The Institutional Foundations of Capitalism

The Institutional Foundations of Capitalism

Northwestern University & the University of Chicago
Chicago - USA
July 10-12, 2014

Other Conferences - Call for Papers

The Enduring Legacy of Karl Polanyi

The Enduring Legacy of Karl Polanyi

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

November 6-8, 2014

The year 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of The Great Transformation and 50 years since the death of Karl Polanyi in 1964. It also marks the start of the First World War 100 years ago, and the 30 years which transformed the political, economic and social landscape of Europe and North America. On the occasion of these anniversaries, the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy invites proposals for papers dealing with broad  and overlapping themes central to Polanyi's work and vision.  For this milestone international Karl Polanyi conference, panels will be organized as plenary sessions in order to encourage wide-ranging discussions of the relevance of Polanyi's world of thought to contemporary issues and struggles. Proposals for poster sessions on any aspect of Polanyi's work will also be considered.


- The "disembedded economy": What is the originality of Polanyi's historical approach to the place of the economy in the capitalist market society? How does "(dis)embeddedness"explain the current tensions between market and society?

- The "double movement" and agency in social transformation: Who and where are the agents of social change in contemporary globalized market capitalism? Does the diversity of the social and solidarity economy in different national and regional contexts reduce it to numerous discrete "double movements" or is it a global process of economic democratization? Are Polanyi's writings on the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1930's prescient? Do they still resonate today?

- The "economistic fallacy": What lessons for our modern world can we draw from Jubilee cancellation of debt, precautionary food security, special purpose money or institutionalized respect for nature? Is basic income an effective means to address inequality? Are these measures challenging the dominant paradigm or do they accommodate market imperatives as demonstrated by the ongoing imposition of austerity measures on fragile economies?

- Freedom in a complex society: "We cannot achieve the freedom we seek", wrote Polanyi,  "unless we comprehend the true significance of freedom in a complex society".  The last chapter of The Great Transformation resonates with the limitations on freedom imposed by market dominated priorities today. This theme can be addressed from several perspectives including the compatibility of freedom and regulation, the need for democratic institutions, raised by Polanyi in this last chapter of The Great Transformation.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to by March 30, 2014. Be sure to indicate clearly your name, institutional affiliation and whether you are proposing a paper or a poster.

Score International Conference on Organizing Markets

There is an increasing interest in analyzing markets as organized phenomena. In order  to discuss and to develop this approach we invite to the Score International Conference on Organizing Markets that will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 16-17, 2014 Keynote speaker: Neil Fligstein, University of California, Berkeley.

We invite papers to be presented and discussed in sessions on aspects of market organization such as the role of organization in creating markets, how markets are re-organized, the organizing attempts of various market organizers and the effects  of market organization. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.


- From free markets to pure markets

- Value conflicts in market organization

- Market legitimacy: Transparency, measurability, accountability

- Crises, markets and organization - Standardization as market organization

- "Side markets" - New markets as a response to market failure.

Abstracts (of approximately 300 words) are due March 31, 2014. Full papers are due September 15. For full details about the conference, please see the attachments or go  to the web site Most welcome!  Patrik Aspers, Nils Brunsson, Christina Garsten.

For questions write to

History and Organizations Studies: Toward a Creative Synthesis

Academy of Management Review Special Topic Forum - History and Organizations Studies: Toward a Creative Synthesis
Editors: Paul Godfrey, John Hassard, Ellen O'Connor, Michael Rowlinson, and Martin Ruef

This issue of the Academy of Management Review explores the power of history for advancing organization studies, both for a fuller understanding of contemporary developments in organizations and organization theory, as well as an appreciation of parallels in the discipline of history. History has a double meaning. It refers to the past itself, as well as knowledge and narratives of the past. We cannot simply say the past matters without also considering what historians have to say about the past, or how our knowledge of the past is constructed. This call for papers therefore seeks to expand on these themes by encouraging scholarship to:

•  Examine how concepts derived from history (such as ideal types or invented traditions) can be applied to the study of management and organizations;

•  Revisit theories of management and organization in relation to history and questions arising from historiography (both as a body of historical work in a particular field, as well as the theory and methods of history as a discipline);

•  Propose and evaluate new conceptual frameworks for understanding management and organizations in a historical context.

