Call for Papers - 6th Alberta Institutions Conference (and PhD Workshop) - June 2021

Organizations and Institutions in the Era of Crises

Call for papers for the 6th Alberta Institutions Conference (and PhD Workshop)

June 24-26, 2021, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Amidst the current pandemic that has swept the world, it seems a timely opportunity to contemplate the durability and resilience of organizations and institutions. The current crisis related to COVID-19 is one of many crises we have faced and are facing (e.g., 2008-09 financial crisis; Ebola; rise of populism; climate change; displacement/mass migration). It may not be too much of a stretch to consider this the era of crises. How are our organizations and institutions responding? How are they coping with stress, transforming, disappearing, or enabling new forms of organizing and governing? We seek to explore these kinds of questions and their implications for organizational institutionalism at our next triennial Alberta Institutions Conference. 

Our aim, as always, is to bring together diverse institutional scholars from all career stages, including PhD students, to discuss these and related topics. We are also delighted to announce that Renate Meyer (University Professor, Head of the Institute for Organization Studies, WU Vienna) will provide the keynote address.

Conference Details

The Sixth Triennial Alberta Institutions Conference, sponsored by the Alberta School of Business, will be held from Thursday, June 24 to Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Westin Edmonton, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Approximately 25 papers will be selected for presentation.

PhD Paper Development Workshop

The PhD Paper Development Workshop, co-sponsored by Organization Studies and Organization Theory, will be in the afternoon on Thursday, June 24 at the Westin Edmonton, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Participants are encouraged to arrive on Wednesday, June 23. If you are a Ph.D. student interested in participating, please make this clear when submitting your abstract for consideration (We ask that you put “PhD workshop abstract” in the subject line of your email submission).


There will be a conference fee of CDN$300 for all attendees (the fee will be waived for Ph.D. students).   


  • Abstract submission (approximately 500 words): November 27, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2021
  • Submission of full paper (maximum 8,000 words): May 1, 2021
  • Use the subject line “Alberta Conference Abstract” and email your submission to:

Organizing Committee

Emily Block, Tony Briggs, David Deephouse, Joel Gehman, Vern Glaser, Royston Greenwood, Tim Hannigan, Bob Hinings, Dev Jennings, Michael Lounsbury, Trish Reay, Angelique Slade Shantz, Chris Steele, Madeline Toubiana, Marvin Washington, and all of the University of Alberta.

As it becomes available, additional information will be posted at:

Starts:  Jun 24, 2021 9:00 AM (MT)
Ends:  Jun 26, 2021 5:00 PM (MT)
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Joel Gehman
(780) 248-5855