Call for Participants: AOM Workshop on Occupations/Professions in Organizations:

Greetings! We invite you to participate in our Academy of Management Workshop on “Examining the Intersection of Occupations and Professions in Organizations” (session 87), scheduled for Friday, July 30th from 10am-12pm EDT

This workshop seeks to explore new directions in research at the intersection of occupations and professions in organizations by bringing together leading scholars with participants. These scholars will include:

  • Ruthanne Huising (EM-Lyon, Senior Editor at Organization Science)
  • Andrew Nelson (University of Oregon, Associate Editor at Academy of Management Journal)
  • Amit Nigam (City, University of London, Co-Editor of Strategic Organization and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Leader)

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to ask questions after each panelist’s presentation as well as participate in an extended discussion at the end of all the presentations. 

In addition, we have also planned for an interactive Social Hour right after the event (from 12pm-1pm EDT), which will feature Zoom breakout discussions in small groups. We will provide the Zoom link to this social event on the PDW landing page. On the landing page, we will also offer participants an invite to the standing Slack workspace associated with this workshop, which has been a vibrant, valuable community for over 50 scholars in this area for nearly a year.

We hope you can join us for this PDW and look forward to your participation. 

Warm regards,

Workshop Co-organizers 

Matt Beane (UC Santa Barbara)

Curtis Chan (Boston College)

Julia DiBenigno (Yale University)

Arvind Karunakaran (McGill University)

Call for Book Proposals on the Sociology of Work and Organizations

Attention researchers working in the field of the sociology of work and organizations! Do you have plans to write a monograph, curate an edited collection, or edit a series? Having identified the sociology of work and organizations as a key sub-discipline and growth area here at Emerald, we’re currently seeking proposals for books and series in this field.

Our book proposal form may be accessed here. To submit a proposal, or if you’d prefer a more informal chat to discuss your research, please get in touch with our Books Commissioning Editor for Sociology, Katy Mathers. You can also watch this 1-minute video and meet her virtually.

At Emerald Publishing, we are continuing to build our award-winning books programme, and we are keen to develop our sociology program to offer something of real value and originality. You can rea more about publishing with us here.

We look forward to hearing from you and discussing your research further!

Job Posting: Assistant Instructional Professor at the University of Chicago

The Harris School of Public Policy invites applications for an Assistant Instructional Professor in Public Policy Studies, a dynamic, multidisciplinary major grounded in the social sciences, with substantial inputs from economics, sociology, political science, and law, among other disciplines.

The hire will be expected to contribute to the Public Policy Studies major by developing coursework that contributes to the Public Policy Studies core and elective curriculum, mentoring individual undergraduate theses, assisting in program administration, and building learning experiences that engage students with relevant professional communities. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a desire and ability to teach Policy Implementation, a key component of our core curriculum—particularly those candidates with scholarly expertise in the sociology of organizations and/or program or policy implementation expertise. In addition, preference will be given to candidates with experience related to teaching undergraduate practicum courses (courses that involve student field research in service of a government or community-based client). Candidates with expertise in a substantive policy area, including but not limited to health policy and education are particularly welcome.

The position will be a two-year, renewable appointment to begin on or after September 1, 2021. The successful candidate will have a PhD or terminal degree in the social sciences or law and a proven record of teaching excellence and mentoring in at least one field relevant to public policy. A track record of research publications or practitioner experience are also highly desired. Applicants must have a completed Ph.D. by the start date and teaching experience. The Assistant Instructional Professor will teach 4-6 courses per academic year, depending on non-classroom responsibilities.

The position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.

 Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago’s Interfolio academic job board at:

Applicants are required to upload the following materials: 1) a letter of application 2) contact information for 2 references; 3) curriculum vitae; 4) teaching statement that describes prior teaching experience, pedagogical approaches, expertise in public policy studies, and experience mentoring undergraduate students; 5) teaching evaluations and 6) sample syllabi. Review of applications will begin on August 16, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

OOW Undergraduate Teaching Survey

Do you teach an undergraduate course related to organizations, occupations, and/or work? If so, please consider participating in this brief online survey.

