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EGOS Subtheme: Unpacking Paradoxical Nestedness Across Levels of Analysis

  • 1.  EGOS Subtheme: Unpacking Paradoxical Nestedness Across Levels of Analysis

    Posted 19 days ago
    Colleagues - 
    Are you exploring paradoxes and tensions in your research? If so, we invite you to submit your manuscripts to join us at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) conference:  
    European Group for Organizational Studies 2021 
    Subtheme 09 - Paradox Standing Working Group
    July 8-10, 2021
    ONLINE - This year's conference will convene online
    Short papers due: January 12, 2021
    The Paradox EGOS Standing Working Group seeks to build connections among colleagues and advance scholarship related to paradox, tensions, dualities and dialectics.   
    Paradox theory has emerged as a meta-theory for examining paradoxical tensions (Smith & Lewis, 2011; Lewis & Smith, 2014). Paradox denotes contradictory yet interrelated elements that persist over time (Schad et al., 2016; Putnam et al, 2016). Paradoxes co-occur and are interwoven: thus, not easily separated (Sheep et al., 2019). As a result, organization members combine paradoxes, where one could impact another (Schad et al., 2016). Moreover, paradox theory highlights that tensions exist at all levels of analyses – from the individual to the organization to the society – and that tensions can be nested within tensions (Andriopoulos & Lewis, 2009; Jarzabkowski et al., 2013) . The salience of tensions that are experienced at each level of analysis can be further impacted by both macro-level structure and micro-level cognition and emotions (Hahn & Knight, 2019). Paradox theory therefore provides a theoretical lens for examining how systemic tensions such as inclusion and exclusion, are instantiated at different levels and how the tensions inform one another across levels of analyses.   
    In this sub-theme, we welcome all submissions that advance our understanding of paradoxes, tensions, dualities, and dialectics at any level of analysis. We embrace multiple theoretical perspectives (e.g., institutional theory, social network theory, critical theory) and multiple methodologies (e.g., experiments, ethnographies and archival studies). We are particularly interested in scholarly work that examines paradoxes at multiple levels (e.g., the individual, the team, the organization, the industry, the field and the society), and the cross-level mechanisms that connect each level.  
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    Wendy Smith
    University of Delaware
    Newark DE
    (302) 831-1570
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