CfP EGOS 2017 sub-theme proposals

This week the call for sub-theme proposals for the 33rd EGOS Colloquium, in Copenhagen, Denmark, in July 2017 went out. The Standing Working Group 8, launched by Behlul Usdiken, Matthias Kipping and Lars Engwall, still has one more year to go, but EGOS 2016 in Naples will be its last year. Hence for EGOS 2017 at Copenhagen Business School there will be no standard track for organizational history anymore. But there is the opportunity to submit a proposal for a stand-alone sub-theme on a related subject. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (23:59:59 CET), and proposals can be submitted at any time before that.

To view the Call for sub-theme proposals, please go to the EGOS “2017 Copenhagen” website:

Please ensure that you also read the “Guidelines and criteria for sub-theme proposals for EGOS Colloquia”:

CfP: Joint ABH/GUG 2016 conference

The next annual conference of the Association of Business Historians (UK) will take place jointly with the German Gesellschaft fur Unternehmensgeschichte on 27-28 May 2016 at the University of Humboldt, Berlin, Germany.

For further information please see either GUG website:

Or check out the ABH website for updated details:

Please see the general call for papers: Call for Papers 2016.

The Coleman Prize for the best thesis in business history call: Call for Papers Coleman Prize 2016.

And last but not least the call for the Slaven doctoral workshop that precedes the main conference: Call for Papers Slaven 2016.

“Unknown vistas in management and organization history” workshop at York

The Management and Organization History Cluster at the University of York (UK) are hosting a Winter School on Monday 7 December 2015.

“Unknown vistas in management and organization history: a workshop.”

Towards the unknown

The historic turn in Management and Organization Studies (MOS) inaugurated nearly twenty-five years ago appears to have legitimated theoretically sensitive historical studies in a range of management journals, and has seen widespread use of organization theory within business history.

While the philosophical debate about the role of theory narrative, and memory related to method in historical work in MOS will surely continue, we have decided to turn our attention to new vistas, to continue the disciplinary voyage and to ask, simply, what’s next?

The purpose of this Winter School is therefore to identify, outline and discuss the unknowns (both known and unknown) in the field of management and organization history, broadly conceived.

What are the areas and topics about which we are ignorant? Why are they unknown? How might we know them? What new methods and disciplinary collaborations might be required to develop new knowledge? Where will the great disciplinary challenges lie in the coming years? And how shall we address them?

The workshop will be conducted via informal roundtable discussions. Contributions might include (but are not limited to) consideration of historiography, methodology, temporality, historicity, theory, sources, archives, argument(s) and interpretation(s), myths, paradigms, problems, puzzles, inter-disciplinarity, new empirical topics, public history and policy, history and the ‘business humanities’, or any topic which has the potential to open an unknown vista.

We intend that the workshop will lead to an edited volume consisting of short discursive chapters that continue and develop the workshop discussions.

For further information please see the website for the Management and Organization Research Cluster.

ToC History & Theory October 2015 issue and new journal Historical Encounters

History & Theory is one of the leading journals in the area of historical theory and publishes interesting contributions that have wider relevance for historical research in other fields.
A related journal with a slightly different orientation has just been launched called Historical Encounters.

Historical Encounters is a peer-reviewed, open access, interdsiciplinary journal dedicated to the empirical and theoretical study of:

  • historical consciousness (how we experience the past as something alien to the present; how we understand and relate, both cognitively and affectively, to the past; and how our historically-constituted consciousness shapes our understanding and interpretation of historical representations in the present and influences how we orient ourselves to possible futures);
  • historical cultures (the effective and affective relationship that a human group has with its own past; the agents who create and transform it; the oral, print, visual, dramatic, and interactive media representations through which it is lived, and by which it is disseminated; the personal, social, commercial, and political uses to which it is put; and the processes of reception that shape encounters with it);
  • history education (how we know, teach, and learn history through: schools, universities, museums, public commemorations, tourist venues, heritage sites, local history societies, and other formal and informal settings).
  • Submissions from across the fields of public history, history didactics, curriculum & pedagogy studies, cultural studies, narrative theory

