Organizational Studies

Coordinator: Maria Luísa Mendes Teixeira, PhD

Mackenzie Presbiterian University and Associação Internacional de Estudos Transculturais e Organizacionais (AIETORG)

Temas e Líderes:

The aim of this topic is to attract papers that endeavor to actively discuss epistemological questions in Administration from any paradigmatic perspective. We understand “discuss epistemological questions” as discussions about the production of “truths”: their possibility conditions, their limits, and the criticisms to which these truths are subjected. We also understand that the epistemological debate directly relates to ontological questions, that is, to the nature of the world we live in and in which our viewpoint is located. We understand that ontological and epistemological questions often coexist – thus the frequent use of “onto-epistemological questions.” We stress that the object of this topic is not problems of a purely methodological order. Papers on methodology may be submitted when they directly involve a discussion that is epistemological or ontological in nature – that is, questions related to the truth and the nature of the observed object. We encourage the submission of papers with any paradigmatic orientation, particularly because the discussion of paradigms is a discussion about epistemology. With the aim of opening up inter- and transdisciplinary debates among the various forms of production of know-how in organizations, we welcome papers based on or inspired by areas of knowledge such as Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Psychoanalysis, History, Geography, and Economics. In order to create an environment that favors the exchange of know-how, we encourage not only sending completed investigations, but also the submission of papers that are still being elaborated and present more questions than answers.

Although the administrative sciences often focus on studying formal organizations characterized by bureaucracy, hierarchy, and formal rationality, the reality is always more diverse. There are numerous organizational forms that emerge from reality and do not fit the hegemonic models. In this topic, we encourage theoretical, essay-type, or theoretical-empirical articles based on various epistemological, theoretical, and methodological perspectives that adhere to Organizational Studies in the following topics: ways of organizing prefiguratives; non-utilitarian organizations; autonomous or vernacular organizations; horizontal organizations; organizational conception; alternative forms of organizing; non-hegemonic organizations; debt vs. donation; solidary economics; heteronomy vs. autonomy; camaraderie; cottage industries; the common good; post-extractivism; degrowth and living well.

Theoretical and theoretical-empirical articles are encouraged that include studies on: attitudes, satisfaction and motivation at work; organizational and career commitment; emotions and affections at work; perception, attribution and decision making; personality and individual characteristics at work; personal, organizational and cultural values; aesthetics in organizations; health and well-being at work; conflict and negotiation; leadership and power in organizations; organizational structure and change; approach to practices in organizations.

This aims to provide theories and empirical research that adheres to organizational studies on: gender, sexuality (LGBTQ+), race, age, class, and other institutionalized power systems that produce hierarchies, inequalities, and privileges. Intersectionality between identities and different forms of group expressions. Impact of affirmative actions, diversity policies, diversity management, and discourses on different groups and on the promotion of inclusion at work and in organizations. Structural and institutional barriers to promoting equity and equality. Impacts of diversity and the production of difference on individual, group, and organizational well-being. Repercussion of organizational and workforce structures over marginalized subjects and dominant groups. Production of discriminations, preconceptions, and stereotypes. Consequences of different cultures, ethnicities, and nationalities in the labor and organizational environment. Identity production and its relationship with organizational studies. Work experiences of members of different groups. People with disabilities and religious identities in organizations. Diversity in Academia.

Different theoretical, methodological and epistemological perspectives are encouraged in Symbolisms, cultures and organizational identities. For this, we seek to interpret organizations as the locus of the production of cultures and the creation of meanings. This topic opens space for research on the following topics: Cultural and interactive aspects of relationships with the “stranger”. National, local and organizational cultures. Culture, Religion and Ideology. Cultural heritage. Material and visual culture. Culture and organizational change. Digital Culture. Speeches, language, body, gestures and images. Echoes, sounds, colors and aromas. Metaphors, stories and fictions. Organizational storytelling. Space, environment and atmosphere. Symbolic representations. The social symbolism of organizations. Socially constructed identities. Identity symbols.