PDW 07: Learning How to Embrace Paradoxes for a Good Life
Call for Applications
Achieving a good life (in a good society) requires continuous balancing work between elements that are
difficult to hold together – such as work-life balance, economic growth and sustainability, individual goals and collective
responsibilities (Pradies et al., 2021; Sharma et al., 2021). Paradoxes - i.e.,”“persistent contradictions between interdependent
elements" (Schad et al., 2016, p. 6) – need to be navigated in an effort of building a better and more just life and society
(Hahn et al., 2018). The paradox literature has stressed the importance of embracing such tensions in order to manage them
effectively (Lüscher & Lewis, 2008; Pradies et al., 2020), to achieve positive outcomes at the individual, organizational,
and systemic levels (Carmine & De Marchi, 2022). Developing capabilities to navigate paradoxes is therefore crucial for
organizational members (e.g., human resource managers, CEOs, employees) to fosters actions in the face of complexity. This
requires creating new connections between research, management education, and practice, so that paradox studies fulfil their
potential as a new paradigm for understanding and navigating organizational complexity.
In this PDW, hosted by the EGOS sub-theme 34: “Exploring Paradox’ Meta-Theoretical Potential for Theorizing”, we draw on paradox theory to better understand how individuals and organizations can effectively embrace paradoxes for a good life. Our goal is to invite contributions that address, but not limited to, (1) the challenges of teaching students and members of organizations how to embrace and manage contradictory elements, conflicts, and tensions experienced in educational activities; and (2) more broadly the key challenges that people and organizations face in transforming our society for a good life.
The PDW seeks papers that push theoretical and methodological boundaries, and that aim at making bold theoretical and practical contributions. We encourage submissions across research fields, theoretical backgrounds, and philosophical underpinnings that integrate ideas across different sub-themes. The purpose of this PDW is to help scholars to develop their ideas into well-argued papers that can achieve publication in high-ranked journals and also offers focused development sessions liked to an Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE) Special Issue.
The PDW is structured in three parts:
1. The first, introductory session is aimed at community building and discussions will be focusing on the challenges of learning about paradoxes with students and practitioners. Further, the guest editors or the AMLE Special Issue will present insights on the topic.
2. The main part of the PDW is centered around interactive roundtables. All participants are expected to have read the papers of their roundtable members to provide feedback. Roundtables will be formed according to the topics of interest and will focus on two main areas.
Several roundtables will focus on papers interested in paradox research. In small groups, participants will discuss their papers in detail with one paradox scholar. The aim is to allow vide into smaller groups with in order to allow for in-depth conversation between participants with thematic overlaps to further developing your papers through mutual feedback and support.
Several roundtables will be chaired by the guest editors of the AMLE special issue “Learning Through the Paradoxes of Learning & Education” in which accepted papers will receive feedback from experts in the field of paradox research.
3. The PDW will end with
a plenary session on the challenges of writing paradox papers. Several scholars will share their insights on navigating the
tensions of successfully publishing paradox research.
This PDW is open to all scholars
interested in paradoxes and other forms of tensions. PhD students and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to
submit, but we will also consider applications from more senior scholars. We will give preference to papers that are not presented
in a sub-theme at the main EGOS Colloquium 2023.
Please submit – via the EGOS website – by April 30, 2023 a single application document (.docx or .pdf file) that contains the following mandatory sections:
Name + contact details, including title, postal address, e-mail address, phone number.
Current role and affiliation. For doctoral students, please include the doctoral program, 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”). For active researchers, include position and affiliation (early career researchers, please specify the date of PhD completion).
Motivation. A paragraph on how you will benefit from this workshop. Please clearly indicate your specific developmental needs (e.g., developing methodology, analyzing data, theorizing from data, improving presentation, choosing a publication outlet, addressing reviewers’ feedback, etc.). In the letter you need to specify if the paper is submitted for the roundtables pertaining to the AMLE Special Issue or general paradox research.
A draft/working paper with max. 10 double-spaced pages (typed using a twelve-point Times New Roman font, with margins of at least one-inch), including references, figures, or tables. A full draft of the paper is due two weeks prior to the workshop.
- Carmine, S., & De Marchi, V. (2022): “Reviewing paradox theory in corporate sustainability toward a systems perspective.” Journal of Business Ethics, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10551-022-05112-2
- Hahn, T., Figge, F., Pinkse, J., & Preuss, L. (2018): “A paradox perspective on corporate sustainability: Descriptive, instrumental, and normative aspects.” Journal of Business Ethics, 148 (2), 235–248.
- Lüscher, L.S., & Lewis, M.W. (2008): “Organizational change and managerial sensemaking: Working through paradox.” Academy of Management Journal, 51 (2), 221–240.
- Pradies, C., Aust, I., Bednarek, R., Brandl, J., Carmine, S., et al. (2021): “The lived experience of paradox: How individuals navigate tensions during the pandemic crisis.” Journal of Management Inquiry, 30 (2), 154–167.
- Pradies, C., Tunarosa, A., Lewis, M.W., & Courtois, J. (2021): “From vicious to virtuous paradox dynamics: The social-symbolic work of supporting actors.” Organization Studies, 42(8), 1241–1263.
- Schad, J., Lewis, M.W., Raisch, S., & Smith, W.K. (2016): “Paradox research in management science: Looking back to move forward.” Academy of Management Annals, 10 (1), 5–64.
- Sharma, G., Bartunek, J., Buzzanell, P.M., Carmine, S., Endres, et al. (2021): “A paradox approach to societal tensions during the pandemic crisis.” Journal of Management Inquiry, 30 (2), 121–137.