Details of how to access the articles below can be found on the History & Theory website:


BRANKO MITROVIĆ, Historical Understanding and Historical Interpretation as Contextualization
BERBER BEVERNAGE, The Past Is Evil/Evil Is Past: On Retrospective Politics, Philosophy of History, and Temporal Manichaeism
PETER BAEHR, Stalinism in Retrospect: Hannah Arendt


MATTHEW SPECTER, Introduction 

MICHAEL C. BEHRENT, Can the Critique of Capitalism Be Antihumanist?

MITCHELL DEAN, Foucault Must Not Be Defended

SERGE AUDIER, Neoliberalism through Foucault’s Eyes


JAN E. GOLDSTEIN on Michael S. Roth, Memory, Trauma, and History: Essays on Living with the Past

VERA SCHWARCZ on Otto Dov Kulka, Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death: Reflections on Memory and Imagination, and Thomas Trezise, Witnessing Witnessing: On the Reception of Holocaust Survivor Testimony

WILLIAM JOHNSTON on Katsuya Hirano, The Politics of Dialogic Imagination: Power and Popular Culture in Early Modern Japan

DAVID P. JORDAN on Patrice Gueniffey, Bonaparte, 1769–1802 and Andrew Roberts, Napoleon, A Life

New series of seminars on Historical Theory at IHR London

The ‘mothership’ for historians in the UK, the Institute of Historical Research in London (IHR) is hosting a series of seminars on historical theories, starting tomorrow, which may be of interest to some of the current debates in organizational history.

Questioning Theories of History

Institute of Historical Research. London, UK.

Senate House, Malet St., London WC1

Speakers include:

15th October: Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen (University of Oulu): ‘Do We Need Analytic Philosophy of History?’

29th October: Anton Froeyman (Ghent University): The Excluded Middle? Levinasian Ethics as a Middle Ground between Historical Representation and Historical Experience’

12th November: Keith Jenkins (University of Chichester): ‘On Disobedient Histories’

26th November: Martin Davies (University of Leicester): Enlightenment or Modernity: The Question of Historical Continuity’

10th December: Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University): History between Story and Argument: Reviving Narratological Analyses of Professional Historical Writing’

CfP for 11th Organization Studies Summer Workshop & Special Issue

Spirituality, Symbolism, and Storytelling

19-21 May 2016, Mykonos, Greece
St John Hotel Resort, Mykonos, Greece


  • Marianna Fotaki, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
  • Yochanan Altman, Kedge Business School, Middlesex University Business Schoo and Teesside University
  • Juliette Koning, Business School, Oxford Brookes University

Confirmed keynote speakers

About Organization Studies Workshops

The Organization Studies Workshop is an annual activity, originally launched in June 2005, to facilitate high-quality scholarship in organization studies. Its primary aim is to advance cutting-edge research on important topics in the field by bringing together a small and competitively selected group of scholars, who will have the opportunity to interact in depth and share insights in a stimulating and scenic environment. Since 2010 the OS Workshop has been sponsored by Sage in order to help attract talented scholars from diverse regions of the world, consistent with the editorial mission of Organization Studies. The OS Workshops are usually linked to a special issue of Organization Studies on the same topic.


The global crises of the past decade – economic, financial, food, energy, health, migration and security – have called into question extant institutional and organizational configurations. These crises have also exposed the weaknesses of the dominant imaginaries underpinning such configurations and symbolic norms they come to represent. The necessity to mobilize collective abilities of organizations to pursue pathways challenging currently dominant modes of representation and meaning is more relevant than ever. The turn to ecological visions, cultural myths and spiritual narratives, as well as to philosophy, theology and anthropology as foundation disciplines and to ethnography and storytelling as base methodologies, marks the search for new ways and approaches to re-think and re-imagine, re-write and re-examine the role of organizations, organizing and managing in society – past, present and future.

