Call for Participants: International Labour Process Conference 2021: Security in Work? The workplace after COVID-19

Registration for the virtual ILPC 2021 is now open. The conference takes place on April 12-14, and the deadline for registration is April 7. You can access the registration page here or on our website Registration is essential to be able to have access to the conference platform so please make sure you register as soon as possible. 

The theme of the conference will be Security in Work? The workplace after COVID-19

Recognising that the workplace will not be the same place after COVID-19, the Conference plenaries will focus upon the (re)organisation of work following the pandemic and the prospect of future waves. More information about the plenary speakers.

Conference Events

Doctoral Workshop: In the morning of the 12th of April, we will be organising a highly interactive workshop, which offers a space to enhance understanding about the scope and development of labour process research and to reflect on academic career goals. The workshop will include discussions and the programme will be announced soon. 

Book Launch: We are organising a session for the launch of ‘The Political Economy of the Work in the Global South’ with the editors Anita Hammer and Adam Fishwick. 
The direct link to ‘The Political Economy of Work in the Global South’ is here: a free sample chapter is available here:

New Journal Launch: There will also be a journal launch introducing Work in the Global Economy with new Editors in Chief Prof. Sian Moore, University of Greenwich, UK and Prof. Kirsty Newsome, University of Sheffield, UK. More information about the journal is available here:

Message from the Chair / Virtual Event: Recording of Racism, Policing, and Incarceration: Organizational & Occupational Perspectives

Dear OOW community,

We had a wonderful, thought provoking, virtual panel yesterday on Racism, Policing, and Incarceration: Organizational & Occupational Perspectives. This is the second of out three OOW virtual events series for the current academic year. Thank you panel participants and organizers: Heather Schoenfeld, Brittany Friedman, Armando Lara-Millán, Rashawn Ray, Michael Sierra-Arévalo, and Tim Bartley.  

The video of yesterday’s panel can be found here.

Our next OOW virtual event will take place on April 21, at 1:30pm-4:00pm EST, focusing on Diverse Approaches to Race and Racism in Research on Organizations, Occupations and Work. We will host a panel discussion on racialized organizations with Stella Nkomo, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Bobby Banerjee, Cass Business School, United Kingdom and Victor Ray, University of Iowa. The discussion will be followed by a paper presentations panel. The registration link for this event can be found here.

For more virtual events, access to awards, mentoring, Work in Progress Blog and additional OOW perks please renew your ASA and OOW membership. Faculty members – this is the time to give your students a gift membership to ASA and OOW, or to OOW if they are already ASA members. Student membership fees are low and the gift of belonging to a community is one the best gifts we can give to our students.

Have a wonderful weekend,


OOW Virtual Event: Racism, Policing, and Incarceration: Organizational and Occupational Perspectives

An OOW Panel Discussion
Racism, Policing, and Incarceration: Organizational & Occupational Perspectives

Wednesday, March 3, 1:30-2:45 Eastern
Registration link

Leading scholars consider how racism in policing, incarceration, and criminal justice are linked to organizations, occupations, and work.


Brittany Friedman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Armando Lara-Millán, University of California-Berkeley
Rashawn Ray, University of Maryland
Michael Sierra-Arévalo, University of Texas at Austin


Heather Schoenfeld, Boston University


Tim Bartley, Washington University in St. Louis
Heather Schoenfeld, Boston University
Rashawn Ray, University of Maryland

Virtual Event: Recording of the OOW Careers Beyond Academia

Dear OOW Members,

The OOW Careers Beyond Academia event was very rich with advice and information about jobs in think tanks, policy, research, government and industry. Thirteen great panelists shared with us their career paths, contemplations, decisions, and experiences, and answered many questions from the large audience that attended (between 110-230 people in different times of the event). Advice covered topics such as, the use of social ties, how to read job ads, hard and soft skills, quantitative and qualitative methods, work family balance, pay and much more.

This is the link for the recording of the entire event. The conversation can continue in the comments section below this post. Some of the panelists generously volunteered to answer questions after the event.

Many many thanks to the OOW event organizing committee members: OOW Chair Elect Elizabeth Popp Berman, and OOW council members: LaTonya Trotter and Tim Bartely (Head of Event Committee). Thank you to Rachel Underwood, a PhD student at Vanderbilt University, for managing the q&a discussion so seamlessly!

And huge thank you to the panelists who put so much attention to their talks and their answers: Leslie Hinkson, Steve Nuñez, Shelly Steward, Lindsay Owens, George Hobor, Caren Arbeit, Chris Bourg, Susan Biancani, Tina Park, Rachael Ferguson and Phaedra Daipha.

