PDW 07
Strategy-as-Practice (SAP) Community Day


Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 09:30–13:00 and 14:00–17:00

Location: University of Naples Federico II, Monte S. Angelo campus, room G3 [break-out rooms: H1, H2 & H3]




  • Rebecca Bednarek, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Martin Friesl, Lancaster University Management School, UK
  • Loizos Heracleous, University of Warwick, UK
  • Paula Jarzabkowski, Cass Business School, City University London, UK
  • Ann Langley, HEC Montréal, Canada
  • Curtis LeBaron, Brigham Young University, USA
  • Linda Rouleau, HEC Montréal, Canada
  • Virpi Sorsa, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
  • Eero Vaara, Aalto University School of Business, Finland

Part I: Morning Sessions

09:45 – 10:00

Carola Wolf & Winston Kwon: Welcome to the Morning Sessions and Introduction

10:00 – 11:15

Session 1 – Panel Discussion: "Managing the Academic Career after your PhD"

Panellists: Virpi Sorsa, Martin Friesl, Rebecca Bednarek, Carola Wolf & Winston Kwon

This session will start with short presentations of the panellists about their choices and paths following the completion of their respective PhDs and reflections on their experiences. We will be addressing a variety of themes such as: proceeding from PhD to a post-doc position vs. directly starting as assistant professor; teaching vs research focus; going abroad vs. staying close to your PhD school, etc. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion.

11:15 – 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00

Session 2 – Round Tables
with the Panellists from Session 1

13:00 – 14:00

Italian lunch


Part II: Afternoon Sessions

14:00 – 14:10

Carola Wolf & Winston Kwon: Welcome to the Afternoon Sessions and Introduction

14:10 – 15:30

Session 3 – Workshop: "The Practice of Qualitative Research"
Panellists: Ann Langley, Loizos Heracleous, Paula Jarzabkowski & Curtis LeBaron
This session will begin with presentations by experienced and well-published SAP scholars discussing topics related to qualitative research that are generally overlooked in conventional research textbooks, for example, writing up multiple longitudinal cases in a single paper, co-creating qualitative research, how to make data come alive in papers, etc. – After these presentations, participants will be assigned to round tables with the presenters according to interests.

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 16:45

Session 4 – "Armchair Career Chat" with Senior SAP Scholars
Panellists: Linda Rouleau & Eero Vaara
In this final part of the SAP Community Day, we will try out a novel format designed as a more informal interview style chat on the panellists’ careers sharing some anecdotes and lessons learnt on the way. We hope that this session will provide an opportunity to reflect on critical moments in their careers (e.g. how did they come into academia; how did their research agenda and collaborations evolve, etc.) and thus share some key insights with participants.

16:45 – 17:00

Carola Wolf & Winston Kwon: Closing Comments