EGOS 2012, “Self-reinforcing Processes in Organizations, Networks and Professions”

24 September 2011 at 5:03 pm 3 comments

| Peter Klein |

The European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) is having the 2012 annual conference in Helsinki, July 2-7. The overall theme is design, and one of the subthemes is “Self-reinforcing Processes in Organizations, Networks and Professions,” a subject sure to interest many O&Mers. See the links above for details. Blurb after the fold:

‘Self-reinforcement dynamics’ are defined as a process of positive feedback in which the increase of a particular variable leads to a further increase of this very variable. Examples of such intended and unintended processes, which bring about an action pattern which eventually gets deeply embedded in (inter-) organizational or professional practice, are self-justification, increasing returns, positive and negative network externalities, and adjusting expectations. The sub-theme particularly invites contributions that focus on one or more of the following issues:

  • The role of triggering events and actions in self-reinforcing processes
  • Organizational learning and self-reinforcing dynamics.
  • The logic of self-reinforcing mechanisms and their development over time (network effects, economies of scale, complementarities, etc.)
  • Surfacing self-reinforcing patterns in organizations and/or professions: making self-reinforcing dynamics reflexive
  • Studying self-reinforcing processes and systemic practices in organizations and/or professions, e.g. the mutual institutionalization of professional roles and professional schools.
  • Analyzing self-reinforcing processes in inter-organizational relations and practices, focusing, e.g., on science-industry relations, regional clusters, local and global financial markets, etc.
  • The interaction between self-reinforcing processes at different levels (individual, group, organizational, network, field, profession) and the underlying linkages.
  • Breaking the code: to stop self-reinforcement with the help of intentional and unintentional activities (e.g. stopping events, break outs, paradoxical interventions by third party, or designing unlearning patterns).
  • Designing self-reinforcing mechanisms?
  • Characteristics of “lock-in” stages and related events.

The sub-theme intends to foster an exchange of theoretical ideas and empirical research results across various substantive issues and theoretical traditions that are important for better understanding self-reinforcing dynamics. Papers that discuss such substantive issues, and possibly others, empirically or conceptually, comparatively or monographically, with regard to recent or more historical developments, are cordially invited.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peter Lewin  |  24 September 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Is the pun on the acronym just a coincidence?

  • 2. Randy  |  25 September 2011 at 4:05 am

    @Peter: not in my experience.

  • 3. Peter Klein  |  25 September 2011 at 7:33 am

    I’m starting my own sub-theme, the Society for Understanding Positive Entrepreneurship Research, so make plans today to attend SUPER-EGOS.

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