Organizational Institutionalism: Studying Social Agency and Institutions in Local, National and International Contexts

Peter Walgenbach, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
Mike Geppert, University of Surrey Business School, UK

Call for Papers


PURPOSE. The main objective of this joint Paper Development Workshop offered by the EGOS Standing Working Group = SWG 07 ("Institutions and Knowledge") and by SWG 11 ("Multinational Corporations: Social Agency and Institutional Change") is to provide junior scholars with extensive feedback on their current research by leading researchers of the field and to help them develop their papers into publishable manuscripts. Compared to the various sub-themes focusing on institutional theory-related research, this workshop will rely more on small group discussions and include pragmatic issues related to publishing. The workshop is targeted at early career researchers and doctoral students, but is open to all scholars. We invite original work, both empirical and conceptual.

Accepted papers will be briefly presented and thoroughly discussed in round table-sessions with two established scholars per table.

Senior faculty will include Florian Becker-Ritterspach, Susanne Blazejewski, Marie-Laure Djelic, Gili Drori, Mike Geppert, Royston Greenwood, Renate Meyer, Trish Reay, Arndt Sorge and Peter Walgenbach.


The workshop takes place on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, between 9:00 and 14:00. The day will start with a short discussion of current topics and challenges in the field followed by round tables with the presentation and discussion of the accepted papers.


All participants are expected to have read the papers of their fellow session presenters and be ready to contribute to the discussion. The workshop is limited to no more than 16 papers.


APPLICATION. All scholars interested in developing their papers towards publishable articles are invited to apply. However, preference will be given to the PhD and early career scholars. To be considered as an early career scholar the applicant needs to have completed her/his doctoral thesis within the last three years.


Please submit (via the EGOS website) a single document of application that includes:

  1. On the first page: a short letter of application containing full details of name, address (postal address, phone, fax and email), affiliation (date of PhD completion for early career scholars), a statement of why the applicant considers it valuable to attend the workshop as well as an indication of what journal(s) the paper is likely to be submitted;
  2. A full paper that you want to develop to a publishable stage

Applications have to be submitted through the EGOS website.

Submission period for applications:
Start: February 15, 2012
End:? March 15, 2012, 23:59:59 CET

Please note:

  • The same research paper cannot be submitted to both a Pre-colloquium Paper Development Workshop and to a regular sub-theme. However, sub-theme convenors of SWG 07 and SWG 11 may suggest that papers submitted to them should be redirected from their respective sub-themes to the Paper Development Workshop.
  • Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by the end of March, 2012. Given the interactive nature of the workshop, the number of participants will be limited. Hence, it is advisable to register for the workshop as early as possible.
  • Upon acceptance to the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to update their paper by June 1, 2012 (fixed deadline) via the EGOS website.
  • Participants are encouraged to apply also to the other Pre-Colloquium activities as well as to regular main EGOS 2012 Colloquium program. Please see details on the EGOS Colloquium 2012 website.
Peter Walgenbach?is a Professor for Organization, Leadership and Human Resource Management at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany. His research interests are in institutional organizational theory, structuration theory, international comparative research, and the diffusion and application of modern management concepts.
Mike Geppert?is a Professor of Comparative International Management and Organization Studies at the Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey, UK. His research interests are in comparative organization studies, especially in organizational and institutional change and in socio-political issues in multinational corporations.