Pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral and Early Career Scholars Workshop 2022

Paths to a Meaningful Career

This workshop will be taking place on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, from 09:00 to 23:00 CEST, prior to the main 38th EGOS Colloquium 2022.

Period for submission of applications:

  • Start: Monday, November 1, 2021

  • End:  Tuesday, January 11, 2022 [23:59 CET]

Pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral & Early Career Scholars Workshop 2022

Mélodie Cartel
UNSW, Sydney, Australia
Jurgen Willems
WU Vienna, Austria
Tammar B. Zilber
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Call for Applications

The progress of research in organizational studies relies upon the commitment and the creativity of advanced PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior scholars who explore new questions, new methods, and new phenomena. EGOS puts special emphasis on supporting the academic development of younger scholars and their positioning and integration in the academic community/ies.
The purpose of the pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral and Early Career Scholars Workshop is to facilitate the academic socialization of junior scholars. We aim to provide an arena for exploring challenges early-career scholars face relating to the different dimensions of academic work, including research (and funding), teaching, administrative duties, and community service.
This workshop is an active exchange based on a dialogue among junior and senior academics that seeks to strengthen junior scholars’ involvement with the EGOS com­munity and to help them find their ways in academia. It will take place on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, before the main 38th EGOS Colloquium 2022 in Vienna.

Content and objectives

To our understanding, the main challenge in an academic career is balancing personal passions and preferences on the one hand and the needs of and pressures from various parties on the other while sustaining a meaningful career over time. How do we manage these conflicting demands, and how do we achieve impact and relevance in our careers? These questions nag any academic, let alone early career scholars, so we aim to create a space for their discussion.

In 2022, the pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral and Early Career Scholars Workshop will focus on presentations, discussions, and small-group workshops dedicated to:

  • Developing a better understanding of the various dimensions of academic work, their rationale, and their importance in different stages of your academic career.

  • Reflecting upon your identity and voice as a researcher, an educator, and a citizen of various academic communities (e.g., within your institution, EGOS, AoM, etc.), with an opportunity for hands-on exchange about diverse career paths and ways to achieve relevance and impact.

  • Thinking of your career and the interplay of serendipity and strategic action in navigating it. To facilitate your reflection, we will hear about the experiences of senior scholars who will reflect on their career paths, highlighting failures, dead ends, and missed opportunities – and what they have learned from them – as much as about what brought them motivation and joy.

Application guidelines

To be considered for participation in the pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral and Early Career Scholars Workshop 2022, applicants should have completed their doctoral dissertation within the last five academic years (excluding maternity leave or similar).
Please apply for admission to the workshop by Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at the latest, and upload (via the EGOS website) a single PDF file that contains the following information:

  • A letter of application, including name, affiliation, postal & e-mail address, as well as an explaining your motivation to participate

  • An extended abstract (1 page) outlining your primary area of work or a current paper project

  • A curriculum vitae

  • An aspirational curriculum vitae explaining where you would like to see yourself in 10–15 years in terms of your academic achievements and focus. It can be written as a free text or as a list-like CV, as long as you also explain your choices and reflect upon the major challenges you will face in your efforts to move from your current CV to your desired one (2 pages at max.)


Please note!

  • Participants in the pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral and Early Career Scholars Workshop will be selected based on their potential benefit from, and contribution to, the workshop.

  • Given the interactive nature of this workshop, the number of participants will be limited. Please keep in mind that registration for the workshop must be submitted separately from the main EGOS Colloquium registration.

  • When applying for the pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral and Early Career Scholars Workshop, you will be asked to indicate your mode of participation (in person or virtually/online), should your application have been accepted. Virtual participants in this workshop will have access to streamed lectures/discussions and participate in fully virtual roundtables. Depending on the interest and the number of virtual participants, there may be the option of participating in virtual social events.

  • For the main Colloquium, the organizers at WU Vienna have introduced a hybrid initiative involving seven sub-themes that combine in person and virtual participation. Those who are attending the pre-Colloquium and main Colloquium virtually will have a reduced Colloquium registration fee [tba in spring 2022]. Having said this, for the EGOS Colloquium 2022 in Vienna we see online participation as an exception rather than a rule, and encourage you to participate in person to derive the most benefit from the pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral and Early Career Scholars Workshop.

  • Successful applicants will be notified by of acceptance by early March 2022. – For all administrative inquiries, please contact:

  • Upon acceptance to the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to revise and finalize their extended abstract and aspirational CV up until June 1, 2022 (fixed deadline) and upload it via the EGOS website.

  • Between June 1 and the workshop (July 5), each participant will be asked to review at least one extended abstract and the CVs of another participant.

  • We expect your full commitment once your application has been accepted and you have agreed to participate: a late cancellation effectively blocks an opportunity for one of your colleagues.

Participants are strongly encouraged to apply for other pre-Colloquium workshops offered on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, as well as to consider the submission of a full paper to one of the sub-themes at the main EGOS Colloquium 2022. All details are available on the EGOS website.

Mélodie Cartel is a Lecturer at the UNSW Business School, Australia. From an academic perspective, she has strong interests in both market sociology and organizational institutionalism: two research traditions which, despite their many intellectual affinities, tend to resist scholarly attempts to have them speak together. Mélodie nonetheless brings them together to study environmental and social problems, which comes with both challenges and opportunities when building a career path. Mélodie’s research focuses on sustainable innovation and change at the level of the industry, ranging from the low carbon transition in the energy industry worldwide to the modern transformation of the construction industry to provide access to affordable housing to all.
Jurgen Willems is Professor for Public Management and Governance in the Department of Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), Austria. His teaching and research cover a variety of topics on citizen-state and citizen-society interactions. Jurgen’s concrete areas of interest are: changing civic engagement and its new challenges for public policy and management; the increasing importance of bureaucratic reputations and the influence on citizens’ and public servants’ behaviors; network governance for within-sector and cross-sector collaborative eco-systems; and the impact of new technologies on citizen-state and citizen-society interactions.
Tammar B. Zilber is Professor in the Business School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She interested in how organizations operate in light of their embeddedness within shared meaning systems (institutions), and how people negotiate these meanings on the ground, as part of their daily work – or as they strive to create, maintain, and change institutions. By inquiring into the microfoundations of organizational, field, and societal level institutional dynamics – such as change, maintenance, translation, and the work of logics –,Tammar highlights the role of meanings, emotions, and power relations in institutionalization processes. She uses qualitative research methods, and has written on narrative research, field level ethnography, and multimodality. Tammar is an Associate Editor of the ‘Academy of Management Journal’. She has also convened multiple sub-themes at previous EGOS Colloquia and currently serves on the EGOS Executive Board.