Pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral & Early Career Scholars Workshop 2021: PROGRAM

Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 09:30–18:00 CEST [to be held virtually]

Please note!

ONLY (a) accepted applicants, (b) the convenors, (c) the faculty, and (d) invited guests/speakers are entitled to attend this workshop!

The progress of research in organizational studies relies upon the commitment and the creativity of advanced PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and junior scholars who explore new questions, new methods and new phenomena. EGOS puts special emphasis on supporting the academic development of younger scholars and their positioning and integration in the academic community/ies.
The purpose of the EGOS pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral & Early Career Scholars Workshop is to facilitate the academic socialization of junior scholars. We aim to provide an arena for explorations of challenges faced by early career scholars relating to the different dimensions of academic work, including research (and funding), teaching, administrative duties and community service. This workshop is an active exchange, based on a dialogue among junior and senior academics that seeks to strengthen junior scholars’ involvement with the EGOS com­munity and to help them in finding their ways in academia.


Tammar B. Zilber, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Elke Schüßler, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Christopher Wickert, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Katharina Dittrich, University of Warwick Business School, UK
Helen Etchanchu, Montpellier Business School, France
Gazi Islam, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Charlotte Karam, American University of Beirut, Olayan School of Business, Lebanon
Svetlana Khapova, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Andreas Rasche, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Thomas Roulet, University of Cambridge, UK
Garima Sharma, Georgia State University, USA
Linda Wedlin, Uppsala University, Sweden


Please note that part of the three sessions will be held in plenary, and part in parallel break-out rooms. For further information, please see “Format and Preparation” below.
The keynote by Karen Ashcraft is in collaboration with the pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop 2021.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 –> all times = CEST [Central European Summer Time]

09:30 – 10:30

Tammar B. Zilber, Elke Schüßler & Christopher Wickert:

SESSSION 1 – Opening: Presenting the Idea of a Sustainable Career

Then subsequently:
“Speed Dating”, moderated by Elke Schüßler

10:30 – 10:45

(Coffee) Break

10:45 – 13:15

SESSION 2 – Panel & Break-out Room Discussions

Moderator: Christopher Wickert

Varieties of Impact and Relevance: Behind the Scenes of Different Career Paths

  • “Opening: Rethinking Impact in Management Research” [Christopher Wickert]

  • “Scholarly impact” [Linda Wedlin]

  • “Social impact through social media” [Thomas Roulet]

  • “Practical impact” [Charlotte Karam]

  • “Educational impact” [Andreas Rasche]

Break-out rooms discussions:
Balancing Conflicting Demands (especially at a time of crisis)

  • Tension 1: “Varieties of impact (through theory, methods, research topic, teaching or communicating to a broader audience” [Christopher Wickert & Linda Wedlin]

  • Tension 2: “Stability vs. mobility” [Katharina Dittrich & Thomas Roulet]

  • Tension 3: “Focus vs. interdisciplinarity” [Andreas Rasche & Tammar B. Zilber]

  • Tension 4: “Center vs. periphery (geographical north versus south, but also mainstream versus peripheral methodologies, publishing in A vs. other journals)” [Charlotte Karam & Gazi Islam]

  • Tension 5: “Working for tenure vs working for impact” [Helen Etchanchu & Garima Sharma]

  • Tension 6: “Career vs other interests/demands (family, community)” [Svetlana Khapova & Elke Schüßler]

Plenary summary from each break-out room

13:15 – 13:45

(Lunch) Break

13:45 – 15:15

SESSION 3 – Plenaries & Break-out Room Discussions

Moderator: Tammar B. Zilber
Developing Identity and Voice: From Current to Aspired CV
Guiding questions:

  • How to close the gap between current and aspired CV?

  • Can one “manage” a career? How?

  • Share practices for finding and utilizing support and other resources!

15:15 – 15:30

(Coffee) Break

15:30 – 17:00

Keynote by Karen Ashcraft:
Managing Occupation: Academic Career as a Relational Accomplishment

Moderators: Neil Pollock & Elke Schüßler
– Together with the pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop 2021 –

17:00 – 18:00

Workshop Social – and: Get a drink!
In this final part of the workshop, we invite you to grab a drink and chat more informally with the other participants, workshop organizers & the faculty

Format and Preparation

  • Session 1: No special preparation needed. After a short introduction in the plenary, we will use the break-out rooms function in zoom for one-on-one introductions. Each pair will have 5 minutes, and then we will reshuffle the pairs (for some 6–10 rounds). So, by the end of this session, we will all get to know some other people more intimately.

  • Session 2: After a short introduction and presentations by our panelists, you will select which break-out room to join and discuss the respective tension and ways of addressing it with the assigned faculty member for about 20 minutes. We will switch the rooms twice so that you get the opportunity to discuss three different tensions and get to know different groups of early-stage scholars. We will end the session with a brief round of reporting back to the plenary, for which the faculty members are responsible.

  • Session 3: We will randomly assign each of you a sparring partner whose aspirational CV we ask you to read before the workshop. For those who want to add/revise the aspirational CV they submitted, please email your revised aspirational CV to your partner by June 21, 2021. Please read it and prepare comments on what you liked, what inspired you, what you think is missing, and what will the key challenges be to make it happen. In the session, after a short intro, we will put you in break out rooms in the assigned pairs. Then, we will put you together in groups of four to further exchange among yourselves. Next, we will form three groups, each with one convenor moderating before concluding in the plenary.