It is my great privilege and pleasure to introduce to you the 2016 EGOS Honorary Member: Haridimos Tsoukas.
Hari will be our 18th Honorary Member
and the only one so far hailing from Greece, where we held the 31st EGOS annual Colloquium last year in Athens. Hari and the Athens organizers offered us a stimulating and challenging theme
very dear to Haris heart: Organizations and the Examined Life: Reason, Reflexivity and Responsibility.
Well Hari I hope you are sitting comfortably because we are about to examine your life! However, no worries
I think everyone will agree with me that Hari Tsoukas scholarship, commitment, wisdom and professional virtues more
than fulfil the criteria laid out by the EGOS Board. In fact, he is not only an exceptional scholar, and a committed EGOSian,
but a remarkable academic entrepreneur, an inspiring teacher, an engaged politician as well as a great colleague and friend.
And I am going to briefly say a word about each of these.
First, the scholar: Hari Tsoukas is currently Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management at University of
Cyprus and Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick University. He obtained his PhD
at Manchester Business School in Organizational Sociology. He has also held academic positions at the Universities of Essex,
Strathclyde and ALBA Graduate School of Management.
He is known as a prolific and influential writer who has marked the field of in important ways and indeed, is still doing
so. He has received multiple honours for his work (most recently his nomination as Doctor of Science at University of Warwick
in 2014). For those interested in such things, three of his papers have been cited over 1000 times in Google scholar. However,
it is not just the volume of his work and his citation counts which are impressive but his highly original theoretical style
that draws on philosophical roots to develop novel insights into organizations and organizing. He deals with complex subject
matter but does so in a way that is always novel, engaging and accessible. Some of his particularly influential pieces include
his work on knowledge, on epistemology, on complexity, on metaphor, and on change as organizational becoming. His work seems
also in some ways distinctively European, based as it often is on philosophy, and the sociological theories of
process and practice. Yet he has published successfully in both the top European and North American journals, and is author
or editor of 15 books.
Second, I want to talk about Hari the EGOSian. As I mentioned, Hari played an important intellectual role behind the scenes
of the 31st EGOS Colloquium in Athens. But perhaps his most remarkable contribution has been as Editor of Organization Studies from 2003 to 2008. I was privileged to be one of the first Senior Editors at Organization Studies during his tenure. At the time, the number of submissions was growing rapidly and it was getting beyond the capacities of
a single person to manage all the editorial responsibilities. I was very impressed with the way Hari reorganized the editorial
process, making it much more decentralized, and yet instilling a kind of collective emulation around standards of quality
in editing and in content that I believe still benefits the journal today. In some sense, he took Organization Studies over the inflexion point to become the widely recognized outlet that it is today.