The objectives of this workshop are to critically and reflexively appraise and spearhead some of these developments, with an aim to stimulate debates around a variety of topics while offering alternative, radical and creative ways forward. The questions we pose are how can we rethink and rewrite ‘organizations’ through drawing on the spiritual, symbolic/imaginary and mythical to rediscover/devise old/new languages to think, imagine and create in organizations?

Different axial cultures, most profoundly the Greek antiquity (Marini, 1992; Solomon, 2004), but also ancient Hebrew, Buddhist, Confucian (Bellah and Joas, 2012) heritage have informed our worldviews in deep and lasting ways. Accounting for these traditions is particularly important given the diversity of the globalized workforce and the composition of the student body in our classrooms; and it could provide new valuable insights for organizational development, e.g. by promoting new forms of leading, managing and organizing, drawing from the well of ancient wisdoms; or evoking the distinction between ‘sacred and profane’ (Belk, Wallendorf and Sherry, 1989) in everyday contexts (Harvey, 2013).

This raises the question to what extent organization studies recognizes and acknowledges that people from different life worlds can, and often have, quite different ways of ‘seeing’ the world and being in the organization. New beliefs and religious movements led to the upsurge of the meaning of ‘faith’ and ‘religion’ in everyday life that has not as yet been registered in research on organizations and organizing (King, 2008; Tracey, 2012).

Besides mapping and registering all these developments, we would also like to problematize the potential consequences of calls for an increased role of spirituality in management and leadership that are often heard, in terms of their harnessing and distortion for instrumental purposes (Case and Gosling, 2010), while being alert to the ensuing debate about faith in the workplace (e.g. Mittroff and Denton, 1999) or on Post-Secularism (Calhoun, Mendieta and VanAntwerpen, 2013) and searching for non-judgmental ways to engage with this important growing phenomenon (Lips-Wiersma and Mills, 2014).

In the management literature, vision is defined as a strong belief about the right course of action, particularly when operating under situations of uncertainty and ambiguity (van Den Steen, 2005). But institutional rules often function as myths that organizations incorporate in order to gain legitimacy, resources, stability, and enhance their survival prospects (Meyer and Rowan, 1977), which are then reproduced through organizational metaphors (Tsoukas, 1991), and organizational storytelling (Czarniawska, 1997; Gabriel, 2000; Boje, 2014).

Last but not least, the turn to holistic narratives with their utopian aspirations yet all too often dystopian implications, raises once more the issue of the so-called ‘legitimacy’ of modernity and of the conditions for a reflexive critical discourse capable to deconstruct the existing alienating institutional imaginaries (Wright et al. 2013; Komporozos-Athanasiou and Fotaki, 2015) while providing the means for enabling healing, growth, prosperity and well-being.

We argue it is time to explicitly engage with these issues in the context of contemporary organizations. Some potential topics and/or areas of interest might include the following indicative (not exclusive) questions:

  • How can we evoke the sacred, קָדוֹשׁ(kadósh) in its historical biblical meaning: whole, separate, above and beyond (in addition to its contemporary meaning of ‘holy’ or ‘Saint’) to engage with everyday organizational lived experience (sacred vs. profane) as well as key issues of mission, strategy and ethics?
  •  What language, imaging and frameworks of the wisdom traditions of axial civilizations may inform current debates on managing and organizing?
  •  How could we draw on the broad range of spiritual traditions and cultural myths to provide insights and guidance during times of uncertainty and crisis? How could they be used in practice by organizational actors in times of uncertainty?
  • What are the opportunities, challenges and risks of elevating spirituality in management and organization studies? How can critical discourse help us avoid these dangers?
  • What options of organizing and managing that existed in the past but have been forgotten or sidelined, and/or that we can draw on from ‘classical’ anthropological studies on reciprocity, kinship, taboo, exchange, symbols and cultural systems, rites of passage may offer us solutions to contemporary problems including the challenges emerging within the context of the global financial crisis and its current management in Europe and beyond?
  • How can the gap between distant past and present be bridged and the parallax between pre-modern and modern (and post-modern and hyper-modern) be reflexively rethought and recast? Are the effects of such moves a priori positive or could they involve the danger of reintroducing appealing but deeply problematic pre-modern constructs to resolve modern or post-modern deadlocks?
  • What is the role of stories in organizational settings? How do stories organize and who is doing the telling?


