Conferences and conference streams prior to 2012

July, 2012

The 10th International Conference on Organisational Discourse: Processes, Practices and Performance

The 10th conference was held at the Free University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with the substantive theme being Processes, Practices and Performance.

Papers presented at the conference used discourse analytical approaches to:

  • address recent calls to develop our understanding of the discursive aspects of organising or organisation as an emergent process,
  • illustrate how such processes sustain, disrupt or transform institutionalised power asymmetries,
  • bring everyday work practices and the more mundane, day-to-day aspects of organising into our analysis in order to illuminate how social action contributes to the creation and re-creation of the institutional realm, and
  • explore the relationships between discourse and the material, textual and bodily performances at work, as well as organisational actors' dramaturgical presentations of their individual and collective selves in different arenas.

July, 2011

The 7th International Critical Management Studies Conference: Stream on Identities and Critical Management Studies (CMS)

This conference stream, held at the University of Naples, examined the role of identity in critical management studies (CMS).

There is no denying the centrality of the concept of identity in critical work. However, its popularity has led some to argue that this 'academic fashion' has run its course. Papers presented at the conference challenged this argument and identified future directions for research on identities in relation to three broad research themes, including:

  • Politicizing identities: the political imperative of CMS is to document and challenge forms of exploitation and oppression and to engage in research oriented towards changing things for the better. This draws attention to the concern over the relationship between critical studies of identities and the self-conscious emancipatory orientation of CMS.
  • Performing identities: identities are conveyed and attributed through the ways in which individuals use their bodies in various situations or on different organisational 'stages'. While scholarly interest in the body has grown in recent years, there are still relatively few empirical studies of how identities are constructed through both discursive and performative elements, and the relationships between identities, aesthetics, embodiment, and artifacts.
  • Problematising identities: by offering ways to interrogate the exclusionary practices by which subjects are constituted in and by organizations.

The conference was organised by Cynthia Hardy (University of Melbourne), Robyn Thomas (Cardiff Business School) and Sierk Ybema (VU University, Amsterdam).

The 7th International Critical Management Studies Conference: Stream on Discourse and Critical Management Studies (CMS)

This conference stream focused on critical management studies (CMS) approaches to discourse studies that are embedded in critical traditions and considered theoretical and analytical developments concerning the study of discourse among CMS scholars and the critically-oriented application of discursive modes of inquiry to the study of management.

In doing so, the 15 papers presented at the conference sought to identify the contribution of such work to the CMS agenda of challenging established relationships of power within work and organisational settings and exposing the inequities that such relationships create between various stakeholders, including the state, corporations, management, workers, and consumers.

The conference was organised by David Grant (formerly University of Sydney), Cliff Oswick (Cass Business School) and Amelia Manuti (University of Bari).

The 24th European Group for Organisation Studies (EGOS) Colloquium: Sub-theme on Translating Discourses: Text, Change and Organisation

This sub-theme, held at the EGOS meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, explored different ways of thinking about discourse in relation to the notion of translation, providing innovative insights into change and the (re)assembly of organisations.

In its literary sense, translation refers to translating texts between languages. Yet other meanings of translation exist. If all the world is text, then bodies, artifacts, routines, institutions and organisations also require translation. In this sense, translation involves unpacking the dominant discursive constructions used to produce meaning for these texts, while new or alternative discourses have translating properties in the sense of providing new readings or understandings that have the potential to create change or enact new organisational realities.

Twenty papers were presented in the sub-theme, covering:

  • the interplay of discourse, power and socio-material relations in creating privileged translations of organisations,
  • how discourse is involved in translating perceived crises and challenges,
  • how organisation is envisioned, constructed and translated in discourses and imaginaries around new technologies, such as bioinformatics, new genetics, nanotechnology, alternative energy, and social media, and
  • what roles discourse analytic approaches and analysts do, could or should play in translating and negotiating meaning in organisational and societal change.

This sub-theme was convened by Bill Doolin (AUT University), David Grant (University of Sydney), and Robyn Thomas (Cardiff University).

