Call for Abstracts: Organizations in a Plural Society

International Conference on Organizational Sociology

Trondheim, December 8/9, 2022

Deadline for submission of abstracts is June 15, 2022

Joint conference by

Nadine Arnold (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Cristina Besio (HSU Hamburg, Germany)
Michael Grothe-Hammer (NTNU Trondheim, Norway)
Uli Meyer (JKU Linz, Austria)
Kurt Rachlitz (NTNU Trondheim, Norway)

Our society is characterized by an ever-expanding number of organizations and organizational forms – a “hyper-organization” so to say (Bromley & Meyer 2015). Without doubt, organizations have a significant impact on the development of society. They have conquered nearly all areas of social life and new organizational forms nowadays diffuse even into areas which traditionally were coordinated in an informal and community-based manner (e.g., childcare, housekeeping, personal assessments and career advice, hunting, weddings, and funerals). This conference aims at disentangling the relation and mutual influence between the manifold forms of organization and a plural society. In particular, we focus on the entanglement of organizations with heterogeneous expectations.

Organizations are usually faced with a myriad of expectations by numerous groups, individuals, and systems. Such expectations stem from a plurality of societal areas ranging from micro to macro and from local to global. They include moral, ethical, political, and environmental concerns (Hoffman 2001; Roth & Valentinov 2020) as well as macro-level values and norms attributable to differing “value spheres” (Weber 2009), “institutional logics” (Friedland & Alford 1991), “orders of worth” (Boltanski & Thévenot 1999), “function systems” (Luhmann 1994), and more.

Many of these expectations tend to be competing or contradictory and, accordingly, scholars have observed that heterogeneous requests often lead to conflicts (e.g. Battilana & Dorado 2010; Kraatz & Block 2010; Ocasio & Radoynovska 2016; Pache & Santos 2010, 2013). Nevertheless, organizations are usually quite successful in coping with these demands on a day-to-day basis (Besio & Meyer 2014; Binder 2007; McPherson & Sauder 2013). Moreover, organizations are not only coping with such societal demands; they are also crucial in shaping and enacting these as well (Will et al. 2018). However, we still know surprisingly little about the impact of their internal solutions on broader societal contexts and co-shaping societal trends (Apelt et al. 2017). 

In the handling of heterogeneous expectations, new organizational forms play a central role (Brès et al., 2018). These are often constitutional hybrids (Alexius & Furusten 2019) which are capable of orchestrating different societal requests and respond to broader societal developments such as digitalization, global health crises or climate change. In the past, Max Weber (1976) identified bureaucracies as crucial for the emergence and maintenance of rational-legal authority, which is a core characteristic of modern society. But how is society affected by the current decline of large bureaucratic organizations (Davis 2015) and the rise of new and unconventional organizational forms? And what role do the remaining conventional forms of organization still play in context of these developments (du Gay & Vikkelsø 2016)?

Considering that on the one hand organizations actively shape specific meanings of combined expectations (e.g., through advisory and lobbying activities), while on the other hand they mediate different requests in their everyday activities, formal structures and projects, we might ask:

  • How do organizations combine different domains and rationalities (e.g., moral missions and economic demands) and what are the societal implications?
  • How can organizations innovate and become drivers of new expectations in organizational fields and broader social contexts? 
  • In which ways do organizations shape new grand challenges such as digitalization, global health crises, large-scale disasters, or climate change and vice versa? 
  • How do macro-societal pluralities spawn new organizational forms, structures, and processes, and what impact do these new aspects of organization have in turn on society? 

We invite papers that address these or similar questions revolving around the role and relevance of organizations in and for our plural society. The conference will take place at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, December 8-9, 2022. Please submit an abstract of 2-3 pages to by June 15, 2022. Decisions on acceptance will be made until the end of July.

This conference is a joint conference of the “Organization & Society” Research Group of the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the Section on Organizational Sociology of the German Sociological Association (DGS) and the Research Committee on Sociology of Organization (RC17) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). Participation at the conference is free including food and beverages during the sessions and breaks. We will also offer a range of social activities including a visit of Trondheim’s magical Christmas Market.

We greatly appreciate you being or becoming a member of either the ISA Research Committee “Sociology of Organization” and/or the German Section on Organizational Sociology. Without our members we would not be able to organize conferences such as this.

