Pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral & Early Career Scholars Workshop 2024

Paths to a Meaningful Career

This workshop will be taking place on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, from 09:00 to 23:00 CEST, prior to the main 40th EGOS Colloquium 2024 in Milan.

Period for submission of applications:

  • Start: Tuesday, November 21, 2023

  • End:  Tuesday, January 9, 2024 [23:59 CET]

Pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral & Early Career Scholars Workshop 2023

Mélodie Cartel
University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
Manuel Castriotta
University of Cagliari, Italy
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 EGOS 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 4, 2023, before the main EGOS Colloquium.

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 2023, 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.

Mode of participation

The main EGOS Colloquium 2023 is planned as an onsite event, with 21 hybrid sub-themes (see the general Call for Short Papers). Our workshop will also be hybrid, this means, it will be possible to attend our workshop either onsite or online. Plenary talks and panels will be streamed, and for the interactive discussions, we will designate online participants to an online roundtable.
For the initial submission of your application, you will be asked to provide information about your preferred mode of participation, should your application be accepted.

Application guidelines

To be considered for participation in the pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral and Early Career Scholars Workshop 2023, 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 10, 2023, 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;

  • Your 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 max.).


Please note!

  • Participants in the workshop will be selected based on their potential benefit from, and contribution to, the workshop.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by early March 2023. Given the interactive nature of the 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.

  • Upon acceptance to the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to revise and finalize their extended abstract and aspirational CV up until June 15, 2023 (fixed deadline) and upload it via the EGOS website.

  • Between June 15 and the workshop (July 4), 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 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.

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. She finds it important to support junior scholars as they find their own unique intellectual paths and navigate their career at the same time. 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.
Manuel Castriotta is an Associate Professor of Organization Studies at Cagliari University, Italy. His career and education were not linear. Before management, he studied psychology and philosophy, and he was a sports manager, business consultant, and skipper before academics. Through his research, Manuel intends to elucidate the theoretical connections between the organizational structures of entrepreneurial ecosystems and the creative processes that encourage the emergence of startups. He has advanced methodological studies of science and technology mapping. He was one of the pioneers of the Cagliari University’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, contributing to the development of several third mission initiatives and innovative start-ups.
Tammar B. Zilber spent her entire career (so far) within one institution – the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel – moving from Psychology through Anthropology and finally landing at the Hebrew University Business School. She is 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’s career is characterized by the challenges common to those working from the (geographical) periphery. She served as an Associate Editor at ‘Academy of Management Journal’, is now a Senior Editor at ‘Organization Studies’, and will serve as its co-Editor-in-Chief from September 2023.