CFP | Management Theory and Social Theory track @EURAM 2018 (June 20-23)

Last updated, 27 Sep 2017
Additional info: 
Co-organised by the European Sociological Association
Reykjavik, Iceland

EURAM 2018 in Reykjavik (June 20-23)

Strategic Interest Group 12: Research Methods, Theories, and Practices

Track T12_03: Management Theory and Social Theory  (Co-Organised by the European Sociological Association)

Corresponding Proponent: 

Steffen Roth, La Rochelle Business School and Yerevan State University,


Frank Welz, University of Innsbruck; Outgoing President of the European Sociological Association,

Vladislav Valentinov, University of Halle-Wittenberg,

Sandro Cattacin, University of Geneva,

Short Description:

If it is true that management theory is a becoming a compendium of dead ideas (The Economist, 17.12.2016), then one action that would reverse the trend is the interaction of management research and its neighbouring disciplines. In this spirit, the European Academy of Management and the European Sociological Association are pleased to co-sponsor the Management Theory and Social Theory track at the European Academy of Management Confrerence 2018 in Reykjavík, which invites theoretical and conceptual contributions from scholars with backgrounds in management, sociology, economics, and further social sciences. Interdisciplinary by nature, social theory provides a mirror in which to reflect both management science and its reflection theories, and the aim of this track clearly is to turn social theoretical feedback of all paradigmatic backgrounds into a source of inspiration for management theories of the 21st century.


  • Kozminski, A. K. (2015) Management in the Time of “Generalized Uncertainty”: The Question of Relevance, Management and Business Administration, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 2-10.
  • Roth S., Sales A., and Kaivo-oja J. (2017), Multiplying the division of labor: functional differentiation of the next key variables in management research, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 195-207.
  • The Economist (2016) Management theory is becoming a compendium of dead ideas, December 17, 2016; originally published in the Business section of the print edition under the headline “Out with the old”.
  • Thompson, S. and Valentinov, V. (2017) The neglect of society in the theory of the firm: a systems-theory perspective, Cambridge Journal of Economics, doi:10.1093/cje/bew072.

Deadline: January 10, 2018 (14:00 CET). The full CFP is available for download here. You may also wish to check the pertinent section of the EURAM 2018 conference website.