Call for Papers: Special Issue of Socio-Economic Review

Call for Papers: “Understanding the Platform Economy: Socio-Economic Dynamics in new Digital Markets” (Special Issue of Socio-Economic Review)

Guest Editors

  • Elke Schüßler (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
  • Juliet Schor (Boston College)
  • Stefan Kirchner (Technical University Berlin)
  • William Attwood-Charles (Boston College)

Timeline

Papers can be submitted immediately, but no later than 15 March, 2019. The targeted publication of the special issue is the July 2020 issue of Socio-Economic Review.

Background

The rise of digital platforms challenges traditional approaches to the organization of markets, work, and consumption and suggests a new economic era some have called the “platform economy.” The aim of this Special Issue is to better understand the socio-economic dynamics structuring the platform economy, with a focus on new “sharing” and gig labor platforms.

Platforms for “crowdsourcing”, “gigwork” and “sharing economy” such as Upwork, Uber and Airbnb organize buyer-seller relations in digitally-enabled marketplaces. These new marketplaces challenge existing economic practices and regulatory standards, disrupting established markets and forcefully creating new ones. A central feature of these marketplaces is the use of algorithms to set and enforce rules that shape the provision of services and labor. Algorithmic “management” has elicited critiques of the growing power of platforms to determine dynamics of value capture and distribution. Platform “workers” also resist control through work practices, exit and collective action. Citizens, consumers and regulators are contesting platform activities via bans, boycotts and legislative action. The companies use their power to shape these new, contested markets, but the future for platform capitalism is as yet unknown.

Our aim in this special issue is to bring together organizational, consumer, worker and regulatory perspectives on the platform economy to shed a new light on emerging market structures as well as central lines of contestation. We aim not only to advance empirical understanding of this new phenomenon, but also to contribute to a more theoretically informed debate in this multi-disciplinary, multi-faceted field of research.

 

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Call for Papers: “Formal Organization Today” EGOS Colloquium Sub-theme

European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)

35th EGOS Colloquium

“Formal Organization Today: Reconnecting with the Classics” (sub-theme 45)

Edinburgh (UK), 4-6 July 2019

Convenors:

Call for Papers

Concepts and discussions on classic organizational authors currently seem to be relegated to the pages of manuals and history books (Adler, 2009). In particular, formal organizational dynamics (e.g., bureaucracy, staff-line relations, work formalization) occupy a secondary role in the current literature (du Gay & Vikkelsø, 2016). Most contemporary studies explore societal matters, work interactions, and new organizational forms, while leaving formal organizational aspects — which were once core in our discipline — in the background. In part, this state of affairs is due to the development of the field which has been enriched by new themes and approaches (Lounsbury & Beckman, 2015). Yet, we also suffer from a ‘novelty bias’ and at times do not pause to explore how new ideas fit within the canons of our discipline (Barley, 2015).

The goal of this sub-theme is to stimulate an appraisal for our fundamental object of inquiry: formal organizations.

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Call for Papers: Organization Science Winter Conference

Call for Papers: Organization Science Winter Conference 2019

“The Disciplines and Organization Science”

Feb. 28 – March 2, 2019

Phoenix, Arizona

 

Co-Chairs

  • Anne Bowers, University of Toronto
  • Hillary Anger Elfenbein, Washington University
  • Brayden King, Northwestern University
  • Francisco Polidoro, University of Texas at Austin
  • Filippo Carlo Wezel, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano)

Organization science is an interdisciplinary endeavor, bringing together scholars who do “fundamental research about organizations, including their processes, structures, technologies, identities, capabilities, forms, and performance.” The history of the journal (and the broader field of organizational research) has strong links to other academic disciplines, including psychology and sociology. Psychology’s emphasis on individual behavior has informed research on the behavioral microfoundations of organizations, whereas sociological perspectives on society and institutions inform theories about the social context in which organizations operate.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together scholars who contribute to organization science and simultaneously engage the disciplines of psychology and sociology. Engagement is a two-way street. In some cases, organizational scholars borrow insights from the disciplines to enrich our theories of organizations, but at the same time empirical research on organizations shapes the disciplines in significant ways. The conference encourages submissions of original research of both types: scholarship that both draws from and extends theories in psychology and sociology.

 

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Call for Papers: “Meta-, Macro-, and Partial Organization” Workshop

Workshop: “Meta-, Macro-, and Partial Organization: Advances in Research and Theory”

Toulouse, France

May 13-14, 2019

Organizers:

Héloïse Berkowitz, CNRS TSM-Research, France
Michael Grothe-Hammer, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany

Scientific Committee: Göran Ahrne (Stockholm University), Héloïse Berkowitz (CNRS TSM-Research), Sanne Bor (Hanken School of Economics), Frank den Hond (Hanken School of Economics), Michael Grothe-Hammer (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg), Stefan Kirchner (Technische Universität Berlin), Dennis Schoeneborn (Copenhagen Business School), David Seidl (University of Zurich), Mikaela Sundberg (Stockholm University)

We are delighted to invite you to submit your abstracts to the forthcoming workshop: “Meta-, Macro-, and Partial Organization: Advances in Research and Theory”. We welcome submissions on aspects of meta-organization and/or partial organization and/or an integration of both. Submissions that address one of the mentioned concepts are as welcome as combined efforts.

The full call for papers can be found here: http://bit.ly/2DTUJXe

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Call for Papers: Organizations and City-level Outcomes at EGOS

“Cites as Sites and Drivers of Organizational Action” at the European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium 2019
We would like to invite you to submit your current work to our sub-theme on Cities as Sites and Drivers of Organizational Action (#43) at the EGOS Colloquium 2019, which will be held in Edinburgh on July 4–6, 2019 (call for papers attached and online).
 
The sub-theme welcomes submissions of high-quality research on cities as arenas of and actors in organizing investigated from the perspectives of organization studies, management, sociology, geography, and political science, among others. While we have a preference for empirical, comparative research that neither relegates cities to a passive backdrop of organizational behavior, nor treats organizations as a derivate of local communities and markets, we are also open to other investigations on cities as sites and drivers of organizational action. This research will likely analyze processes, such as branding, collaborating, competing, learning, participating, and coordinating across sectors.

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Call for Abstracts: WORK2019 Conference

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WORK2019, the fourth annual conference devoted to the reconfiguration of work, has now issued its call for abstracts. This is an exciting interdisciplinary conference, held in Helsinki. The theme this year, “Real Work in the Digital World,” explores the many consequences of the digital revolution. Plenarists to be announced shortly.

http://workconference.fi/work2019/streams/

Call for Papers: “Economy & the Possible” Conference in Warsaw

Call for Papers:  Economy & the Possible: Alternative, Missed and Reified Futures in Contemporary Society (conference)
20-21 May 2019
Warsaw (Poland)

This event is the 3rd of the series of meetings on new economic sociology, which are organized within the framework of Polish Sociological Association, Polish Academy of Sciences and University of Warsaw.
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