Sub-theme 80: Open sub-theme – Broadening Our Horizon: Inclusive Organizing Starts with Open Theorizing

Christopher Wickert
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Evgenia I. Lysova
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Israel (Issy) Drori
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Call for Papers

In this open sub-theme, we will put to practice the theme of this year’s Colloquium. True to the title “Inclusive Organizing Starts with Open Theorizing”, we welcome researchers with different interests and from different traditions. Yet, we will explore the interconnections between the different papers and in this way work to broaden our horizon. Specifically, we will discuss research and theories on the topics of leadership, innovation, learning, happiness at work, healthcare, authenticity, actor-network-theory, and higher education. Discussing these diverse topics, we will explore the light and the dark sides of efforts to organize inclusively.

Christopher Wickert is Associate Professor in Ethics & Sustainability at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prior to becoming a researcher, he worked with the United Nations Global Compact Office in New York as well as in international development cooperation. His research examines corporate social responsibility (CSR) and topics under the umbrella of business and society by mobilizing various strands of organization and management theory. His research on a range of CSR-related topics has appeared in journals such as ‘Academy of Management Discoveries’, ‘Business & Society’, ‘Human Relations’, ‘Journal of Business Ethics’, ‘Journal of Management Studies’, and ‘Organization Studies’. Christopher is currently an Associate Editor of the ‘Journal of Management Studies ‘where he seeks to encourage meaningful and impactful scholarship that can make a contribution to better understanding pressing societal grand challenges. He is part of the local organizing committee of the 37th EGOS Colloquium in Amsterdam.
Evgenia I. Lysova is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), The Netherlands. She is Director of the VU Center for Meaningful Work. Her research primarily concerns the meaning of work as a calling, meaningful work, careers, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She is especially interested in understanding what enables employees to experience work meaningfulness, how individuals can pursue their meaningful careers in a “healthy” manner in the long term (e.g., focus on work-life balance and well-being), and what role organizations play in supporting this process. Her research has been published in diverse international peer-reviewed journals such as ‘Human Relations’, ‘Personnel Psychology’, ‘Journal of Vocational Behavior’, ‘Frontiers in Psychology’, and ‘Career Development International’, among others. She is currently a guest editor of a Special Issue at ‘Journal of Business Ethics’ on “Ethics and the Future of Meaningful Work”. Evgenia serves on editorial boards of ‘Journal of Vocational Behavior’ and ‘Journal of Career Assessment’. She is part of the local organizing committee of the 37th EGOS Colloquium in Amsterdam.
Israel (Issy) Drori is Head of the Department of Organization Sciences and a chaired professor of Organization and Globalization at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has held visiting professorships at the Faculty of Management, Tel Aviv University, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan , Simon Fraser University, Florida Atlantic University, Oxford University, Tisnghua University, Beijing and Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. He has published 10 books and numerous articles in journals such as: Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, Organization Science, Public Administration Review, and Organization Studies. Issy is a member of the editorial board of Organization Studies. He is part of the local organizing committee of the 37th EGOS Colloquium in Amsterdam.