PDW 02:
Paradox Theory as a Way to Understand Complex Problems


Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 09:00–13:00
Estonian Business School (EBS) • A. Lauteri 3 • 10114 Tallinn

– Main room: 315
– Break-out rooms: 400A, 400B



Tobias Hahn, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Jonathan Schad, University of London, United Kingdom
Garima Sharma, University of New Mexico, USA



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

09:00 – 10:30

Introduction & Overview

Introduction to Paradox
Why is paradox lens interesting for complex issues?
Publishing paradox

Introduction of Participants

10:30 – 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 – 12:50

Parallel Round Tables [participants & their papers: see below]

  • Room 315
    Round Table 1: Workplace and HRM
    Chair: Tobias Hahn

  • Room 400A
    Round Table 2: Microfoundations
    Chair: Frank Figge

  • Room 400B
    Round Table 3: Collaboration and Competition
    Chair: Garima Sharma

  • Room 400B
    Round Table 4: Sustainability Tensions
    Chair: Dror Etzion

  • Room 400B
    Round Table 5: Managing and Organizing in the Face of Tensions
    Chair: Jonathan Schad

12:50 – 13:00




Round Table 1: Workplaces and HRM

  • Andrea Simone Barth and Susanne Blazejewski: Space for tensions: Towards a framework for analysing tensions of new work spaces

  • Julia Brandl: Handling tensions in human resource management: Insights from paradox theory

  • Claudia Manca: When digital transformation hits the office desk: Exploring the paradoxes in the context of the alternative workplace


Round Table 2: Microfoundations

  • Szilvia Mosonyi: Relational responses to paradoxical tensions in CSR consultants’ identity work

  • Catherine Tilley: How executives resolve the tensions created by including social or environmental considerations in their decision-making: An examination of organisational capabilities

  • Charline Collard: CSR as individual survival mechanism: When micro-paradoxes develop a paradox mindset: A theoretical perspective

  • Angela Greco: Identity reflexivity and managerial sense-making: Facilitating change in sustainable enterprises

Round Table 3: Collaboration and Competition

  • Eunice Maytorena‐Sanchez: Working through the acquisition paradox

  • Iteke van Hille, Frank G.A. de Bakker and Peter Groenewegen: Crossing border in coffee: Addressing the tension of uniformity versus plurality in collaborative sustainability strategies

  • Lisa Koep, Jonathan Morris and Edeltraud Guenther: Can Bangladesh’s textile sector be sustainable? Adopting a paradox perspective to deconstruct sustainability tensions of textile production and consumption

  • Siarhei Manzhynski, Frank Figge, Maria Bengtsson and Herman Stål: Why do some competitors collaborate for sustainability and others do not? Paradoxical tensions of coopetition for sustainability: An outcome perspective

Round Table 4: Sustainability Tensions

  • Sarah Bloomfield and Russ Vince: Seeing the wood without any trees: The paradox of the clearcutting custodians of England’s woodlands

  • Belinda Wade and Andrew Griffiths: Uncertainty: a definitive barrier to decarbonisation or an issue of cognitive framing?

  • Rosemary Sainty and Suzanne Benn: Corporate boards at the interface of corporate governance and corporate sustainability: In consideration of a paradox perspective

  • Susanne Pankov, Dirk Schneckenberg and Vivek Velamuri: Paradoxes in the sharing economy: How founders manage complex and uncertain environments

Round Table 5: Managing and Organizing in the Face of Tensions

  • Gaia Grant and Suresh Cuganesan: Dual leadership dynamics: Identifying how dual executive leaders navigate competing innovation demands in organisations

  • Frédéric Delley: How paradox resolution strategies sustain paradoxical tensions: An exploratory study in the context of NPD

  • Aurélien Feix: Simply confused or inherently contradictory? A deconstructive inquiry into the paradoxes of ‘diversity’

  • Anna Wiewiora: Exploring tensions affecting multilevel learning in a project-based environment: A paradox theory perspective