PhD Pre-Colloquium Workshop



Markus A. Höllerer, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Australia


Silviya Svejenova, ESADE Business School, Spain


Hanna Timonen, Aalto University, Finland

Call for Papers

The European Group for Organizational Studies seeks to encourage PhD students toward and facilitate them in becoming members of the community of organizational scholars. This pre-Colloquium workshop provides an enjoyable opportunity for students working toward their doctorates to interact with and learn from fellow students and top scholars in the field. It also provides a springboard for successful careers in the field by examining important issues such as publishing and career progression. The PhD workshop is a two-day event, taking place on Monday (July 2) and Tuesday (July 3), prior to the EGOS Colloquium. It will cover the following topics:


Publication process. Participants will examine the publication process with experienced researchers and editors to learn from their successes and mistakes in formulating, writing, submitting, and revising papers for journal publication.


Art of reviewing. The workshop will offer insights into reviewing, as the other side of the publication process, by experienced editors. Understanding and appreciating the review process will help in reviewing as well as publishing one's own work.


Dissertation journey. The workshop will enable participants to approach their dissertations with renewed vigor by engaging in discussions on research design and novel methodologies with renowned scholars, and by reviewing their dissertation proposals with the help of fellow participants and senior scholars who work in the area. For participants in the early stages of their doctoral studies there will be specific modules on translating research ideas into a PhD project. These will focus on how to identify a problem, learn from exemplary research papers, bring various learnings into the dissertation project, pitch research ideas to get feedback and support, and write in a scholarly manner.


International academic career. The mix of students and faculty members affiliated to academic institutions in Europe and other parts of the world is a key strength of EGOS and the workshop. Participants will gain exposure to similarities and differences across countries and continents in how the academic processes work. They will also learn about different career opportunities and career paths.

What to expect

The PhD workshop is organized primarily around participative interactions.Participants are expected to carefully prepare the assigned readings prior to the workshop so that they are informed contributors. However, they will not be asked to present their work formally.


Additionally, students will exchange feedback in small groups on their dissertation ideas and/or proposals under the guidance of a facilitator who is an experienced academic in the field. The faculty involved in the workshop includes renowned scholars from a variety of geographical and disciplinary backgrounds.


Participants are strongly encouraged to apply to other pre-Colloquium activities offered on Wednesday (July 4) as well as to the Colloquium sub-themes, where a wide range of scholarly topics will be discussed. Details will be available on the EGOS website early in February 2012.


Please apply for admission by January 16, 2012 at the latest, uploading a single document on the PhD Workshop area of the EGOS website. Your application should be saved as a Microsoft Word file and must contain the following:

  1. Complete contact details, including name, university affiliation, email address, and phone number.
  2. A sentence describing your stage in the doctoral program (e.g., 2nd year approaching data collection).
  3. A paragraph on how you would benefit from this workshop.
  4. A summary of the dissertation or thesis, including the research question, theoretical framing, and research design. This should explain the field to which the dissertation aims to contribute and how the data have been/are to be collected and analyzed. This summary will inform the discussion in the feedback sessions at the workshop.
  5. The entire document must not exceed three pages.


Applications that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be accepted.


Please note that attendance is limited. Past experience has shown that applications far outnumber admissions. The quality of the proposal and potential benefit from the workshop are the primary criteria for selection. Participants will be notified on acceptance to the EGOS PhD Workshop by the end of February 2012.

Markus A. Höllerer is a Lecturer at the School of Organisation and Management, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Australia. His research interests include the dissemination and local adaptation of global managerial concepts, in particular the heterogeneous theorizations and local variations in meaning, and the relationship between different bundles of concepts and their underlying governance and business models.


Silviya Svejenova is Professor at the ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain. Her research focuses on novelty, creativity and business models, institutional entrepreneurship in creative industries, and executives' work and careers. It has appeared in "JOB", "JMS", "JIBS", "Organization", "SMR", and "AoM Perspectives". Her co-authored book – "Sharing Executive Power (Cambridge, 2005)" – was a top 3 finalist for the Academy of Management Terry Book Award to best book in Management for 2007.


Hanna Timonen is a PhD student and Project Manager at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University. Her doctoral dissertation looks at the dynamics of situated knowing in communities of practice in three different knowledge-intensive organizations. Her present research projects are focused on practice-based approaches to the study of knowledge work and she is currently involved in an ethnographic study of Finnish stand-up comedians.