Call for Applications
This PDW aims to help scholars, especially at PhD and early career stages, in finding their personal way
in processual writing.
Process philosophy encourages us to follow the flows of activities that shape organizing. Organization is here understood as an ongoing process of “relating” (Cooper, 2005), and “world making” (Chia & King, 1998); always becoming. A major consequence for scholars is that any description of organization has to transcribe the continuity of organizational process while refraining from attempts to isolate one stage from another. The craft of writing up research in this manner thus involves following the going-on with things, rather than trying to capture and stabilize them.
Writing up process studies, and particularly empirical ones, can hence pose challenges for researchers:
How can we capture this on-going-ness in our own writing?
Does the journal article format, with its limited space, hinder processual writing, or can it catalyze it?
What other forms of writing than the traditional canons of scientific writing can we experiment with, in order to better seize with words the processuality of organizational phenomena?
If other materials, like images, photos and video, can complement our writing, how can we integrate them in our texts?
These are some of the questions we wish to explore with this PDW. And these are important questions, as they directly call into question our practices of writing, with the aims of exploring new ways of communicating and sharing the fruits of our inquiries.
This workshop is a part of the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) 10 “Doing Process Research” and has three aims:
First, to find ways of writing that travel, ideas that suggest multiple rather than singular meanings.
Second, to learn about your personal writing process through exercises and creating new texts.
Third, to start building a community of scholars who understand what process studies research is, and what it entails to write empirical process studies articles.
We will do reading and writing exercises coupled with
experiences from skillful and knowledgeable scholars. We will rehearse free writing, creative writing, and disciplined writing
in smaller groups. The participants will get readings and some pre-exercises prior to the workshop.
Please submit – via the EGOS website! – a single document of application (.doc, .docx or .pdf file) that includes:
On the first page: a cover page including full details of name, address (postal address, phone & email), and affiliation;
A short letter of motivation;
A description of empirical work that you are working on;
1-page reflection on things that you struggle with in your own writing.
We will accept a maximum of