PDW 04: How to Write and Review Empirical Process Studies Research

Anthony Hussenot
Université Paris-Dauphine, France
Henrika Franck
Aalto University School of Business, Finland

Call for Applications

Frank den Hond, Hanken Business School, Helsinki, Finland
Jenny Helin, Uppsala University, Sweden
Daniel Hjorth, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Barbara Simpson, University of Strathclyde, UK


This PDW aims to help scholars, especially at PhD and early career stages, in writing and reviewing empirical process studies research.

Process philosophy encourages us to follow the flows of activities that shape organizing. Organization is here understood as an ongoing process of "relating" (Cooper, 2005), and "world making" (Chia & King, 1998); always becoming. A major consequence for scholars is that any description of organization has to transcribe the continuity of organizational process while refraining from attempts to isolate one stage from another. The craft of doing research in this manner thus involves following the going-on with things, rather than trying to capture and stabilize them. There are still very few articles published within the realm of management and organization studies that have empirically captured the flow of process.

This workshop has two aims:

  • first, to find concepts that travel, ideas that suggest multiple rather than singular meanings, and other ways of capturing and analyzing process studies data without resorting to fixed events or outcomes;
  • second, to start building a community of scholars who understand what process studies research is, and what it entails to review and write empirical process studies articles.



The workshop aims at understanding what it entails to write, review, and ultimately publish empirical process studies research. Two senior scholars will each present one research manuscript with reviews from a journal. The participants, who will have read the papers in advance, will work in small groups with a facilitator to craft an alternative review for each paper. At the end of the workshop a senior editor will talk about the process of reviewing and publishing empirical process data from a journal's point of view.



We encourage applications from doctoral students, early career scholars as well as more senior scholars who are interested in advancing process organization studies.

Please submit – via the EGOS website! – a one-page application (.doc, .docx or .pdf file), stating why you are interested in learning about writing and reviewing empirical process studies research and what experience you have already had in this area. We encourage applications from doctoral students, early career scholars as well as more senior scholars who are interested in advancing process organization studies. All participants will be asked to read two research manuscripts in progress before the workshop.


Anthony Hussenot is Associate Professor in Organization Studies and Management at the Université Paris-Dauphine, France. Anchored in a process perspective, his research concerns the emergence of organizational phenomena, new work practices and forms of coordination. He has conducted qualitative studies in various fields such as secondary school, private banking, the maker movement and the surfing industry. His work has been published in such journals as 'Organization Studies', 'Journal of Organizational Change Management' and 'Système d’Information et Management'. He has recently co-edited a book about recent trends in organization theories (in French).
Henrika Franck is a post-doctoral researcher at the Aalto University School of Business, Finland. Her research focuses on ethics and the action of employees in the context of strategic/organizational change. Employing mainly field methodologies and qualitative data, she examines individuals as agentic moral actors inside organizations. Henrika has been published in 'Strategic Management Journal' and 'Scandinavian Journal of Management' as well as in books and book chapters. She currently serves as a member of the Editorial Board of 'Organization Studies'.