SCOS Update November 2021

Dear All

Three really interesting items this month:

 From Helena Liu: 

Call for Papers for a SI she’s editing with Alessandro Sancino, Anjuli Fahlberg, and Owain Smolović Jones, on “Re-Organizing for Public Value” for Organization  

On behalf of her colleagues Alessandro Sancino, Anjuli Fahlberg, and Owain Smolović Jones, here is their Call for Papers on “Re-Organizing for Public Value” in the journal Organization 

In case you’d like further information or would like to share some ideas, please feel free to get in touch with us at 

Deadline is 31st January 2022 and papers will be blind reviewed following the journal’s standard review process. 

From Harriet Shortt: 

Call for Papers EGOS 2022
Sub-theme 65: Visual studies and seeing the unnoticed in organizations 

This sub-theme aims to bring together researchers interested in deepening and broadening our understanding of the visual in organization studies. It asks how can we identify productive ways through which visual and discursive research can intersect, towards affording visual methods a more equitable standing in the field? We are extremely pleased to announce that Prof Emma Bell has agreed to deliver an opening address and that Prof Sam Warren and A/Prof Harriet Short will deliver a visual pattern analysis workshop in our sub-theme.  

Contributions are invited that either: outline current visual organizational research; or advance conceptual or methodological understanding of why and how to see the unnoticed and unspoken in organization. Please consider presenting you research visually, for example through visual storytelling, video essay, photographic installation, collage, illustration, or material artefacts.  

Possible questions that submissions might address include, but are not limited to:  

In which ways can visual approaches explore beauty, imperfection or ugliness in organizing?
What novel and unexpected insights can visual research create, and what new theorizing does it facilitate?  

What specific concepts, practices and processes are involved in a visual organizational project, including how research participants are engaged (e.g. in co-production) and how to communicate the outcomes of visual organizational research?
How can visual methods enable us to see through organizational logics and discourses, and which everyday organizational phenomena have so far gone unnoticed and how might they be illuminated?  

How might visual approaches further shift the gaze in the field to see organizational intersubjectivities in more pluralistic, non-binary, inclusive ways?
What aesthetics, embodiments and affects are experienced in (co-)production of visual research, and how can they be consciously articulated?  

How can visual approaches decolonize and/or empower disenfranchised groups in organizational research? In which ways can visual approaches be used to shine light on taken-for-granted discourses and expose problematic organizational histories (e.g. colonization, imperialism, oppression, exploitation, fraud, etc.)?  

In what ways can methodologies draw on visual materials, multimodal texts and other artifacts, and how might such approaches be used to make sense of, or give sense to organizational narratives?
How might alternative conceptual lenses inform and refocus our development of visual methods?  

Do not hesitate to reach out to us: Tim Butcher (; Juliette Koning  

(; Maria Laura Toraldo ( The full call for papers can be found on the EGOS Vienna 2022 website:

Deadline: 11 January 2022: 23:59:59 CET 

Mark Stein posted this on the SCOS facebook site – this meeting is not. free but looks. Really interesting. 

OPUS Scientific Meeting – Online via ZOOM 

OPUS is delighted to invite you to the second in our new series of Scientific Meetings in celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the journal of Organisational and Social Dynamics 

Lord of the Flies: A psychoanalytic view of the gang and its processes* 

Presenter: Professor Mark Stein 

Chair: Dame Ruth Silver 

During this Scientific Meeting, and drawing on William Golding’s classic novel ‘Lord of the Flies’, Mark will explore ganging phenomena. Mark argues that, following a trauma, ganging may develop in private, public and voluntary sector organizations, as well as in governments. He utilises psychoanalytic and especially Kleinian ideas to examine these themes. Worryingly, he argues, precisely because of the widespread trauma that will inevitably be left in their wake, phenomena such as climate change, famine, wars and pandemics could lead to the pervasive spread of ganging processes. 

Mark’s paper received the 2020 Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Essay Prize from a field of 60 essays. The prize honours the memory of Gavin MacFadyen, who was Professor of Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London. The Macfadyen Prize committee described the paper as ‘a great achievement’, ‘erudite’ and ‘particularly relevant’ in the current political climate. 

Mark Stein PhD is Professor Emeritus of Leadership and Management at the University of Leicester, and a coach and organisational consultant. He is also an Associate Lecturer on the Tavistock Clinic’s Professional Doctorate in Organisation and Consultation. He has held posts at Imperial College London, London School of Economics, Brunel University and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, and been a Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, Fontainebleau. 

As well as the Gavin Macfadyen Memorial Essay Prize, Mark has received the European Academy of Management’s iLab prize for innovative scholarship; an Emerald Citation of Excellence; the ‘Group & Organization Management’ best paper prize; and the Richard Normann Prize, of which he is the only recipient. 

• published in Organisational and Social Dynamics, 21(1), 11-27, and also in ‘A deeper cut: Further explorations of the unconscious in social and political life’ (2021; Morgan, David, Ed.; Bicester: Phoenix).