PDW-02 [SWG 07 + ST-34 + ST-63]: Institutional Theory: Contemporary Issues and Novel Methodologies

Markus A. Höllerer
WU Vienna, Austria, & UNSW Australia Business School, Australia
Michael Lounsbury
University of Alberta Business School, Canada
Renate E. Meyer
WU Vienna, Austria, & Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Tammar B. Zilber
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Call for Applications



This workshop offers the opportunity for more junior scholars who work within the wide tent of institutional theory to engage in discussion, to present their ongoing work, and to develop their ideas through extensive feedback from leading scholars in the field.

The PDW includes panel presentations, roundtable sessions where young scholars present their work and receive feedback, as well as plenary discussions. We invite original work, both empirical and conceptual; all methodological approaches are welcome.

We explicitly encourage innovate research that pushes forward the theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological frontiers in the study of institutions and institutional phenomena.




The workshop mainly targets early career researchers and doctoral students, but is also open to more experienced scholars. Everyone interested in this workshop is invited to apply; however, priority will be given to scholars in earlier stages of their careers.

Please submit (via the EGOS website) a single PDF file that contains the following information:

  • On the cover page, a short letter of application containing full details of name, contact (i.e., postal address, phone, and email), affiliation, date of PhD completion (if applicable, stage in the doctoral studies otherwise), a statement of why the applicant considers it valuable to attend the PDW, and an indication of what journal(s) the paper is likely to be submitted to.
  • A full paper that you wish to further develop to a publishable stage and that you will bring to this PDW.


Markus A. Höllerer is Professor at the Department of Management at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria; he also holds a position as Senior Scholar at UNSW Australia Business School in Sydney, Australia. Research interests include the dissemination and local adaptation of global ideas, in particular the heterogeneous theorizations and local variations in meaning, as well as the relationship between different bundles of managerial concepts and their underlying governance and business models in the public and private sector. Recent work has been concerned with discursive framing as well as with visual and multi-modal rhetoric.
Michael Lounsbury is the Thornton A. Graham Chair and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Alberta School of Business, Canada. He is also a Principal Investigator at the Canadian National Institute for Nanotechnology. His research focuses on institutional emergence and change, entrepreneurship, and the cultural dynamics of organizations and practice. He serves on a number of editorial boards and is the Series Editor of 'Research in the Sociology of Organizations', as well as Associate Editor of 'Academy of Management Annals'.
Renate E. Meyer s Chair of Organization Studies at WU Vienna, Austria, and Permanent Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, Department for Organization; Denmark. Her research is anchored in phenomenological institutional theory. In her current projects, she analyzes multiple role-identities of large organizations, visual and discursive framing strategies in processes of institutionalization, and management knowledge as interlocking vocabularies.
Tammar B. Zilber is Associate Professor of Organization Theory at Jerusalem School of Business, Hebrew University, Israel. Her research focuses on the dynamics of meaning and action in institutional processes. She examines the translation of institutions over time, across social spheres and given field multiplicity; the role of discursive acts (like narrating) in constructing institutional realities, and the institutional work involved in creating and maintaining field-level collective identity.