Post-Doctoral and Early Career Pre-Colloquium Workshop

Vincent Mangematin
GEM and GAEL, France
Elena Bou
ESADE Business School, Spain

Call for Applications


The progress of research in organizational studies relies upon the commitment and creativity of advanced PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and junior scholars who explore new questions and advance both theoretical and empirical work on them. They play essential role in the development of EGOS as an academic community that critically reflects on and examines a variety of topics at the forefront of knowledge about organizations.

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 this Workshop is to stimulate interactions amongst EGOS community members and reinforce the dialogue within the community of organization scholars from different parts of Europe and the world.

In particular, the Workshop seeks to:

  • Facilitate the academic socialization of junior scholars by offering information and insight inton the behaviors and practices in the organization theory fields, and the opportunities for a meaningful career there.
  • Emphasize the importance and offer support in improving junior scholars’ publication capabilities as a means to strengthening their publication record and contributing to the advancement of the scientific community. The Workshop is a forum of exchange and dialogue between senior and junior scholars on scholarly writing and reviewing.
  • Provide an arena for explorations of issues on the cutting edge of research in areas, such as comparative studies of economic organization, network analysis, innovation, technology and organization, etc.

The Workshop is not a forum dedicated to junior scholars. It is an active exchange based on a dialogue among junior and senior academics that seeks to strengthen the junior scholars involvement with the EGOS community and help them in finding their ways in the academia.

Content and format

The Workshop is a three-day event (beginning on Monday afternoon) that precedes the annual EGOS Colloquium, thus allowing participating scholars to take part in both the Workshop and the Colloquium.

The program consists of three modules:

  1. Writing for scholarly publication. In this module, editors of reputable international journals will share insights and practices on the art and craft of a scholarly publication. The module includes lectures, discussions and tutored group work on the participants’ proposals for journal articles. Among the topics covered are the academic journal article as a specific genre of a scholarly publication, identification and development of the main argument of an article, choosing the appropriate audience and journal for a specific topic, overcoming typical problems in writing an article, the role of editors, referees and authors in the process of publishing, other practical aspects of writing and publishing, experiences with publishing and how to review other colleagues’ manuscripts (discussions within small group with referee).
  2. Shaping agenda on the cutting edge of research. This module offers insights into the state of the art and future development of vibrant areas of scholarly activity by leading scholars in the field of organizations. It consists of a lecture from a leading scholar in the field and a discussion of participants’ research projects related to these areas.
  3. Designing a post-doc or a new research subject. This module aims at exploring different ways of designing new research subjects for post docs and as a new faculty member. It also emphasises the role of contractual research, based on firm contracts or national or international call for tenders 

The faculty

The faculty involved in the pre-Colloquium post-doctoral and early career Workshop includes scholars from a variety of geographical and disciplinary backgrounds.

Members of the faculty included in the past sessions: Julia Balogun (Lancaster University, UK), Stefano Brusoni (Bocconi University, Italy), Marie-Laure Djelic (ESSEC Business School, France), Peer Fiss (University of Southern California, USA), Philippe Larédo (ENPC, France, and Manchester Business School), Vincent Mangematin (GEM and GAEL, France), Amalya Oliver (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Sigrid Quack (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany), Kerstin Sahlin (Uppsala University, Sweden), Silviya Svejenova (ESADE Business School, Spain), Haridimos Tsoukas (ALBA, Greece, and Warwick Business School, UK) and David Wilson (Warwick Business School, UK), among others.


To be considered for participation in the Workshop, participants need to have completed their doctoral dissertation in the last three years and submit a single document of application that includes:

  1. a letter of application containing full details of name, affiliation, address (mail, phone, fax and email), as well as a statement of why the applicant considers valuable to attend the Workshop + curriculum vitae;
  2. a short description (2–3 pages) of the avenues of research after the PhD, which presents the research question and the research design;
  3. a detailed abstract of a paper (4–10 pages). The whole paper will be discussed during the workshop.

To make the workshop as useful and lively as possible, you will be asked to circulate before June 10, 2009 two documents:

  1. a paper that you would like to improve before submission;
  2. an updated research agenda to be discussed.

The application (word file) should be submitted between December 15, 2008 and January 11, 2009 (= Deadline) using the link at the top/bottom of this page.


The selection of participants will consider the scientific potential of the project and its match with the faculty ability to discuss it and to provide useful suggestions. Please note that Workshop registration must be submitted separately from application and registration for the EGOS Colloquium (see further details below).

Participants will be notified on acceptance by February 15, 2009. Given the interactive nature of the Workshop, the number of participants will be limited to 25–30. Hence, it is advisable to register as early as possible.

Upon acceptance to the Workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to update their research agenda and paper up to June 16, 2009 (fixed deadline). Please send it to by June 10, 2009.

Vincent Mangematin 
Elena Bou