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.

Sub-theme 01: [SWG] Ethnography: Surprises, Stories, Speaking Out

Convenors: Jana Costas, Dan Kärreman
Given the precarious and, at times fluid nature of temporary organizing, examining this phenomenon imposes intricate methodological challenges on organization scholars. Ethnographic approaches may prove to be very helpful in this regard.

Sub-theme 03: [SWG] Routines, Stability and Change in Organizations and Beyond

Convenors: Katharina Dittrich, Martha S. Feldman, Brian T. Pentland
How do organizations sustain repetitive patterns of action in light of the fact that temporary organizing becomes ever more ubiquitous? Scholars interested in temporary organizing may find interesting theoretical responses to this and other questions.

Sub-theme 05: [SWG] Organization as Communication: The Enduring and Fading Away of Organizations

Convenors:Consuelo Vásquez, François Cooren, Jeanne Mengis
CCO scholarship not only demonstrates deep interest in distinct forms of temporary organizing but also provides a useful theoretical apparatus for gaining a deeper understanding of temporary organizing.

Sub-theme 07: [SWG] Doing Process Research: Performativity in the Unfolding Actions of Organizing

Convenors: Barbara Simpson, Nancy Harding, Viviane Sergi
The idea of temporary organizing as process described by Bakker, deFelippi, Schwab, and Sydow (2016) closely relates to this sub-theme’s call for “doing process research”.

Sub-theme 11: New Approaches to Organizing Collaborative Knowledge Creation

Convenors: Shiko M. Ben-Menahem, Georg von Krogh, Uriel Stettner
Temporary organizing aims to generate knowledge by constantly bringing together different organizational actors. The resulting challenge of spurring collaboration might be of interest to this sub-theme.

Sub-theme 14: Exploring Start-up Programs as New Organizational Forms

Convenors: Israel (Issy) Drori, Jochen Koch, Mike Wright
Contributions addressing temporary organizing in accelerators, incubators, etc. may target this sub-theme.

Sub-theme 15: Information Warfare: The Dangers and Vulnerabilities of the Networked Organization

Convenors: Iain Munro, Aki-Mauri Huhtinen, Kirstie Ball
This sub-theme focuses on one of the key challenges of temporary organizing: re-integrating the ideas of temporarily established social collectives in the permanent organization.

Sub-theme 16: Collaborating across Organizational Boundaries: Dealing with Surprises in Distributed Settings

Convenors: Kristina Lauche, Hans Berends, Paul R. Carlile
Contributions on inter-organizational temporary organizing initiatives may find their home in this sub-theme.

Sub-theme 21: Overwork, Identity and the Autonomy/Control Paradox in Professional Organizations

Convenors: Blagoy Blagoev, Laura Empson, Renate Ortlieb
Given that many professional organizations rely heavily on temporary organizing, papers that focus on related challenges might be welcome here.

Sub-theme 22: Governing the “Ungovernable”: Academics, Consultants, Journalists

Convenors: Lars Engwall, Matthias Kipping, Behlül Üsdiken
How to organize multiple temporary social collectives? Related theoretical ideas might make contributions to the topic of this sub-theme.

Sub-theme 33: Heuristics: Novel Insights into Organizing and Organizations

Convenors: Wolfgang H. Güttel, Moritz Loock, Madeleine Rauch
Despite its complexity, even temporary organizing may rely on simple rules. Related contributions may be submitted to this sub-theme.

Sub-theme 34: Organized Creativity: Harnessing Serendipity and Surprise

Convenors: Patrick Cohendet, Elke Schüßler, Jörg Sydow
(How) can temporary organizing resolve the tension between creativity as something unorganized on one side and the attempt to perpetuate creativity on the other side?

Sub-theme 43: Multimodal Methods in Organization Research

Convenors: Joep P. Cornelissen, Curtis LeBaron, Matthias Wenzel
The inherently unstable, continuously evolving, and at times rapidly changing nature of temporary organizing results in a central methodological challenge for organization scholars: how to observe and record the processes of temporary organizing as they unfold? Multimodal methods may prove to be very useful in this regard.

Sub-theme 46: Events, the Agency of Time and Surprises in Organizing

Convenors: Tor Hernes, Juliane Reinecke, Elden Wiebe
Time and temporality play a key role in and for temporary organizing. Therefore, scholars interested in temporary organizing might make interesting contributions to this sub-theme.

Sub-theme 52: Projects for Innovation: Managing Novelty and Uncertainty

Convenors: Andrew Davies, Jonas Søderlund, Paolo Canonico
Given that project work is one prevalent form of temporary organizing, scholars who focus on projects may find their home in this sub-theme.

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