Call for Submissions: Special Issue on Global Health in Studies in Comparative International Development

Special Issue on Global Health in Studies in Comparative International Development:

Call for Papers (Deadline: August 25, 2022)

While the coronavirus has focused public attention on the problems of global health as never before, the study of global health has frequently taken place on the margins of the disciplines of sociology and political science. Yet, disciplinary social sciences bring theoretical lenses, methodological concerns, and references to literature that often make these contributions quite distinct from traditional public health approaches. What do disciplinary social sciences have to contribute to the study of politics, power, and inequality in global health? How does the inclusion of voices and findings from the Global South unsettle foundational theory that social science disciplines in the Global North take for granted? What can the disciplines gain by moving comparative study of health problems, particularly those in the Global South, from the periphery to the fore?

This special issue on global health seeks to critically challenge the absence of race and racism in mainstream international relations theory (Dionne and Turkmen 2020) and the “epistemic parochialism” of major social science disciplines (Farber and Harris 2022) by highlighting important new work in the emergent sociologies and political sciences of global health (Noy 2019; Harris and White 2019; McInnes, Lee, and Youde 2019).

Submissions to the special issue need not focus on COVID-19 and may consider the politics, power relations, and inequality of other important (or neglected) public health issues, including but not limited to global health governance, intellectual property issues, comparative healthcare access and/or health disparities, non-communicable disease, and misinformation and the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Interesting paper topics might examine, for example, international organizations through race and/or gender lenses; could demonstrate how the domain of global health offers new ways for thinking about foundational concepts like the developmental state; might explore how new technologies, institutions, and actors are shifting power equilibria in global health; could critically explore the role of powerful actors, such as pharmaceutical companies and private foundations, that have frequently been ignored by social scientists studying global health politics; or could provide evidence that challenges our understanding of major theories from policy diffusion to the fundamental cause theory.  

The review process will prioritize (1) submissions that have wide-ranging impact on and/or force rethinking of major theories the disciplines take for granted; (2) submissions with novel findings and/or methodological approaches that are ideally comparative in focus; (3) submissions from researchers in the Global South; and (4) submissions which draw on cases that have not historically received a great deal of attention in the sociology and political science canons. Submissions from outside sociology and political science are welcome, including from researchers who have interdisciplinary training and/or work in interdisciplinary spaces, but should clearly articulate how they speak to the above themes.  

Word count for all submissions should not exceed 10,000 words including notes, references, tables and figures. The abstract is not included in the word count. Longer submissions will not be considered. Authors may include further material in an online appendix.

The deadline for submission is August 25, 2022.  Submissions should be made through the submissions portal at should indicate that their submission is for the Special Issue on Global Health in the “Notes to Editor” section of the submission site.

Further questions about the submission process may be directed to SCID.journal@gmail.comSubstantive questions about the special issue for may be directed to the co-editors Kim Yi Dionne ( and Joseph Harris (

Introducing: The Journal of Professions and Organization, Interview with Editor Brooke Harrington

Hi OOW Members! Today we have a brief interview with Professor Brooke Harrington, an editor from the journal Journal of Professions and Organization published through Oxford University Press. Professor Harrington is here to tell us a little more about the journal and to invite OOW members to submit relevant articles for consideration to this journal. You can also see Professor Harrington’s comments from the recent Meet the Editors event. (Interview by Diana Enriquez, OOW Blog Managing Editor)

Q&A for OOW Blog

Diana Enriquez, editor: Could you highlight some of the articles this journal has published recently that you’ve enjoyed reading?

Professor Harrington: Here are some personal favorites. The third and fourth papers on this list both won our annual “Best Paper” competition in recent years—an award that comes with a $500 prize for the winner and $250 for each of the runners up. 

  • Bévort, Frans & Suddaby, Roy (2016). Scripting professional identities: How individuals make sense of contradictory institutional logics, Journal of Professions and Organization, 3(1): 17–38. doi:
  • Dezalay, Yves & Garth, Bryant (2016). ‘Lords of the dance’ as double agents: Elite actors in and around the legal field, Journal of Professions and Organization, 3(2): 188–206. doi:
  • Ahuja, Sumati, Nikolova, Natalia, & Clegg, Stewart (2017). Paradoxical identity: The changing nature of architectural work and its relation to architects’ identity. Journal of Professions and Organization, 4(1): 2-19. doi: 10.1093/jpo/jow013
  • Armour, John & Sako, Mari. 2020. AI-enabled business models in legal services: From traditional law firms to next-generation law companies? Journal of Professions and Organization, 7(1): 27–46. doi:

Diana: Are there any special issues or thematic areas you’re hoping to address in the next year?

