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Deadline Approaching: 13th Annual People and Organizations Conference

  • 1.  Deadline Approaching: 13th Annual People and Organizations Conference

    Posted 24 days ago

    Call for Abstracts:

    October 2nd and 3rd, 2020
    This year with no people!
    The Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Submission Deadline:  August 1st, 2020


    Trying to anticipate the direction of the pandemic and restrictions on in-person meetings both at the University of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia appears quite difficult.  We believe the reasonable course of action given that is to conduct this year's Conference virtually. 


    Our plan is to focus the Conference just on the roundtable events.  We plan to have roughly as many roundtable sessions as in previous conferences and also to limit attendance to each session to five so that we can have something like the discussion format of our face-to-face event.


    We also plan to present a regular seminar series during the course of the Fall semester drawn from the submissions that would be the equivalent of our plenary sessions.  Details on that to follow. 


    For those who have been at the conference before, the logistics below are the same as previous years:


    The purpose of the "People and Organizations" Conference is to bring attention to macro-level research on topics associated with work and employment.  We aim to support the community of scholars from organization theory, industrial relations, economics, political science, sociology and strategy who share common interests and need a forum for interdisciplinary exchange.


    Representative papers from past years have included studies exploring the effects of workplace practices on organizational performance, the causes and consequences of worker mobility, the nature of inequality within workplaces, the impact of gender on employment outcomes and careers, and the role of social networks in shaping employment outcomes. Human and social capital issues related to business strategy and performance have also become a common theme. We have a special interest in studies that relate to new developments in issues around work and employment.

    Among topics of recent interest have been:
    - New developments in work and employment relationships
    - The effects of organizational employment practices on firm performance and worker outcomes
    - The structure and determinants of careers in and across modern workplaces
    - New insights on inequality in the workplace


    If you are interested in participating in the conference, please send an email to the Wharton Center for Human Resources – Center-for-HR@wharton.upenn.edu.  Attach an abstract (800 words or less) as a Word document. Your abstract should summarize your theoretical or empirical argument, discuss how it relates to the relevant literature and/or an extant debate, spell out the quantitative or qualitative methodology, if your paper is empirical, and highlight your key findings and/or the implications of your work.  For empirical papers, a brief overview of at least preliminary results will help our process.


    Please DO NOT include names or affiliations in this word document as we will evaluate abstracts anonymously.  Instead, please include the cover page information for your paper (paper title and the names, affiliations and email addresses of all co-authors) in the body of the email.


    Submissions from all fields and disciplines are welcome. We are particularly seeking studies that have not yet been published nor accepted for publication. We are less interested in studies that have no empirical results, however, unless they are explicitly theoretical.

    We expect to announce the roundtable program by August 20th and to begin signups to be in the audience of each roundtable then as well. 


    If the volume of past submissions is any guide, we are unlikely to be able to have everyone who submits an abstract present a paper in the roundtable. 

    Thanks for your interest in the conference!

    Feel free to contact any of the members of the organizing committee with questions.

    Matthew Bidwell, The Wharton School (MBidwell@wharton.upenn.edu)
    Diane Burton, Cornell University (Burton@cornell.edu)
    Peter Cappelli, The Wharton School (Cappelli@wharton.upenn.edu)
    Gina Dokko, University of California, Davis (GDokko@ucdavis.edu)
    Peter Sherer, University of Calgary (PSherer@ucalgary.ca)

    Gina Dokko
    UC Davis