Call for Papers: 2020 Industry Studies Association Annual Conference

June 3 – 5, 2020 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, MA, USA

Submission Deadline: January 17, 2020

The Industry Studies Association (ISA) cordially invites submissions of individual paper abstracts and proposals of panels for the 2020 ISA Annual Conference to be held June 3 – 5, 2020 at the Samberg Conference Center on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. Industry studies research is grounded in observations of firms and workplaces and in a deep understanding of the markets, institutions, and technologies that shape the competitive environment. It draws on a wide range of academic disciplines and fields including economics, history, sociology, and other social sciences, management, marketing, policy analysis, operations research, engineering, labor markets and employment relations, and other related research and policy areas.

The conference welcomes research from all disciplines that incorporates this approach. ISA is especially interested in organized panels and papers that are unique in their emphasis on observation and insight into a particular industry or that consider how knowledge gained in studying one industry can provide insights into other industries.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of Gender & Society

Special Issue of Gender & Society: “Gender Transformations of Higher Education Institutions”

Guest Editor: Julia McQuillan (University of Nebraska)
Guest Deputy Editors: Sheryl Skaggs (University of Texas, Dallas) and Kevin Stainback (Purdue University)

In 2001, the National Science Foundation (NSF) started to fund “Institutional Transformation” grants as part of a program called “ADVANCE” in recognition that the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields required changes in institutions and not just individuals. Since the ADVANCE program started, numerous gender scholars have brought a sociological gender lens to programs designed for institutional change in higher education. The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program was to recruit, retain, and promote more women in STEM fields. Research and publications on gender and STEM in organizations have burgeoned in the last two decades. Feminist and gender scholars often collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to report the results of their efforts, often publishing in interdisciplinary journals that focus more on outcomes than theories. Only a handful of articles use intersectional frameworks.

It is now time to assess what we know about the success and weaknesses of the attempts to transform higher education in feminist directions. We need to have theoretical explanations that help to predict success and failure at organizational attempts to bring women and people of color into STEM disciplines. We need to develop theories that integrate and guide understanding of the transformation of higher education institutions.

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Call for Papers: EGOS 2020 – The Impact of Organizational Practices on Career Outcomes

EGOS 2020 – Hamburg, Germany
Subtheme 64: “The Impact of Organizational Practices on Career Outcomes: What Works?”

Dear members of the OOW section,

It is with great enthusiasm that we would like to bring to your attention the colloquium on “The Impact of Organizational Practices on Career Outcomes,” which we are convening as part of the European Group of Organization Studies’ (EGOS) 36th annual conference in Hamburg, Germany. The conference will take place on July 2-4, 2020.

Our purpose is to bring together a group of researchers who share a concern for advancing our knowledge of the mechanisms through which organizations influence inequality in the labor market. We welcome papers from different disciplines and at all levels of analysis.

If you are interested in participating, we encourage you to submit a short paper (3,000 words) before January 8, 2020. You can access the full call for papers here.

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

Sincerely,

Emilio J. Castilla (MIT), ecastilla@mit.edu

Isabel Fernandez-Mateo (London Business School), ifernandezmateo@london.edu

Call for Abstracts: Entrepreneurship and Its Challenges to Sociology: Accounting for Failure, Achieving Success

Panel at the International Sociological Association’s Fourth Forum of Sociology
Porto Alegre, Brazil
14-18 July 2020
Deadline: 9/30

Call for Abstracts: Studies of entrepreneurs inform us of their challenges in launching, achieving success and even their revival from failure. Comparisons among Latin American countries find that entrepreneurs work the market, playing one lender off against another to obtain optimal loans with few encumbrances. Research in poorer communities (favelas) in Brazil indicates that while entrepreneurs receive support from government and NGOs such as foreign and religious organizations and political parties, alliances also occur with informal investors and non-law groups such as gangs. Yet, at the end of the day, if entrepreneurs are not successful, if they tumble, do they resurrect? Does entrepreneurial spirit endure? A recent study finds that it does. Via the Internet, a researcher learned how entrepreneurs accounted for their failure and what they did to restore their initiative. Information technology, by sourcing the internet, offers new methods to study entrepreneurship and to what extent it contributes to the wealth and welfare of nations.

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Call for Abstracts: ISA Forum of Sociology 2020

We are delighted to invite you to submit your abstracts to the forthcoming sessions on organizational sociology at the 4th ISA Forum of Sociology 2020 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The ISA Forum of Sociology of the International Sociological Association offers a unique forum to discuss current developments with a global scholarship.

The Research Committee on Sociology of Organization (RC17) will host a variety of sessions on the following 13 topics:

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Call For Papers: Inequality and Organizations: Paper Development Masterclass for Early Career Academics and Doctoral Students

September 20th, 2019, The York Management School, University of York, UK

Inequality and social justice are long standing concerns in academic research and public policy, affecting individual and collective wellbeing, diminishing growth and productivity and undermining trust in key societal institutions. Organizations, their structures, practices and strategies act both as potential barriers and solutions to this.

This master class, supported by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies in association with The York Management School’s Justice, Ethics and Inequality theme, invites papers of 7,000-10,000 words by 21st June 2019 looking at the relationship between inequality and organizations, their structures, practices and strategies. Themes include but are not limited to: poverty, social mobility, diversity management, precarity, international inequality, corporate social responsibility, employee participation, and industrial democracy.

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Call for Abstracts: The Role of Consumption in Linking Local Economies to Global Value Chains

Dear Colleagues,
 
Please consider submitting an English-language abstract for the session “The Role of Consumption in Linking Local Economies to Global Value Chains: The Case of Food Markets” hosted by the Research Committee on “Economy and Society” (RC02) at the IVth ISA Forum of Sociology on “Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality” (14.-18.07.2020, Porto Alegre, Brazil).
 
Discussion in the session starts from the observation that consumption is usually locally bound and an intrinsical part of local economies. At the same time, it plays a large role for expressing local identities and reinforcing local social inequality via distinguished consumption practices. At the same time, as e.g. Economics of Convention have shown, consumer-producer-interactions shape the form and structure of global value chains and thus link and integrate local economies into global value chains. Approaches such as World Systems Analysis have shown that the positioning within these global chains strongly influences global inequality.
 
The session thus explores the role of consumption in linking local economies to global value chains and (re-)production of global inequalities. While the session focus will be on food markets, case studies on other markets are also welcome. 
 
For further information on the conference, see: https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/forum/porto-alegre-2020
 
If you are interested in giving a presentation, please submit an English-language abstract by 30.09.2019 via Confex: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/forum2020/webprogrampreliminary/Session13905.html
 
Best wishes,
Nina Baur, Linda Hering and Julia Fülling
(Session Organizers)