The purpose of the survey is to gather recommendations and resources for teaching undergraduate OOW courses that can later be shared with OOW section members. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Ali Hendley at Thank you!

 Survey link:

OOW Social Gathering at ASA

OOW social gathering at ASA 

Mon, August 9, 7:30 to 8:30pm EST.

Come to our informal gathering during the ASA!  We will have a main room socializing and ice breaking, and breakout rooms hosted by the wonderful OOW council members! Our breakout room topics:

  • Media savvy for sharing research to broader audience (with Erin Cech)
  • Diversity in OOW – what does it mean for you?” (with Nina Bandlej)
  • Research during pandemic –datasets and field research in times of pandemic (with Giacomo Negro)
  • “I don’t want to go back to in-person!” – Lessons from virtual conferences: Do we want to go back to the way things were?” (with LaTonya Trotter)
  • First generation in OOW (with Vinnie Roscigno)
  • Additional breakout rooms can emerge on the spot, when you meet your friends, want to have a quieter discussion of research, bumped into your long time mentor and want to catch up and more.

See you on Monday, August 9 at 7:30pm EST! 

Call for Participants: AOM Professional Development Workshop “Teaching Employee Share Ownership and Equity Compensation”

Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop “Teaching Employee Share Ownership and Equity Compensation”
July 31, 2021 

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us for an interactive live synchronous Professional Development Workshop “Teaching Employee Share Ownership and Equity Compensation” (11921) on Saturday, July 31, at 10:45 a.m. eastern at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

This PDW will explore ways to teach about employee share ownership in a wide variety of business school and management courses. Research shows that sharing equity and profits with employees can improve company performance while benefiting employees.  Despite its importance and its impact in the workplace, however, the topic is largely overlooked in the classroom. Please join this live synchronous workshop, which will include opportunities for dialogue and small group discussion. Attendees will take away new ideas for integrating teaching about employee ownership into courses that they already teach.  Presenters will share their recommendations for company case studies, videos, and a new source for guest speakers for classes.

Chair: Joseph Blasi, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations

Moderator: Adria Scharf, Rutgers University 


  • Daphne Berry, University of Hartford
  • Edward Carberry, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Trevor Daniel Young-Hyman, University of Pittsburgh
  • Saehee Kang, Florida State University
  • Jegoo Lee, University of Rhode Island

Find details here:

Joseph Blasi
Adria Scharf 

Member Publication: The Politics of Alignment and the ‘Quiet Transgender Revolution’ in Fortune 500 Corporations, 2008 to 2017

Please check out the recent publication by OOW member Apoorva Ghosh:

Ghosh, Apoorva. 2021. “The Politics of Alignment and the ‘Quiet Transgender Revolution’ in Fortune 500 Corporations, 2008 to 2017.” Socio-Economic Review, Online First.


This study shows that when social movements achieve a general acceptance for the legitimacy of their cause in the institutional environment, they may start pursuing further demands by challenging their target entities through the ‘politics of alignment,’ meaning engaging these entities in professionally developed programs and demanding specific outcomes by introducing timed interventions in them. This study exemplifies this politics using the case of American LGBT workplace movement which used its Corporate Equality Index (CEI) program to extend reputational and economic benefits to its target entities—the Fortune 500 corporations—but also added an intervention to this program in 2011 to demand the adoption of gender transition-related health benefits by these corporations as a specific movement outcome which, if not met, would make these corporations lose the benefits they had been deriving through their performance in the CEI program. A longitudinal study of 456 Fortune 500 corporations from 2008 to 2017 conducted through hazard rate analysis indicates that corporations affected by this intervention, as well as by other movement factors, were the most likely to adopt these health benefits for their employees. Further quantitative analysis—using QCA—shows that early adoptions were explained largely by the LGBT workplace movement forces and the later adoptions by insider activism and isomorphic diffusion. These findings highlight that an incisive understanding of organizational change can be best gathered by examining social movements and institutional forces together.

