There will be a workshop “Temporary organizing and temporality: Stability and change in Cultural and Creative Industries” on 4-5 October 2018 in Lucca (Italy) and scholars are invited to submit proposals to be presented in the special sessions. The confirmed keynote speakers include Prof Robert DeFillippi (Suffolk University), Prof Jörg Sydow (Freie Universität Berlin) and Emanuele Vietina (Lucca Comics & Games), and we are inviting also experts from different fields, such as Massimo Osanna (Parco Archeologico di Pompei), Tamás Szucs (Principal Adviser – Cross-sectoral cooperation on future ET2020 and FP9) and Gerald Raunig (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies). Following the workshop, a book will prepared with the participants’ lectures, manuscripts and discussions.

The convenors have purposefully opted for a very broad theme, because they would like to bring together researchers and professionals from various fields (arts and heritage management, organization studies, economics, urban studies, cultural tourism etc.) to exchange ideas about temporary organizing and temporality in cultural and creative industries.

Call for Papers

Time goes by really fast: From June 13th to June 16th already the third workshop of the scientific network “Temporary Organizing” took place – this time at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Our local host was Jörg Raab and several other scholars from Tilburg University joined us, among them Federica Angeli, Marius Meeus, and Leon Oerlemans.

The workshop started with a keynote by Rolf Lundin (University of Jönköping) with a methodological focus “An after method approach to research – Chunking”.

Based on extended abstracts, six scholars fromour network then pitched their ideas for a special issue/volume that we are currently planning:

  1. The Unknown, the Familiar, and the Permanent: How Absorptive Capacity Helps New Ventures to Overcome Tensions between New and Recurrent Project Partnerships (presented by Hendrik Wilhelm)
  2. Temporary hybrid organizations for dealing with complex social issues. How do they learn? (presented by Jörg Raab)
  3. Linking the temporary with the permanent – An empirical study about the handling of organizational tensions by means of project-based paradoxical management strategies (presented by Stephan Bohn)
  4. Time is nothing, timing is everything: Unfolding temporal contradictions in project organizing (presented by Iben Stjerne)
  5. It’s all about moving the pawns in the game – Organizing innovation process-es in the board game sector (presented by Suntje Schmidt)
  6. Temporary organizing and organizing temporality: On the multilayered architecture of accelerators (presented by Matthias Wenzel)

Thereafter, in a new workshop format “Future Research Projects Generator”, Suntje Schmidt (
Humboldt University Berlin), Katharina Scheidgen (Technical University Berlin) and Timo Braun (Freie Universität Berlin) presented an outline for a proposal that links research streams on temporary organizing, entrepreneurial ecosystems and networks.

As highlight of the evening program, Joseph Lampel (University of Manchester) gave an informal keynote discussing the impact of temporary organizing on democracies and society on a broader level.

The subsequent days were linked to the Tilburg Temporary Organizations Conference (TTOC) that attracted leading international scholars in the field of project management research (

The Tilburg Temporary Organizations Conference will be held June 14/15, 2018 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

The conference is organized by the Department of Organization Studies at Tilburg University.

Deadline for abstracts (500 words) is January 12, 2018.

For further information please go to:

On behalf of the organizing committee

Joerg Raab


Paper Pitches on Grand Challenges Research and the Embeddedness of Temporary Organizing

November 28th to 29th saw the second workshop of the DFG Scientific Network “Temporary Organizing” coordinated by Timo Braun (FU Berlin) and hosted by Hendrik Wilhelm (University of Cologne). In addition to the presentation and discussion of paper pitches prepared by the network members—responding either to call for papers on „Tackling Grand Challenges with Forms of Temporary Organizing“ (prepared by Blagoy Blagoev, Timo Braun, and Anja Danner-Schröder) or „The Embeddedness of Temporary Organizing“ (prepared by Stefan Bohn, Andranik Tumasjan, and Matthias Wenzel)—the participants enjoyed presentations by Davide Nicolini (Warwick Business School) and Shahzad (Shaz) Ansari (Cambridge University).

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Every year, the EGOS Colloquium offers a comprehensive and diverse set of interesting sub-themes, each of which focuses on specific topics and streams in organization research. This also applies to next year’s EGOS Colloquium, which will take place from July 5–7 in Tallinn, Estonia.

The rich offer of sub-themes provides multiple opportunities for scholars interested in temporary organizing to submit their short papers until January 8, 2018. The following list includes some of the sub-themes that are interested in phenomena of temporary organizing. Please contact the authors of this blog if you have suggestions for extending this list.

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Two Autumnal Days in Cologne with Davide Nicolini and Shaz Ansari

Cologne, November 28-29, 2017

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The DFG Network on Temporary Organizing is currently gearing up for its second meeting to take place at the University of Cologne on November 28/29. In this post, we want to provide a short outlook on our upcoming program and our pre/post-workshop activities.

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The strategic roles of innovation and exploration in today’s competitive environment have triggered an important evolution in the field of project studies. Indeed, it has been demonstrated that the dominant, rational view of project management as the accomplishment of a clearly defined goal in a specified period of time, and in conformity with certain budget and quality requirements, does not fit with the logic of innovation that is first and foremost characterized by discovery (Van de Ven, Polley, Garud, & Venkataraman, 1999), unforeseeable uncertainty (Loch, DeMeyer, & Pich, 2006), and expansion (Hatchuel, 2002). It also does not fit with the logic of entrepreneurial orientation, which is characterized by proactively seeking, (co-)creating, and seizing new and innovative business opportunities and by a risk-taking attitude, leading to a sustained proclivity of shareholders and senior managers to pursue projects with uncertain outcomes (Anderson, Kreiser, Kuratko, Hornsby, & Eshima, 2105; Covin & Slevin, 1991; Miller, 1983; Rauch, Wiklund, Lumpkin, & Frese, 2009; Rosenbusch, Rausch, & Bausch, 2013).

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Two Sunny Berlin Days with Candace Jones and Stewart Clegg

Berlin, July 11-12, 2017


The DFG network “Temporary Organizing” coordinated by Timo Braun, School of Business & Economics, Freie Universität Berlin, held its first workshop right after EGOS. In this respect, we could benefit from two talks by Candace Jones (University of Edinburgh) and Stewart Clegg (University of Technology Sydney) on How temporary projects lead to institutional stability (by Candace) and Temporal Conditioning and Institutional Pluralism: Exploring the Nature and Dynamics (by Stewart).

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Who we are?

We are a network of early career researchers funded by the German Research Foundation (“Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” [DFG]) and dedicated to the topic “Temporary Organizing under Tension: Between Stability and Change”. The activities of the network start in June 2017. Within a period of 18 months, the network will, among other things, host four workshops on selected topics in the field of temporary organizing. International keynote speakers will present their views on temporary organizing and engage in discussions with the network members as well as with invited guests.

What we are interested in…

Temporary organizing in the shape of projects, events, or contract and temporary work is a widely spread empirical phenomenon that still continues to grow in importance and that reflects both the uncertainty resulting from intensified competition in globalized markets and the “Zeitgeist” of acceleration, speed, and time scarcity. Forms of temporary organizing are see to provide a high degree of flexibility to the actors involved and have become the predominant form of organizing innovation, change, and transformative activities.  Continue reading