My Online Participation at EGOS 2020

30 06 2020


The 2020 EGOS (European Group for Organization Studies) conference is being held virtually this year because of the virus.  I’ve got a co-authored paper in Sub-theme 12 (Institutions, Innovation, Impact: Temporal, Spatial and Material Foundations of Institutional Innovation and Change) and will also, childcare permitting, be logging to listen to papers in the sub-theme that I regard as my natural home at EGOS (sub-theme 1, Organization & Time: Understanding the Past (and Future) in the Present). I have read a number of the sub-theme 1 papers and hope to be offer comments via Zoom.

I must say that I am pleased that participation in this online conference costs just 10 Euro, which is vastly cheaper than registration fee for the online Academy of Management conferencethat will be taking place in early August, which is US$200.

What explains the considerable difference in the registration fee for these two online conferences?  I’m genuinely interested to know the answer to this question. I think that part of the answer is that the AoM is based in the US and many things in the US, particularly those that relate to higher education and healthcare but also public sector infrastructure projects, cost much more than other advanced economies.  For reasons that have never been adequately explained, it costs far more to build a mile of subway in the US than it does in western Europe or East Asia. Getting an appendix or buying a shot of insulin also costs way more in the US that in natural comparison economies. The latter is why Americans go to Canadian pharmacies. In my view, these greater costs are symptomatic of deep-seated problems in the US to which neither the American right nor the American left have workable solutions. The vast gap between the EGOS and AoM registration fees is consistent with a broader pattern. Clearly, the AoM’s leaders may wish to contain future cost escalation, perhaps by becoming more like EGOS.

Here are the details of the sub-theme 12 session at which my paper will be presented (2 July, 17:30-18:30 CET).

Chair: Nina Granqvist, Aalto University

Data science to study data science: Inter-field cultural dynamics at the early moments of an emergent field Rodrigo Valadao, University of Alberta
Location, location, location: How space and institutions mediate category dynamics in the British and Japanese regenerative medicine field Maki Umemura, Cardiff Business School,  Andrew Smith University of Liverpool Management School

Organizing temporary events and temporality: the cases of comic- cons and art biennial Yesim Tonga Uriarte (IMT Lucca) Jörg Sydow (Free University of Berlin) Maria Luisa Catoni(IMT Lucca)

Sub-theme 12 will have parallel sessions this year. Here are the sessions I have chosen to attend.

Panel Selections EGOS 2020



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