Professor Harrington: As the journal’s title suggests, the articles we publish center on the themes of professional work and organizations such as professional service firms. Within those categories, there is a lot of diversity, encompassing work from many different kinds of professions, organizations and countries. Before I became editor of JPO, I published my own work there on an emergent profession almost no one had ever heard of before—wealth management—which involved work and employment patterns that were broadly transnational, involving almost every country in the world. I found the reviewers and editors at the journal very receptive to this work, because of their own wide-ranging perspective and openness to novel, off-the-beaten path work. I’m very keen to continue that tradition. 

So we’re looking for innovative work that is rigorous theoretically and methodologically, more so than we are looking for any particular themes within the realms of professions and professional organizations. That means, we seek papers that add something new to ongoing scholarly conversations about professions and organizations: either pointing out things that previous work has missed, or perhaps resolving conflicts and other gaps in the literature. The world of work is changing so quickly, due to technology, the pandemic and global trade, that there are always new insights to be had. The key task for authors is to show us how their unique data or analysis contributes to, expands or even explodes existing scholarly models. As editors and reviewers, we’re eager to help authors develop their ideas in those directions, so that their work can generalize and be cited as widely as possible. That’s what publishing with JPO years ago did for me as an author; now as editor, I want to pass along that gift of encouragement and rigorous, engaged dialogue.

Diana: Is there anything else you’d like the OOW community to know about this journal?

Professor Harrington: Given the questions we received at the OOW “Meet the Editors” panel session on Friday, February 25, I’d like to let everyone reading this know that JPO is very welcoming of papers using non-US data, as well as of qualitative work. Of course we welcome US-based and quantitative work, as well as multi-method and cross-national comparative papers, too! Because the journal was founded by scholars working in the Middle East and Europe, we can also readily call upon networks of reviewers who are familiar with a wide variety of research settings and methods.

Each paper is assigned three reviewers based on subject matter expertise, and then undergoes what we think is one of the quickest and most constructive review processes among the top journals. Since we are all authors, as well as editors, it has been extremely important to us to ensure the constructiveness of expert feedback in the review process, and to avoid wasting authors’ time; our average time from first submission to first editorial decision letter (e.g., reject, revise and resubmit, or rarely, accept) is 25 days. 

Diana: Thank you for time, Professor Harrington! And for OOW members: please consider submitting to the Journal of Professions and Organization! 

Call for Abstracts: Globalization and Global Governance Before, During and After the Pandemic

Call for Abstracts: Globalization and Global Governance Before, During and After the Pandemic 

Preconference Proposal to the 2022 ASA Annual Meeting: “Bureaucracies of Displacement” August 5, 2022

Pre-conference Theme: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the nature and structure of globalization in multiple, potentially conflicting ways. International organizations were often shown to be unable to respond to the scale of the crisis, yet—lacking viable alternatives—they remain the focal points for transnational rule- and norm-making. Pre-existing trends of overt politicization of globalization rapidly accelerated, with domestic policymakers turning international cooperation into a salient issue in electoral politics with follow-on implications for the functioning and financing of global governance. Challenges in global value chains prompted a rethink on the merits of geographically dispersed production, even though restructuring the organization of production across borders will take years to fully materialize—if at all. All this is taking place against a backdrop of intensifying socio-economic and environmental crises that will present ever-greater challenges for international organization. 
Given the scale of crises that require collective solutions, this pre-conference aims to leverage sociological theories and research to better understand the current conjuncture, including by examining the power and pathologies of the international institutions with a mandate to develop such solutions. Sociologists in diverse sub-fields—like global and transnational sociology, political economy and economic sociology, political sociology, sociologies of law and culture, and organization studies—have developed distinctive tools to understand the construction of globalization and the bureaucratic infrastructures underpinning it. The preconference hopes to showcase this diverse work and its potential for identifying possible futures of globalization. 

This year’s Annual Meeting theme “Bureaucracies of Displacement” offers opportunities to expand the sociology of globalization and global governance in new directions. Globalization rests on institutional and bureaucratic foundations at different levels of analysis that contribute to the stability of the international order, even in a de-stabilizing world. Unpacking these dynamics can illuminate the power asymmetries inherent in globalization and transnational organizing but can also reveal the pathways through which seemingly less powerful actors can be drivers of change. These power asymmetries point to an institutional environment where exclusion is the norm: exclusion of citizens from input on the nature of international cooperation; exclusion of communities affected by globalization from having a say in the development of policies affecting them; exclusion of lower-income countries from the clubs where richer countries set global norms and rules; and exclusion of some types of knowledge and expertise from influencing dominant policy models. This pre-conference seeks to examine these exclusions, as well as attempts to redress them. 