See you all in our next events:

Racism, Policing, and Incarceration: Organizational and Occupational Perspectives. A panel discussion – Wednesday, March 3, 1:30-2:45 pm Eastern

Diverse Approaches to Race in OOW. Keynotes and a panel discussion – Wednesday, April 21, 1:30-2:45 pm Eastern

Upward and Onward,

Alexandra Kalev

Call for Applications: The Warwick Summer School on Practice and Process Studies

2021 Warwick Summer School on Practice and Process Studies:
Pushing the Boundaries of Sociomateriality

Including Beginners’ Introduction to Practice and Process Theory

University of Warwick, 27th – 29th July 2021
Co-directors: Katharina Dittrich, Mira Slavova and Matt Hurst

The 9th Warwick Summer School aims to convene scholars interested in practice and process studies in an open and multi-disciplinary learning community characterized by dialogue, discussion, and joint exploration. The Summer School is designed for scholars with an advanced understanding of practice and process theories. The three days will consider the state-of-the-art of practice, process and routines studies (2 days) and how practice and process studies can push the boundaries of understandings of sociomateriality (1 day). The event will take place online. If government restrictions allow a one-day physical meeting may take place for local participants (To be confirmed by mid-April). ​

Beginners’ Introduction to Practice and Process Theory, Online (BST), 21st July 2021

A one-day introductory session is available to all scholars new to the field and interested in better understanding the potential of practice and process theory for their research. No prior experience is required. ​

State-of-the-art Understandings

During the first two days the program of the 2021 Warwick Summer School will cover the latest advancements in thinking about and the doing of practice and process studies. Attendees will have the opportunity to share manuscripts, research proposals, and progress reports during ‘research clinics’ and receive feedback on their work from seasoned faculty including:​

Davide Nicolini, Warwick Business School​
Katharina Dittrich, Warwick Business School​
Mira Slavova, Warwick Business School​
Jorgen Sandberg, University of Queensland & Warwick Business School​
Hari Tsoukas, University of Cyprus & Warwick Business School 

2021 Theme: Pushing the Boundaries of Sociomateriality

Each summer school we explore a field and where it could head in the future. This year our keynote speaker Wanda Orlikowski (MIT Sloan School of Management) will share her views on the current state of the field of sociomateriality and what new directions might be possible in future cutting-edge research. For example, we will reflect on how to move beyond notions of entanglement and imbrication and what emerging ideas will help to drive theorizing forward. François Cooren (Université de Montréal) will present a provocation to the field and examine how we can stop automatically associating matter to something that can be touched or seen, that is, something tangible or visible. He will present ideas on how a focus on processes of materialization can move beyond notions of entanglement and imbrication.

2021 Beginners Introduction to Practice and Process Theory, Online (BST), 21st July 2021

We’re pleased to offer a ‘beginners introduction’ for those new to practice and process studies. The interactive one-day program is designed for early-stage PhD students or early career scholars interested in adopting a practice, process or routines lens in their research. It will offer a foundational understanding of relevant theories and their applicability to empirical research. The faculty will include:​

Davide Nicolini, Warwick Business School​
Katharina Dittrich, Warwick Business School​
Jorgen Sandberg, University of Queensland & Warwick Business School 

Warwick Practice Fellowship: We offer a free place at the Summer School and Beginners’ Introduction for scholars who are affiliated with an institution outside of Europe, North America, Australasia or East Asia, or who are resident there. We are looking to support scholars who document practices in non-traditional settings.​

Applications: Please include in your application a personal statement about your research and the reasons for attending the summer school. Please indicate if you are planning on attending the ‘research clinics’ and/ or if you would like to be considered for the Warwick Practice Fellowship.​

Option 1: 2021 Beginners’ Introduction to Practice and Process Theory; 21st July 2021

Online participation in the one-day event – £29 fee

Option 2: 2021 Warwick Summer School; 27th– 29th July 2021

Online participation in the three-day event. Access to all sessions.​

For the optional physical gathering tbd – £89 fee

Option 3: 2021 Warwick Summer School & Beginners’ Introduction (Option available to advanced attendees only)​

Online participation in both the Summer School and the Beginners’ Introduction – £118 fee


2021 Beginners Introduction to Practice and Process Theory application

2021 Warwick Summer School; 27-29 July 2021 application*​​

* Link includes options to express interest in taking part in a local physical gathering, if possible, and to indicate interest in participating in the advanced Summer School and beginners’ day

Deadline, 15th March 2021


Organizations, Occupations & Work

Discussions with OOW Researchers Working in
Government · Policy · Think Tanks · Research · Industry

Wednesday, February 10, 1:30-5:00 pm Eastern Time

PANEL I – 1:30-2:30pm

Leslie Hinkson (PhD Princeton University), The League of Conservation Voters
Steve Nuñez (PhD Stanford University), Jain Family Institute
Shelly Steward (PhD UC-Berkeley), Aspen Institute
Lindsay Owens (PhD Stanford University), Groundwork Collaborative

PANEL II – 2:45-3:45pm

George Hobor (PhD University of Arizona), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Caren Arbeit (PhD University of Minnesota), RTI International
Chris Bourg (PhD Stanford University), Director of Libraries MIT

PANEL III – 4:00-5:00pm

Susan Biancani (PhD Stanford University), Airbnb
Tina Park (PhD Brown University), Partnership on AI
Rachael Ferguson (PhD Princeton University),
Phaedra Daipha (PhD University of Chicago), Allstate

OOW Virtual Events

The OOW section has organized three virtual events for the coming months. More details will be announced soon, but the dates and times are already set. Save the dates!

