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The 23rd EGOS Colloquium 2007  

General Theme


Postdoctoral pre-colloquium workshop

PhD pre-colloquium workshop

Roland Calori Prize

EGOS Best Paper Award
EGOS Best Student Paper Award

Colloquium program

Sub-theme programs

Panel discussions


Organizational details

Registration and hotel reservation


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European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)

PhD pre-colloquium workshop

at the EGOS Colloquium in Vienna, Austria

July 2–4, 2007


PhD students and junior scholars are the engine of innovation and creation in research. They play an essential role in the development of EGOS as an academic community that critically reflects on and further explores a variety of topics at the forefront of knowledge about organizations. EGOS puts emphasis on both the means by which the association can support the academic development of younger scholars and the means by which the ongoing research of younger scholars can be shared with the more senior members of EGOS. Hence, the aim of the EGOS PhD workshop is to reinforce the dialogue in this community of organization scholars from different parts of Europe and the world.

In line with these priorities, the EGOS PhD workshop seeks to:

  • Provide general methodological knowledge and skills that are valuable for a scientific career across different sub-disciplines of organization theory (e.g., on issues such as research design, publishing and writing, epistemological questions, and career strategies). In Vienna, the workshop focuses on different ways of performing qualitative research on organizations.
  • Emphasize the importance of publications as a way to contribute to the scientific community. Dialogues between senior researchers and junior scholars on how to write, how to review, what we learn from our successful and unsuccessful experiences will be encouraged.
  • Combine European and international orientation that provides PhD students with a ‘cosmopolitan navigator’ to ongoing developments in organization theory in other countries. The workshop provides numerous opportunities for students from different geographical and disciplinary backgrounds to work together with each other and the tutors, thereby broadening their knowledge base, exchanging experiences and building their network. It helps in benefiting from and bridging the national differences in PhD training in the field of organization studies across Europe and the world.

The EGOS PhD workshop is NOT intended as a pre-conference event where PhD students present papers outside the colloquium. The place for PhD students to submit quality papers is the EGOS Colloquium itself, where the sub-themes offer opportunities for engaging in a range of scholarly conversations.

The EGOS PhD workshop is a two-and-a-half-day event that precedes the annual EGOS Colloquium, which allows the participating PhD students to take part in both the workshop and colloquium. The program consists of two modules:

(1) The art of writing and publishing articles in international academic journals
This module includes lectures, discussions and tutored group work on the participants’ proposals for journal articles. Among the topics covered are the academic journal article as a specific genre of a scholarly publication, identification and development of the main argument of an article, choosing the appropriate audience and journal for a specific topic, overcoming typical problems in writing an article, the role of editors, referees and authors in the process of publishing, other practical aspects of writing and publishing, experiences with publishing and how to review other colleagues’ manuscripts.

(2) Qualitative methodological approaches to the study of organizations
This module of the workshop includes presentations by senior researchers, discussions, and group work with tutors on the participants’ PhD projects. Questions to be dealt with are: How to formulate appropriate research questions in qualitative research? What are the available methods for data collection and analysis? How can the findings be reported in a rigorous and compelling way? What are the foundations for a high quality qualitative research?

In addition, we will have a panel discussion on the career perspectives once the PhD period is over. We will address different career opportunities and career paths in Europe and the rest of the world.

The faculty involved in the PhD workshop includes scholars from a variety of geographical and disciplinary backgrounds. Members of the faculty are: Julia Balogun (Cass Business School, UK), Tim Clark (Durham, UK), Peer Fiss (USC Marshall School of Business, USA), Vincent Mangematin (Grenoble EM and GAEL, France), Wolfgang Mayrhofer, Renate Meyer (both Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria), Sigrid Quack (Social Science Research Center, Germany), Silviya Svejenova (ESADE Business School, Spain), and David Wilson (Warwick Business School, UK) among others.

To be considered for participation in the EGOS PhD workshop, PhD students are requested to submit an application that includes a single document with the following two elements:

(1) A letter of application containing full details of name, address (mail, phone, fax and email), affiliation, as well as a statement of why the applicant considers it valuable to attend the workshop;

(2) A 3-page summary of the empirical part of the dissertation. The summary presents the research question and the research design. Especially data collection methods, analysis to be performed, and the major challenges encountered in the research process. The PhD workshop is the place to discuss methodological issues in a practical way.

The application consisting of these two documents, each containing the applicant’s name and email address, but integrated into a single file, should be submitted by January 10, 2007 through the EGOS website: Submit application. To submit you need your EGOS number and password. If you are not an EGOS member you can register here to get a number and password for submitting your application.

The selection of participants for the PhD workshop will consider the scientific potential of the PhD project as well as the need for specific advice and support. Applications to the EGOS PhD workshop must be submitted separately from application and registration for the EGOS Colloquium (see further details below). Given the participative nature of the workshop, the number of participants will be limited to 30. Therefore, it is advisable to register as early as possible.

Participants will be notified on acceptance to the EGOS PhD workshop by February 20, 2007.

Upon acceptance to the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to update their PhD project descriptions and article proposals. Revisions, which are optional, should be sent back to by May 31, 2007.

Further inquiries concerning the PhD workshop should be addressed to Silviya Svejenova at .


(*) This concept builds on a series of Summer Schools, known as ESRI (European Summer Research Institutes on Comparative Economics Organization), which have been run successfully under the sponsorship of the Copenhagen Business School, The Danish Research Council and the European Science Foundation (positively evaluated by the latter in 2004).