APROS/EGOS Conference

“Spaces, Constraints, Creativities: Organization and Disorganization”

December 9–11, 2015

Presentation program now available.  Click on Draft Program below.




Hosted by
CMOS (Centre for Management and Organisation Studies)
UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney in collaboration with

APROS (Asia Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies and EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies)

For the conference, we are seeking short paper submissions of between 3000-4000 words, to be submitted by May 21, 2015. (The word count is inclusive of references, appendices and other material).

The outline of the paper should include: an explanation as to the purpose of the paper, the theoretical background and the approach. Empirical papers should identify the methods of analysis. Authors should also be explicit about how their paper connects with the stream and more broadly to the overall theme of the conference.

Submission for the Conference have closed!

Registration for the Conference is open, click on Register now!

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Key Dates:
Notification of acceptance: Monday, August 3, 2015
Early Bird Registration: closes Saturday, August, 21, 2015
Registration due by 9 October, 2015 to be included in the program

Deadline for Accepted with Revision and Full Papers: 16 November, 2015
Email directly to mandy@con-sol.com

The full paper length 8,000 – 10,000.
Author Guidelines
The word count is inclusive of references, appendices and other material.
Paper Format
12 point, Times New Roman, left/right margins both 2.5cm, line spacing 1.5 Indicate at the top left hand corner of your paper:
Papers can be submitted as pdf, doc, or docx files NOT txt files.
Please do not use capital letters in the TITLE of your paper unless they are proper nouns e.g. ‘Sydney’ ‘Elsa’ or quoted titles, or if it is the first word after a colon or hypen eg. ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’: Summary, analyses and quotations.

Early Bird: AUD $550 (Register by August, 21st, 2015)
Student: AUD $400
Standard: AUD $800

If you have any enquiries regarding the conference please contact Daphne.Freeder@uts.edu.au

Daphne Freeder | Research Centre Manager

CMOS (Centre for Management and Organisation Studies) UTS Business School Organizing Committee:
Daphne Freeder
Stewart Clegg
Liisa Naar
Lisa Adiprodjo

International Organizing Committee:
Stewart Clegg, CMOS, UTS Business School, Australia
Mike Geppert, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, UK
Liisa Naar, CMOS, UTS Business School, Australia
Silviya Svejenova, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Call for Paper OAP 2015
Managerial techniques and Materiality 5th Organisations, Artifacts and Practices (OAP) Workshop
7 – 8 December 2015 UTS Business School Sydney         Call for papers OAP 2015 vf 5


Posted On: June 29, 2014


APROS/EGOS Symposium 01: Positive organisational scholarship: A space for critical creativity


Ann Dadich, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Steven Campbell, University of Tasmania, Australia
Joanne Curry, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Mary Ditton, University of New England, United Kingdom
Kathy Eljiz, University of Tasmania, Australia
Anneke Fitzgerald, Griffith University, Australia
Liz Fulop, Griffith University, Australia
Kathryn Hayes, Griffith University, Australia
Carmel Herington, Macquarie University, Australia
Godfrey Isouard, University of New England, United Kingdom
Leila Karimi, La Trobe University, Australia
Anne Smyth, University of New England, Australia

Posted On: June 8, 2014


APROS/EGOS Symposium 02: Digitally Disrupted Spaces


Kristine Dery, University of Sydney, Australia
Clare Kelliher, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
Darl Kolb, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Susan McGrath-Champ, University of Sydney, Australia
Pascale Peters, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Graham Pickren, University of Georgia, USA

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APROS/EGOS Symposium 03: Spacing – How organizations and networks enable and constrain spaces for talk and action


Associate Prof. Karl-Heinz Pogner (Copenhagen Business School)
Prof. Dan Kärremann (Copenhagen Business School and Lund University)
Associate Professor Colleen Mills (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)


Colleen Mills (Christchurch): Liberation Management: Creating a new space for communication and change?
Christina Garsten (Copenhagen / Stockholm): Power and Contesting in and between organizational spaces
Karl-Heinz Pogner (Copenhagen): Communication spaces for Change and Stability
Paul Spee (Queensland ) [co-authored by Mike Zundel (Liverpool): Reconsidering time and space: evidence from a strategy process
Betty Tsakarestou (Athens):  Formation of start-ups, social innovation ecosystems and hubs


Dan Kärremann (Copenhagen and Lund)

The interdisciplinary symposium aims at investigating and discussing different spaces for organizational processes and discourses that are enabled and constrained by organizations and co-operations, alliances, joint ventures networks, hubs, eco-systems etc.

