DW_SWG 05: Strategy as Practice

David Oliver
HEC Montréal, Canada
Andreas Paul Spee
The University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Curtis LeBaron
Brigham Young University, USA
David S. Grant
The University of Sydney Business School, Australia

Call for Applications



The Strategy as Practice (SAP) Development Workshop is a pre-Colloquium activity that aims to help early-career academics develop their research ideas and papers towards publishable articles in close interaction with leading scholars in the field. The workshop is targeted primarily to later-stage PhD students and early-career academics who wish to improve their capabilities in doing high quality research and getting their work published in top-tier journals. Papers submitted to this workshop should be connected either to the Strategy as Practice field or to this year's SAP sub-theme 5 of socio-materiality.

Accepted papers will be briefly presented and thoroughly discussed in round table sessions with leading scholars in the field.

The workshop will start with a brief introduction on topics of interest to Strategy as Practice scholars, continue with presentation and discussion of the accepted papers, and conclude with a cross-table information sharing session.

All participants will be expected to have read the papers of their fellow session presenters and be ready to contribute to these discussions. Participants will also be expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 9:00am–14:00pm.



All scholars interested in developing their papers towards publishable articles are invited to apply to this Development Workshop on "Strategy as Practice". However, preference will be given to PhD students/early career scholars. To be considered as an early career scholar, the applicant needs to have completed his/her doctoral/PhD thesis within the last three years.


Please submit – via the EGOS website! – a single document of application that includes:

  • On the first page: a short letter of application containing full details of name, address (postal address, phone and email), affiliation (date of PhD completion for early career scholars), a statement of why the applicant considers it valuable to attend the workshop as well as an indication of what journal(s) the paper is likely to be submitted to.
  • A full paper that you want to develop to a publishable stage.


This workshop is co-sponsored by the interest group on "Strategizing Activities and Practice" of the Academy of Management (AoM).


David Oliver is Associate Professor of Management at HEC Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His main research interests relate to organizational identity and the practice of strategy. His current research projects relate to identity formation practices and dynamics, tools used in strategic innovation, and practices of engagement in multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Andreas Paul Spee is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney Business School in Australia. Paul's research interests revolve around the role of artefacts, such as strategy tools and strategic plans, in strategizing.
Curtis LeBaron is a Warren Jones Fellow and Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Strategy at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA. He conducts video-based research of human behavior within organizational settings, focusing on topics such as embodiment, multimodality, sociomateriality, organizational routines, and identity work.
David S. Grant is Professor of Organizational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, Australia. His primary area of research is organizational discourse, particularly in relation to organizational change and development and leadership. He is a founder and co-director of the International Centre for Research on Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change. Current research projects concern sustainability and strategic organizational change, ICT and changes in work and organization, narrative and leadership, and dialogical organization development practices.