Pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop 2023

This workshop will be taking place on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, from 09:00 to 23:00 CEST, prior to the main 39th EGOS Colloquium 2023 in Cagliari.

Period for submission of applications:

  • Start: Tuesday, November 1, 2022

  • End:  Tuesday, January 10, 2023 [23:59 CET]

Pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop 2023

Michela Loi
University of Cagliari, Italy
Neil Pollock
University of Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom
Elke Schüßler
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Call for Applications

EGOS strongly encourages doctoral students to become active members of its vibrant and diverse community of organization scholars. The EGOS pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop provides a platform for students working towards a doctorate in organization studies to interact with, and learn from, fellow students and top scholars in various areas of research and scholarly inquiry. It is designed as a springboard for successful academic careers by examining important issues such as publishing, re­viewing, and collaborative research; the event also provides a number of networking opportunities.

What to expect?

The pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop is offered to a limited number of students in advanced stages of the dissertation journey (selection based on the quality of application) and best suits the needs of those working with qualitative or mix-method designs. It takes place on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, before the main EGOS Colloquium.
The workshop covers the following topics, among others:

  • Publication process. Participants will examine the publication process together with experienced scholars and journal editors in order to learn from cases of success and failure in formulating, writing, submitting, and revising papers for top-journal publication.

  • Art of reviewing. Experienced scholars and journal editors will also offer insights into the art of reviewing as an essential component of the peer-reviewed publication process. Understanding and appreciating the review process will help in writing high-quality reviews as well as in successfully addressing reviewers’ comments and publishing one’s own work.

  • Dissertation journey. The workshop will enable participants to approach their doctoral dissertations with renewed vigour by engaging in discussions on research design and methodologies with renowned colleagues and by reviewing their dissertation proposals with the help of others – fellow participants and more senior researchers who work in the respective area of scholarly inquiry.

  • International academic career. The mix of scholars from diverse academic backgrounds and institutions from around the globe is a key strength of EGOS, as well as of this workshop. Participants will gain exposure to similarities and differences across countries and continents in how academic processes work. This will also enhance their understanding with regard to different career opportunities and career paths.

The EGOS pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop is organized primarily around participative interaction. Students are expected to prepare assigned readings carefully prior to the workshop in order to be able to act as informed and active contributors. They will, however, not be asked to formally present their own work; rather, students will exten­sively comment on their dissertation projects in small roundtable sessions, with a senior academic as a facilitator and discussant.

Application guidelines

Please apply for admission to the workshop by Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at the latest. You should do so by uploading (via the EGOS website) a single PDF file that contains the following mandatory sections:

  • Name + contact details, including e-mail address, and phone number;

  • Doctoral program, including affiliation, main area(s) of studies, name(s) of your supervisor(s), and stage of your PhD work (e.g., “3rd year finalizing data collection; initial data analysis ongoing; all coursework completed”). – Please indicate if you have previously applied to the EGOS PhD Workshop (when) and have not been offered a place;

  • Motivation. A paragraph on how you will benefit from this workshop. Please clearly indicate your specific developmental needs (e.g., publishing, reviewing, collaborative research, career issues, getting your first job, methods, etc.).

  • Dissertation summary. Approx. three pages’ description of your doctoral dissertation project, including title, a precise research question, theoretical framing, empirical research design and preliminary findings, and references. Your description should also clearly convey how data have been collected/analyzed, and concisely indicate the academic field to which the thesis aims to contribute. [Your summary will serve as the basis for your assignment to a roundtable and the discussion in the feedback sessions at the workshop. You will get an opportunity to update your summary closer to the event.]

Please note!

  • The entire application document should follow the sections mentioned above and must not exceed four (4) pages.

  • Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be accepted; no late sub­missions will be allowed.

  • The number of participants is limited (applications in recent years by far out-numbered admissions). The quality of the proposal and the student’s potential benefit from the EGOS PhD Workshop are the primary criteria for admission.

  • You should NOT apply if you have already participated in an EGOS PhD Workshop in one of the previous years. Please also make sure you actually are able to attend: a late cancellation might block an opportunity for one of your colleagues.

  • When applying for the PhD workshop, you will be asked to indicate your mode of participation (in person or virtually/online) should your application be accepted. Virtual participants in the PhD workshop will have access to streamed lectures/discussions and participate in virtual roundtables. The main EGOS Colloquium 2023 in Cagliari is offering 21 hybrid sub-themes. If you plan to participate virtually in the PhD workshop, and also want to present a paper at the main Colloquium, we recommend to submit a short paper to one of the hybrid sub-themes (please see here).

  • Successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2023. For any administrative inquiries, please contact:

Participants are strongly encouraged to apply for other pre-Colloquium workshops offered on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, as well as to consider the submission of a short paper to one of the sub-themes of the main EGOS Colloquium. All details are available on the EGOS website.

Michela Loi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of Cagliari, Italy. Her research interests are in the theoretical and empirical study of entrepreneurship learning and education, particularly in organizational contexts such as universities, with a focus on the relationship between the individual and the context in which entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs are situated as agents of change. Michela has had her work published in international journals such as ‘Entrepreneurship and Regional Development’, ‘International Small Business Journal’, and ‘Journal of Management Inquiry’, and she has authored or co-authored books and book chapters on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Neil Pollock is Professor of Innovation and Social Informatics at the University of Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom. He works on digital futures, digital innovation, and digital entrepreneurship, and his research sits at the intersection between the disciplines of Organization Studies, Science and Technology Studies, and Economic Sociology. His books include “Putting the University Online, Software and Organisations. How Industry Analysts Shape the Digital Future”, and the edited collection “Thinking Infrastructures”. Neil is currently working on a further book, provisionally entitled “Hype Cycles of the Digital Economy”. He was recently awarded the EGOS 2022 James G. March Prize for his co-authored article ‘The Biography of an Algorithm’.
Elke Schüßler is Professor of Business Administration and Head of the Institute of Organization Science at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. Most of her work examines societal transformation processes related to globalization, digitalization, and the climate crisis, paying particular attention to organizational and institutional innovation as well as work relations. Elke’s work on organizing for grand challenges, organized creativity, and the digitalization of work has been published in the ‘Academy of Management Journal’, ‘Human Relations’, ‘Organization Studies’, and ‘Socio-Economic Review’, among others. As a member of the EGOS Board, Elke is in charge, among others, for the development of EGOS sustainability measures.