PDW 07: Theorizing Extreme Contexts – CANCELLED

Virginie Fernandez
Umeå University, Sweden
Sophie E. Jané
Umeå University, Sweden
McKenzie Lloyd-Smith
Bayes Business School, United Kingdom

Call for Applications


Samer Faraj, McGill University, Canada
Daniel Geiger, University of Hamburg, Germany
Markus Hällgren, Umeå University, Sweden
April Wright, University of Queensland, Australia


Since 2011, the Extreme Context Research (ECR) community has brought together a growing number of scholars, from PhD students to more senior academics. Considering the success of the “Extreme Contexts Virtual Workshop Series” held since 2020 (see more on www.organizingextremecontexts.org), and the popularity of the dedicated Extreme Contexts sub-theme at the EGOS Colloquia, this PDW, hosted by the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) 14 “Organizing in and for Extreme Contexts”, will offer relevant continuity and provide opportunities for budding ECR scholars.
Acknowledging the fragmentation of the field and the recent efforts to provide integrative reviews to structure it, the main goal of this PDW is to offer opportunity to engage in theorizing and building incremental knowledge. Main targets are PhD students and young researchers to help them connect and join the ECR community.


The PDW is structured around insightful presentations of experienced researchers in extreme contexts and interactive sessions supporting better theorizing and cross-fertilisation. Further, the networking opportunities offered would facilitate integration of young scholars in the ECR community.
This PDW is designed to enhance cross-fertilization within the community and advance theorizing in extreme contexts. We aim at including a wide range of scholars interested in extreme contexts. Submitters will be asked to submit a paper and to provide feedback to other members of their subgroups.
Presentations from experienced researchers will also highlight opportunities to improve theorizing and creation of incremental knowledge in the field. We are eager to receive papers from PhD students and early career scholars dealing with various extreme empirical settings, and are open to innovative methods and theoretical lenses.


Please submit – via the EGOS website – by April 30, 2022 a single application document (.docx or .pdf file) that contains the following mandatory sections:

  • On the first page: name + contact details, including title, postal address, e-mail address, phone number

  • The paper should be 30 pages at the maximun, double spaced, not including references. A short paragraph (200 words) at the top of your paper will be needed to get your full details and for you to mention what specific feedback is expected from the PDW.

Selected submitters will be requested to upload their papers along with a 5-minute presentation specifying the type of feedback or support that you are looking for with your submission.

Virginie Fernandez is a Post-doc in Management in Extreme Contexts at Umeå School of Business, Economics & Statistics, Sweden. In her PhD dissertation, she explored the emergence of collective competence in extreme contexts, specifically in mountain rescue setting. Virginie’s current studies deal with collective and embodied sensemaking, improvisation and temporality in extreme contexts. She has been organizing and facilitating the “Extreme Contexts Research Community Brown-Bag” seminars.
Sophie E. Jané is a Post-doc in Risk, Routines, and Leadership in Extreme Contexts at Umeå School of Business, Economics & Statistics, Sweden. In her PhD dissertation, she studied the role of risk perception on social exclusion in extreme organizational environments. Sophie’s current research pairs qualitative methods (fieldwork, interviews, participant observation) with theoretical lenses such as sensemaking, legitimacy, basic psychological needs to understand how people organize in risky situations. Along with Virginie and McKenzie, she is a co-facilitator of the “Extreme Contexts Research Community Brown-Bag” seminars.
McKenzie Lloyd-Smith is a PhD candidate within the Faculty of Management at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), United Kingdom. His doctoral research is phenomena driven, focusing on crises and rare events. Within these contexts he studies organisational theory topics including organisational resilience, reliability, sensemaking, uncertainty, collective action, coordination, and temporary organising. His recent research includes an ethnographic study of sensemaking and coordination within critical care units during the COVID-19 pandemic.