Dear Colleagues,
We invite you to submit a paper to *Sub-theme 1: **Organization & Time:
Organizing in the Nexus between Short and Distant Futures*, that we are
organizing at the upcoming *EGOS Conference in Edinburgh in 2019 *(July
4-6th). It is the first year of our Standing Working Group at EGOS on
& Time, *which will run from 2019 to 2022.

All *relevant information* can be found following the link below:

The *deadline *for submission of short papers (3000 words) is Monday,
January 14. 2019, 23:59 CET.

Best regards,
Joanna, Tima and Tor

*SWG 01: Organization & time: Organizing in the nexus between short and
distant futures*


 *Tima Bansal*, Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada

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*Tor Hernes*, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

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*Joanna Karmowska*, Oxford Brookes University, UK

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*Call for Papers*

Contemporary organizations operate increasingly according to a logic of
speed and instantaneity while also shortening their temporal horizons.
These pressures are exogenous features of organizational environment, but
they also involve an endogenous component arising from the recursive
relationship between organizational action and the evolving context (Perlow
at al., 2002). In everyday organizational practices, actors produce and
reproduce a variety of temporal structures, which in return shape the
temporal rhythm and form of these practices (Orlikowski & Yates, 2002;
Karmowska et al., 2017). Recent works in organization studies have begun
the search for ways to analytically and empirically handle the temporal
complexity faced by organizational actors in these processes (Hussenot &
Missonier, 2016).

Time forms an inseparable part of every human experience, where past and
future are reflected in the present (Heidegger, 1962). In order to grasp
the temporal nature of organizational phenomena it is necessary to consider
how the organization’s existence is a reflection of both the past and the
anticipation of the future (George & Jones, 2000; Hernes, 2014).   While
often falling prey to short-termism, organizations are increasingly
challenged to address distant pasts and futures (Schultz and Hernes, 2013).
In this sub-theme we aim to discuss the nexus between, on the one hand, the
demands of speed and adaptions and, on the other hand, the challenges of
addressing distant futures. We make the assumption that if most
organizations become too short term, they will compromise employee welfare,
organizational success, and societal well-being (Polman, 2014; Slawinski &
Bansal, 2015).

This SWG is intended to provide the opportunity for organizational scholars
to appreciate the temporal qualities of their research phenomena and to
position their work within the broader studies on time and organizations.
We are open to variety of approaches to studying organization and time as
we strive to identify and build more comprehensive theoretical frameworks
on the subject. Our goal is to build an inclusive conversation that appeals
to many theories and methods within organizational theory and practice.

In keeping with the EGOS 2019 Colloquium theme, we are particularly
interested in the temporal aspects that contribute to insights and
understanding with a focus on a better future for societies and
organizations. Studies across industries and markets are invited at micro-
as well as macro-levels of analysis. We also invite diverse philosophical
methods and concepts as well as methods of enquiry that permit the temporal
nature of organizational processes and practices to be captured. Both
conceptual and empirical contributions are welcome.

 Papers may address, but are not limited to the following themes:

Ø  How experience and inheritance of the past (plus anticipation of the
future) affect the framing of the present in organizations and shape
organizational change

Ø  How organizational time perspectives influence organizational efforts to
address societal grand challenges

Ø  Organizational outcomes of temporal myopia or short-termism

Ø  Relationship between growing inter-connectedness and acceleration in
organizational life and their effect on long-term thinking

Ø  Consequences of the growing disharmony between natural and
organizationally-imposed temporal rhythms

Ø  Dynamics between on-going temporal structures in organizations and
distant futures

Ø  Continuity, change and distant futures

Ø  Connecting distant pasts and distant futures -- challenges and dilemmas

Ø  Organizational power and politics in the nexus between short- and
long-term thinking

Ø  Organizational history – conflict and mediation mechanisms

Ø  Learning and organizational forgetting over time

Ø  Interpretations of time in organizational culture

Ø  Philosophical concepts and methodological dilemmas in studying time in


George, J.M. & Jones, G.R. (2000) ‘The role of time in theory and theory
building’. *Journal of Management* 26(4): 657-684.

Heidegger, M. (1962) ‘*Being and time’. *New York: Harper & Row.

Hernes, T. (2014) *A process theory of organization*. Oxford: Oxford
University Press.

Hussenot, A & Missonier, S. (2016) ‘Encompassing novelty and stability: An

based approach’. *Organization Studies *37(4): 523-546.

Karmowska, J., Child, J. & James, P. (2017) ‘A contingency analysis of
precarious organizational temporariness’. *British Journal of Management*
28(2): 213-230.

Orlikowski, W.J. & Yates, J. (2002) ‘It’s about time: Temporal structuring
in organizations’. *Organization Science *13(6): 684-700.

Perlow, L.A., Okhuysen, G.A. & Repenning, N.P. (2002) ‘The speed trap:
Exploring the relationship between decision making and remporal
context’. *Academy
of Management Journal* 45(5): 931-955.

Polman, P. (2014) ‘The remedies for capitalism’. Available at:

Schultz, M. & Hernes, T. (2013) ‘A temporal perspective on organizational
identity’. *Organization Science* 24(1):1-21.

Slawinski, N. & Bansal, P. (2015) ‘Short on time: Intertemporal tensions in
business sustainability’. *Organization Science* 26(2): 531-549.

*Tima Bansal *is the Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability at
the Ivey Business School, Western Business School, London, Canada. Her
research focuses on the nexus of time, space and scale in organizations.
She is a Deputy Editor at the *Academy of Management Journal* and has
published on time in the *Academy of Management Review*, *Organization
Science*, and *Journal of Management*.

*Tor Hernes* is Professor of Organization Theory at the Department of
Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Adjunct Professor at
School of Business, University of South-Eastern Norway. He does research on
various aspects of organizational temporality inspired partly by works on
the philosophy of time. His book *A Process Theory of Organization* won the
George R. Terry Book Award at the Academy of Management (AoM) annual
meeting in 2015. Tor directs the Centre for Organizational Time at
Copenhagen Business School.

*Joanna Karmowska* is a Senior Lecturer in Organization Studies and
International Management at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Her research
interests focus on organizational temporariness, creative organizations and
SME internationalization. She has published in the *British Journal of
Management, Journal of World Business, Urban Studies, *among others. She is
associated with the Centre for Organizational Time at Copenhagen Business

*Dr Joanna Karmowska*
*Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies and International Management*
*Faculty Grant Panel Chair *
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