DW_SWG 11: Multi-Nationals as Social Actors

Florian Becker-Ritterspach
German University in Cairo, Egypt
Susanne Blazejewski
Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, Germany
Mike Geppert
Surrey University Business School, UK

Call for Applications



Multi-National Companies (MNC) are an interesting research area not only for Inter-national Business (IB) scholars, but also increasingly for researchers based in organization studies. MNC have proved to be a particularly fertile ground for exploring organizational boundaries, organizational identities, competing logics and rationalities and organizational embeddedness as well as power, micro-politics and conflict. In this process, EGOS established the Standing Working Group (SWG) 11 'Multinationals as Social Actors' in 2012. It provides a platform for researchers interested in theoretical and empirical research on the MNC as an organization, particularly with regard to social agency and institutional change.

With this Development Workshop, the convenors of SWG 11 would like to invite younger scholars who focus on MNC as organizations and social actors to participate. The workshop is open to junior researchers and PhD students working on the MNC from a broad variety of theoretical perspectives (institutionalism, postcolonialism, micropolitics, identity theory and critical IB). The variety of approaches and theoretical lenses is also mirrored in the faculty involved in this workshop to ensure an in-depth, adept discussion of the papers.

The main objective of this Development Workshop is to provide junior scholars with extensive feedback on their current research by leading researchers of the field and to help them develop their papers into publishable manuscripts. It relies on small group discussions and includes pragmatic issues related to publishing. The workshop is mainly targeted at early career researchers and doctoral students, but is also open to all scholars. We invite original work, both empirical and conceptual.

Accepted papers will be briefly presented and thoroughly discussed in round table sessions with two established scholars per table. These scholars include Guiseppe Delmestri, Arndt Sorge, Graham Hollinshead, Rick Molz, Mike Geppert, Florian Becker-Ritterspach, Susanne Blazejewski and others.

The workshop will start with a short discussion of current topics and challenges in the field followed by round tables with the presentation and discussion of the accepted papers. All participants are expected to have read the papers of their fellow session presenters and be ready to contribute to the discussion. The workshop is limited to no more than 16 papers.

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 "Multi-Nationals as Social Actors". However, preference will be given to the PhD and 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 draft paper that you want to develop to a publishable stage.


Florian Becker-Ritterspach holds a Chair of International Business at the German University in Cairo, Egypt. He is currently co-convenor and organizer of the "Network F: Knowledge, Technology and Innovation" at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), of the Special Interest Group International Management at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and of the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) 11 on "Multinational Corporations: Social Agency and Institutional Change". Florian's research focuses on the transfer of organizational forms and practices across institutional and cultural contexts and on issues of power, politics, conflict and intra-firm competition in multinationals. Florian has published his work amongst others in the 'Journal of International Management', 'Management International Review', and the 'British Journal of Management'. He has written a book on "Transfer and Hybridization in Multinationals" (Palgrave Macmillan). His editorial experiences comprise guest editorships for 'Competition and Change' in 2009 and for 'Organization Studies' (forthcoming).
Susanne Blazejewski is Professor of Management and Organization at Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, Germany. She is currently co-convenor and organizer of the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) 11 on "Multinational Corporations: Social Agency and Institutional Change". Susanne's core research interests are in the areas of organization theory and international management. She currently focuses on micro-politics and conflicts in MNCs and identity processes in multinational workplace settings. Susanne is on the Editorial Board of the 'Journal of East European Management Studies'. Her work has been published in the 'Journal of World Business' and in the 'Critical Perspectives on International Business', among others. She has been involved in book projects with publishers such as Edward Elgar, Palgrave, CUP and Emerald and acted as editor for volumes for Palgrave and Gabler/Springer.
Mike Geppert holds a Chair in Comparative International Management and Organization Studies at the Surrey Business School, UK. His recent research focuses on socio-political issues in and around multi-national companies, and on comparative studies of management, organization and employment relations of internationally operating grocery retailers and airlines. Mike's work has appeared in leading academic journals, including 'British Journal of Management', 'Human Relations', 'International Journal of Human Resource Management', 'Journal of International Management', 'Journal of Management Inquiry', 'Journal of Management Studies', 'Management International Review', and 'Organization Studies'. Mike also has experience in editing books and special issues for academic journals. His latest book is on "Power and Politics in the MNC" (2011, co-edited with Christoph Dörrenbächer). He has been a guest editor for special issues, in 2002 for 'Human Resource Development International' and in 2006 for 'Human Relations' and the 'Journal of International Management'. In 2013, he will be the guest editor for two special issues for 'Competition and Change' and for 'Organization Studies'.