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Call for Papers: Good Work: Eroding and New Standards in a Changing World

Guest Editors:

Sven Hauff, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg
Daniela Rastetter, University of Hamburg

Special Issue
The changing context of work – e.g. though globalisation, intensification of competition, deregulation, growth in employment flexibility, technological changes, digitalization – increasingly triggers debates about the quality of working life and concerns about the well-being of employees. Observations of precarious forms of employment or increasing demands and intensification of work thereby often elicit nostalgic memories of the apparently ‘good old days’ where work was characterized by full-time employment, an adequate income, a permanent contract, and social insurance. However, these ‘old’ standards of ‘good work’ did not apply to all employees and even in the ‘good old days’, work was often characterized by strict hierarchy and low influence, where employees’ interests were largely neglected. Here, modern forms of employment could lead to improvements by providing, for example, more autonomy, involvement, flexible working hours, a better work life balance, and inclusion.

The question of how to evaluate the changes in the world of work is not easy and there are manifold perspectives how to define the standards of ‘good work’. One perspective could be to identify the work and employment conditions that are actually increasing or threatening employee well-being. A particular challenge here is to consider the different dimensions of employee well-being, which includes aspects like physical and mental health, satisfaction, engagement or fairness. Another perspective could be to confront the new developments to the aspirations and values of employees. The latter are also changing since new generations enter the labour market, since women increasingly participate in the labour force, or because migration movements lead to an increasing diversity. Finally, one could contrast the changes with the current regulations in labour and social law concerning employee protection rights, working time and wage standards, social security, and representation of employees’ interests.

In this Special Issue we want to bring together research that addresses the issue of eroding and new standards of ‘good work’ and we encourage researchers to share their thoughts with us. Contributions should address one or more of the following questions:

  • Which standards of good work erode or fade, evolve or change?
  • What are the driving forces behind these changing standards?
  • What influence do digitalisation and globalisation have on the standards of good work?
  • What standards of work are emerging in new forms of organisation such as crowd work platforms?
  • How do individual standards of good work – such as working hours, wages, health and safety, co-determination, trade union representation, or equal opportunities – develop?
  • How can new forms of HRM or business strategies like diversity management support standards of good work?
  • What effects do this change in the standards of good work have on workers and their ability to work and perform?
  • Are standards of good work developing in new fields, for example on the question of religious practice, spirituality and the search for meaning in the workplace?
  • What are the effects for companies and businesses? Which strategies do companies and businesses choose when dealing with new standards, or which strategies lead to new standards?

Deadline
Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies must be submitted by December 30, 2019. All contributions will be subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a “revise and resubmit” are due June 31, 2020. The publication is scheduled for issue 2/2021. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at http://www.mrev.nomos.de/ using “SI Standards of Good Work” as article section.

Submission Guidelines
Manuscript length should not exceed 8,000 words (excluding references) and the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 3 cm (1 inch) on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the journal’s website (http://www.mrev.nomos.de/guidelines/).

Hoping to hear from you!
Sven Hauff
Daniela Rastetter

Travel Grants: Herrenhausen Conference on “The New Role of the State for the Emergence and Diffusion of Innovation” (20-22.02.2019)

We would like to draw your attention to travel grants offered by the Volkswagen Foundation for PhD students or early Post Docs (max. four years since PhD) researching on the topics addressed by the Herrenhausen Conference on “The New Role of the State for the Emergence and Diffusion of Innovation”, taking place in Hanover (Germany) on February 20-22, 2019.

The content of this international conference includes the following topics:

  • Session 1: Does innovation (policy) matter for (economic) growth?
  • Session 2: Societal Transitions and Grand Societal Challenges
  • Session 3: Multiple Roles of the State in Coping with Innovations
  • Session 4: Corporatism and Cooperation
  • Session 5: Policy Instruments to Support Innovative Changes
  • Session 6: Innovation Policy as Inclusive Strategy
  • Debate: “The role of the state is solely defined as curing market or system failures” vs. ” Government shall not infringe upon market forces”
  • Interactive Debate: “How must innovation policy be balanced to deal with economic, ecological, societal and developmental issues?”
  • Lightning Talks by 10 selected young scholars
  • Workshop on Friday (22nd of February) with young scholars to summarize results of the conference in a memorandum

Applicants can win one of 30 travel grants to take part in the Herrenhausen Conference. Successful applicants will get the chance to present their research in poster sessions. The posters will be displayed during the entire conference. The best 10 papers and research ideas will be presented to the audience in lightning talks. Furthermore, the best research paper can win a prize of 1,000 Euro.

