Hosted by the the Business & Society Program within the renowned Aspen Institute, the “Ideas Worth Teaching Award” is one of the most prestigious awards for teaching in business and management education. And I am very happy and proud to announce that the collaborative open course “Organizing in Times of Crisis” is among the winners of the 2020 competition – selected out of over 100 nominations.
As recipients of the award, Elke Schüßler (University of Linz) and myself had the honor to introduce our joint course in no longer than 45 seconds:
Over the course of the past decade, we can observe a growing trend towards (calls for) greater openness in various organizational contexts such as open innovation, open government, open strategy or open science. To some degree openness has been recast as a programmatic organizing principle, promising not just gains in efficiency (e.g., Chesbrough & Appleyard, 2007) but also in terms of transparency (Ohlson & Yakis-Douglas, 2019), accountability (Whittington, 2019) and inclusiveness (Mack & Szulanski, 2017). At the same time, we can observe a growing body of literature on diversity and inclusion that addresses openness in terms of inclusive organizing (Ferdman & Deane, 2014; Mor Barak, 2016; Nkomo et al., 2019; Shore et al., 2018; Zanoni et al., 2010).
Particularly regarding inclusiveness, however, we see a detachment of research on openness in various organizational contexts (e.g. strategy or innovation) from other scholarly debates on diversity and inclusion that address inclusive organizing as such (for an exception see Dobusch et al., 2019). With this sub-theme we seek to make a connection between these two separate research streams because we see three particular avenues for crosspollination that will advance our knowledge about inclusion, diversity and open organizing:
Andrea Bührmann (Universität Göttingen), Laura Dobusch (Radboud University Nijmegen) und Ines Weller (Universität Bremen) bitten um Einreichungen für ein Sonderheft in der Zeitschrift für Diversitätsforschung und -management zum Thema “Klimakrise, Diversität und Ungleichheitsverhältnisse: Aktuelle Wechselwirkungen und Transformationen” (PDF des Call for Papers). Auszug daraus:
Zusammengenommen zeigen diese Entwicklungen eindrücklich, dass mit der gesellschaftlichen Adressierung der Klimakrise und damit einhergehenden Handlungsstrategien gleichzeitig und unseres Erachtens untrennbar auch Diversitäts- und Ungleichheitsverhältnisse mitverhandelt werden, die allerdings nicht zwangsläufig in deren Polarisierung und Verschärfung münden müssen. Vor diesem Hintergrund lädt dieses Heft zu Beiträgen ein, die sich mit dem Zusammenhang von Klimawandel, Differenz(polarisierung) und Un-/Gleichheitsfolgen beschäftigen. Ein besonderer – aber nicht ausschließlicher – Fokus liegt dabei auf empirischen wie theoretischen Arbeiten, die Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz in den Blick und die Pflicht nehmen.
Die Frist zur Einreichung für wissenschaftliche Vollbeiträge zu diesem Themenschwerpunkt ist der 01.07.2020. Forschungsskizzen und Positionen sowie Praxisbeiträge können bis 01.09.2020 eingereicht werden. Nachfragen richten Sie bitte vorab an l.dobusch[a]ru.nl.
Together with my colleagues Taran Thune (University of Oslo) and Jochen Markard ( ETH Zurich), I am convening a track on “Sustainability Transitions: Bridging Systems and Organizational Perspectives to Tackle Grand Challenges” on the forthcoming EGOS Colloquium in Hamburg in July 2020.
to the theme
live in a world facing a variety of grand challenges connected to environmental
and societal sustainability, including food, water and energy security, climate
change, natural disasters, poverty and inequality. How societies and
organizations deal with such challenges, and commit to developing more
sustainable futures, while discontinuing unsustainable businesses and practices
is a key concern and research topic (Ferraro et al., 2015; Geels et al., 2017;
George et al., 2016; Markard et al., 2012).
This sub-theme will bring together scholars who study grand sustainability
challenges and transformation from different perspectives, including systems
and organizations. We are particularly interested in contributions that explore
new approaches, perspectives, and methods.
Strategy processes are becoming more open by increasing transparency and inclusion. This openness is even more relevant when managers engage with grand societal challenges and complex, emergent technologies characterized by radical uncertainty. Inclusive strategizing makes more strategic information available and enables more internal and external stakeholders to engage in strategic conversations. Under which conditions is it beneficial for companies to open their strategy process, and when should they opt for more secrecy? What are the intended and unintended consequences of openness along the strategy process? What are potential “side effects?” What is the right balance of “openness” and “closure” in the strategy process? What are the barriers for more openness, and how can they be overcome? Additionally, it is intriguing to investigate how new technologies alter the very process of strategy and, consequently, impact social and organizational structures, power distribution and roles of an organization. This track welcomes all research proposals related to these themes across a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives.
