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Studying Paradox and Social Issues – Virtual Panel and Paper Development Session

  • 1.  Studying Paradox and Social Issues – Virtual Panel and Paper Development Session

    Posted 24 days ago
    Edited by Angela Greco 24 days ago

    Dear Colleagues,

    Join the community of paradox scholars for a virtual panel (all welcome) and paper development session (PhD and ECR submissions) on May 25th, 2021 to support researchers studying societal challenges and/or paradox on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. We will host two separate sessions to allow for attendance from different time zones:

    09:00-11:00 (GMT+02:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

    16:00-18:00 (GMT+02:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

    Each session will have an expert panel, discussion and a PDW session where attendees are invited to join experts to provide feedback on working papers.

    Societal challenges are defined as large-scale, complex, enduring problems, with a strong social component. Management scholars (and related disciplines) have taken interest in how to better understand and tackle societal challenges such as mass displacement and migration, endemic poverty, social or gender inequality or exclusion, social isolation, and, most recently, social implications of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Prior work has established that tackling social challenges, which often exit across multiple levels of society, requires coordinated and collaborative effort from across sectors but, acknowledges that cross-sector collaborations are often rife with managerial and organizational tensions of their own.

    Prior work has also acknowledged that societal challenges exist at a local level – they are experienced in teams, in organizations, and in communities and require localized responses. Grassroots, entrepreneurial, and local public sector initiatives can help to relieve localized social challenges but, are often unequipped to scale for impact.

    Paradox theory offers a relevant lens to understand both the tensions underpinning salient social issues and, can shed new light on the efforts required to resolve them – on and across levels of analysis. In response, we are organizing a combined panel session and virtual paper development session to support researchers studying societal challenges and paradox.

    We are excited to have Jonatan Pinkse (Manchester University) Paul Tracey (University of Cambridge) and Tobias Hahn (ESADE) joining us as panelists and discussants for the first session and, Garima Sharma (Georgia State University), Sophie Bacq (Indiana University) and Wendy K. Smith (University of Delaware) joining us for the second session.

    Panel Discussion:

    We invite the social and/or paradox community to come together and join us for a lively panel, paper discussions, and networking opportunities.

    The session aims to evoke discussion about the potential contributions paradox, and the paradox community, can make to tackling social issues, which we hope will lead to further discussion and future paper collaborations.

    Deadline to register: Monday 24th May, 2021

    We invite PhD and early career researchers to submit an extended abstract (ca. 1000 words) on social issues and paradox. Topics include but are not limited to: specific social tensions or challenges, paradox and social impact, paradox and societal change, and, methods for understanding multilevel or cross-sectoral paradox in the social context.

    Selected papers will receive specific feedback from a panel of experienced scholars in Paradox, multi-level research, and social challenges.

    Deadline to submit abstract: Tuesday 1st May, 2021

    You can upload your extended abstract via the RSVP link or email it to Jade Brooks ( by the deadline.

    RSVP to attend and/or submit an abstract:

    PDW Organizers:

    Jade Brooks

    Angela Greco

    Katrin Heucher

    You can stay up to date with the events, publications and community get togethers by: (1) subscribing to the 'Tensions and Mentions' newsletter: (scroll to the bottom); (2) following us on Twitter: @paradox_bothand (Paradox Community); (3) joining the paradox theory community group on LinkedIn:

    Angela Greco
    Research Fellow
    University of Groningen
    +31 626106370