Contributions are welcome from scholars working on any aspect of globalization and global governance. Depending on submissions, we hope to organize panels around four key themes:

(1) Changes in the organizational dynamics and bureaucratic infrastructures of global institutions  

(2) Power asymmetries in global governance

(3) Interactions between the domestic and the global(

4) Transnational social and political movements 

Call for submissionsAbstracts for papers should be linked to the broad themes that this pre-conference is intended to explore and can pursue any theoretical and methodological approaches. Papers addressing a range of topics (including global health, climate change, socio-economic development, and human rights) are welcome as long as they engage the broad problematic of globalization and global governance in the current conjuncture. Proposals that directly relate to “bureaucracies of displacement” in globalization—per the Annual Meeting’s theme—are strongly encouraged.
Submissions should have the following form:

Title: Preferred theme: (select one or more of the themes noted above)

Contact details: (author/s, affiliation, and e-mail address)

Abstract: (no more than 400 words)

All abstracts should be sent to with “ASA preconference” in the email subject. The deadline for sending abstracts is Friday, January 28, 2022. The preconference committee will inform successful applicants by Monday, February 7.

Note: The preconference proposal with all confirmed participants will be submitted for ASA Program Committee approval by February 9 (submission system closing date), and a final decision will be made by ASA after that deadline. This means that it is possible that our preconference will not be selected by ASA.

Pre-conference organizing committee

Jennifer Bair, University of Virginia

Alexander Kentikelenis, Bocconi University 

Christy Thornton, Johns Hopkins University

Call for Papers: Symposium on Networks and Labor Market Inequalities, Copenhagen Business School

Symposium on Networks and Labor Market Inequalities

Copenhagen Business School, May 26-27 2022

We invite paper submissions on networks and labor market inequalities for an in-
person symposium at Copenhagen Business School in May 2022. Our
understanding of labor market networks is advancing rapidly and in exciting ways,
with scholars across multiple fields showing that networks matter for economic
outcomes and applying network methods to many long-standing questions in the
social sciences. At the Networks and Labor Market Inequalities symposium, we hope
to bring together a diverse set of researchers drawing on these innovations in theory,
methods, and empirics to investigate labor market inequalities.

Social networks allocate labor market positions and resources. Research has
documented the impact of employers’ preference for network hiring and how workers
use their social networks in job searches and for advancement within organizations.
Beyond direct ties, employees and employers’ positions in broader networks are
consequential, with advantage accruing to pivotal actors in a network. Actors form
ties homophilously, often in highly stratified institutional contexts such as schools or
workplaces, and so networks are potentially important mechanisms of inequality
generation. Yet the role of networks in reproducing inequalities is not a settled
question, as both network formation and utility vary across labor market contexts and
actor characteristics. Recent research on labor market networks has advanced our
understanding of these processes by bringing novel data (such as communication
metadata, population registries, or audit studies) and robust methods to, for
example, show how optimal network structures for job searches differ by gender, that
Black job seekers receive fewer leads via their social networks, and that brokers
differentially connect entrepreneurs as a result of industry gender biases. This work
has paid attention to both the mechanisms of network inequality and causal
estimates of the effects of networks.

Network researchers have also advanced our understanding of labor market
inequalities by applying network theory and methods to longstanding questions of
economic stratification. This work conceptualizes hiring, job shifts or other forms of
mobility as generative of broader network structures, connecting workplaces,
organizations, occupations, or geographical space, and suggests that broader
inequalities may emerge from these networks. Exciting new work in this vein has
moved beyond mapping such networks, and has begun to show how practices,
norms, and institutional arrangements diffuse across the labor market via these
meso- and macro-level labor market networks.

In this symposium we take stock of contemporary research on social networks and
labor market inequalities, inviting both established and more junior researchers to
present their cutting-edge research on topics related to this broad theme.

Contributions can be related to but are not restricted to:

1: The content and structure of actors’ networks and their effects on hiring,
careers, and other labor market outcomes.

2: Meso- and macro-level labor market networks, such as mobility networks, and
their implications for stratification.

3: The relationship between organizational contexts, employee networks, and

4: Novel methodological frameworks, data sources, and sampling strategies for
modeling the structure of labor market networks and/or the effects of network
structure on stratification outcomes

The symposium will consist of paper sessions with discussants and more informal
events spread across two days. We will be able to cover travel and accommodation
costs for junior scholars, and likely partial costs for other participants. Please submit
either an extended abstract or full paper (max. 25 pages) to by January 31 2022. We will notify authors of
acceptance by February 15. Final papers will be due on May 1.

