Helsinki Paper Development Workshop on Explaining Change

Sponsored by: European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), Academy of Management Organization & Management Theory (OMT) Division, Organization Studies, Aalto University, and Hanken School of Economics

To be held: In Helsinki on 4th and 5th of September, 2014

The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the publication of empirical research in quality outlets by doctoral students and faculty members. The broad theme of the workshop is on "explaining change", with primary emphasis on research methods and connection between theory and data. We hope participants will study change related to institutions, industries, organizations, groups, or individuals in organizations. We will accept up to 24 participants including at least 10 PhD students based on written applications.

We hope to work in an informal and developmental atmosphere to advance the work of our participants. The primary intent of the workshop is to create stronger networks among European scholars and to develop research skills of the participants. Our mentors will include senior professors and editors from high quality journals. Organization Studies is an official sponsor and partner of the workshop.


For more details, contact:

Henri Schildt (

Nelson Phillips (


Applications for participation:

Please submit an abstract of maximum 1500 words by June 1st to We will consider all empirical papers that seek to explain changes in organizations, organizing, and the organized. All scholars are very welcome to apply, but we will reserve a quota of positions for scholars working around the Baltic and the Nordics.

Travel and accommodation scholarships: Organization and Management Theory division of AoM will provide travel grants for a number of PhD students. EGOS will sponsor travel for a number of PhD students and faculty members from the Eastern Europe. Please indicate in your application if you want to be considered for travel scholarships.


Participating mentors include:

Frank den Hond - Hanken School of Economics (Organization Studies)

Robin Holt - University of Liverpool (Organization Studies)
Nelson Phillips - Imperial College London (Journal of Management Inquiry)

Rebecca Piekkari - Aalto University
Henri Schildt - Aalto University
Janne Tienari - Aalto University (Organization)

Eero Vaara - Hanken School of Economics

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