OOW Gift Memberships

Last call for gift membership! Please help distribute our gift matching campaign.

If you want to give a gift membership but don’t know to whom – enter your name here.

If you are an ASA student member who would like to become an OOW member – enter your name here.

We will match and update gift givers with the details of gift receivers.

Why give a gift membership? Because it’s the give that keeps on giving!

OOW has been working hard to maintain and enrich our professional connections and community, despite the many challenges presented during the past year. Examples of our initiatives include:

Ø  Maintaining our active newsletters and helping to lead the Work-in-Progress blog

Ø  A half-day workshop on sociological careers beyond academia (a recording of the event is available here), 

Ø  A panel on organizational and occupational perspectives on racism, policing, and incarceration (a recording of the event is available here),

Ø  A half day event on race and racism in organizations, occupations, and work research (a recording is available here),

Ø  Virtual mentoring match – pairing mentors and mentees for activities throughout the year.

To give a gift membership, log in here. Under “Contribute/Give,” select “Purchase a gift section membership.”

To join the section, log in here. Under “Join/Renew”, select “Join a Section.”

By being a member of our section, you are not only a part of a vibrant academic community, you also have access to mentoring, professional information, timely virtual events, social networks and award nomination opportunities. Most importantly – you participate in building and shaping an intellectual community of scholars working on a wide range of topics related to your research interests. By giving a colleague or student a gift membership, you give them all these opportunities as well.

Please forward this email to colleagues or students who conduct research in this area so that they can learn more about what our section is up to, and how becoming a member might benefit them.

Thank you for being a part of our community!

With best wishes,

The 2021 OOW Membership Committee

Sarah Thébaud (Chair), Dan Hirschman, Brandy Aven and Janet Xu.

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor of Sociology at Macalester College

Macalester College

Assistant Professor of Sociology (Tenure-Track) – Inequality (Structural or Relational) 

The Department of Sociology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level to begin August 2022. We seek to hire a sociologist whose primary teaching and research interests are in structural or relational approaches to inequality. Potential areas of substantive emphases include, but are not limited to, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Sexualities, Sociology of Health and Illness/Medical Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Education, or Sociology of Work. The ideal candidate could also contribute to the teaching of undergraduate research methods (quantitative and/or comparative-historical methods). A conferred Ph.D. in sociology by the beginning of appointment is required. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and evidence of scholarly promise. The normal teaching load is 5 courses/year. Successful applicants may also contribute to the advancement of one of the College’s interdisciplinary programs, including American Studies, Education Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Community and Global Health, or Urban Studies. Submit materials to Applications received before October 1, 2021 will be given first consideration. For questions about the position, please contact Erik Larson at Please also see the ASA Job Bank for further details (position #17009).

Member Publication: The Logic of Quantification: Institutionalizing Numerical Thinking

Please check out the recent publication by OOW members Hyunsik Chun and Michael Sauder:

Chun, Hyunsik, and Michael Sauder. 2021. “The Logic of Quantification: Institutionalizing Numerical Thinking.” Theory and Society, Online First.


Quantification, in the form of accountability measures, organizational rankings, and personal metrics, plays an increasingly prominent role in modern society. While past research tends to depict quantification primarily as either an external intervention or a tool that can be employed by organizations, we propose that conceptualizing quantification as a logic provides a more complete understanding of its influence and the profound transformations it can generate. Drawing on a 14-month ethnographic study of Korean higher education and 100 in-depth interviews with key actors in this field, this study demonstrates four pathways through which the logic of quantification is embedded into organizations. Specifically, we show how this new logic reshaped organizational structure, practices, power, and culture—changes that in turn buttress and reproduce the logic. Theoretically, this study provides a new perspective on the deep institutionalization of quantification: why quantification is often intractable and “de-quantification” so rare. In addition, this work contributes to the organizational literature on institutional logics by demonstrating how prevailing logics build defenses to resist challengers and thus maintain their influence. Most generally, we consider how the self-reinforcing nature of this logic contributes to the intensification of rationalization in contemporary society.