Call for Papers: Special Issue of Strategic Organization
Robert David, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Candace Jones, University of Edinburgh Business School (Candace.Jones@ed.ac.uk)
Grégoire Croidieu, EM-Lyon Business School (email@example.com)
Deadline 31st January 2021
Categories are social constructions that differentiate among entities, such as products, people, and organizations (Lamont and Molnár, 2002). Established categories reflect a shared understanding about the inclusion of objects into groups and thereby locate entities within a broader system of meaning or classification (Durand and Boulongne, 2017: 647). At the intersection of the fields of strategic management and organization theory, considerable research on categories has focused on established category systems and the antecedents and consequences of an entity's positioning within these systems, such as studies of category spanning or straddling (Zuckerman, 1999; Granqvist et al., 2013; Kovács and Johnson, 2014; Durand and Khaire, 2017). A smaller body of research, meanwhile, has focused on the role of discourse or theorization in legitimating new market categories (e.g., Rao et al., 2003; Navis and Glynn, 2010; Jones et al., 2012; David et al., 2013; Grodal and Kahl, 2017). Two related aspects of categories have emerged from this extant work. First, categories come to possess collective identities that define "who we are" and "what we do" for category members and that locate categories within broader systems of meaning (Croidieu and Monin, 2010; Wry et al., 2011: 451). Second, categories (and their collective identities) often arise from social movements. New categories such as nouvelle-cuisine (Rao et al., 2003), grass-fed beef (Weber et al., 2008), wind power (Sine and Lee, 2009), modern architecture (Jones et al., 2012), and management consulting (David et al., 2013) all arose from social-movement like activism.
Although notions of place are often implicit in category studies, rarely is place theorized explicitly in this body of work. Place "is a unique spot", a "distinction between here and there that allows people to appreciate near and far" (Gieryn, 2000: 464). Place is invested with its own meaning and reflects collective histories, memories and identities (Gieryn, 2000; Zukin, 2011; David et al., 2017: 682). Place is also the interplay of location, meaning, and material form (Gieryn, 2000). "Material forms are central to the social construction of place, underpinning sign systems, enabling human interaction, and engendering the relative permanence that defines institutions and provides stability and meaning" (Jones et al., 2019: 212). Recently, place has been 'brought back in' to organization studies, both as explanandum (Jones et al., 2019) and as explanans (Marquis and Battilana, 2009). "Place-bound features of local communities such as market structures, types of public policies, relational systems and networks, history, tradition, and even physical geographic factors maintain a significant influence on organizations" (Marquis and Battilana, 2009: 284). Lounsbury (2007) showed, for example, how distinct logics that were rooted in different locations (Boston and New York) gave rise to different kinds of mutual fund organizations. Jones and Massa (2013) revealed that the more industrialized cities of Chicago and Buffalo were associated with modern architecture in churches whereas New York City, the cultural center, embraced traditional Gothic forms of church architecture. Croidieu et al. (2016: 2338) explained how "various audiences increasingly connected the fine-wine genre [in Australia] with images and narratives relating to the history and identity of Australia, and its national heritage and pride."
Inspired by these and other works, this special issue seeks to build understanding of how place influences category dynamics. All of the questions below can be applied to various stages of the category life cycle: category construction, maintenance, transformation, decline, and resurgence.
The list below is not exhaustive, but promising topics and themes include:
Timeline and submission instructions
All submissions should be uploaded to the Manuscript Central/ Scholar One website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/so between January 1 and January 31, 2021. Once you have created your account (if you do not already have one) and you are ready to submit your paper, you will need to choose this particular Special Issue from the drop down menu that is provided for the type of submission. Contributions should follow the directions for manuscript submission described on the SO webpage: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/soq. For queries about submissions, contact SO!'s editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the content of this special issue, contact one of the guest editors.