The 11th Organization Studies Workshop will take place on19th-21st May 2016, in Mykonos, Greece. Interested participants must submit an abstract through the following link: The abstract should be of no more than 1,000 words for their proposed contribution by December 7th, 2015.

Authors will be notified of acceptance or otherwise by January 15th, 2016. Full papers must be submitted by April 30, 2016. The venue of the workshop is St. John Hotel Resort, Mykonos, Greece ( The Workshop venue, comfortable, beautiful, and situated by the sea, will provide an ideal setting for participants to relax and engage in authentic and creative dialogues. Further details on the logistics of the workshop will be published through the OS Workshop Website (

Following the workshop, a Special Issue will be announced in Organization Studies. To be considered for publication, papers must be submitted via the OS website at  by November 30, 2016. There you can also find guidelines for submission and information on the review procedures. Please note that participation in the workshop is highly recommended (but not a prerequisite) if you intend to submit a paper to the Special Issue.


  • Bellah, R. and Joas, H. (Eds.) The Axial Age and its Consequences. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2012.
  • Belk, R. W., Wallendorf, M., & Sherry Jr, J. F. The sacred and the profane in consumer behavior: Theodicy on the odyssey. Journal of consumer research, 1989, 1-38.
  • Boje, D. M. Storytelling Organizational Practices: Managing in the Quantum Age. London: Routledge, 2014.
  • Case, P. and Gosling, J. The spiritual organization: Critical reflections on the instrumentality of workplace spirituality. Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, 2010, 7, 4, 257-282.
  • Czarniawska, B. Narrating the organization: Dramas of institutional identity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.
  • Calhoun, C., Mendieta, E. and VanAntwerpen, J. (Eds.) Habermas and Religion Cambridge: Polity, 2013.
  • Gabriel, Y. Storytelling in organizations: Facts, fictions, and fantasies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Harvey, G. Food, Sex & Strangers: Understanding Religion as everyday Life. Durham: Acumen, 2013.
  • King, J.E. (Dis)missing the obvious: Will mainstream management research ever take religion seriously? Journal of Management Inquiry, 2008, 17, 3, 214-224.
  • Komporozos-Athanasiou, A. and Fotaki, M. A theory of imagination for organization studies using the work of Cornelius Castoriadis’, Organization Studies, 2015, 36, 3, 321-342.
  • Lips-Wiersma, M. and Mills, A.J. (Understanding the basic assumptions about human nature in workplace spirituality: beyond the critical versus positive divide Journal of Management Inquiry, 2014, 23, 2, 148-161.
  • Marini, F. The uses of literature in the exploration of public administration ethics: The example of Antigone. Public Administration Review, 1992, 52, 5, 420-426.
  • Meyer, J.W. and Rowan, B. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. American Journal of Sociology, 1977, 83, 2, 340-363.
  • Mitroff, I. and Denton, E. A Spiritual Audit of Corporate America: A Hard Look at Spirituality, Religion, and Values. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.
  • Solomon, R. Aristotle, ethics and business organizations. Organization Studies, 2004; 25, 6, 1021-1043.
  • Tracey, P. Religion and organization: A critical review of current trends and future directions. The Academy of Management Annals, 2012, 6, 1, 87-134.
  • Tsoukas, H. The missing link: A transformational view of metaphors in organizational science. Academy of Management Review, 1991, 16, 566–585.
  • Van den Steen, E. Organizational beliefs and managerial vision. The Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, 2005; 21, 1, 256-282.
  • Wright, C., Nyberg, D., De Cock, C. and Whiteman, G. Future imaginings: organizing in response to climate change. Organization, 2013, 20, 5, 647–658.

