PhD Pre-Colloquium Workshop

Markus A. Höllerer
University of New South Wales, Australia
Ola Bergström
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Magdalena Cholakova
Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Call for Applications


EGOS strongly encourages doctoral students to become active members of its vibrant and diverse community of organization scholars. The pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop provides a platform for students working towards a doctorate in organization studies to interact with, and learn from, fellow students and top scholars in various areas of research and scholarly inquiry. It is designed as a springboard for successful academic careers by examining important issues such as publishing, reviewing, and collaborative research; the event also provides a number of networking opportunities.


What to expect?

The EGOS pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop is offered to a limited number of students in advanced stages of the dissertation journey (selection based on quality of application), and best suits the needs of those working with qualitative or mix-method designs. It is organized as a two-day event, taking place on Monday and Tuesday prior to the main EGOS Colloquium. The workshop covers the following topics, among others:

  • Publication process. Participants will examine the publication process together with experienced scholars and journal editors in order to learn from cases of success and failure in formulating, writing, submitting, and revising papers for top-journal publication.
  • Art of reviewing. Experienced scholars and journal editors will also offer insights into the art of reviewing as an essential component of the peer-reviewed publication process. Understanding and appreciating the review process will help in writing high-quality reviews as well as in successfully addressing reviewers’ comments and publishing one's own work.
  • Dissertation journey. The workshop will enable participants to approach their doctoral dissertations with renewed vigor by engaging in discussions on research design and methodologies with renowned colleagues, and by reviewing their dissertation proposals with the help of others – fellow participants and more senior researchers who work in the respective area of scholarly inquiry.
  • International academic career. The mix of scholars from diverse academic backgrounds and institutions from around the globe is a key strength of EGOS, as well as of this workshop. Participants will gain exposure to similarities and differences across countries and continents in how academic processes work. This will also enhance their understanding with regard to different career opportunities and career paths. 


The EGOS pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop is organized primarily around participative interaction. Students are expected to prepare assigned readings carefully prior to the workshop in order to be able to act as informed and active contributors. They will, however, not be asked to formally present their own work; rather, students will extensively comment on their dissertation projects in small roundtable sessions, with a senior academic as a facilitator and discussant.


Application guidelines

Please apply for admission to the workshop by Monday, January 13, 2014 at the latest. You should do so by uploading (via the EGOS website) a single PDF file that contains the following information:

  • All contact details, including name, affiliation, email address and phone number.
  • A sentence describing the stage in the doctoral program (e.g., "3rd year finalizing data collection; initial data analysis ongoing; all coursework completed").
  • A paragraph on how you will benefit from this workshop. Please clearly indicate your specific developmental needs (e.g., publishing, reviewing, collaborative research, career issues, getting your first job, methods, etc.).
  • A summary of the doctoral dissertation project, including title, a precise research question, theoretical framing, empirical research design and preliminary findings. Your project description should also clearly convey how data have been collected/analyzed, and concisely indicate the academic field to which the thesis aims to contribute. Be aware that this summary will also serve as the basis for discussion in the feedback sessions at the workshop.


Please note! 

  • The entire application document must not exceed three pages.
  • Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be accepted; no late submissions will be allowed.
  • he number of participants is limited (applications in recent years by far outnumbered admissions). The quality of the proposal and the student’s potential benefit from the EGOS pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop are the primary criteria for admission.
  • Applicants will be notified by the end of February 2014. For all administrative inquiries please contact:

Participants are strongly encouraged to apply for other pre-Colloquium activities and Paper Development Workshops offered on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, as well as to consider the submission of a full paper to one of the sub-themes of the main EGOS Colloquium. All details are available on the EGOS website.


Markus A. Höllerer is Senior Lecturer in Organization Theory at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. Current research interests include the dissemination and local adaptation of global ideas, in particular the heterogeneous theorizations and local variations in meaning, as well as the relationship between different bundles of managerial concepts and their underlying governance and business models in the public and private sector. Recent work has been concerned with discursive framing as well as with visual and multi-modal rhetoric.
Ola Bergström is Professor in Management and Organization at the Department of Business Administration at the School of Business, Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research interests evolve around the institutionalization of illegitimate practices. Ola has published articles and books on a wide range of topics such as recruitment, organizational discourse, discipline, corporate social responsibility, temporary work, workforce reduction, and labor market policy, and is currently researching how organizations manage restructuring in the face of the financial crisis. Ola is a member of the EGOS Board since July 2013.
Magdalena Cholakova is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Her research is focused on decision making under high uncertainty, specifically the interplay of individual and organizational factors that enable effective judgment. Some of her recent work includes exploring the role of epistemic heuristics in economic discovery, developing a configurational model of individual and decision-process structures that foster organizational flexibility, and understanding the effective management of hybrid identities in social ventures.