Join the Organidons: Organization and Management Scholars on Mastodon

This is what Open AI makes out of the instruction “organization scholarship in the style of digital retro art”

With its decentralized and non-profit nature, the Fediverse in general and Mastodon in particular provide a fitting and low-threshold opportunity to follow interesting researchers and practitioners, stay in touch with colleagues and share research output with the world. However, for a social network to thrive, it requires a critical mass of active users. To make it easier to find and (re-)connect with fellow organization and management scholars on Mastodon, we have launched the Organidons project: a curated opt-in only list of organization and management scholars on Mastodon.

The creation of this list was inspired by the collection of lists at Academics on Mastodon over at Github.

In addition, we have also extracted via fedifinder those people who are following the account of the journal Organization Studies on Twitter (@osofficer) and have put their Mastodon handle in their Twitter profile to be found there. Check out this list to get an overview of some people who are already on Mastodon (this list is static and won’t be updated in the future).

New Article: »Overcoming communicative separation for stigma reconstruction: How pole dancers fight content moderation on Instagram«

In this article in Organization, we, Milena Leybold and Monica Nadegger, unpack how stigmatized groups reconstruct stigma despite their communicative separation. We conducted a netnographic study to investigate a case of pole dancers—and later sex workers, strippers, and other stigmatized groups—protesting the stigmatization practice of shadowbanning and the sex-work stigma on Instagram. 

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The Austrian Strategizing Activities & Practices Community met in Innsbruck

The Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) is an Interest Group at the Academy of Management and thus quite global. However, beyond international meetings and online collaborations, we thought more regional meetings would be nice to allow for informal exchange and peer learning. And the first Austrian SAP Community meeting on January 13, 2023, demonstrated that this thesis was highly accurate. Thanks to all who joined us in Innsbruck – and a special thank you goes to Milena Leybold, who was the lead organizer of the event.

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New Special Issue in Organization Studies: “Open Organizing in an Open Society? Conditions, Consequences and Contradictions of Openness as an Organizing Principle”

Ten years ago, in autumn 2013, I had teamed up with Georg von Krogh and Richard Whittington applying for a first of what turned out to become a series of four sub-themes on organizational openness that I had the honor to co-convene:

One red thread throughout these EGOS sub-themes was the goal to connect research on organizational openness across various domains. Building upon these discussions, Violetta Splitter, Richard Whittington, Georg von Krogh, Peter Walgenbach and I applied for editing a special issue on “Open Organizing in an Open Society? Conditions, Consequences and Contradictions of Openness as an Organizing Principle”, which has now finally been published. The introductory article is available as an open access full text:

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Guest Lecture at the DiSCourse Seminar: “Openness as Organizing Principle: Dilemmas across Domains” [Updates]

The Digital Science Center (DiSC) at the University of Innsbruck invited me to give a talk in their lecture series “DiSCourse Seminar” on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 13:15. Please check out the abstract of my talk on “Openness as Organizing Principle: Dilemmas across Domains”:

‘Openness’ has become an organizational leitmotif of our time, spreading across a growing set of organizational domains. However, most discussions within these specialized domains (e.g. open data, open innovation or open strategy) pursue openness as a program, focusing on challenges specific to the particularities of those domains. Conceptualizing openness as a dynamic organizing principle along dimensions of transparency/opacity and inclusion/exclusion allows theorizing and potentially addressing dilemmas associated with programmatic approaches to openness across these various domains.

Participants are invited to join the event at the Digital Science Center, Innrain 15, Open Space Area (1st floor) or online via Big Blue Button.

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Vortrag beim Philosophischen Café Innsbruck: “Welchen Fakten kann man noch trauen?”

Am 7. Dezember durfte ich im Philosophischen Café Innsbruck zum Thema “Welchen Fakten kann man noch trauen?
Zur Glaubwürdigkeitskrise von Wissenschaft und Journalismus im Zeitalter digitaler (Des-)Information” vortragen und diskutieren. Die Slides meines Vortrags finden sich auf Slideshare, es gibt auch eine per Smartphone improvisierte Audio-Aufzeichnung.

Inhaltlich hat mein Vortrag auf meinem in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ) erschienen Beitrag “Objektivität unter Anführungszeichen: Über Wissenschaft und Aktivismus” aufgebaut.