The grants include travel expenses to and form Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover. Applicants are to apply until January 13, 2019 by sending all required documents as pdf-files to William Arant (arant@uni-bremen.de). Please note that we are not able to accept applications after this deadline.

Your application should contain the following:

  • A short description of your research focus that explains how your approach tackles the topic addressed above (max. 1,000 characters)
  • An abstract of a current research project or paper (max. 2,000 characters). If you want to participate in the Best Paper Competition, please provide a full research paper instead of the abstract.
  • A short C.V. (max. 1,000 characters)
  • A short list of your most recent publications (max. 5)

Participants will be selected by the steering committee. Acceptance will be based on qualification of the applicant as well as originality and potential of the research project. We willl inform the applicants about the results on January 20th, 2019.

More information on the conference and the travel grants can be found under: https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungskalender/herrenh%C3%A4user-konferenzen/the-new-role-of-the-state-for-diffusion-and-emergence-of-innovation

Sincerely,
Dirk Fornahl, Stefan Kuhlmann and Uwe Cantner

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation in Supply Chain and Logistics – HICL 2019

Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL)

hosted by the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and invite you to participate on the

26 & 27 September 2019
and an additional Ph.D. seminar on the 25 September 2019

Digitalization trends continuous to shape the industrial world opening up new opportunities across a wide range of sectors. Artificial intelligence (AI) is considered a key driver of digital transformation that has the potential to introduce new sources of growth. Besides AI, the recent advances in machine learning and automation have created a whole new business ecosystem. Additionally, customers are demanding more innovative, more diverse and greener products. This creates numerous challenges for all actors in the supply chain; yet, they also present a unique opportunity to create solutions that improve performance and productivity. HICL 2019 focuses on research concepts and ideas that foster the digital transformation in logistics and supply chain with a focus on artificial intelligence. For this year’s theme:

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation in Supply Chain and Logistics

we invite empirical, theoretical, methodological and practical contributions addressing topics related to one of the following tracks:
– Innovation and Technology Management
– Risk and Security Management
– Sustainability and City Logistics
– Maritime and Port Logistics
– Supply Chain Analytics and Blockchain
– Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

It is our understanding that many of tomorrow’s goals can only be achieved by a constant exchange of ideas within the scientific community. HICL seeks to create an inspiring environment for researchers and professionals to discuss solutions, challenges, and responsibilities companies face in logistics and SCM. We provide a multidisciplinary network and welcome scientific and practical contributions from different disciplines, including Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Law, and Mathematics. All accepted contributions will be published open access in HICL book series

Submissions will only be accepted through the HICL website: (https://hicl.org/submit/abstract)

The 25th Nordic Workshop on Inter-organizational Research

WORKSHOP PURPOSE
The purpose of the workshop is to stimulate discussion among Ph.D. students and scholars within the area of interorganizational research. The workshop provides an excellent opportunity for the participants to present and discuss their research papers in a constructive and supportive environment. The workshop welcomes contributions from PhD students, post-doc researchers and faculty members. Empirical and conceptual research papers or work-in-progress papers related to inter-organizational research are welcome.

CALL FOR PAPERS
The workshop generally covers all aspects of inter-organizational issues. Relevant themes could be:

  • New perspectives on inter-organizational research
  • Combining Resources in Interorganizational Settings: An Interactive Perspective
  • Interorganizational relationships from a time-, process-, and dynamic perspective
  • Innovation and digitalization in inter-organizational relationships
  • Managing and strategizing in inter-organizational relationships
  • Policymaking in an inter-organizational perspective
  • Interorganizational relationships from the perspectives of internationalization and regionalization
  • Interorganizational relations in a public-private context
  • Methodological issues of inter-organizational research

IMPORTANT DEADLINES
February 1st 2019: Deadline for submission of abstracts of max 300 words (submit via the link on the workshop website www.fek.uu.se/research/nordic-2019)
March 3rd 2019: Deadline for registration
April 5th 2019: Deadline for submission of full paper

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
The workshop will be held at the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden. The workshop starts at 15.00 on Wednesday the 24th of April and ends on Friday 26th no later than 15.00.

