Pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral & Early Career Scholars Workshop 2021

Tammar B. Zilber
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Elke Schüßler
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Christopher Wickert
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Call for Applications

Paths to a Meaningful Career

The progress of research in organizational studies relies upon the commitment and the creativity of advanced PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and junior scholars who explore new questions, new methods and new phenomena. EGOS puts special emphasis on supporting the academic development of younger scholars and their positioning and integration in the academic community/ies.
The purpose of the EGOS pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral & Early Career Scholars Workshop is to facilitate the academic socialization of junior scholars. We aim to provide an arena for explorations of challenges faced by early career scholars relating to the different dimensions of academic work, including research (and funding), teaching, administrative duties and community service.
This workshop is an active exchange, based on a dialogue among junior and senior academics that seeks to strengthen junior scholars’ involvement with the EGOS com­munity and to help them in finding their ways in academia. It will be taking place on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, prior to the main 37th EGOS Colloquium.

Content and Objectives

To our understanding, the main challenge in an academic career is to balance between personal passions and preferences on the one hand, and the needs of and pressures from various parties on the other, while sustaining a meaningful career over time. How do we manage these conflicting demands, and how do we achieve impact and relevance in our careers? These questions nag any academic, let alone early career scholars, and so we aim to create a space for their discussion.
In 2021, the pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral & Early Career Scholars Workshop will focus on presentations, discussions and small-group workshops dedicated to:

  • Developing a better understanding of the various dimensions of academic work, their rationale, and their importance in various stages of your academic career

  • Reflecting upon your identity and voice as a researcher, an educator and a citizen of various academic communities (for example, within your institution, EGOS, AoM, etc.), with an opportunity for hands-on exchange about diverse career paths and ways to achieve relevance and impact

  • Thinking of your career, and the interplay of serendipity and strategic action in navigating it, including hearing the experiences of senior scholars who will reflect on their career paths, highlighting failures, dead ends and missed opportunities – and what they have learned from them – as much as about what brought them motivation and joy


Application Guidelines

To be considered for participation in the pre-Colloquium Post-Doctoral & Early Career Scholars Workshop 2021, applicants should have completed their doctoral dissertation within the last five academic years (excluding maternity leave or similar).
Please apply for admission to the workshop by Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the latest and upload – via the EGOS website – a single PDF file that contains the following mandatory information:

  • A letter of application, containing name, affiliation, postal & e-mail address, as well as an explaining your motivation to participate

  • An extended abstract (1 page) outlining your main area of work or a current paper project

  • Your curriculum vitae

  • An aspirational curriculum vitae, explaining where you would like to see yourself in 10–15 years in terms of your academic achievements and focus. This can be written as a free text or as a list-like CV, as long as you also explain your choices and reflect upon the major challenges you will face in your efforts to move from you current CV to your desired one (2 pages at maximum)

Please note!
  • Participants in the workshop will be selected based on their potential benefit from – and contribution to – the conversations in the workshop.

  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 1, 2021. Given the interactive nature of the workshop, the number of participants will be limited. Please keep in mind that registration for the workshop must be submitted separately from your registration for the main 37th EGOS Colloquium.

  • Upon acceptance to the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to revise and finalize their extended abstract and aspirational CV up until June 1, 2021 (fixed deadline) and upload it via the EGOS website.

  • Between June 1 and the workshop (July 6), each participant will be asked to review at least one extended abstract and the CVs of another participant.

  • We expect your full commitment once your application has been accepted and you have agreed to participate: a late cancellation effectively blocks an opportunity for one of your colleagues.

Participants are strongly encouraged to apply for other pre-Colloquium workshops offered on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, as well as to consider the submission of a paper to one of the sub-themes at the main 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021 in Amsterdam. All details are – respectively: will soon be – available on the EGOS website.

Tammar B. Zilber is Professor in the Business School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She is interested in how organizations operate in light of their embeddedness within shared meaning systems (institutions), and how people negotiate these meanings on the ground, as part of their daily work – or as they strive to create, maintain, and change institutions. By inquiring into the microfoundations of organizational, field, and societal level institutional dynamics – such as change, maintenance, translation, and the work of logics – Tammar highlights the role of meanings, emotions, and power relations in institutionalization processes. She uses qualitative research methods, and has written on narrative research, field level ethnography, and multimodality. Her career is characterized by the challenges common to those working from the (geographical) periphery. Tammar serves as an Associate Editor at the ‘Academy of Management Journal’ and is currently a member of the EGOS Executive Board.
Elke Schüßler is Head of the Institute of Organization Science at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. Having faced various tough decisions during her academic career while balancing it with family obligations, she has a strong interest in supporting junior scholars in finding their own path in the academic system. She is hereby not only concerned about research ethics, a topic on which she is published, together with others, in ‘Academy of Management Perspectives’, but also about sustainability – both regarding the natural environment and ones own life and career. Her research revolves around questions of organizational and institutional change, particularly regarding grand challenges such as decent work in global supply chains, the climate crisis and the digital economy. Elke is also interested in organizational creativity and innovation, originally in the context of the creative industries but increasingly also in science-based contexts. She is Department Editor for Management in the German-based open access journal ‘Business Research’, and she supports the OS4Future movement. Currently, Elke is Vice-Chair of the EGOS Executive Board.
Christopher Wickert is Associate Professor in Ethics & Sustainability at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prior to becoming a researcher, he worked with the United Nations Global Compact Office in New York as well as in international development cooperation. His research examines corporate social responsibility (CSR) and topics under the umbrella of business and society by mobilizing various strands of organization and management theory. Christopher is also interested in Critical Management Studies (CMS), philosophy of science, business ethics, and social entrepreneurship. His research on a range of CSR-related topics has appeared in journals such as ‘Academy of Management Discoveries’, ‘Business & Society’, ‘Human Relations’, ‘Journal of Business Ethics’, ‘Journal of Management Studies’, and ‘Organization Studies’. He is currently an Associate Editor of the ‘Journal of Management Studies ‘where he seeks to encourage meaningful and impactful scholarship that can make a contribution to better understanding pressing societal grand challenges. For 2021, he is part of the local organizing committee of the 37th EGOS Colloquium in Amsterdam.