Pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop 2018

Renate E. Meyer
WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Silviya Svejenova
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Annika Kaabel
Estonian Business School, Estonia

Call for Applications

EGOS strongly encourages doctoral students to become active members of its vibrant and diverse community of organization scholars. The pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop provides a platform for students working towards a doctorate in organization studies to interact with, and learn from, fellow students and top scholars in various areas of research and scholarly inquiry. It is designed as a springboard for successful academic careers by examining important issues such as publishing, reviewing, and collaborative research; the event also provides a number of networking opportunities.


What to Expect?

The EGOS pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop is offered to a limited number of students in advanced stages of the dissertation journey (selection based on quality of application), and best suits the needs of those working with qualitative or mix-method designs. It is organized as a two-day event, taking place on Monday and Tuesday prior to the main EGOS Colloquium in Tallinn. The workshop covers the following topics, among others:

  • Publication process. Participants will examine the publication process together with experienced scholars and journal editors in order to learn from cases of success and failure in formulating, writing, submitting, and revising papers for top-journal publication.
  • Art of reviewing. Experienced scholars and journal editors will also offer insights into the art of reviewing as an essential component of the peer-reviewed publication process. Understanding and appreciating the review process will help in writing high-quality reviews as well as in successfully addressing reviewers’ comments and publishing one’s own work.
  • Dissertation journey. The workshop will enable participants to approach their doctoral dissertations with renewed vigor by engaging in discussions on research design and methodologies with renowned colleagues, and by reviewing their dissertation proposals with the help of others – fellow participants and more senior researchers who work in the respective area of scholarly inquiry.
  • International academic career. The mix of scholars from diverse academic backgrounds and institutions from around the globe is a key strength of EGOS, as well as of this workshop. Participants will gain exposure to similarities and differences across countries and continents in how academic processes work. This will also enhance their understanding with regard to different career opportunities and career paths.

The EGOS pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop is organized primarily around participative interaction. Students are expected to prepare assigned readings carefully prior to the workshop in order to be able to act as informed and active contributors. They will, however, not be asked to formally present their own work; rather, students will extensively comment on their dissertation projects in small roundtable sessions, with a senior academic as a facilitator and discussant.


Application Guidelines

Please apply for admission to the workshop by Monday, January 8, 2018 [23:59:59 CET] at the latest.
You should do so by uploading (via the EGOS website) a single PDF file that contains the following information:

  • All contact details, including name, affiliation, email address and phone number.

  • A sentence describing the stage in the doctoral program (e.g., "3rd year finalizing data collection; initial data analysis ongoing; all coursework completed").

  • A paragraph on how you will benefit from this workshop. Please clearly indicate your specific developmental needs (e.g., publishing, reviewing, collaborative research, career issues, getting your first job, methods, etc.).

  • A summary of the doctoral dissertation project, including title, a precise research question, theoretical framing, empirical research design and preliminary findings. Your project description should also clearly convey how data have been collected/analyzed, and concisely indicate the academic field to which the thesis aims to contribute. Your description should be around three pages and must include key references.

  • Your summary will serve as the basis for your assignment to a roundtable and the discussion in the feedback sessions at the workshop. You will get an opportunity to update your summary closer to the event.


Please note!

  • The entire application document must not exceed four pages.

  • Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be accepted; no late submissions will be allowed.

  • The number of participants is limited (applications in recent years by far outnumbered admissions). The quality of the proposal and the student’s potential benefit from the EGOS pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop are the primary criteria for admission.

  • You should not apply if you have already participated in the EGOS PhD workshop in one of the previous years. Please also make sure you actually are able to attend: a late cancellation effectively blocks an opportunity for one of your colleagues.

  • Successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2018. – For all administrative inquiries, please contact:

Participants are strongly encouraged to apply for other pre-Colloquium activities – e.g., for one of the Paper Development Workshops (PDWs) offered on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – as well as to consider the submission of a paper to one of the sub-themes at the main EGOS Colloquium. All details are available on the EGOS website.


Renate E. Meyer is Full Professor for Organization Studies at the Department of Management at WU Vienna, Austria; she is also a permanent Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. She focuses on meaning structures and has studied structural forms of institutional pluralism, institutions as multimodal accomplishments, novel organizational forms, and patterns of management ideas mostly in areas of urban governance challenges. Renate has been a member and Chair of the EGOS Board.
Silviya Svejenova is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. She is Guest Professor at WU Vienna, Austira, and Adjunct Professor at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norwary. Her current research is on creative leadership, executive roles, temporality and novel forms of organizing, as well as the visual and material underpinnings of novel categories, professional innovations, workspace design and city identities. Silviya has been a member and Chair of the EGOS Board.
Annika Kaabel is a PhD candidate at the Department of Management of Estonian Business School in Tallinn, Estonia, and at the Department of Political Science of Kiel University, Germany. She also works as a guest lecturer in both universities and holds a visiting PhD position at the UNSW Sydney Business School, Australia. Her research focuses on choice and change in the institutions governing labour migration and labour market integration.