REGISTRATION AND CONFERENCE FEES
The workshop fee is 2000 SEK and includes lunches, coffee/tea, dinners, and materials.
There are several hotels available in Uppsala, recommendations will follow.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Susanne Åberg, Chair (Uppsala University)
Tina B. Aune (NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Mads Bruun Ingstrup (University of Southern Denmark)
Annika Tidström (University of Vaasa)

INFORMATION AND CONTACT DETAILS
Website: www.fek.uu.se/research/nordic-2019
E-mail: Nordic2019@fek.uu.se

Call for Papers – German Journal – Sprache, Literatur, Kultur

Wir, das German Journal German Journal sind eine Gruppe enthusiastischer Akademikerinnen, die sich in Chicago, USA gefunden haben. Wir wollen Forschern die Möglichkeit geben, breitgefächert über das “Deutsche” und seinen Platz in der Welt zu reflektieren. Unser Ziel ist es, wissentschaftliche Forschung zu publizieren, die sich mit Literatur, Kultur und Sprache (inklusive Forschung, die sich explizit mit Deutsch als Fremdsprache, oder Zweitsprache, auseinandersetzt) beschäftigt. Artikel werden in Deutsch und in Englisch veröffentlicht. Die nächste Deadline für Einsendungen ist der 10. Dezember 2018.

Call for Papers: Necessary Condition Analysis. Method and Applications (EURAM Conference 2019: “Exploring the Future of Management: Facts, Fashion and Fado”, June 26-28, Lisbon, Portugal)

Track 06_13 – Necessary Condition Analysis. Method and Applications
Necessary Condition Analysis is a novel and promising empirical research methodology that
can be applied in all disciplines. NCA understands cause-effect relations in terms of
“necessary but not sufficient”; this means that without the right level of the condition a certain
effect cannot occur. This is independent of other causes, thus the necessary condition can
be a bottleneck, critical factor, constraint, disqualifier, etc. In practice, the right level of
necessary condition must be put and kept in place to avoid guaranteed failure. Other causes
cannot compensate for this factor. By adding a different logic and data analysis approach,
NCA adds both rigor and relevance to theory, data analysis, and publications.

The aim of this track is to bring together researchers who are already applying the method
or interested in using it. NCA is a user-friendly method that requires no advanced
statistical or methodological knowledge beforehand. However, since NCA is a
rather newmethodology, several questions remain. This track will provide the opportunity for
methodology focused discussions and exchange of experience. We will focus on the
foundations of the method, its application in different disciplines, and its advantages in
comparison to other methods (e.g., regression-based methods, QCA). Therewith, the track
will not only help to advance ongoing research projects but also serves as a multidisciplinary
forum to explore the latest research, applications, and developments surrounding the use of
NCA.

We encourage submissions of advanced research projects (full paper, competitive sessions)
as well as work in progress (extended abstract, paper and idea development sessions).
Papers are welcome from any field as long as they use NCA either as core method or a
complement to other methods.

For more information on NCA please visit the NCA website (www.erim.nl/nca) or read NCA’s
core paper (free access): Dul, J. (2016) Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA): Logic and
methodology of “necessary but not sufficient” causality, Organizational Research Methods,
19(1), 10-52.

Proponents:
Sven Hauff, Helmut Schmidt University;
Jan Dul, Rotterdam School of Management;
Florence Allard-Poesi, Université Paris-Est;
Nicole Richter, University of Southern Denmark

MREV – Call for Papers: Nascent Entrepreneurship in China

Guest Editors:
Ying Chen, Fujian Normal University/Nanjing University of Science and Technology (China)
Gao Wu, Nanjing University of Science and Technology (China)
Mette Søgaard Nielsen, Martin Senderovitz, & Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark

Special Issue

The importance of entrepreneurship as a driver of employment, innovation and national competitiveness has been widely acknowledged, as indicated with the European Commission’s recent Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan. Research into early stages of the start-up process – also termed nascent entrepreneurship (Davidsson, 2006) – reveals that combinations of factors on the individual (Unger et al. 2011; e.g. risk willingness, self-efficacy), team (Ruef & Aldrich, 2003; e. g. team size, team diversity), venture (Senderovitz et al., 2016; e. g. strategy, industry), environmental levels (Klyver et al., 2013; e. g. social networks, legislation, culture) affect idea generation, entrepreneurial intentions, start-up behaviour, and finally whether newly founded businesses survive, grow and generate profit.

