CALL for Sub-theme Proposals

Organizing for the Good Life: Between Legacy and Imagination


Since Aristotle and Plato, the notion of good life has been at the forefront of philosophical thinking. What does good life mean in the context of organizations? And how can organizations promote a good life? Contemporary managers and leaders are increasingly striving to construct wellbeing at work, while Fortune lists have emerged that rank organizations in terms of ‘best places to work’. Organizational scholars, on their part, have increasingly investigated such themes as work/life balance, positive organizational scholarship, the link between organizing and employees’ emotional wellbeing, CSR, and the conceptualization of organizations as purpose-driven institutions. Good life also emerges as a collective construct that encompasses community resilience and progress, social equality and inclusion, climate change and preservation of biodiversity. These trends demonstrate the importance of constructing organizations as loci as well as vehicles of good life. However, the same trends can lead to the manipulation of collective behaviors and the engineering of convenient cultures.

The purpose of the 39th EGOS Colloquium 2023 is to understand the organizing of a good life as the encounter of legacy and imagination. The former refers to an organization’s ability to build on its own history and to respect the cultural values of the social contexts in which they operate. The latter refers to an organization’s capacity to build better futures through continuous innovation. To gain such an understanding, several questions come to mind:

  • How can we design workplaces that promote imagination and wellbeing?

  • How can organizations reconcile profit-making with the wellbeing of their communities?

  • How can the engineering of good life in organizations lead to dysfunctional consequences?

  • How do we theorize legacy and imagination in organization studies?

  • How can legacy promote imagination, innovation, and competitive advantage?

  • How can legacy encourage sustainability, inclusion, and ethics?

  • Under what conditions does legacy promote change/rigidity?

  • How does legacy contribute to or detract from building a good life?

  • How does legacy differ across cultures?

  • What are the benefits and shortcomings of imagination?

The EGOS Colloquium 2023 will be hosted in Cagliari (Italy), a city with a millenary history, culture, and wild nature. A territory where tensions between past and present, nature and progress, physical and virtual, local and global/international become more evident as they shape Sardinians’ daily life.

These contradictions between legacy and contemporary demands have fostered original thinking, creativity, innovative use of traditional resources. Imagination is translated not only into superb gastronomic tastes and entrepreneurial initiatives but also in building a virtuous ecosystem to redevelop abandoned areas. This is the case of the conversion of Sulcis mines into the production of the spirulina algae, a unique project created by the close collaboration between local firms and the university.
In this context, the University of Cagliari, established in 1620, plays a central role in preserving the past, protecting the environment, stimulating vivid imagination through multidisciplinary, and nurturing entrepreneurial mindsets. The philosophy of the University of Cagliari appears simple and challenging at the same time: “We should not limit ourselves to the present, but we should reinvent the past to build a better future.”

We welcome EGOSians to Cagliari to rethink the good life between legacy and imagination!

Requirements for convenor teams

  • Diversity with respect to gender, geographical background, and academic age, among others.

  • Include at least one convenor with experience in organizing and running a sub-theme at a previous EGOS Colloquium.

  • Maximum convenor team size is three scholars. Proposals from teams of four or more convenors will not be considered.


Submission of sub-theme proposals

  • Title and an outline of the proposed sub-theme and the area of interest (maximum of 2 pages).

  • Include a short biography of each member of the team (i.e., academic background and experience), and how the convenor team meets the criteria laid out above.

  • Submissions are encouraged, but not required, to link their proposals to the overall Colloquium theme: “Organizing for the Good Life: Between Legacy and Imagination”. However, sub-theme proposals should avoid repetition of the overall Colloquium theme in their titles.

Please take also note of the “Guidelines and criteria for online submission of SUB-THEME PROPOSALS for EGOS Colloquia” ---> Click here

Submission period [online via the EGOS website]:

  • Start: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • End:  Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 23:59:59 CET

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