CfP “Uses of the Past” PDW @CBS

Call for Papers – Paper Development Workshop

Uses of the Past: History and Memory in Organizations and Organizing

 Deadline for Abstracts: October 13, 2015

The Centre for Business History at Copenhagen Business School will host a paper development workshop (PDW) for scholars conducting research on the uses of history and memory in organizations and organizing on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. We welcome applications from scholars of all backgrounds conducting research on the question of why, how, and what affects the past is used by managers and organizations. The goal of the PDW is, in part, to support the development of research and foster dialogue among scholars who may be interested in submitting papers to the Special Issue of Organization Studies devoted to the same topic, though neither application nor attendance at the workshop is required for full consideration of papers submitted for the special issue. More information about the Special Issue can be found here: . Limited funds may be available on a competitive basis for applicants who are unable to get funding from their home institutions.

To apply, please email an abstract of between 300 and 500 words describing your research, along with a cv or bio to one the PDW organizers below. Applications should be sent by October 13, 2015 to receive full consideration. Please submit your paper to Mads Mordhorst ( and Dan Wadhwani (

Applicants will get a feedback October 19 and successful applicants will be asked to submit either short papers (approx. 3,000 words) or full papers (8-10,000 words) by December 1 in order for other participants to read them before the PDW.

PDW Organizers

Mads Mordhorst, Copenhagen Business School, Andrew Popp, University of Liverpool, Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria,

Dan Wadhwani, University of the Pacific,

For more information see the flyer: PDW_Uses of the Past

Joint ESRC-CBS event in December

“The narrative construction of memory”

Our next event in the ESRC seminar series will be hosted jointly with Copenhagen Business School on 10 December, 2015, from 9:00-17:00.

The seminar bring together scholars from history, organization studies and management, with interest in narrative construction of history and memory and organizations.


Tor Hernes (Copenhagen Business School): ‘Temporal trajectory and organizational narrative’
Sjoerd Keulen (Independent Scholar) & Ronald Kroeze (Free University of Amsterdam): ‘The use of history and the creation of narratives by Dutch companies’
Per Hansen (Copenhagen Business School): ‘Narratives as the basis of memory and history”
Dan Wadhwani (University of the Pacific): ‘Projecting Plausible Futures: Uses of historical narratives in the Entrepreneurial Process’
Roy Suddaby (University of Victoria & Newcastle University Business School): ‘Rhetorical history and narrative history’
Robin Holt (Copenhagen Business School): ‘Memory and Mnemosyne’

To sign up, please go to:

For more information see the flyer: Biz_His Narrative Memory

Please note that CBS will host a PDW on 9 December in conjunction with the ESRC event as part of their Business History Initiative.

Professional groups with an interest in organizational history

As an interdisciplinary field of study, there are a range of different groups interested in organizational history or historical research on organizations, but from different angles. It is not always clear which of these would be of interest to scholars.

There are some ongoing iniatives, such as the ESRC seminar series in Organizational History (2015-2016) in the UK, run by Stephanie Decker, Mick Rowlinson & John Hassard, or the CBS Initiative in Business History, based in the Centre for Business History (Denmark).

This year’s AOM in Vancouver (2015) features a significant number of well-attended sessions on management & organizational history, which highlights an increased interest in historical approaches in management and organization studies. In fact several professional organizations in management and organization studies have regular tracks on organizational history, such as:

There are several professional associations in business history, which also include some work on organizational history, such as

A fascinating EU-funded project in organizational history is the Enterprise of Culture .

The International Network for the Theory of History offers a broader perspective on generic issues for organizational history.

But this is hardly an exhaustive list, so we would be very interested in hearing about any additional initiatives or groups that we should include here.