It is increasingly recognized that in order to understand nascent entrepreneurship, it is insufficient to study factors individually; rather, nascent entrepreneurship is a multi-level phenomenon that requires investigations into how factors – in combination and across levels – function to influence the start-up process. For instance, the value of the resources in form of trust obtained from social networks might depend on the level of self-efficacy of the individual (Carolis et al., 2009) or on how collectivistic a nation’s culture is (Rooks et al., 2016).

China has become an increasingly important economic entity and the Chinese government has put much attention to entrepreneurial activities. They have recognized entrepreneurship as one of the key drivers of sustainable economic development. The government puts a lot of efforts to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurial activity (He, 2018). China, therefore, provides an important and interesting context to explore entrepreneurial activities from different perspectives and levels. Alongside the emergence and growth of entrepreneurial activities in the huge transitional economy, there is a need and great opportunities for further entrepreneurship research.

Therefore, this call for papers invites both empirical studies and theoretical papers that helps understanding how various factors, in combination and across levels, impact entrepreneurship in China, including idea generation, entrepreneurial intentions, start-up behaviour, and start-up performance.

References

  • Davidsson, P. (2006). Nascent Entrepreneurship: Empirical Studies and Developments. Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship, 2(1), 1-76. 
  • De Carolis, D. M., Litzky, B. E., & Eddleston, K. A. (2009). Why networks enhance the progress of new venture creation: The influence of social capital and cognition. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 33(2), 527-545.
  • He, C., Lu, J. & Qian, H. (2018). Entrepreneurship in China. Small Business Econmics. doi:10.1007/s11187-017-9972-5
  • Klyver, K., Nielsen, S. L., & Evald, M. R. (2013). Women’s self-employment: An act of institutional (dis) integration? A multilevel, cross-country study. Journal of Business Venturing, 28(4), 474-488.
  • Ruef, M., Aldrich, H. E., & Carter, N. M. (2003). The structure of founding teams: Homophily, strong ties, and isolation among US entrepreneurs. American Sociological Review, 195-222.
  • Rooks, G., Klyver, K., & Sserwanga, A. (2016). The context of social capital: A comparison of rural and urban entrepreneurs in Uganda. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 40(1), 111-130.
  • Senderovitz, M., Klyver, K., & Steffens, P. (2016). Four years on: Are the gazelles still running? A longitudinal study of firm performance after a period of rapid growth. International Small Business Journal, 34(4), 391-411.
  • Unger, J. M., Rauch, A., Frese, M., & Rosenbusch, N. (2011). Human capital and entrepreneurial success: A meta-analytical review. Journal of Business Venturing, 26(3), 341-358.

Deadline
Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies must be submitted by May 31, 2019. All contributions will be subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a “revise and resubmit” are due January 31, 2020. The publication is scheduled for issue 3/2020. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at http://www.mrev.nomos.de/ using “SI Nascent Entrepreneurship” as article section.

Submission Guidelines
Manuscript length should not exceed 8,000 words (excluding references) and the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 3 cm (1 inch) on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the journal’s website and submit the papers electronically by sending a “blind” copy of your manuscript (delete all author identification from this primary document).

Hoping to hear from you!
Ying Chen
Gao Wu
Mette Søgaard Nielsen
Martin Senderovitz
Simon Fietze

MREV and IUC Seminar 2019 – Call for Papers: Paternalistic Work Regimes. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Guest Editors:
Mikael Ottosson, Lund University (Sweden)
Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (Germany)

Seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik (April 8-12, 2019) & Special Issue

Since several decades, researchers are giving more attention to organizational culture – or more precisely the values, rituals, symbols and heroes of the organizations. This is a development that has been accelerated by the trend towards flexible organizations and men in the era of new decentralization. This development is recently reinforced by the digitization of working life. In relation to these concepts, we see a renewed interest in the concept of (industrial) paternalism.