When the Job Market Gets Tough: OOW Beyond Academia. A panel discussion with OOW researchers working in government and policy jobs, think tanks and industry
Wednesday, February 10, 1:30-4:30 pm Eastern

Racism, Policing, and Incarceration:  Organizational and Occupational Perspectives. A panel discussion
Wednesday, March 3, 1:30-2:45 pm Eastern

Diverse Approaches to Race in OOW. Keynotes and a panel discussion
Wednesday, April 21, 1:30-2:45 pm Eastern

Call for Participants: AOM Professional Development Workshop on “Trust between Individuals and Organizations”

Invitation to AOM PDW on Trust

We invite you to attend the 8th AOM Professional Development Workshop (PDW) on “Trust between Individuals and Organizations.”

Scheduled: Tuesday, Aug 11 2020, 7:00PM – 9:00PM EDT.

Format: Real-Time – Open: Presenters and audience on live video.

There is no need to register for this workshop, but you will need to register for the AOM Meeting in order to be able to attend.

Organizers: Oliver Schilke, Bart De Jong
Panelists: Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema, Chris Long, Aks Zaheer

Facilitators: Stephen Jones, Rico Lam, Michel Lander, Jessica (Wildones) Wildman, Christopher Yenkey

Workshop Summary: Trust is a fundamental characteristic of organizational relationships and one of the most frequently studied concepts in management research today. This annual PDW is aimed at advancing research on trust by serving as a platform for scholars to discuss critical issues, engage in dialogue, and help further research-in-progress. The workshop consists of two segments: (1) The first segment starts off with a panel discussion, in which leading scholars share their thought-provoking ideas on this year’s focal topic of “trust and control”; (2) For the second segment, attendees break into roundtables to discuss various relevant issues in current trust research. Each table will start out with a particular topic but may move on to other issues as the discussion unfolds. Topics may include (but are not limited to): trust asymmetries, trust violation and recovery, trust in teams, trust in interorganizational relationships, trust across levels of analysis, trust in networks, trust dynamics, and trust and contracts.

Call for Participants: Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop

Register now for the 19th semi-annual Gender, Professions, and Organizations writing workshop. This summer’s workshop will be held virtually over Zoom on Friday, July 31st. To register for the workshop, email Sharla Alegria (, Ethel Mickey ( or Melissa Abad ( 

The overall schedule for the day will be:

Session 1 : 10am – 1pm ET/7am-10am PT

Session 2: 1pm-4pm ET/10am-1pm PT

(Option to join one or both sessions!)

Break: 4pm-5pm ET/ 1-2pm PT

Feminist Salo(o)n: 5-6:30pm ET/2-3:30pm PT (Moderated Conversation on Feminist Futures in Gender, Professions, and Organizations will start at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT)

 Dear Colleagues and Friends,

 The 19th semi-annual Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop will take place virtually, using Zoom, from 10:00am (ET)/7am (PT) to 6:30pm (ET)/3:30pm (PT) on Friday, July 31, 2020. Originally a workgroup of sociologists doing research on gender and academic careers, scientific workplace organizations, and organizational transformations to promote gender equality, the workshop now includes scholars of gender, professions, and organizations. The purpose of the workshop is to learn about the range of work that attendees are doing, to connect with others over mutual research interests, and to write “on site” together.

For many of us who have been involved in the past, the writing workshop is a valuable space for networking, community building, and intellectual exchange around collaborative work–all of the things that are hardest to replicate in a virtual environment. We’ve worked to create a format for an online workshop that, we think, will allow us to continue the spirit of the writing workshop and foster community around sociological scholarship of gender, professions, and organizations (using digital tools). We encourage new and returning participants. If you’ve never come, welcome, and if you have, welcome back! 

The day will be organized as two writing sessions: each independent session will include time to learn about each other and our work, and time for writing on your own. The workshop will conclude with a joint social event–it’s a sort of structured happy hour we’re calling a “Feminist Salo(o)n.” Because we are trying to accommodate participants in different time zones, all working from home with various other work and care commitments, we encourage participants to join for one or both writing sessions and to take breaks throughout the day as demands arise. The final part of the workshop brings us back together for the “Feminist Salo(o)n” for a brief discussion of the day and a moderated conversation with scholars we are excited to hear from about the current state and future of sociological research in the area of gender, professions, and organizations. We’ll keep the conversation active with multiple modes for inclusive participation and space for broader discussion. 

All interested sociological scholars working in the area of gender, professions, and organizations are welcome to join. Send an email to Sharla Alegria (, Ethel Mickey (, of Melissa Abad ( by July 24th to register.   


Summer 2020 Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop Co-Organizers

Ethel Mickey (Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts Amherst, ADVANCE)

Melissa Abad (Research Associate, Stanford University, VMWare Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab)

Elizabeta Shifrin (PhD Student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Sharla Alegria (Assistant Professor, University of Toronto) 

Rodica Lisnic (Lecturer, University of Arkansas)

Kathrin Zippel (Professor, Northeastern University)

Laura Kramer (Professor Emerita, Montclair State University)

Former organizers: Christina Falci, Laura Hirshfield, Julia McQuillan, and Enobong Hannah (Anna) Branch, Shauna Morimoto