PDW 08: Addressing the World’s Pressing Challenges with Institutional Theory?

Santi Furnari
Bayes Business School, City, University of London, United Kingdom
Joel Gehman
George Washington University School of Business, USA
Nina Granqvist
Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Tim R. Hannigan
Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta, Canada
Farah Kodeih
IESEG School of Management, France
Danielle Logue
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Charlene Zietsma
School for Environment & Sustainability and Ross Business School, University of Michigan, USA

Call for Applications

Bryant A. Hudson, IESEG School of Management, France
Mia Raynard, UBC Sauder School of Business, Canada
Henri Schildt, Aalto University School of Business, Finland


This PDW gives early career scholars the opportunity to present, discuss, and develop ongoing work that falls under the wide tent of institutional theory. Participants will also receive extensive feedback from leading researchers in the field.
As a collaboration between the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) 12 on “Institutions, Innovation, Impact: How Institutional Theory Matters” and sub-theme 35 35 on “Fields of Possibilities: Interstitial spaces, Institutional Infrastructures, and the Social Topology of the Future”, this PDW aims to help develop work that employs an institutional theory lens, focusing on (for example), innovation and institutions, social innovation and institutions, entrepreneurship and institutions, institutional change, institutional work, emotions and institutions, institutional fields, institutional infrastructures, informal institutions, repressive institutions etc.


The PDW will include round tables (presentations of papers by early-career scholars and extensive discussions and feedback), as well as a panel discussion. We invite original work, both empirical and conceptual. All methodological approaches are welcome. We explicitly encourage research in novel empirical contexts that push forward theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological frontiers in the study of institutions and institutional phenomena.


The PDW is mainly targeted at doctoral students, post-docs, and assistant professors, but is also open to experienced scholars. All scholars interested in this workshop are invited to apply; however, priority will be given to early career scholars.
Please submit – via the EGOS website – by April 30, 2023 a single document of application (.docx or .pdf file) that includes:

  • On the first page: a short letter of application containing full contact details including name, address (postal address, phone, and email), affiliation (date of PhD completion for early-career scholars).

  • A statement of why the applicant considers it valuable to attend the workshop.

  • An indication of what journal(s) the paper is likely to be submitted to.

  • A full paper that you want to develop to a publishable stage.

We will contact applicants to let them know whether or not they are accepted for the workshop by mid-May, 2023.

Santi Furnari is Professor of Strategy at Bayes Business School, City, University of London, UK. He has published work on the emergence of fields and practices, institutional change, and the use of configurational theories and methods. Santi is a Senior Editor for ‘Organization Studies’ and also serves on the Editorial Boards of the ‘Academy of Management Review’, ‘Journal of Management Studies’, ‘Organization Theory’, and ‘Strategic Organization’.
Joel Gehman is the Thaddeus A. Lindner and Sergius Gambal Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy at the George Washington University School of Business, USA. His research investigates how businesses and other organizations can contribute to tackling grand challenges related to sustainable development through strategic practices, technological innovation, and institutional change. Joel’s research has been published in the ‘Academy of Management Journal’, ‘Academy of Management Review’, ‘Organization Studies’ and ‘Research Policy’, among others.
Nina Granqvist is Professor of Management at Aalto University School of Business, Finland. The focus of her research is how new industries and market categories emerge and develop. The studies explore this topic from multiple theoretical perspectives, including institutional theory, market categorization, temporality, narratives, and agency in nascent fields. Empirically, Nina’s collaborative research draws on extensive qualitative datasets on for example the development of solar technology, nanotechnology, material sciences, and food trends.
Tim R. Hannigan is an Assistant Professor of Organization Theory and Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, University of Alberta, Canada, and the co-coordinator of the Interpretive Data Science (IDeaS) group. His research is oriented around the early moments of markets, fields, entrepreneurial ecosystems, blockchain entrepreneurship, and organizational wrongdoing. Using mixed methods – including topic modeling, network analysis, and qualitative interpretive analysis –, Tim focuses on the co-constitution of meanings and social structure in the emergence of cultural and institutional phenomena.
Farah Kodeih is Associate Professor of Strategy at IESEG School of Management, France. Her research focuses broadly on how organizations and individuals experience and respond to institutional pressures, contradictions and disruptions. The current focus of her research is to document the ways in which organizations have mobilized to respond to the recent refugee crisis and counter the marginalization and exclusion faced by refugees and asylum seekers in their new host countries. Farah’s research has been published in the ‘Academy of Management Annals’, ‘Organization Studies’, ‘Research in the Sociology of Organizations’, among others.
Danielle Logue is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She has published work on institutional fields, institutional infrastructure, and entrepreneurial processes of social innovation. Danielle is Associate Editor for ‘Information & Organization’, and also serves on the Editorial Boards of ‘Organization Studies’, ‘Strategic Organization’, and ‘Journal of Management Inquiry’.
Charlene Zietsma is the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at SEAS and at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA. She has published work on institutional fields, infrastructure, and change processes, social/sustainable entrepreneurship and social emotions. Charlene is a Field Editor for the ‘Journal of Business Venturing’ and is on the Editorial Boards for the ‘Academy of Management Journal’ and the ’Academy of Management Review’.