July, 2008

The 24th European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium: Sub-theme on Identity Work and Organisation

This sub-theme focused on the dynamic interactions between organisation and individual identity work, conceptualising identity as an ongoing accomplishment and seeing organisations as important sites and resources for identity work.

Seventy papers were submitted, with the 32 accepted for presentation aiming to recognise that identity can be a 'disorganised' phenomenon as a result of the ways in which actors engage with multiple others; and that identity work can be a form of resistance to the organisation (or disorganisation) to which individuals are subjected.

In keeping with the general theme of the colloquium - upsetting organisations - papers explored organisational practices that are upsetting to individuals, as well as the processes whereby individuals try to upset existing practices.

Participants represented institutions from South and North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and reported on studies being conducted on Dutch railway employees, female Turkish Muslim entrepreneurs, French labor unionists, Scottish community addiction teams, the Dutch police force, Indian call centre workers, Swiss physicians, Italian sex workers, and New Zealand scientists.

Theoretical issues explored as part of the sub-theme included age work and disrupted identity to the micro-processes of identity fortification to the materiality of identity.

An interactive format was developed which allowed for considerable debate as well as feedback on individual papers.

The sub-theme was convened by ICRODSC members Cynthia Hardy (University of Melbourne), Steve Maguire (McGill University), Leisa Sargent (University of Melbourne) and Robyn Thomas (Cardiff University).

8th International Conference on Organisational Discourse: Translations, Transformations and Transgressions

Following two successful events in Amsterdam, the conference returned to London in 2008, hosted by the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London and organised under the auspices of ICRODSC.

As with previous conferences, the primary aim of the 8th conference was to develop further insights into the field of organisational discourse, providing a forum in which academics with contrasting epistemological and ontological perspectives on both organisation and discourse are able to engage in open and constructive debate and dialogue.

About 150 people attended, with plenary addresses from Joep Cornelissen (Leeds University Business School), Ann Cunliffe (Hull University Business School and University of New Mexico), and David Sims (Cass Business School, City University).

July, 2006

The 7th International Conference on Organisational Discourse: Identity, Ideology and Idiosyncrasy

This conference was hosted by the the Vrije Universiteit (Free University) of Amsterdam's Department of Culture, Organization and Management, attracting 130 participants and speakers including René ten Bos (Radboud University, The Netherlands), Wanda J Orlikowski (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Carl Rhodes (University of Technology Sydney).

Stemming from the conference was a special issue of the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.

The 22nd European Group for Organisation Studies (EGOS) Colloquium: Sub-stream on Dis/Organising Identities

With the growing popularity of research into the nature of identity, the construction and effect of categories of identity, and processes of identification and identity in different organisational arrangements, this conference aimed to deepen understanding in the field.

The conference was divided into three broad themes:

  • organising identities,
  • disorganised identities, and
  • resisting identities.

Twenty-nine of the 80 papers submitted for the conference were accepted, with participants ranging from doctoral students to well-established experts in the field from 11 countries, including Finland to Australia. Presented papers covered artifacts, identity and culture in corporate museums and entrepreneurial identities of Islamic women in the Netherlands.

A diverse set of methodologies, including discourse, archival, texts and interviews, were used in empirical works and proved to be a contested issue for discussion in the round table sessions.

The sub-stream was convened by ICRODSC members Robyn Thomas (Cardiff University), Cynthia Hardy (University of Melbourne), Susan Ainsworth (University of Sydney), Leisa Sargent (University of Melbourne) and Stefan Sveningsson (University of Lund).

August, 2004

Professional Development Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management on Technology Evaluation Metrics: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives

This Professional Development Workshop (PDW), co-organised by Steve Maguire (McGill University), focused on the processes whereby technology evaluation metrics come into existence, are operationalised and institutionalised, and eventually change.

The workshop was specifically interested in how firms can act strategically to influence these processes by engaging in institutional entrepreneurship or processes through which dimensions of merit are constructed, contested, 'locked-in' and periodically changed.

Participants also explored how 'black boxed' understandings are opened and new categories of meaning emerge, as well as how closure is accomplished, and metrics of valuation emerge or are transformed.

