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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Message from the Chair

By Michael Sauder

Dear OOW Members,

Greetings!  As I begin my term as section chair, I would like to give one last thank you to Emily Barman, the OOW Council—Nina Bandelj, Tim Bartley, Beth Popp Berman, Michael McQuarrie, Giacomo Negro (Secretary-Treasurer), David Pedulla, Melissa Wooten—and all of the people who worked on our section’s program for a very successful meeting in New York City. I want to give a special thank you to the Program Committee (Laura Doering, Ryan Finnigan, Adilia James, Tania Jenkins, Ken-Hou Lin, and Steven Vallas) and Roundtable organizers (Carla Ilten, Sarah Mosseri, and Jennifer Nelson) for their hard work. Finally, please join me in welcoming our two new council members, Sarah Thebaud and LaTonya Trotter, as well as Alexandra Kalev, OOW’s chair-elect.

OOW remains a vibrant and stimulating community of scholars, and I am excited to work to continue this tradition as we prepare for next year’s conference in San Francisco. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we move into the new academic year.

1) Be on the lookout for potential members of OOW. The larger our section, the more panels we have at ASA. While OOW remains one of the larger ASA sections, we have lost a few members in recent years because the annual Academy of Management meetings have been held at the same time as ASA’s meetings. One effective strategy (aside from proselytizing in the hallways) is to sponsor students who might be interested in the section. This is inexpensive — only $5 if they are already members of ASA — and a good way to promote future membership.

2) News and announcements for the section are published in two places: the OOW blog (https://oowsection.org) and our monthly newsletter. Let me take this opportunity to thank Annika Wilcox and Laura Adler for their excellent work on these outlets. If you have news or an announcement to share with the section, please send the item to me (michael-sauder@uiowa.edu) and/or Annika (amwilcox@ncsu.edu). I will also send out occasional updates and announcements on our section’s listserv, but—to limit the strain on everyone’s inboxes—most news will be posted on the blog and newsletter.

I look forward to working with everyone this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns about the section.

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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Memorial for Art Stinchcombe (1933-2018)

The Northwestern University Department of Sociology invites the colleagues, students, and friends of Art Stinchcombe, and all those influenced by his work—as well as the colleagues, students, and friends of his wife, Carol Heimer—to join us as we remember Art and pay tribute to the accomplishments of one of the leading sociologists of his day. (Art’s obituary appeared in ASA Foonotes, Volume 46, no. 4, http://www.asanet.org/sites/default/files/attach/footnotes/footnotes_sept-oct-18_0.pdf.)
 
Saturday, August 10, 7:30 pm, in the Gramercy Room at the Sheraton-New York.

Globalizing Organization Theory: Conference and Paper Development Workshop

Hosted by Administrative Science Quarterly and the Sonoco International Business Department at the Univ. of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business (DMSB)

January 8-11, 2020

Columbia, South Carolina

Organization theory developed its key theoretical tenets through scholarship on organizations in North America and other Western, developed contexts. As a result, organization theory is rooted in a relatively small subset of the world’s many possible organizational forms and institutional environments. Nonetheless, a growing number of organizational scholars are responding to social and economic globalization with increased interest in organizations outside these traditional contexts, particularly in developing countries. This international expansion of organizational scholarship represents an overdue and valuable opportunity for expanding organization theory, both by leveraging the strengths of organization theory to provide a new perspective on organizations in non-traditional settings and by using findings from new contexts to highlight previously underexplored organizational processes in traditional contexts.

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