Am Internationalen Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung der Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg findet von 23.-24. Juli eine Konferenz zum Thema “Die Zukunft der Prognostik: Was wir heute und morgen vorhersagen können”. Hier der Link zum Programmplakat als PDF. Weitere Informationen und Registriertungsmöglichkeit unter ikgf.uni-erlangen.de/zukunft-der-prognostik.
Organizing Creativity in the Innovation Journey INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, JULY 11-12, 2019,
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Demands for creativity today range well beyond typically “creative” and cultural industries to most sectors of the economy and, as some would argue, even society at large. Seen as the basis for innovating new products, processes or services, creativity is no longer considered as an individual personality trait but as a subject of intentional organizing. Such organizing efforts not only occur within formal organizations like firms, schools, universities or (non-)governmental organizations, but increasingly cross organizational boundaries to include interorganizational networks as well as clusters, communities and crowds. Regardless of the context in question, central challenges for organizing creativity revolve around the following themes: When and in what ways do slack or constraints foster creativity? How do organizations allow for and even foster moments of serendipity, even in highly-structured innovation processes? Does the uncertainty that characterizes creative processes hinder or stimulate creativity? What is the role of rules and regulations in reducing or inducing different kinds of uncertainty? What are the social dynamics unfolding in physical and virtual spaces for creative collaboration?
Please find below the Call for Papers for a Special Issue in Organization Studies on “Open Organizing in an Open Society? Conditions, Consequences and Contradictions of Openness as an Organizing Principle” (PDF), co-edited by Georg von Krogh, Violetta Splitter, Peter Walgenbach, Richard Whittington and myself. In case you are interested to submit a paper to the Special Issue, please also consider to submit a short paper version of it to the upcoming EGOS sub-theme 55 on “Open Organizing for an Open Society? Connecting Research on Organizational Openness” . Submitting authors are not in any way obliged to participate at this sub-theme, and papers presented at the sub-theme are not guaranteed publication in the Special Issue. We just see this sub-theme as an opportunity to develop papers for submission. Deadline for submitting short papers to the EGOS sub-theme is January 14, 2019, deadline for submitting manuscripts to the Special Issue in Organization Studies is November 30, 2019. Continue reading “Call for Papers for a Special Issue in Organization Studies: »Open Organizing in an Open Society?«”→
Discussions around open organizing date back to the 1950s, when organizations were conceptualized as open systems interdependent with their environments (e.g. Boulding, 1956). However, recent developments have seen openness recast as an organizing principle in a wide range of domains. Indeed, Tkacz (2012, p. 400) describes contemporary advanced societies as undergoing a “second coming of openness”. Thus we see the apparent rise of phenomena such as open innovation (Chesbrough, 2006), open strategy (Hautz et al., 2017), open software development (von Hippel & von Krogh, 2006), open government (Janssen et al., 2012), open science (Nosek et al., 2015), and open education (Seely et al., 2008).
While there is growing reference to notions of openness across domains, these are largely disconnected from each other, show few signs of convergence and lack theoretical reference between domains. This fragmentation is even more marked when considering related notions such as organizational fluidity (Dobusch & Schoenborn, 2015), liquidity (Kociatkiewicz & Kostera, 2014), boundlessness (Ashkenas et al., 2002) and partiality (Ahrne & Brunsson, 2011). Alongside these notions, advanced societies appear also to be seeing the emergence of more open organizational forms such as crowds (Felin et al., 2014), communities (Faraj et al., 2016), ecosystems (Baldwin, 2012) or meta-organizations (Gulati et al., 2012). A central objective of the proposed sub-theme will be to bring together discussions of various forms of open organizing in order to explore possible commonalities and significant distinctions, and to develop means for more connected theorizing across domains and dimensions. Continue reading “EGOS 2019 Call for Short Papers: »Open Organizing for an Open Society?«”→
Creativity is one of the key concepts, yet among the most slippery ones of present-day Western societies. Today, the call for creativity spans far beyond typically “creative” fields and industries towards becoming a universal social norm. Creative processes, however, are fundamentally surrounded by uncertainty. It is difficult to know ex-ante what will become a creative idea and, due to its destructive force, it is also highly contested. This inherent uncertainty associated with creativity thus spills over to other social spheres, too.