July, 2004

The 6th International Conference on Organisational Discourse

Held in Amsterdam for the first time, this conference, co-sponsored by ICRODSC and titled 'Artefacts, Archetypes and Architexts', was designed to accommodate a wide range of papers and presentations.

Its origins was in the work of Gerard Genette, who argued that all text is built out of primordial 'architexts' that are visible everywhere in and about and around the text.

The conference was hosted by the Vrije Universiteit (Free University) of Amsterdam's Department of Culture, Organization and Management, with 150 participants and plenary speakers including François Cooren (Université de Montréal), Yiannis Gabriel (Imperial College, University of London), Martin Parker (University of Leicester) and Karen Salamon (The Design Research Centre, Copenhagen).

Special issues of Time & Society and the Organization Management Journal followed the conference.

July, 2003

The 3rd Critical Management Studies Conference: Stream on Technology, Language and Power

ICRODSC members Bill Harley and Cynthia Hardy (both of the University of Melbourne) together with Nelson Phillips and Kamal Munir (both of the University of Cambridge) convened a stream on Technology, Language and Power at this conference, which was held in Lancaster, United Kingdom.

The stream was very well attended, with presentations from Australia, the United States and Europe on topics as diverse as the labour process, e-commerce and globalisation.

The 19th European Group for Organisation Studies (EGOS) Colloquium: Sub-theme on Broadening the Scope of Discourse Analysis

Discourse analysis is a powerful methodology in organisation and management theory, helping to build understanding of ongoing changes in organisations and societies.

In doing so, the research acknowledges that discursive activity does not occur in a vacuum, but is shared and social, emanating out of interactions between social groups and complex societal structures in which discourses are embedded.

Accordingly, to understand discourses and their effects, researchers must also understand the context in which they arise.

As a result, this sub-theme, organised by ICRODSC members, brought together academics from across the world to:

  • examine these issues, especially the difficulties in connecting the micro and macro,
  • explore theoretical developments that focus on this relationship, and
  • discuss how organisational discourse analysts can combine both in their empirical work.

July, 2002

The 5th International Conference on Organisational Discourse

Part of a well-established series of conferences on the management and organisation studies international calendar, this conference was co-sponsored by ICRODSC, attracting 160 delegates and more than 90 presenters.

The theme of the conference was From Micro-utterances to Macro-inferences and resulted in three co-edited volumes (two with Sage and one with Pitman), five special issues of international journals and four edited volumes of conference proceedings.

As with the previous conferences, it provided a forum in which academics with contrasting epistemological and ontological perspectives on both organisation and discourse to discuss ideas.

Keynote presenters included David Boje, Stan Deetz, Norman Fairclough and John Hassard.

The 18th European Group for Organisation Studies (EGOS) Colloquium: Sub-theme on Directions for Organisational Discourse

ICRODSC members organised a sub-theme at the 2002 EGOS colloquium in Barcelona, with more than 20 papers presented by academics based at universities in the UK, Europe, USA, Brazil and Australia.

The sub-theme was designed to provide a forum for debate and discussion about the direction organisational discourse might take in helping to develop new methods to study organisational phenomena, exploring how organisational discourse can inform and influence the broader fields of organisation and management theory.

The contributors held different views regarding the contributions and challenges of organisational discourse, resulting in vigorous debate among attendees.

August, 2001

Professional Development Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management on Studying Organisational Discourse

ICRODSC, represented by David Grant, Cynthia Hardy, Cliff Oswick, Nelson Phillips and Tom Keenoy, hosted a Professional Development Workshop on Studying Organisational Discourse at the Academy Conference in Washington DC.

This workshop was designed in response to the increasing interest in the study of organisational discourse and provided participants with a forum in which to:

  • share the latest developments in the application of discourse analysis in organisational contexts,
  • develop skills in applying discourse analysis in organisational settings, and
  • obtain feedback on their current work.

More than 30 papers were accepted for the workshop, allowing individual authors to work through their papers with the help of other participants well versed in organisational discourse theory.