Strategy-as-Practice (SAP) Community Day 2023: In Search of a Good Life: Strategizing Between Vision and Tradition

Christoph Brielmaier
University of Bamberg, Germany
Christian Bruck
WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Robin Engelbach
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Yanis Hamdali
European University Viadrina, Germany
Dicle Kortantamer
University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Call for Applications

Miriam Feuls, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Linda Rouleau, HEC Montréal, Canada
Neil Thompson, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Christopher Wickert, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tammar B. Zilber, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Roundtable Hosts:
Siavash Alimadadi, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Ignas Bruder, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Miriam Feuls, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Martin Friesl, University of Bamberg, Germany
Jochen Koch, European University Viadrina, Germany
Georg Reinschauer, WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Birgit Renzl, University of Stuttgart, Germany
David Seidl, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Violetta Splitter, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Jörg Sydow, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


The Strategy-as-Practice (SAP) Community Day 2023 is an inclusive platform to build, strengthen, and extend relationships within the broader EGOS community. Particularly for junior SAP scholars spread across different sub-themes of the Colloquium, this pre-Colloquium workshop provides an opportunity to exchange informally, discuss new theoretical ideas and methods, and receive feedback on working or emerging papers. The SAP Community Day 2023 consists of two parts:

  1. Part 1 is designed as a space to inspire debates on and reflect upon the theme “In Search of a Good Life: Strategizing Between Vision and Tradition”. Organizations today face manifold fundamental changes, substantially challenging how things have ‘traditionally’ been done. For instance, digital technologies have given rise to new forms of organizing and strategizing. And, from traditional perspectives, the relevance of the grand challenges that organizations face today has significantly changed. These changes provide multiple opportunities for investigation of strategy as practice scholars: What do these fundamental changes – presenting a tension between tradition and vision – mean for organizational actors? How should this tension be navigated? How do strategies look like that preserve valuable traditions and at the same time make organizations future-proof? What is really valuable and to what extent should it be preserved? What is the role of SAP scholars in addressing such questions?
    To tackle these and related questions, multiple perspectives in management and organization theory will be introduced. We will start with inputs from senior scholars who will reflect on the search for a good life, which combines the need for creatively strategizing between vision and tradition. This will be followed by an interactive panel discussion. Afterwards, each panelist will host a roundtable in which participants will gain deeper insights and enter conversations about how strategizing for the good life may look like.

  2. Part 2 features Paper Development Roundtable Sessions where participants discuss their current research with leading SAP scholars. Participants will briefly present core ideas and current issues they are facing. Roundtable hosts will provide feedback and invite a joint discussion around the table. Ideas and/or papers on all topics and theoretical perspectives are welcome. (Thus, there is no need to explicitly relate to the focus topic of Part 1).
    In addition to the above sessions, we will provide opportunities for informal networking and discussions during breaks. Especially, the joint lunch break will further foster these networking activities and nurture the SAP community’s spirit.


Please submit – via the EGOS website – by April 30, 2023 a single application document (.docx or .pdf file) which contains the following mandatory information:

  1. On the first page: your name + contact details (incl. title, postal address, email, phone number) and keywords that best describe your current research interests.

  2. Which part(s) of the Strategy-as-Practice (SAP) Community Day would you like to attend? – It is possible to attend either Part 1 or both parts!

  • If you would like to attend Part 1 (Strategizing Between Vision and Tradition): Please indicate your interest in attending this part.

  • If you would like to attend Part 2 (Paper Development Roundtables): Please include an abstract of up to 1,000 words (incl. references). Ideas and/or papers on all topics and theoretical perspectives related to Strategy-as-Practice Research are welcome! [Thus, they do not have to relate to the focus topic of Part 1!]
    We welcome all types of submissions, including (but not limited to) conceptual, quantitative, and qualitative papers at any development stage; also, emerging observations from your data, such as ethnographic vignettes, can be submitted. There is no need to submit full papers later on; however, shortly before the SAP Community Day 2023 you will have the option to update your submission.

Christoph Brielmaier  is a research associate at the Otto-Friedrich-University, Bamberg, Germany. His research focuses on the attention-based-view of the firm, strategy-as-practice, and behavioral strategy. Christoph engages in empirical qualitative and quantitative, as well as conceptual research.
Christian Bruck is a research associate at the Institute for Strategic Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. In his research, Christian currently addresses the governance of B2B platforms, the valuation aspect of business models, and the implementation of open strategy processes. He studies these phenomena through empirical qualitative and conceptual research by applying a practice-based perspective.
Robin Engelbach is a research associate at the Chair of Organization and Management at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research focuses particularly on the phenomenon of Open Strategy, investigating the effects of opening up the strategy process through internal and external participation and transparency. Robin’s research draws primarily on empirical, qualitative data, but he also employs conceptual approaches.
Yanis Hamdali is a research associate at the Chair of International Management at the European University Viadrina, Germany. In his research, Yanis currently addresses futures in organizations, temporal innovation dynamics and the co-construction of crises. He engages in conceptual and empirical qualitative research in these topics through a practice- and process-based perspective.
Dicle Kortantamer is a lecturer in project management at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Her research seeks to link temporary organizing to questions about strategizing, leadership, and boundary work through conceptual research and ethnographic case studies that draw on practice and process approaches.