In organizational studies, a frequent interpretation of paternalism is the analysis of the use of different social welfare benefits. This is also a phenomenon with historical roots. In early industrial rural contexts, it was common for workers to have access to corporate-owned housing, food supply, healthcare etc. According to the research, these paternalistic benefits – or management techniques – aimed to stabilize the workforce and create an internal labour market. But many scholars in the field give the term paternalism a significantly broader meaning that includes a moral relationship between the employee and the employer. This position implies that the organization is given a different meaning, in the sense that it is based on a wider social relationship than a strict economic between the employee and the employer. The social conditions of the paternalistic organization are often compared to those in a family. The owner of the company (represented by the director or manager) is analysed in terms of to be the father – or the head – and the employees are like the children – or the body of the organization.

Within the framework of an essentially social-historical discussion, the British historian E. P. Thompson once noted that paternalism is a problematic concept. Central to his criticism was that it is a loose, unclear and descriptive term. Furthermore, he argued that using the concept implies the risk of identifying patterns of consensus rather than patterns of conflict in the social relations of production. This does not mean that researchers should avoid the term in a historical and socio-economic analysis, but rather that the concept is needed to be filled with content and discussed theoretically as well as empirically.

Paternalism, in some contexts termed welfare capitalism, is a term used in various academic disciplines, such as anthropology, history, sociology and economics. The purpose of this seminar and the special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies is to highlight the historical and contemporary relevance of the concept in cross-disciplinary discussions. Some context to discuss in order to clarify the concept of paternalism are listed below:

  • paternalism as a historical phenomenon
  • moral economy
  • management practices
  • labour market relations
  • the welfare state
  • paternalism in an international comparison

These are just some ideas and not an exhaustive list. The seminar welcomes empirical studies as well as theoretical papers and provides sufficient time for discussion and reflection.

Deadline
Potential contributors to the seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik are encouraged to submit an abstract of 5 pages before December 31st, 2018 electronically via the online submission system of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies using ‘IUC Dubrovnik’ as article section: http://www.mrev.nomos.de/

All contributors to the seminar are invited to submit their paper for the special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies. Full papers must be submitted by July 31st, 2019. All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due October 31st, 2019.

Hoping to hear from you!
Mikael Ottosson
Simon Fietze
Wenzel Matiaske

REMINDER: MREV – Call for Papers: What Makes a Job Good or Bad? Standards of Good Work Revisited

 

Guest Editors:
Dorothea Alewell, University of Hamburg (Germany)
Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (Germany)

Special Issue

Standards of good work – in economics, law, sociology and industrial psychology – are rooted in ideas of protecting labour against exploitation and alienation. Certainly, these basic ideas have not lost their importance. However, organisations as socio-technological systems have radically changed during the last decades, which entails the need for revision of the implications formulated in the 1960s. The front against Taylorism and the bureaucratic phenomenon will prove fruitless in times of the flexible organisation and subsequently flexible women and men. E. g.:

  • Technical progress may result not only in a reduction of workload but also in a devaluation of human capital which is bounded to persons, relatives and communities. New sourcing strategies of enterprises for example via crowd and click work platforms will change the structure of relevant labour markets.
  • Labour law may foster the unintended effect of building up a non-core workforce which is excluded from regulations which protect regular employees. The questions of how protection can be organised elsewhere, and whether monetary instruments as an unconditional minimum wage are a good remedy are still debated intensely.
  • The additional margin for manoeuvre intended as a resource enabling coping in models of work-related stress has converted to a stressor itself in flexible organisations.
  • Changes of value orientations, which are out of the perspective of social research since decades, may result in altered individual demands and hence on answers to the question what makes a good job.
  • The same is true for the change in the structure of the workforce, for example concerning age, gender, generation and religious orientation, on the collective level.

This is not an exhaustive list.

The special issue welcomes empirical studies as well as theoretical papers.

Deadline
Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies must be submitted by August 31st, 2018. All contributions will be subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a “revise and resubmit” are due January 31th, 2019. The publication is scheduled for issue 3/2019. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at http://www.mrev.nomos.de/ using “SI Standards of Good Work” as article section.

Submission Guidelines
Manuscript length should not exceed 8,000 words (excluding references) and the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 3 cm (1 inch) on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the journal’s website and submit the papers electronically by sending a “blind” copy of your manuscript (delete all author identification from this primary document).

Hoping to hear from you!
Dorothea Alewell
Simon Fietze
Wenzel Matiaske