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ConJunction 2022 Impressions

Below are some visual impressions from our 6th annual ConJunction, the OS Students and Alumni event. Prof. Weiskopf ceremoniously started the event. Next, Prof. Soppe shared her current work on the challenges faced by people working in the “increasingly stigmatized” oil and gas industry. The inspiring research talk was followed by a lively panel discussion hosted by Prof. Dobusch, with panel guests Julia Wolf (OS Alumna, GemNova), Alessia Zoppelleto (University of Trento), and Bernhard Staudt (BMW).

After the coffee break, Alwin Baumhöver, Niklas Hugot, and Milena Eberharter presented their master’s theses related to organizing (for) sustainability. Last but not least, Katharina Albertini gave the valedictorian speech on behalf of the graduating class.

The informal and best part of the event, the “eat and meet” was held at 6020. It was wonderful to meet again in person!

There is a newly created LinkedIn group for our ConJunction community. Spread the word!

Neuer Buchbeitrag: “Chancen des Öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunks”

Anlässlich ihres 50jährigen Bestehens hat die deutsche Otto-Brenner-Stiftung drei Open-Access-Sammelbände herausgegeben. Zum dritten Band “Welche Öffentlichkeit brauchen wir? Zur Zukunft des Journalismus und demokratischer Medien” durfte ich einen Beitrag mit Titel “Chancen des öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunks” (PDF) beisteuern:

Demokratisierung bei Konsum und Produktion von öffentlich-rechtlichen Medien ist kein Selbstzweck, sondern bringt eine Reihe wünschenswerter Möglichkeiten und Angebotsverbesserungen mit sich – und führt letztlich zu einer stärkeren Unterscheidbarkeit zwischen öffentlich-rechtlichen und privat-profitorientierten Angeboten als Bonus obenauf.

Der Beitrag war auch Ausgangspunkt für meinen Vortrag im Rahmen der diesjährigen re:publica-Konferenz zum Thema “Weniger Netflix, mehr YouTube und Wikipedia: Zur Demokratisierung öffentlich-rechtlicher Medien”. Allerdings bin ich in dem Vortrag noch mehr auf die Potenziale dezentraler Digitalinfrastruktur eingegangen – etwas, das angesichts aktueller Entwicklungen rund um die Übernahme Twitters durch Elon Musk von besonderer Brisanz ist. Wer lieber liest als Videos schaut, für den liefert ein gemeinsam mit Jan-Hendrik Passoth verfasster Gastbeitrag im Tagesspiegel die Kerngedanken.

CfA: 1st Organizing Creativity – Transalpine Paper Development Workshop

Image created by DALL·E with the keyword “Organized Creativity”

May 12-13 of next year, the Johannes Kepler University in Linz will host the 1st Transalpine Paper Development Workshop on “Organizing Creativity”. From the Call for Applications:

The First Creativity Paper Development Workshop is an opportunity for academics to develop their ongoing work, empirical or conceptual, related to creativity, broadly defined. The workshop will be developmental with each paper having as a discussant a senior scholar with a track record of multiple publications in creativity. Authors will also receive feedback from peers with similar research interests. It should be of special interest to colleagues who recently graduated with a Ph.D., and doctoral students with quite well-developed manuscripts; scholars more advanced in their careers are also welcome to attend. This workshop aims to become an annual opportunity for early scholars in Business/Management to establish themselves in the vibrant international community of scholars interested in the study of creativity. It aims to initiate and support a budding community of Europe-based researchers with a shared interest in creativity and to offer them an environment to come together, know each other as well as established scholars, benefit from close interpersonal relations, and initiate new exciting collaborations. We see this workshop as an opportunity to develop a standing working group on creativity, especially among Central and Southern European Universities.

Deadline for submitting applications based on abstracts of around 500 is 11.59 pm, January 25th, 2023. Email for submission:

6th Annual ConJunction Day

Our master’s program Organization Studies Students and Alumni Day will take place on the 18th of November 2022. After a Covid interruption last year and the online event in 2020, we are very excited to meet in person again! The theme of ConJunction this year is “Organizing (for) Sustainability.”

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