PDW 05: Pushing Boundaries in Organizational Network Research ---> CANCELLED!

Julia Brennecke
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Tiziana Casciaro
University of Toronto, Canada
Olaf N. Rank
University of Freiburg, Germany
Leon A.G. Oerlemans
Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Call for Applications


The focus of organizational network research has shifted in the last years: While early work has mainly analysed the structure of networks and the influence of structure on outcomes at different organizational levels of analysis, we observe an increasing interest in the multilevel nature, evolution, or content of organizational networks and their ties. With this shift, novel theoretical perspectives such as cognitive activation (e.g., Parker et al., 2016; Smith et al., 2012) or conservation of resources (Hobfoll, 1989; Methot et al., 2016) inform our research and extend the already extensive theory-base underlying organizational network studies. While this plethora of theories opens up intriguing opportunities it also presents a danger of fragmentation and segregation of the field. Alongside the theoretical expansion, methods for collecting and analysing network data have become more sophisticated and open up new possibilities and pitfalls.
This Pre-Colloquium Development Workshop (PDW) provides a forum for PhD students and early career researchers facing the above opportunities and challenges to present and discuss their work and get feedback from fellow participants and convenors. We encourage submissions of new ideas on, and innovative contributions to, topics that push forward theoretical, empirical and/or methodological frontiers of organizational network research. The PDW is open to participants representing various disciplines, theoretical orientations, and interests in organizational networks at a variety of levels to exchange ideas, research approaches and designs as well as research results. Topic areas include but are not limited to studies in organization science, innovation studies, institutional economics, structural sociology, public administration, health care and business management.
We aim to include in the PDW research projects at varied stages of development, ranging from early stage research proposals, mid stage (data analysis), later stage (write-up, job market paper) or revise & resubmit stage. Invited participants are asked to have read the papers of the other participants, give a presentation of their own work, and function as a discussant for one other paper. Participants will also be paired with one of the convenors to receive feedback on their own project.


All scholars interested in further developing their papers/projects towards publishable articles are invited to apply to this PDW. 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 – by April 2, 2019 a single document of application (.doc, .docx or .pdf file) that contains

  • 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

  • An abstract (max. 800 words excl. references) about the project they will conduct (research proposal), are conducting (mid stage) or have conducted (paper draft stage/job market paper, revise and resubmit stage)

The abstracts will be assessed by the convenors for innovativeness of ideas, clarity of presentation of (potential) methods, data quality and depth of theory development.
Selected participants are required to submit a full research proposal/paper by mid-June 2019.


  • Hobfoll, S.E. (1989): “Conservation of resources: a new attempt at conceptualizing stress.” American Psychologist, 44 (3), 513–524.
  • Methot, J.R., Lepine, J.A., Podsakoff, N.P., & Christian, J.S. (2016): “Are workplace friendships a mixed blessing? Exploring tradeoffs of multiplex relationships and their associations with job performance.” Personnel Psychology, 69, 311–355.
  • Parker, A., Halgin, D.S., & Borgatti, S.P. (2016): “Dynamics of Social Capital: Effects of Performance Feedback on Network Change.” Organization Studies, 37 (3), 375–397.
  • Smith, E.B., Menon, T., & Thompson, L. (2012): “Status differences in the cognitive activation of social networks.” Organization Science, 23 (1), 67–82.


Julia Brennecke is Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Knowledge Management at the University of Liverpool Management School, UK, and an adjunct researcher at the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on networks within and between organizations, with the aim of creating a better understanding of how and why network ties form, and exposing the consequences of network connections for innovation. Her work has been published in journals such as ‘Research Policy’, ‘Human Resource Management’, ‘Journal of Small Business Management’ and ‘Research in the Sociology of Organisations’.
Tiziana Casciaro is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and the Jim Fisher Professor in Leadership Development at the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research explores how structural and psychological forces jointly shape behavior in organizations. Her work on organizational networks, power dynamics, change implementation, and professional networking has appeared in ‘Administrative Science Quarterly’, ‘Academy of Management Journal’, ‘Management Science’, ‘Organization Science’, and ‘Harvard Business Review’.
Olaf N. Rank is Professor and holds the Chair of Organization and Human Resource Management at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany. In addition, he is the Director of the Institute of Economics and Business Administration at the same university. Before joining the faculty in Freiburg, Olaf held academic positions at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and Georg-August-University Göttingen (Germany). His research focuses on the quantitative modeling of intra- and inter-organizational as well as multi-level organizational networks. Olaf has published his research in a wide range of highly recognized academic journals such as ‘Organization Science’, ‘Research Policy’, ‘Social Networks’, ‘International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing’, and the ‘International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing’.
Leon A.G. Oerlemans is Professor of Organizational Dynamics in the Department of Organization Studies, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. He is Head of the Department of Organization Studies and Academic Director of the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the same university. He also is Extraordinary Professor Economics of Innovation at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His research interests include temporary organizations, ‘green consumption’, and inter-organizational relationships and networks. His research has been published in a wide range of high-ranked journals like ‘Journal of Management’, ‘Organization Studies’, ‘Research Policy’, ‘Technovation’, and ‘Applied Energy’.