Call for Papers

EGOS 2017 PDW: Marxism and Organization Studies

21st Mar 2017

EGOS 2017 Copenhagen

Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshop on Marxism and organization studies

Wednesday July 5, 2017

09:00 to 13:00



Paul S. Adler

University of Southern California




Yrjö Engeström

University of Helsinki





Claes Belfrage (U. of Liverpool)

Chris Nyland (Monash U.)

Chris Smith (Royal Holloway U.)

Juliane Reinecke (U. of Warwick)

David Levy (U. Mass. Boston)

Craig Prichard (Massey U.) (to be confirmed)

Chris Land (U. Leicester) (to be confirmed)

Patrizia Zanoni (Hasselt U.) (to be confirmed)

Steffen Boehm (U. Exeter) (to be confirmed)



This PDW aims to offer interested faculty and doctoral students an opportunity to explore how Marxist ideas can enrich organization studies and the associated empirical research.

Marxist theory has a long history of engagement with the field of organization studies (see Adler 2009 for an overview) and EGOS has hosted a Marxist organization studies sub-theme in each of the previous five years (leading to the publication of several papers in a forum in Organization Studies April 2015). But there are not many opportunities available to faculty and students who want to learn more about this approach and discuss with others how it might help them in their own research. This PDW aims to fill that gap.



The workshop will be structured in two parts. In the first part, the workshop will feature the two convenors discussing where Marxist theory is similar to and differs from the main lines of contemporary organization theory, and how Marxist theory has been used in empirical research at the organization level

In the second part, participants will discuss and receive feedback on their “working papers” in a workshop setting. Working papers can take the form of a project description or a draft paper. Facilitators will be assigned to appropriate sets of working papers and will lead discussion of them in small groups.



To be considered for the workshop, authors will need to submit a short paper via the EGOS website. Please submit – via the EGOS website – a single document of application (.doc, .docx or .pdf file) that includes a cover page with full details of name, affiliation, email address, and a personal website if that is available, and a proposal/working paper of whatever length seems appropriate.


The workshop will move forward conditional on enough applications being received by April 3, 2017.