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European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)

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“Enlightening Future” – 35th EGOS Colloquium, Edinburgh (UK), 4-6 July 2019

Call for Papers for Sub-theme 61:

Advancing Enlightenment: Philosophical Ideas and Methods for Organizational Research


Cristina Neesham, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia,                                       

Andreas Georg Scherer, University of Zürich, Switzerland,

Thomas Donaldson, University of Pennsylvania, United States,

The purpose of this subtheme is to explore the potential of philosophical ideas and methods to advance organizational research for the benefit of society and humanity and to address grand challenges humankind is facing. This aim aligns the central Enlightenment principles of engaging humanist values, reflection, and reasoning as foundations of meaning, knowledge, and informed action. In the past two hundred years, the Enlightenment principles have been the basis of the development of the sciences and of political, economic, and societal institutions, with all its positive achievements, but also negative effects for people and planet.

The conference is organized in a workshop format, which implies that every participant spends the three-day conference in the subgroup where his/her paper is presented. Half the time is dedicated to paper presentation while the other half is free for discussion within the group. Therefore, it is also a prerequisite that participants of the subgroup are familiar with all papers presented. The papers will be accessible on the conference website one month in advance. This workshop format allows for an intense, three-day immersion in a particular area of research and provides opportunities for profound exchange and learning within a group of international scholars.

Further information can be found on the EGOS website at and (for submitting to this subtheme)

The submission platform is now open for submissions of short papers.  The schedule for submissions to the conference is as follows:

January 14, 2019, 23:59 CET:    Deadline for short papers of 3,000 words to be submitted to the EGOS website; review by the sub-theme convenors

End of February, 2019:                Notification of acceptance, rerouting, or rejection of papers

Mid June, 2019:                          Full papers to be uploaded to the EGOS website

Any inquiries concerning this sub-theme track should be directed to Cristina Neesham at