational life. With its dual emphasis on human agency (“praxis”) and class struggle on the one hand, and on the role of institutions and deep structures on the other, Marxist work is particularly well placed to contribute to the examination of these phenomena.

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Teaching guide: Using the “Work in Progress” blog for teaching sociology of work and labor studies

by Karla Erickson

I teach an undergraduate seminar entitled Work in the “New” Economy (my students call it “WITNE”). I’ve taught a version of this course since 2004. The “new” originally referred to the rise of service work in the 1990s, but the useful thing about the title is that it allows us to examine waves of transformation over time: in workers’ rights, in collective actions, in the forms of discrimination used to protect dominance, and in the distribution of opportunity.

There’s always something new in the sociology of work. And now we have a new tool to use in teaching the sociology of work, organizations and labor studies: the Work in Progress blog. The blog hosts short articles (800-1,200 words), written in accessible language, showcasing recent findings or providing news analysis and commentary on current events. The blog also hosts “virtual panels” on a variety of topics.

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For scholars interested in historical research on organizations

An interdisciplinary team of three scholars — Stephanie Decker, Christina Lubinski, & Dan Wadhwani — have partnered to create a new webpage for scholars interested in historical approaches to studying organizations. It stems from conversations among a number of scholars from around world who have hosted seminars, events at conferences, published articles and books and run research projects and networks in this field. The website and blog aims to be a hub on which scholars interested in history & organizations can publish ongoing activities and publications, and exchange ideas and comments, for those involved in the network or for those just curious about this line of research.

If you are interested in contributing, please let Stephanie, Christina, or Dan know.

Organizational History Network

(Via Howard Aldrich.)

Call for submissions – Work in Progress blog

The Work in Progress blog, of the Organizations, Occupations and Work section of the ASA, invites submissions (800-1,200 words) on all topics related to organizations, occupations and work, broadly understood. The primary purpose of the blog is to disseminate sociological findings and ideas to the general public. Articles should be accessible and jargon-free, written like a New York Times op-ed. We currently get over 3,000 views per month and are followed on social media by journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC and other outlets.

We will publish summaries by authors of all monographs related to organizations, occupations and work. Additionally, we invite proposals for three types of article: research findings (from your own study or summarizing the findings of others), news analysis, commentary. Interested authors should send a proposed title and topic (one paragraph maximum) to Matt Vidal ( The WIP Editorial Team will decide whether to invite a full submission.

New book: Research in Organizational Behavior, Volume 34

Hooray! Another volume of Research in Organizational Behavior is available. Examples of distinguished scholars included in the volume include Nalini Ambady, Michel Anteby, Karl Aquino, Julie Battilana, Max Bazerman, Taya Cohen, Francesca Gino, Denny Gioia, Henrich Greve, Aron Kay, Mike Morris, Huggy Rao, and Phil Tetlock.


Art Brief & Barry Staw

Research in Organizational Behavior
Volume 34, Pages 1-236 (2014)

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ILRR call for papers: Reducing Inequality in Organizations

ILR Review

Call for Papers

Special Issue and Conference on Reducing Inequality in Organizations:

What Works? What Doesn’t?

The ILR Review is calling for papers for a conference and a subsequent special issue devoted to identifying and developing organizational practices and processes that affect workplace inequality, diversity, and inclusion. We seek innovative research that will advance our understanding of the organizational arrangements that help to reduce the effects of bias and to promote diverse and inclusive workplaces. Emilio J. Castilla (MIT) and Pamela S. Tolbert (ILR, Cornell) will be the guest editors of the issue.

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OOW sections at ASA 2015

The OOW section has seven sessions this year.

1-3.  Three open submission, open-topic sessions, organized by Heather Haveman and Phyllis Moen:

The Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section welcomes submissions on any topic relevant to the section’s mission, from very micro (individual worker) to very macro (interorganizational fields).  The organizers, Phyllis Moen and Heather Haveman, will sift through the submissions and create three coherent sessions.

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The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents

Edited by Paul S. Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan, and Mike Reed

This Handbook is the successor to a 2010 collection entitled The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical foundations (information on that volume is appended). The Introduction to that collection was titled: “A social science which forgets its founders is lost”. Whereas that volume aimed to renew awareness of the rich heritage bequeathed organization studies by pre-1950 sociology, this second, companion volume aims to strengthen ties between organization studies and contemporary sociological work. This volume appears at a time when there are increasing institutional barriers to such cooperation, potentially generating a myopia that constricts new developments. Aiming to counteract that myopia, this volume offers scholars authoritative accounts of theorists and research themes in sociology and social theory which have impacted on organization studies in the recent period. The focus is on European and North American scholarship.

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European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Athens, July 2- 4, 2015

Section members have organized the following sub-themes:

Sub-theme 37: International Migration, Work and Organization

Sub-theme 44: Marxist Organization Studies: Structures, Systems and Power

Sub-theme 63: Antecedents and Consequences of Institutional Logics for Reasoning and Rationality

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