For more information please see:

All submissions should be uploaded to the Manuscript Central/Scholar One website: between March 31 and April 30, 2014.

Please do not submit your article prior to March 31, 2014 or after April 30, 2014. Contributions should follow the directions for manuscript submission described in the Information for Contributors at the back of each issue of AMR and on the AMR web page:

For queries about submissions, contact AMR's managing editor, Tiffiney Johnson, at For questions regarding the content of this special topic forum, contact one of the guest editors.

The Performativity of Strategy

Call for Papers - Special Issue of Long Range Planning

Special Issue Guest Editors:

Laure Cabantous, Cass Business School, City University London

Jean-Pascal Gond, Cass Business School, City University London

Alex Wright, The Open University Business School

Deadline for submission of 1000-word long abstracts: 30 September 2014

Deadline for submission of papers to the Special Issue: 15 March 2015

Contact details:

 The Performativity of Strategy

Although it is widely acknowledged that strategy matters to society and has multiple effects on organizations and markets, the processes whereby strategic ideas, theories and models influence individuals, organizations and markets remain under-studied. In addition, despite extensive research on strategy, we still know little about how strategy theories “work” in practice. This special issue is a forum to study the performativity of strategy and to answer the following questions: How and why are strategy theories and concepts used and “performed” in practice? What are the implications and impact of the performativity of strategy?

We would like management scholars to engage thoroughly with Michel Callon’s idea that economics and management theories are performative, that is they perform and shape the external world. However, we also consider that other conceptualizations of performativity – such as the conceptualization developed by the Communicative Constitution of Organization perspective, Barad’s post-humanist approach to performativity, or the concept of performative praxis – offer promising avenues to address these questions. The purpose of this Special Issue is to engage scholars who have an interest in the discursive, social-material or practice-based dimensions of the performativity of strategy. We will therefore consider conceptual and empirical manuscripts as long as they explicitly mobilize one (or several) conceptualizations of performativity and they seek to create a new body of knowledge concerning the relationships between strategy theories and practice. We also welcome manuscripts that critically reflect on strategy theories’ influence on organizational reality.

We encourage papers from researchers and practitioners that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

*  How and to what extent does strategic management acquire the power to shape organizational life and the organizational field? Are strategy theories self-fulfilling prophecies? Can strategy be approached as performative praxis—a set of activities that contribute to turning a theory into social reality?

* How are some strategic management frameworks and tools such as Porter’s five forces framework, Barney’s VRIN model or Freeman’s stakeholder theory more performative than others?

* How do performativity struggles between alternative models or theories of strategy in organizations emerge? For instance, how do strategy theories compete with economic representations of the firm, financial models (e.g., real option modelling) and theories, models and concepts from other disciplines (e.g., decision theory, sociology, ecology) to shape organizational strategies?

* How do academics and practitioners interact (or compete) when designing or diffusing innovative strategic concepts, such as the Bottom of the Pyramid, Blue Ocean Strategy, Coopetition or the Red Queen Effect?

* If business models are models encapsulating an organization’s strategy, to what extent are these models “performative”? Where does the performative power of business models come from?

* How are strategy and management consultants, and other professionals involved in the performativity of strategy?

 In responding to this call, we particularly welcome empirical contributions that document the concrete and practical effects of strategy theory. In terms of methodology, we welcome submissions in which a variety of research strategies and methods for collecting and analysing data are used.

 Process and Deadlines

Stage 1: Submission of a 1000-words abstract by 30 September 2014

Please submit an extended abstract or a clear expression of interest to the guest editors by 30 September 2014 at the email address that follows: All abstracts will receive a first screening and feedback by the guest editors who will encourage authors of promising abstracts to submit full manuscripts to the Special Issue.

Stage 2: Papers for the special issue will have to be sent by 15 March 2015

Papers for the special issue should be prepared according to LRP’s guidelines for authors ( Papers will undergo a normal reviewing process. Please submit full manuscripts to the online submission system of LRP before 15 March 2015:

 Should you have any questions about the Special Issue process and deadlines, please contact the guest editors at

30 September 2014 Submission of abstract

15 October 2014 Notification to authors regarding their abstract submission

15 March 2015 Submission of full paper to Long Range Planning

Winter 2016 Intended publication of Special Issue