The symposium is organized by the NetCareers team (Principal Investigator: Lasse
Folke Henriksen) at the Department of Organization (Copenhagen Business School)
and generously funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Call for Submissions: 8th International Conference on Computational Social Science

A Call for Abstracts for the 8th International Conference on Computational Social Science:

The 8th International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC²S²) solicits  submissions of ongoing research, including (a) work that advances methods and approaches for computational social science, (b) data-driven work that describes and discovers social, economic, and cultural phenomena or explains and estimates relations among them, and (c) theoretical work that generates new insights, connections and frameworks for computational social science research. The Conference will take place at the University of Chicago from July 19-22. Abstracts must be submitted by February 25, 2022. More information on IC²S²-2022 and full submission guidelines can be found at

Call for Papers: SASE 2022 – Fractious Connections: Anarchy, Activism, Coordination, and Control

The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 34th annual conference, “Fractious Connections: Anarchy, Activism, Coordination, and Control”, hosted by the University of Amsterdam from 9-11 July 2022.

Please find the call for papers [] (as well as SASE’s research networks [] and 2022 mini-conference themes []).

The hard deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 25 January 2022.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2022 Junior Theorists Symposium

2022 Junior Theorists Symposium

Held as a hybrid in-person/zoom event on August 4th (additional details TBD)*

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, February 25, 2022 by 11:59PM PST

We invite submissions of précis for the 16th Junior Theorists Symposium (JTS). The annual symposium will be held in person on August 4th (additional details TBD) prior to the 2022 ASA Annual Meeting. The JTS is a conference featuring the work of up-and-coming sociologists, sponsored in part by the Theory Section of the ASA. Since 2005, the conference has brought together early career sociologists who engage in theoretical work, broadly defined. 

It is our honor to announce that Steven Epstein (Northwestern University), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), and Mario Small (Harvard University) will serve as discussants for this year’s symposium. Paul Joosse (Hong Kong University) and Robin Willey (Concordia University of Edmonton), winners of the 2021 Junior Theorist Award, will deliver a keynote address. Finally, the symposium will include an after-panel titled “Theorizing Intersections,” with panelists Tey Meadow (Columbia University), Tianna Paschel (UC Berkeley), Vrushali Patil (Florida International University), Mary Romero (Arizona State), and Adia Harvey Wingfield (Washington University St. Louis).

We invite all ABD graduate students, recent PhDs, postdocs, and assistant professors who received their PhDs from 2018 onwards to submit up to a three-page précis (800-1000 words). The précis should include the key theoretical contribution of the paper and a general outline of the argument. Successful précis from last year’s symposium can be viewed here. Please note that the précis must be for a paper that is not under review or forthcoming at a journal.

As in previous years, there is no pre-specified theme for the conference. Papers will be grouped into sessions based on emergent themes and discussants’ areas of interest and expertise. We invite submissions from all substantive areas of sociology. and we especially encourage papers that are works-in-progress and would benefit from the discussions at JTS.

Please remove all identifying information from your précis and submit it via this Google form. Tara Gonsalves (University of California at Berkeley) and Davon Norris (The Ohio State University) will review the anonymized submissions. You can also contact them at with any questions. The deadline is Friday, February 25th. By mid-March, we will extend 9 invitations to present at JTS 2022. Please plan to share a full paper by July 5, 2022. Presenters will be asked to attend the symposium in its entirety in order to hear fellow scholars’ work. Please plan accordingly. 

*Presenters should plan to attend in-person, though this may change based on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Call for Papers: Extended deadline for Work and Occupations’ Special Issue on Precarious Employment and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The deadline for Work and Occupations‘ Special Issue on Precarious Employment and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic submission has been extended.

We are now accepting full papers through November 22, 2021 23:59 PST. The original Call-for-Papers can be found here.

If you are considering submitting to the special issue, now is the time! If you have already started your submission process but have not yet finished, you now have an additional week to do so.

Call for Papers: EGOS 2022. The Impact of Organizational Practices on Workplace Inequality

EGOS 2022 – Vienna, Austria
Subtheme 60: “The Impact of Organizational Practices on Workplace Inequality and Diversity”

We would like to bring to your attention the colloquium on “The Impact of Organizational Practices on Workplace Inequality and Diversity,” which we are convening as part of the European Group of Organization Studies’ (EGOS) 38th annual conference in Vienna, Austria. The conference will take place on July 7-9, 2022.

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 and diversity in the labor market. We welcome papers from different disciplines and at all levels of analysis.

If you are interested, we encourage you to submit a short paper (3,000 words) before January 11, 2022.

You can access the full call for papers here.