Sub-Theme at EGOS 2019 in Edinburgh: ‘Organization as communication: Exploring the communicative incarnation of organization’Posted: November 6, 2018
At the European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland (July 4-6, 2019), the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) Organization as Communication will be hosting a sub-theme entitled “Organization as Communication: Exploring the Communicative Incarnation of Organization” (convenors: Joep Cornelissen, Boukje Cnossen & Dennis Schoeneborn). The idea of the sub-theme is to connect communication-centered perspectives on organizations with questions of entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation, change, and/or new forms of organizing. Please find here the (updated) Call for Submissions (and the deadline for short paper submissions of 3,000 words max. is Jan. 14, 2019!)
By (guest contributor) Christoph Haug
On 23-24 May 2017, 50 scholars from 13 countries met for the first interdisciplinary gathering of meeting researchers (more info: https://kunsido.net/gmss). Sociologists, psychologists, linguists, social anthropologists, political scientists, organization and management scholars, and even some consultants with their practice oriented perspective mixed and met with much curiosity and willingness to transcend the disciplinary blinders that have isolated them from each other during the past 10-20 years of growing research on meetings.
The symposium was organized by Christoph Haug, currently as Marie-Curie Fellow at the Gothenburg Research Institute, after having come across so many different research groups and individuals who shared an interest in face-to-face meetings but who were often unaware of each other. Initially, the event was planned for 20-30 people, but turned out to attract a much larger community of scholars that were interested in participation.
The most manifest indicator for the symposium’s success is probably that participants started to discuss possibilities for follow-up events already the first evening. Two European universities are likely to host follow-up events in the coming years and CCO scholars with an interest in meetings as a specific type of communicative event are welcome to join this growing community. To be informed about upcoming events and to join the discussion already now, join the Kunsido online forum at https://forum.kunsido.net/signup.
The EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) No. 05 Organization as Communication (formerly SWG No. 16) is happy to announce the sub-theme for the EGOS 2017 Colloquium in Copenhagen, Denmark (July 6-8, 2017).
The sub-theme No. 05 entitled “The Communicative Constitution of Organizing: Toward and Beyond (Formal) Organization” will be facilitated by Dennis Schoeneborn, Timothy R. Kuhn, and James R. Barker.
As you will see in the Call for Papers, the sub-theme places a special focus on the formative and constitutive role of communication for practices of organizing that occur toward and beyond formal organization. That said, we also invite conceptual or empirical papers that more generally apply a communication-centered or discursive lens to study organizational phenomena of various kinds.
We are looking forward to receiving your short paper submissions (max. 3,000 words) by Jan. 9th, 2017 via the EGOS website!
See you in Copenhagen!
If you would like to get a peek into what happened at the EGOS 2016 PDW on “CSR & Communication” in Naples/Italy, please check out our brief Storify report here (generated with friendly support of our social media expert, Annamaria Tuan, University of Pisa).
And please also make sure of course to take a look at the video podcast of the panel debate that was posted earlier in this blog.
Check out this exciting workshop on “Large Social Phenomena” at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK (Dec. 5-6, 2016), jointly organized by Davide Nicolini (U of Warwick) and Katharina Dittrich (U of Zurich). The Call for Papers explicitly invites communication-centered approaches – see here: Workshop on Large Social Phenomena.
A common feature of most organization-as-communication approaches is a processual view on organizational formation and reproduction, emphasizing the inherently precarious character of even the most bureaucratic organizations. But what about loose social collectives, such as online communities, terrorist networks, or hacker collectives? Is the notion of ‘organization’ useful for describing such fluid social collectives at all?
In a recent article published in the Journal of Management Studies (JMS)*, Leonhard Dobusch and Dennis Schoeneborn suggest using the term ‘organizationality’ for a gradual differentiation of social collectives regarding the degree to which they achieve the status of organizational actorhood. In the authors’ view, one crucial precondition of organizationality is the accomplishment of some form of collective identity through speech acts (“identity claims”) that try to delineate – and thus attribute – what the social collective is or does.
To address the research question on how identity claims contribute to the communicative constitution of fluid social collectives as organizational actors, Dobusch and Schoeneborn mobilize a ”communicative constitution of organizations” (CCO) perspective. Empirically, the authors are investigating the case of the “hacktivist” (i.e., hacker activist) collective Anonymous. Their study contributes to organization studies by showing that fluid social collectives (such as Anonymous) are able to temporarily reinstate organizational actorhood through the performance of carefully prepared and staged identity claims.
* Full reference: Dobusch, L., & Schoeneborn, D. (2015). Fluidity, Identity, and Organizationality: The Communicative Constitution of Anonymous. Journal of Management Studies, 52(8), 1005-1035 (the article is available open access until December 4, 2015).