February - Melbourne

Workshop on Developing Publishing Skills

A workshop to help early career researchers and doctoral scholars to learn more about the publishing process was held by Cynthia Hardy (Melbourne) and Robyn Thomas (Cardiff Business School, UK), who is a former editor-in-chief for Organization. The workshop covers the different stages involved in publishing papers in international journals. Participants have the opportunity to practice reviewing a paper, formulating a response to reviewers, and structuring a paper effectively. The format is highly interactive, allowing participants to reflect on and practice publishing skills by working through the reviews and revisions of an actual manuscript, working in teams and through Q&A sessions.

September - Cardiff, UK

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Professor Tom Keenoy

This was surely one of the most heartfelt workshops connected to ICRODSC – a workshop dedicated to the memory of Tom Keenoy, who died earlier in 2019. Tom was one of the co-founders of ICRODSC and, among many other things, he played a major role in launching and sustaining the International Conference on Organizational Discourse. The workshop was organized by Mike Reed at Cardiff University. Colleagues, former students and members of Tom’s family attended to hear reflections on Tom’s contributions to a wide range of disciplines, including Industrial Relations, Organization & Management Studies, Discourse Analysis and Alternative Organizational Forms. In addition to his professional contributions, participants took the opportunity to recall Tom’s personal warmth, selflessness and willingness to help and support everyone, particularly early career researchers. The day was sad, but the opportunity to remember Tom was much cherished as many warm, funny and caring moments were remembered and shared.

November - Melbourne

Discourse Analysis Branches Out

Professor Yuval Millo (Warwick University and Visiting Professorial Fellow at Melbourne) led a workshop showing the breadth of discourse studies, with participants from both Melbourne and Sydney, as well as from Monash and Swinburne universities. A number of presentations were made. Some explored the relevance of discourse analysis to the financial sector with studies of the discursive techniques used by marginalised organisations to argue the legitimacy of the cooperative and mutual enterprise (CME) organisational model in the mainstream Australian economy; a video-ethnography of a digital bank showing how material practices allow middle managers to manage that paradoxical tensions that they face; and a case study of a particularly abusive exercise of hierarchical power in a private equity venture. Two presentations explored the value of using discourse analysis to analyse data collected in Indonesia with studies of the discursive construction of corruption and national identity in the Indonesian media and the discursive construction of beauty through skincare advertisements and its visual representations in Indonesia. Final presentations included a discursive study of the collective remembering of the ‘Black Saturday’ fires by firefighters in the year of the 10th anniversary of the fires; and a proposal for the use of discourse analysis in research on supply chain management as a way of responding to recent calls for methodological diversification and ‘in-house’ theory development in this discipline.