From the common starting points of the Organization as Communication – perspective (OaC) and the Communication as Constitutive of Organization- approach  (CCO), expert scholars from different fields and with a variety of methods will look at organizational spaces (including inter- and supra-organizational spaces) for performance, performativity and practice; change and stability; reification and construction of power and leadership; and facilitating creativity, innovation, and design. All these organizational processes are investigated both from an organizing point of view and a communicating point of view.

We bring together scholars from different fields of organization, management and organizational communication studies in order to assess the usefulness of the reciprocal perspective of the shaping features of organizations for those spaces and processes on the one side and the shaping features of the spaces for organizations and their processes on the other side. This leads to the main questions about the dynamic interplay of organizing and spacing, we want to investigate collaboratively and discuss in the symposium:

  • How do organizations (perhaps together with other organizations) e.g. create spaces for the enactment, social construction and performance of creativity, leadership, digital communication, and power?
  • How do the processes of and organizational discourses about change, diversity, leadership, power, and innovation create and shape both spaces in the organizations or between organizations?
  • Ashcraft, K. L., Kuhn, T., & F. Cooren (2009): Constitutional amendments: “Materializing” organizational communication. In A. Brief & J. Walsh (eds.): The Academy of Management Annals 3. New York: Routledge:  1-64.
  •  Cooren, F. et al. (2008): Communication, organizing, and organization. Organization Studies 32, 9: 1149-1170.
  • Dale, K., & G. Burrell (2008): Spaces of organization and the organization of space: Power, identity and materiality at work. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ford, J., & R. Backoff (1988): Organizational change in and out of dualities and paradox. In R. Quinn & K. Cameron (eds.): Paradox and transformation: Toward a theory of change in organization and management Cambridge MA: Ballinger: 81-121.
  • Dale, K., & G. Burrell (2008): Spaces of organization and the organization of space: Power, identity and materiality at work. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Schöneborn, D.; Cooren, F. & T. R. Kuhn, (2013):  The Communicative Constitution of Organizations: Organizations as precarious accomplishments (Call for papers, sub-theme 42; EGOS 2013, Montreal).
  • Putnam, L. & A. M. Nicotera (2008): Building theories of organization: The Constitutive role of communication. Routledge: New York.
  • Vásquez, C., & Cooren, F. (2013). Spacing practices: The communicative configuration of organizing through space-times. Communication Theory, 23(1), 25-47.
  • Weick, K. E.; Sutcliffe, K. M. & D. Obstfeld (2005): Organizing and the process of sensemaking. Organization Science 16, 4: 409-421.


Professor Christina Garsten, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Stockholm University  and Stockholm Center for Organizational Research; former Chair of Department of Anthropology;  research focus on corporate globalization and global governance, think tanks and transnational expertise, and  ethnography in and of organizations.

Professor Dan Kärremann, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School and Associate Professor at Lund University; research focus on organizational and management studies: Control, leadership, culture and identity, critical management studies.

Associate Professor Colleen Mills, Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, College of Business and Law, University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand; Visiting Professor at Audencia Business School Nantes, France; research focus on organizational communication, stability and change, innovation and entrepreneurship, management of critical interfaces, identity, sociomateriality, sensemaking.

Associate Professor Karl-Heinz Pogner, Copenhagen Business School, Department of  Intercultural Communication and Management,  Academic Program Director (Business Administration and Organizational Communication, former Associate Professor at Southern Danmark University; research focus: Organizational communication: Change and Stability,  Co-creation, Discourse of public-private-partnership, Text production as social interaction: Communities of practice and Discourse Communities.

Senior Lecture Paul Spee, The University of Queensland Business School. Paul’s research falls into three related areas: strategy,  social practice theory and qualitative methods. Has published in the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, Organization Science, Strategic Organization, amongst others, and co-authored ‘Making markets for acts of God’ (Oxford University Press); currently: senior editor at Organization Studies.

Assistant Professor Betty Tsakarestou and Head of Advertising and PR Lab at the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University, Greece; VP of the Department of Communication; expert in EU digital media literacy projects; visiting  Professor of CSR and Business Ethics, University of Cyprus; former Director of Educational Television at the Ministry of Education.

Professor Mike Zundel, Organisation and Management, University Liverpool. Research areas: strategy, learning in organizations, and research methodology. Interested in stability/change relationships, the interplay between individual action and wider institutional processes, as well as possibilities of practice and process theoretical perspectives for studying organizations. Has published in the Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Management Inquiry, Management Learning amongst others; currently: senior editor at Organization Studies.

Posted On: June 8, 2014