Call for Applications
Keynote speakers:Marianne W. Lewis, University of Cincinnati, USA
Wendy K. Smith, University of Delaware, USA
Please note: This PDW will take place on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, from 13:00 to 17:00 CEST!
We are living in disruptive times. The world is undergoing large-scale changes, such as economic crises,
climate change, technological breakthroughs, and the global COVID-19 pandemic. Management research increasingly seeks to study
such complex changes and their interplay within organizations. Yet, studying such complex phenomena requires insights from
multiple disciplines and theoretical lenses. Paradox research offers a possibility for more inclusive theorizing by engaging
multiple, competing views and issues that emerge in times of disruption such as old-new, individual-collective, and short-long
Paradoxes denote “persistent contradictions between interdependent elements” (Schad et al., 2016, p. 6). Paradox theory aims at better understanding the nature, management, and dynamics of tensions. This focus facilitates a scholarly conversation that is inclusive across disciplines, paradigms, and research which spans levels of analysis, contexts, and theoretical lenses. Disruption requires such inclusive approach to theorizing in order to push forward academic knowledge and provide novel insights for practice.
Paradox theory is inclusive in a few ways:
First, the theory and associated frameworks have fostered research on a variety of topics, many of which are central issues in disruptive times such as social entrepreneurship (Galuppo et al., 2019; Smith & Besharov, 2019), organizing for sustainability (Sharma & Bansal, 2017; Van der Byl et al., 2020), and management of man-machine interaction in the digital age (Raisch & Krakowski, 2021; Tilson et al., forthcoming).
Second, paradox has been a big-tent theory, even a meta-theory (Lewis & Smith, 2014), since it has built on different theories such as practice theory, systems theory, and institutional theory (Putnam et al., 2016; Smith & Besharov, 2019; Tuckermann, 2019). This diversity allows for looking at disruption in novel ways.
Third, paradox researchers have drawn on insights from different cultures such as the Afro-centric tradition “Ubuntu” (Gaim & Clegg, forthcoming), and juxtaposed opposing philosophical underpinnings such as Chinese Yin-Yang philosophy with a Western view of resolving tensions (Zhang et al., 2015).
These cultural and philosophical
underpinnings contextualize disruption such that scholars are able to challenge theoretical assumptions and see new fault
lines revealed by issues such as unequal effects of climate change around the globe.
In this PDW 04 – hosted by the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) 09 “Organizational Paradox: Engaging Plurality, Tensions and Contradictions” – we draw on paradox theory to better understand these disruptive times. Our aim is to invite and develop papers that address but are not limited to paradoxes and disruption. The workshop seeks papers that push theoretical and methodological boundaries, and aim at making bold theoretical and practical contributions. We encourage submissions across research fields, theoretical backgrounds, and philosophical underpinnings that integrate ideas across different sub-themes.
The PDW comprises two blocks. It will start with a keynote panel: Marianne W. Lewis and Wendy
K. Smith – authors of the most influential texts on paradox theory – will share insights on writing and publishing paradox
During the roundtable sessions, accepted papers will receive feedback from experts in the field of paradox research. All participants are expected to have read the papers of their fellow session presenters and give them feedback.
PDW is open to all scholars interested in paradoxes and other forms of tensions. We will select papers depending on their
novelty and potential for theoretical contribution. PhD students and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to
submit but we will also consider applications from more senior scholars. We will give preference to papers that are not presented
in a sub-theme at the main EGOS Colloquium 2021.
Please submit – via the EGOS website – by April 30, 2021 a single document of application (.doc, .docx or .pdf file) that includes:
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 you consider it valuable to attend this PDW as well as an indication of what journal(s) the paper is likely to be submitted to.
A draft/working paper with max. 10 double-spaced pages, including references, figures, or tables. By submitting a paper, you agree to provide a full draft of the paper prior to the workshop.
We will inform the PDW applicants of the decision by mid/end of May 2021.
- Gaim, M., & Clegg, S. (2021/forthcoming): “Paradox beyond East/West orthodoxy: The case of Ubuntu.” In: R. Bednarek, M. Pina e Cunha, J. Schad & W.K. Smith (eds.): Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Organizational Paradox. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited.
- Galuppo, L., Gorli, M., Alexander, B.N., & Scaratti, G. (2019): “Leading in Social Entrepreneurship: Developing Organizational Resources in Confrontation with Paradoxes.” In: A.B.R. Shani & D.A. Noumair (eds.): Research in Organizational Change and Development. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited, 167–186.
- Lewis, M.W., & Smith, W.K. (2014): “Paradox as a metatheoretical perspective: Sharpening the focus and widening the scope.” The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 50 (2), 127–149.
- Putnam, L.L., Fairhurst, G.T., & Banghart, S. (2016): “Contradictions, dialectics, and paradoxes in organizations: A constitutive approach.” Academy of Management Annals, 10 (1), 65-171.
- Raisch, S., & Krakowski, S. (2021): “Artificial Intelligence and Management: The Automation-Augmentation Paradox.” Academy of Management Review, 46 (1), 192–210.
- Schad, J., Lewis, M.W., Raisch, S., & Smith, W.K. (2016): “Paradox research in management science: Looking back to move forward.” Academy of Management Annals, 10 (1), 5–64.
- Sharma, G., & Bansal, P. (2017): “Partners for good: How business and NGOs engage the commercial–social paradox.” Organization Studies, 38( 3-4), 341–364.
- Smith, W.K., & Besharov, M.L. (2019): “Bowing before dual gods: How structured flexibility sustains organizational hybridity.” Administrative Science Quarterly, 64 (1), 1–44.
- Tilson, D., Sørensen, C., & Lyytinen, K.J. (2021/forthcoming): “Digital induced industry paradoxes: Disruptive innovations of taxiwork and music streaming beyond organizational boundaries.” In: R. Bednarek, M. Pina e Cunha, J. Schad & W.K. Smith (eds.): Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Organizational Paradox. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited.
- Tuckermann, H. (2019): “Visibilizing and Invisibilizing Paradox: A process study of interactions in a hospital executive board.” Organization Studies, 40 (12), 1851–1872.
- Van der Byl, C., Slawinski, N., & Hahn, T. (2020): “Responsible management of sustainability tensions: paradoxical approach to grand challenges.” In: O. Laasch, R. Suddaby, R. Freeman & D. Jamali (eds.): Research Handbook of Responsible Management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 438–452.
- Zhang, Y., Waldman, D.A., Han, Y.-L., & Li, X.-B. (2015): “Paradoxical leader behaviors in people management: Antecedents and consequences.” Academy of Management Journal, 58 (2), 538–566.