SWG 14: Organizing in and for Extreme Contexts



Markus Hällgren, Umeå University, Sweden  markus.hallgren@usbe.umu.se
Daniel Geiger, University of Hamburg, Germany  Daniel.Geiger@uni-hamburg.de
Linda Rouleau, HEC Montréal, Canada  linda.rouleau@hec.ca
Mark de Rond, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom  m.derond@jbs.cam.ac.uk
Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, Johns Hopkins University, USA  ksutcliffe@jhu.edu
Samer Faraj, McGill University, Canada  samer.faraj@mcgill.ca
Anja Danner-Schröder, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany  anja.danner-schroeder@wiwi.uni-kl.de


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About the Coordinators

Markus Hällgren is Professor of Management and Organization at Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå ̊ University, Sweden. His main research interest lies within the everyday practice in extreme contexts. Markus has done research on mountaineering expeditions to Mount Everest and K2, hospital emergency departments, zombies, and the police. He leads the research program “Extreme Environments – Everyday Decisions” (www.tripleED.com) and is co-responsible for the “Organizing Extreme Contexts” network (www.organizingextremecontexts.com). His work has been published in outlets such as Academy of Management Annals, European Management Journal, Scandinavian Journal of Management, and International Journal of Project Management. He was convenor of a sub-theme at the EGOS Colloquium in 2017.

Daniel Geiger is Professor and Chair for Organization Studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany. His research focuses on the question how organizations deal with unexpected, extreme events with a particular focus on rules, routines and practices. His research has been published in Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Organization, among others. Daniel has been involved as a sub-theme convenor at the EGOS Colloquia in 2009, 2014 and 2017.

Linda Rouleau is Professor of Strategy and Organization Theory at the Management Department of HEC Montréal, Canada. Her research work focuses on strategizing and sensemaking in pluralistic contexts. In the last few years, she has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Accounting, Organization and Society, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, etc. She is co-responsible for the GéPS (Strategy as Practice Study Group, http://geps.hec.ca/en/) and is involved in leading an international and interdisciplinary network on “Organizing Extreme Contexts”. Linda was the Program Chair of the 29th EGOS Colloquium in Montréal, July 4–6, 2013. She convened a sub-theme at the EGOS Colloquia in 2006, 2012, 2015 and 2017, and she was also one of the coordinators for the EGOS SWG on “Organizational Ethnography” (2013–2017).

Mark de Rond is Professor of Organizational Ethnography at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. A recurring feature in his work is the experience of being human in challenging environments. He has embedded with Boat Race rowing crews, war surgeons in Helmand, adventurers on the river Amazon, and peace activists walking from Berlin to Aleppo. His work has been published in such outlets as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and, in line with the ethnographic tradition, in book form. He was convenor of a sub-theme at the EGOS Colloquium in 2015.

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) with appointments in the Carey Business School, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety. Her research program has been devoted to investigating how organizations and their members cope with uncertainty, team and organizational learning, and how organizations can be designed to be more reliable and resilient. She is currently investigating organizational safety, high reliability and resilience practices in healthcare and in other high hazard industries such as oil exploration and production and wildland firefighting. Kathleen has published widely in management and organization theory and healthcare. In 2012, she was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine to a research panel to study workforce resilience in the Department of Homeland Security. In 2015, she was awarded a Distinguished Scholar Award by the Academy of Management, and in 2016, she received a Bellagio Research Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. Kathleen convened a sub-theme at the EGOS Colloquia in 2014 and 2014.

Samer Faraj holds the Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management & Healthcare at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. He is Head of the research group on “Complex Collaboration” and serves as Director of the faculty’s PhD program. He studies how complex collaboration is sustained and innovation emerges in a variety of settings, such as trauma care, intensive care units, emergency departments, urgent care clinics, first response teams, open source, and online communities. Samer convened a sub-theme at the EGOS Colloquia in 2014, 2017 and 2018.

Anja Danner-Schröder is an Assistant Professor of Management Studies at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Her main research interest is the dynamics of organizational routines in the context of high-reliability organizations. She conducted ethnographic studies with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, Technisches Hilfswerk (THW), Firefighting Units and an Emergency Ward of a German state hospital. Moreover, Anja has done research in the earthquake stricken areas of Sendai and Ishinomaki, Japan. Her work has been published in Organization Science, Journal of Management Inquiry, and Journal of Competences, Strategy & Management.