PDW 01: Social Evaluations in Organization Studies

Elanor Colleoni
IULM University, Italy
Anastasiya Zavyalova
Rice University, USA
Mike Barnett
Rutgers University, USA

Call for Applications

Alexandre Bitektine, Concordia University, Canada
Marco Clemente, ZHAW, Switzerland
Michael Etter, King’s Business School, United Kingdom
Patrick Haack, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland
Anna Jasinenko, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland
Julien Jourdan, HEC Paris, France
Alessandro Piazza, Rice University, USA
Thomas Roulet, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Tijs Adriaan van den Broek, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands


The goal of this PDW, hosted by the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) 05 on Social Evaluations in Organization Studies, is to help doctoral students and early career scholars advance research on social evaluations. This PDW will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and learn about the latest research and open questions in the field of social evaluations, receive guidance on theoretical and methodological issues related to social evaluations, meet colleagues in the field, and receive individual feedback on work in progress in the field.
The workshop is divided into two parts. The first part will address the current debate and open questions about social evaluations, with a particular focus on social evaluations in digital media. In particular, there will be three presentations in which senior scholars will present their current work related to social evaluations in digital media, highlighting current trends and open questions. The second part is a paper development workshop and will be devoted to providing feedback to the participants with the support of senior scholars highly recognised in the field of social evaluations. The total duration of the workshop will be four hours.
Part 1
We will have three presentations on core debates in research in the field of social evaluations in digital media.

  • The first presentation by Anastasiya Zavyalova will focus on the role of social media in the formation of reputational communities; its effects on the flow, rather than stock of organizational reputation; the increasingly important role of strategic reticence; and methodological challenges in working with social media data.

  • The second presentation by Elanor Colleoni will focus on the heterogeneity of evaluators and evaluations in social media and the conditions under which these heterogeneous evaluations converge and the different forms of convergence.

  • The third presentation by Mike Barnett will focus on corporate reputation and stakeholder influence in an era of fake news. If we can no longer agree on or believe what constitutes reality, then how do we assess firms? How do reputational mechanisms condition firm behavior? How can stakeholders determine whether they should or should not favor a given firm?

Part 2
The second part of the workshop consists of a paper development workshop. Roundtable discussions on similar topics will share work in progress and project ideas. Each roundtable will be led by a facilitator. The organizers will forward the relevant project proposals/papers to the roundtable participants. The researcher must present his/her project to the roundtable participants (max. 10 minutes). The facilitator then provides developmental feedback to the researcher. After the facilitators' developmental feedback, the roundtable is opened for discussion among all roundtable participants. The workshop will conclude with a general discussion of the potential prospects and pitfalls of research on social evaluations.


The PDW workshop is offered to PhD students/early career scholars interested in exploring social evaluations. To be considered as an early-career scholar, the applicant needs to have completed his/her doctoral/PhD thesis within the last three years. Criteria for selection are relevance and clarity of the proposal.

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

  • A short letter of application containing full details of name, affiliation, and email;

  • A CV;

  • A 500–1000 words proposal, outlining the research question and its relevance. The purpose of the roundtable sessions is to discuss work in progress as well as project ideas, not fully-developed papers.

Elanor Colleoni is Assistant Professor of Corporate Reputation at IULM University in Milan, Italy. Her work lies at the intersection of corporate reputation, organizational legitimacy, and communication. Elanor has published several academic articles on corporate reputation in leading management journals, such as ‘Academy of Management Review’, ‘Business & Society’, and the ‘Journal of Communication’.
Anastasiya Zavyalova is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University, USA. Her research focuses on socially responsible and irresponsible organizational actions that build, damage, and restore social approval assets, such as reputation and celebrity. Anastasiya’s work has been published in the ‘Academy of Management Journal’, ‘Academy of Management Review’, ‘Organization Science’, and ‘Strategic Management Journal’.
Mike Barnett is Professor of Management at Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University, USA. His work is at the business and society interface and has been published in many journals, some of which would impress you and others, meh. Mike holds all the requisite academic credentials, to boot.