That's Interesting! Award


Since the 29th EGOS Colloquium in Montréal in 2013, a further prize is granted for papers that might not necessarily comply with standard paper formats, but advance a particularly challenging new idea: 

the That's Interesting! Award, sponsored by the Aalto University School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland), amounting to € 2,000.


The winning paper must cross intellectual boundaries, challenge taken-for-granted assumptions, attract the reader's attention and make an original argument. The prize is awarded at the following EGOS Colloquium.

Please note:

  • Only full papers which have been uploaded electronically to the EGOS Colloquium website can be con­sidered for this award!
  • When submitting the full paper via the EGOS website, author(s) should indicate whether they would like his/ her/their paper to compete for this award.

That's Interesting! Award 2014

Russ Vince (School of Management, University of Bath, UK)

The unconscious and institutional work


What people bring to their institutional work is not only purposive. There are likely to be aspects to purposiveness that are unconscious, that are active despite being hidden from awareness.

The interconnection of unconscious dynamics and purposive action is discussed in order to expose the emotional and political complexities of maintaining, disrupting and creating institutions.

It is proposed that people’s agency can be embedded in institutional illogics, which are constructed in the ongoing interplay between unconscious fantasy and domination.

That's Interesting! Award 2013

Katsuhiro Yamazumi (Kansai University, Japan):

Learning through knotworking: An activity-theoretical study of pedagogical practices concerning the two great earthquakes in postwar Japan



In this paper, case study analysis of learning and education from experiencing the two great earthquakes in Postwar Japan are carried out, based on the framework of cultural-historical activity theory.

As the result of the analysis drawing on the concept of "knotworking", it became clear that through learning for disaster reconstruction in school, children encountered various "providers of learning", or partners, outside school to make connections and to create new, mutually supportive cultures and lives.

That's Interesting! Award 2012

Kristianne Ervik (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway):

Deliberate dyslexia as a de-signing practice



A strong focus on a need for crisis to make change happen can over-shadow efforts to keep change processes joyful and continuous.

This paper introduces and describes the practice of "deliberate dyslexia": a deliberate misreading activity that creates new words and concepts.

New concepts are iteratively explored through story and physical manifestation, such as the whining range or the worstshop. Language is treated as an inexhaustible resource of inspiration – it is sensemaking based on joy and abundance.


Selection process, rules and time schedule

  • The selection committee for this award comprises members of the EGOS Board, editorial members of the Organization Studies Board and members of the local Colloquium organizing committee. The selection committee is chaired by an EGOS Board member.
  • After the EGOS Colloquium in July, the sub-theme convenors nominate not more than one paper submitted to their sub-theme via the EGOS website by August 31 that year. Sub-theme convenors can decide not to nominate a paper.
  • Sub-theme convenors cannot nominate papers that they co-author. Members of the selection committee, the local Colloquium organizing committee and the EGOS Board are excluded from competing for this award.
  • From September to December, the selection committee choose the winning paper from the nominated papers. The decision will be made in early Spring, but not be announced before the next EGOS Colloquium in July.
  • The prize is awarded at the next EGOS Colloquium in July.