Pre-Colloquium Development Workshop


Strategy-as-Practice Research Community Platform (RCP) Community Day

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 09:00–13:00 and 13:45–17:00

Location: ART-AC-AUD




  • Julia Balogon, University of Bath, UK
  • Katharina Dittrich, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Martha S. Feldman, University of California, USA
  • Paula Jarzabkowski, Cass Business School, City University London, UK
  • Ann Langley, HEC Montréal, Canada
  • Feng Liu, Warwick Business School, UK
  • David Oliver, University of Sydney Business School, Australia
  • Linda Rouleau, HEC Montréal, Canada
  • David Seidl, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Richard Whittington, Oxford University, UK

Program PDW-07, Part I:

Current Themes in Strategy-as-Practice

09:00 – 09:30

Opening & Networking

09:30 – 10:00 Overview of RCP and Introduction of SAP-themed EGOS sub-themes
10:00 – 10:45

Julia Balogun, Paula Jarzabkowski, Jane K. Lê, David Seidl & Richard Whittington:

SAP Expert Panel: Recent SAP Work

This session highlights the recent and upcoming Special Issues on "Discourse" (JMS), "Materiality" (BJM), "Open Strategy" (LRP) and "Practices and Processes (SMJ).

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 12:00

Julia Balogun, Paula Jarzabkowski, Jane K. Lê, David Seidl & Richard Whittington:

SAP Round Tables: Publishing SAP Work
This session gives participants the opportunity to engage in detailed discussion with SI editors and authors about thematic topics.

[Break-out rooms: ART-AC-AUD, ART-001, ART-002 and ART-003]

12:00 – 13:00

Katharina Dittrich (Chair), Julia Balogun, Paula Jarzabkowski, Ann Langley, Jane K. Lê:

Community-driven Session I: Working with qualitative data: Theorizing data, working collaboratively, tools for analyzing data, and working with process data


Mike Zundel: Conclusion


Part I of this PDW-07 offers the opportunity to discuss recent developments in SAP, debate publishing SAP research and ask prominent SAP scholars for advice on existing projects. We draw on four recent and planned collections of strategy-as-practice themed work to structure the half day:

  • The recent Journal of Management special issue on "Strategy as Discourse: Its Significance, Challenges and Future Directions"; cf. Balogun, J., Jacobs, C., Jarzabkowski, P., Mantere, S. & Vaara, E. (2014): "Placing strategy discourse in context: Sociomateriality, sensemaking, and power." Journal of Management Studies, 51 (2), 175–201.
  • The recent British Journal of Management special issue on "Materializing Strategy and Strategizing Material"; cf. Dameron, S., Lê, J. & LeBaron, C. (2015): "Materializing Strategy and Strategizing Materials: Why Matter Matters." British Journal of Management, 26 (S1), 1–12.
  • The forthcoming Long Range Planning special issue on "Open Strategy: Transparency and inclusion in strategy processes", edited by R. Whittington, J. Hautz & D. Seidl.
  • The forthcoming Strategic Management Journal special issue on "Strategy Processes and Practices: Dialogues and Intersections", edited by R. Burgelman, S. Floyd, T. Laamanen, S. Mantere, E. Vaara & R. Whittington.

Program PDW-07, Part II:

Strategy-as-Practice & Other Research Communities

13:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:15

Violetta Splitter & David Seidl: Welcome and Introduction

14:15 – 15:00

David Seidl (Chair), Stewart Clegg, Martha S. Feldman, Linda Rouleau, Paul Andreas Spee, David Oliver & Feng Liu: Expert Panel

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 16:00

Stewart Clegg, Martha S. Feldman, Linda Rouleau, David Seidl, Paul Andreas Spee, David Oliver & Feng Liu; facilitators: Violetta Splitter & Virpi Sorsa:

Experts Round Tables

[Break-out rooms: ART-AC-AUD, ART-001, ART-002 and ART-003]

16:00 – 16:45

Virpi Sorsa:

Community-driven Session II: Looking forward: SAP Community Day 2016

16:45 – 17:00

Virpi Sorsa: Conclusion & Information for next year


Part II of this PDW-07 provides the opportunity to discuss linkages between SAP work and other communities, debate publishing cross-theme research, and ask scholars working across boundaries for advice.

To give the session some structure and capture very recent developments within and beyond the SAP community, the session is built around the second edition of the "Cambridge Handbook" (due to be published in 2015): Golsorkhi, D., Rouleau, L., Seidl, D. and Vaara, E. (forthcoming): Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Part II is envisioned to be highly interactive and hands on. Round Tables will be run by a balance of senior and junior scholars with expertise in one of the bridging topic areas.