PDW 10: Workshop on the Art of Academic Reviewing

Ann Langley
HEC Montréal, Canada
Yiannis Gabriel
School of Management, University of Bath, United Kingdom

Call for Applications


Bruce Barry, Editor-in-Chief of Business Ethics Quarterly
Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, USA
Samer Faraj, former Senior Editor of Organization Science
Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Canada
Patrizia Zanoni, Associate Editor of Organization
Utrecht University School of Governance, The Netherlands


Academic writing and publishing have received a great deal of attention in recent years, but this is not necessarily the case with reviewing for academic journals. This is unfortunate since reviewing is an essential element in research and publication processes in social sciences in general and in organization studies in particular.
Reviewers act as referees and gatekeepers, and frequently determine the outcome of decision processes. Moreover, reviewers often play a crucial role in developing theoretical ideas and improving empirical analyses. Acting as a reviewer is a key part of being part of a scholarly community and network of colleagues. It involves opportunities to influence scientific discussions and their future directions, but also obligations and responsibilities in terms of quality control, fairness, and ability to see the potential in new ideas.
For the twelfth time, EGOS provides a Pre-Colloquium Development Workshop (PDW) that focuses on the practice of academic reviewing and which is primarily intended for scholars in post-doc or more advanced stages of their career.
This year, we plan to organize this PDW workshop in such a way as to give participants real hands-on practice with reviewing. Thus, all registrants must commit to submitting a review of a specific manuscript that we will provide to them before the workshop. The collected, anonymized and numbered reviews of this manuscript from the registrants, as well as the real reviews on it (when it was initially submitted to a journal) will form the material around which the discussion of academic reviewing will be organized.

Specifically, the PDW will consist of two parts:

  • First part: Short plenary presentations from experienced faculty editors about what makes a good review: Each editor makes a short 5 minute presentation of their journal

  • Second part: Editors will facilitate a round table discussion with participants of a selection of the (numbered and anonymized) submitted reviews on the paper as well as the real reviews to draw out some of the good and not so good practices of reviewing encountered.



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: full details of name, contact (i.e. postal address, email) and affiliation

  • A brief description of research interests and experience of reviewing for academic journals

Accepted registrants will receive the article for review at least five weeks before the workshop, and will be required to submit their review to a website that will be provided before June 15, 2019.

Ann Langley is Chair in Strategic Management in Pluralistic Settings at HEC Montréal, Canada, and Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) and at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research focuses on strategic change, top management team dynamics and the practice of strategy in complex organizations. She is particularly interested in process-oriented research and methodology. Anne has published over 70 articles in refereed journals. She is co-editor of the journal ‘Strategic Organization’ and co-editor – together with Haridimos Tsoukas – of the book series ‘Perspectives on Process Organization Studies’, published by Oxford University Press.
Yiannis Gabriel is Professor emeritus of Organizational Theory at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK, Visiting Professor at the University of Lund, Sweden, and former Senior Editor of ‘Organization Studies'. He is well known for his work on organizational storytelling and narratives, psychoanalytic studies, leadership, management learning, the culture and politics of contemporary consumption, and the study of genocide from an organizational perspective.