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
- Pedro Monteiro, emlyon business school, France, email@example.com
- Paul du Gay, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, Paul.duGay@rhul.ac.uk
- Signe Vikkelsø, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.