July 2–7, 2012 | Helsinki, Finland – Aalto University & Hanken School of Economics
The theme of the 28th EGOS Colloquium 2012 in Helsinki is Design!? The concept of design has been defined and used in a multitude of ways in a variety of academic fields, ranging from the classics of organizational design to studies on open sourcing and aesthetics. At the Colloquium, we seek not only to problematise and rethink the various meanings of design, but also to promote discussion on new ways to view and to understand organizations and organizing on this basis.
The exclamation mark in Design!? denotes the need for organizational and other theorists to take actively into account different perspectives, to take a stand, and to suggest new and innovative ideas vis-à-vis existing work. The question mark, in turn, encourages problematisation of established notions, conceptualizations and categorizations. Organizational and other theorists need to render visible and question the taken-for-granted understandings that sustain and reproduce established boundaries in organizations and organizing – as well as in the ways in which researchers make sense of them.
In the harsh Northern climate, Helsinki, the Finnish capital, is emblematic of the social, practical and cultural aspects of Design!? In the Finnish context, design is first and foremost about usefulness, rather than exclusiveness and glamour. Design is not something reserved for elites and connoisseurs. It is everywhere. Sometimes it fails to please the eye, but it usually works, plain and simple. Welcome to Helsinki, the World Design Capital 2012!
June 21–23, 2012 | 4th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, Theme: Language and Communication @ Work: Discourse, Narrativity, and Organizing
François Cooren, Université de Montréal, Canada
Eero Vaara, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Ann Langley, HEC Montreal, Canada
Haridimos Tsoukas, University of Cyprus, Cyprus & University of Warwick, UK
David Boje, Professor of Management, New Mexico State University, USA, author ofStorytelling Organizations
Lillie Chouliaraki, Professor in Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, co-author of Discourse in Late Modernity
Jonathan Potter, Professor of Discourse Analysis, Loughborough University, UK, co-author ofDiscursive Psychology
2012 Strategic Management Society Conferences | China, Prague, and Singapore
It is one of the primary functions of the Strategic Management Society to convene and conduct meetings and conferences for the professionals in the field of strategic management. The Society was founded after some pioneers in the field had successfully brought an interested group of individuals together for meetings in London (1981) and then Montreal (1982). Since then, the SMS has held Annual International Conferences at various sites around the world, typically alternating between North America and Europe. Each conference addresses a current theme and brings together leading experts in the field from around the globe.
In addition to the annual international conferences, the SMS has responded to member interest in special topics through its introduction of a series of smaller, regionally based meetings addressing more specific industry or subject themes. These special conferences are typically co-organized between the SMS, an Interest Group and a group of local individuals.