CfP EGOS 2020, Sub-theme 55, Tackling Societal Grand Challenges - 14 Janvier 2020 - Hamburg, Germany

Call for Papers 36th EGOS Colloquium

Sub-theme 55: “Tackling Societal Grand Challenges through Unconventional Forms of Organization”

Hamburg, July 2–4, 2020

Convenors: Héloïse Berkowitz, CNRS, Toulouse School of Management, France Michael Grothe-Hammer, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany, & Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway Annachiara Longoni, ESADE Business School, Spain

Our society faces multiple global challenges such as climate change, digital workforce, algorithmization, datafication, exploitive labor, extreme poverty, gender inequality, mass migration, aging populations, or increasing disaster risks. Scholars have named such problems “grand challenges”. Grand challenges are an issue of growing importance in organization studies, and seem to both spawn and require rather fluid and unconventional forms of organization – like, e.g., partial, meta-, macro-, hybrid, multi-referential, boundary, and polyphonic organization.

Our sub-theme aims at advancing this line of research. We want to explore how the mentioned as well as other unconventional forms of organization can tackle societal grand challenges and/or how grand challenges spawn the emergence of new organizational forms.

Submissions can be both empirical or theoretical in nature.

The full CfP is available on the EGOS website:

Submission guidelines are available here:

Deadline for submission of short papers is Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 23:59:59 CET.

Héloïse Berkowitz -