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)

Call for Papers: International Conference on “Solidarity at Work”

Working Futures
International Conference on “Solidarity at Work”

14-15 November 2019
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

Deadline for submission: 30 April 2019

Launched in 2018 by the Wissenschaftskolleg and the International Research Center Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History (re:work), the transnational network Working Futures brings together sociologists, historians, philosophers, economists, law experts and anthropologists to discuss current transformations in the world of work and the epistemological challenges they raise for the historical and social sciences. The goal of the network is to create a space for mutual exchange and understanding with respect to the futures of work, as well as work of the future, among scholars from different disciplines and countries while centered around a Franco-German nucleus. It endorses the premise that thinking about the futures of work requires an in-depth knowledge and analysis of its contemporary mutations (the concrete forms they take, their causes and repercussions). To this end, the network has developed an approach which examines the transformations of work at the intersection of four processes: siliconization, financialization, ecologization and democratization.

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Call for Papers: Wharton Conference on Migration, Organizations, and Management

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

May 30-31, 2019

Organizers:

  • Prithwiraj Choudhury, Harvard Business School
  • Exequiel Hernandez, The Wharton School
  • Elena Kulchina, Duke University
  • Dan Wang, Columbia University

Migration, or the movement of people across national borders for either permanent or temporary settlement, is one of the defining issues of our time. Despite its importance, migration has not been emphasized in the study of management and organizations. Existing research from other disciplines has focused on “macro” or policy issues. For instance, many studies explore whether low-skill immigrants affect the employment and wages of native workers (Card, 1990; Borjas, 1994; Peri and Sparber, 2009). Other work focuses on how high-skill immigrants create clusters of knowledge and entrepreneurship at the regional or national level (Saxenian, 2006; Kerr, 2019). Yet other research focuses on the role migration plays in cross-border trade and investment (Gould, 1994; Leblang, 2010). These precedents suggest that migration is an important factor affecting the mobility of labor, knowledge, and capital – i.e., the very resources upon which organizations and their managers rely to survive, grow, and innovate.

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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.

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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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