cfp 5th Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies, Havana, Cuba, April 2-5, 2014

For those of you looking for a reason to head to Cuba and present your research, here’s your chance.

“Constructing Alternatives: How can we organize for alternative social, economic, and ecological balance?”
5th annual Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies, Havana, Cuba, April 2-5, 2014

“…the purpose of this 5th LAEMOS Colloquium is to share empirical and theoretical research on the dynamics of development, resistance, and innovation with the aim to promote alternative forms of organization in Latin American and European societies…Under the general theme of the meeting, the aim is to collect and connect a broad variety of studies, narratives and discourses on initiatives for alternative forms of development and innovation. We also welcome studies and reflections about the redefinition of boundaries, collaboration, and conflict among government, business, and civil society, in shaping social change, organizational (re-)configuration, and developmental action…

In particular, this is a Call for Papers for the following prospective sub-themes (but not limited to them):
The corporatization of politics and the politicization of corporations
The political economy of organizations
Sustainable and unsustainable tales of sustainability and social development
Alternative roles and forms of managerial action
Alternative spaces: communities, cities as models of collective agency
Transnational networks for protest and for change
Digital worlds, online forms of organization and action

Papers taking an interdisciplinary perspective on dynamics of change, innovation, power and resistance are particularly encouraged. Theoretical and empirical papers looking at alternative forms of social, economic, and ecological development from an organizational perspective are also of special interest. They may include studies that link micro level case analysis to macro level institutional and global forces, that investigate processes as well as structures, and that take a historical and contextual approach….

Subtheme Proposal: July 31, 2013
Abstract submission (1,000 words): 15 November, 2013
Notification of acceptance: 15 December, 2013
Submission of full paper (6,000 words): 5 March, 2014
You are welcome to submit a subtheme proposal at laemos2014 [at] For more information about the conference and frequent updates please check”

Full cfp available here.

Written by katherinechen

June 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

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  1. I got the same announcement in an email, but I can’t figure out what this theme is supposed to mean. ” alternative social, economic, and ecological balance” could mean just about anything.

    Still, Cuba would be a cool place to visit.


    brayden king

    June 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

  2. Yes, “alternative” is not a specific term and probably intended to serve as an umbrella for all types. In the past, “alternative” has been used to refer to collectivist or democratic forms of organizing.



    June 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  3. Thanks for posting this. I agree on the vagueness of ‘alternative’ and, even more so, ‘balance’. Though, perhaps the imprecise language is an attempt at diversifying submissions while still maintaining a general left orientation. That seems a worthwhile goal.

    In any case, is the CFP open to North Americans? This line seems to suggest not:
    “We seek contributions of high quality academic work within the field of organizational studies and related areas of research from European and Latin American countries.”

    I have work ON Latin America, but my institution and I are North American. Thanks for any clarification from anyone in the know!


    gringo problems

    June 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

  4. gringo problems, I suspect that the CFP is open to North Americans as well? I emailed Sophia Tzagaraki about your inquiry, and she says she is double-checking. Perhaps you want to check back in with her (or just submit!).



    July 11, 2013 at 11:05 pm

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