Keynote Speakers

Nils Brunsson

"The Organization of Organizational Environments"



Keynote speech on Wednesday, July 6, 18:30 Location: Gothenburg Concert Hall


Nils Brunsson holds the Chair in Management at Uppsala University. He has published more than 20 books and numerous articles in the field of organization theory. Brunsson's most recent books include Mechanisms of Hope (2006), The Consequences of Decision-Making (2007), Meta-Organizations (with G. Ahrne, 2008), and Reform as Routine (2009).

Brunsson's research is well known internationally. Reviews of his research have been published in France, Germany, the USA and Sweden. He has worked and given lectures in many countries. He is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Science.

Nils Brunsson was the chairman of Score (Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research) from its inception until 2008. Currently, he is leading Score's research program on the organization of markets. In 2009, he was appointed as EGOS Honorary Member.



Bruno Latour

"The Monadological Principle and Organization Sciences"bruno_latour


Keynote speech on Thursday, July 7, 11:30-12:30 Location: Smyrnakyrkan


Bruno Latour, born in 1947 in Beaune, Burgundy, to a wine-grower family, trained first as a philosopher and then as an anthropologist. From 1982 to 2006, he was Professor at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Paris and, for various periods, Visiting Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), at the London School of Economics and in the history of science department of Harvard University. He is now Professor at Sciences Po, Paris where he is also the Vice-President for research of that school.

After field studies in Africa and California, he specialized in the analysis of scientists and engineers at work. In addition to work in philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology of science, he has collaborated in many studies on science policy and research management.

He has written Laboratory Life (Princeton University Press), Science in Action, and The Pasteurization of France. He also published a field study on an automatic subway system, Aramis or the love of technology, and an essay on symmetric anthropology, We have never been modern. He has also gathered a series of essays, Pandora's Hope: Essays in the Reality of Science Studies to explore the consequences of the "science wars".

After having directed several theses on various environmental crises, he published a book on the political philosophy of the environment, Politics of Nature (all of those books are with Harvard University Press and have been translated into many languages).



Deirdre N. McCloskey

"Bourgeois Dignity: Why Words Mattered to the Modern Economic World"deirdre_n_mccloskey


Keynote speech on Friday, July 8, 11:30-12:30 Location: Smyrnakyrkan


Deirdre N. McCloskey has been UIC Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2000 and was Visiting Tinbergen Professor of Philosophy, Economics, and Art and Cultural Studies at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2002–2006).

Trained at Harvard as an economist, she has written 14 books and edited seven more, and has published some 360 articles on economic theory, economic history, philosophy, rhetoric, feminism, ethics, and law. She taught for twelve years in Economics at the University of Chicago. Her latest books are The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives [with Stephen Ziliak; University of Michigan Press, 2008], The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Capitalism (University of Chicago Press, 2006), and Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World (University of Chicago Press, 2010). A draft of the third volume, The Bourgeois Revaluation: How Innovation Became Ethical, 1600-1848, is available for comments on her website.

Before The Bourgeois Era series her best-known books were The Rhetoric of Economics (University of Wisconsin Press, 1st ed. 1985, 2nd ed. 1998) and Crossing: A Memoir (Chicago 1999), which was a New York Times Notable Book.