Release | Special Issue | Theories are Methods. Or are they? Methodological options for organization and management research

Theories are Methods. Or are they? Methodological options for organization and management research, special issue of the Journal of Organizational Change Management [SSCI 1.262, Scopus, CNRS, FNEGE, CABS**]. Introduction Steffen Roth, Albert Mills, Bill Lee, and Dariusz Jemielniak: Theory as method. Introduction to supertheoretical options for organization and management research Abstract: This article is devoted to […]

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Release | The great reset of management and organization theory. A European perspective

Abstract: In mid-2020, the World Economic Forum (WEF) announced the Great Reset, an initiative launched to assert, describe, and shape the direction of an epochal transition brought about by the global coronavirus crisis. Rooted in a European tradition of social theory, this article aims to articulate the broader social context of this scenario and pinpoint […]

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CFP | Luhmann Conference 2021 | Risks and Pathologies. Observed with Social Systems Theory

Call for papers to the Luhmann Conference 2021 on “Risks and pathologies. Observed with social systems theory” Place: Inter-University Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik, Croatia Address: Don Frana Bulicá 4, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia Dates: 14-17 September 2021 Theme In the year 2020, the world was hit by an unprecedented and ongoing crisis in the form of a […]

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Release | Draw your organization! A solution-focused theory-method for business school challenges and change

Abstract: This article presents a solution-focused approach to current problems and criticisms faced by business schools. In order to facilitate the required shift from problems to solutions, I outline a theory-method and demonstrate how it has informed my teaching at FT-ranked business schools and other institutions of higher education in two subjects and on three continents. I […]

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Preview | Chester Barnard’s systems-theoretic approach to organization theory: a reconstruction

Abstract: Chester Barnard’s organisation theory is widely acknowledged to be grounded on a systems-theoretic approach which has however remained largely inchoate. The present paper ventures a hypothetical reconstruction of this approach by identifying the salient parallels between Barnard’s thought and Niklas Luhmann’s theory of social systems as well as Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophy of organism. […]

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CFP | Digital transformation of theory in the administrative sciences

Call for papers to a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences [SSCI .756, Scopus, CNRS**, CABS**] on Digital transformation of theory in the administrative sciences Proponents Steffen Roth, Full Professor of Management, La Rochelle Business School, France, and Adjunct Professor of Economic Sociology, University of Turku, Finland Jean-Sébastien Guy, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social […]

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Release | The Great Reset. Restratification for Lives, Livelihoods, and the Planet

Abstract: In reviewing the Great Reset, an initiative launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in response to the global coronavirus crisis, this perspective article considers the scenario of an epochal transition from capitalism to “restorism”. To facilitate the observation of underlying trends and assumptions, a systems-theoretical framework is developed for the observation of both […]

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CFP | The Great Reset of management and organization theory

Call for papers to a special issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Management [SSCI 1.891, Scopus, CNRS**, CABS**, VHB***] on The Great Reset of management and organization theory Proponents Steffen Roth, Full Professor of Management, La Rochelle Business School, France, and Adjunct Professor of Economic Sociology, University of Turku, Finland [corresponding proponent]. Wojciech Czakon, Full Professor of Strategic […]

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Release | Dying is Normal, Dying with the Coronavirus is not: A Sociological Analysis of the Implicit Norms Behind the Criticism of Swedish ‘Exceptionalism’

Abstract: From the outset of the coronavirus crisis, Sweden has been heavyily criticized for its exceptional pandemic mitigation policy. Sweden is often accused pursuing an abnormal and ‘disastrous strategy’ that puts its citizens’ lives at risk. In this article, we analyze the most widespread criticisms of Swedish ‘exceptionalism’, in order to identify and describe the […]

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