2024 Organization & Society Network Symposium in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


The Organization & Society Network (O&S Network), initiated by the School of Management and Governance at UNSW Business School, Sydney, aims to build a vibrant international community of scholars studying organization and society to contribute to research, teaching, and engagement that creates positive societal impact. For the third time, the O&S Network will organize a conference that brings together academics (and practitioners) from across Australia, New Zealand, and around the world to discuss how to advance our understanding and impact on the relationship between organization(s) and society.

The 2024 Organization & Society Network Conference will take place in the beautiful historic city of Hobart, Tasmania, on November 18-20, 2024. As in all O&S Network events, the main purpose is to bring together academics (and practitioners) to discuss big ideas – and to bring those ideas into action. The conference uses several formats, including keynotes, idea development workshops, project presentations, and other interactive discussions, offering both the time and the space for in-depth discussion of ideas to be developed, and for collaborative bonds to be created or strengthened. 


We welcome all ideas, papers, and projects that explore the dynamic and complex relationship between organization(s) and society. Example topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Dynamics of societal impact
    • How are changes in the cultural, political, legal, economic, technological, or physical environmental sphere (re)shaping the contemporary organization (e.g., wars, pandemics, AI, climate change)?
    • How are these changes similar (or different) across space and time – at local, national, and global levels of analysis?
    • How do recent societal trends force us to rethink existing organizational theories?
  • How do organizations co-create ‘change-for-good’ in the environment?
    • Why are organizations assuming new responsibilities?
    • How do organizations address these responsibilities?
    • Who is responsible/accountable?
    • What is the role and impact of the institutional environment?
  • Where and why do organizations and organizational networks fail to create positive impact?
  • What conceptual lenses can we use to examine the relationship between organizations and society?
    • Organizational theories (e.g., institutional theory, organizational ecology, paradox theory, performativity, practice theory, etc.)
    • Insights from other disciplines (e.g., economics, geography, philosophy, psychology, the natural sciences, etc.)
  • Methodological trends and innovations for the study of organization and society
    • Qualitative interpretive research, case studies, ethnographies
    • Mixed methods, QCA, etc.
    • Quantitative and qualitative AI-enabled methodologies
    • How to measure impact? Why measure, and does measuring improve outcomes?

Keynote Speakers: Jennifer Howard-Grenville and Jeannette Colyvas

How to Apply (due June 20th)

To apply to the 2024 Organization & Society Network Conference, please submit either:

  1. an idea for a study or for a theoretical paper (max. 500 words) that directly or indirectly addresses a relevant topic;
  2. a discussion theme (elaborate over max. 500 words) that fits the purpose of the event;
  3. a paper abstract of an unpublished manuscript (max. 500 words) related to any topics above.

Applications should be uploaded as a single pdf file either using the subject line O&S Network Conference Idea, O&S Network Conference Discussion Theme, or O&S Network Conference Abstract, respectively.

Please submit short abstract to 2024 Organization & Society Network Conference (unsw.edu.au)

Visit https://conference.unsw.edu.au/en/2024-organization-society-network-conference for more information.

Starts:  Jun 3, 2024 09:00 (UTC-11)
Ends:  Oct 31, 2024 17:00 (UTC-11)


Hobart, Tasmania hotel (contact organizer for details)
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Hobart, TAS 2052