7th International Critical Management Conference

Naples, July 2011

The 7th International CMS Conference aims to explore established social practices and institutional arrangements in new and often radical ways, inviting contributions from a global constituency of critical scholars, practitioners, students and other interested parties. David Grant, Cliff Oswick (Queen Mary, University of London), and Amelia Manuti (University of Bari) have co-organised the "Discourse and CMS" for the conference.

27th EGOS Colloquium: Reassembling Organizations

Gothenburg, July 2011

In the light of the current economic crisis, globalization, sustainable futures, financial regulation and social welfare are issues of immense importance for the second decade of this century. There will be a demand for organizational and institutional innovations to deal with these problems and this will have implications for both management practice and our understanding of organizations. (2011). Co- organized by David Grant, Bill Doolin (Auckland University of Technology) and Robyn Thomas (Cardiff University Business School) have co-organised the "Translating Discourses: Text, Change and Organization" sub-stream, while Daniel Nyberg, Chris Wright, and Bettina Wittneben (Oxford University) have co-organised the "Responding to Climate Change: Organizational Processes and Discourses" sub-stream for this conference.

8th International Conference on Organizational Discourse: Translations, Transformations and Transgressions

London, July 2008

Following two successful events in Amsterdam, the Conference returned to London in 2008. It was hosted by the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London and organized under the auspices of the International Centre for Research in Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change (ICRODSC). As with previous conferences, the primary aim of the 8th Conference was to develop further insights into the field of organizational discourse. As such, the Conference provided a forum in which academics with contrasting epistemological and ontological perspectives on both organization and discourse were able to engage in open and constructive debate and dialogue. Approximately 150 people attended the conference and heard plenary addresses from Joep Cornelissen, Leeds University Business School, Ann Cunliffe, Hull University Business School and University of New Mexico and David Sims, Cass Business School, City University. Members of the ODSC Group at the University of Sydney that attended the conference included David Grant, Sebastian Kinne and Richard Hall. Between them they presented five papers.

5th Critical Management Studies Conference: Stream on Affective Organising

July 2007

David Grant together with Rick Iedema, Carl Rhodes and Hermine Scheeres (University of Technology, Sydney) convened a stream on Affective Organising at the Fifth Critical Management Studies Conference in Manchester in July 2007. The stream attracted considerable attention and there were presentations from Australia, the UK, Germany and Switzerland. This focused on affectivity in relation to, for example, the film industry, workplace technology, health services, business ethics and rationality and emotion in the workplace.

New Actors and Institutions in Australian and New Zealand Industrial Relations Conference

Sydney, November 2006

An ODSC group member, Grant Michelson, was co-convenor of a two day conference held at the University of Sydney. The conference examined developments in industrial relations both in Australia and New Zealand, with focus on new actors and new institutions that are playing or are beginning to play an important role in the employment relationship.

7th International Conference on Organizational Discourse: Identity, Ideology and Idiosyncrasy

Amsterdam, July 2006

The conference, co-sponsored by ICRODSC, was again hosted by the Department of Culture, Organization and Management at the Vrije Universiteit (Free University), Amsterdam. The conference theme was designed to accommodate a wide range of papers and presentations.

There were some 130 participants and the plenary speakers included René ten Bos (Radboud University, The Netherlands), Wanda Orlikowski (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Carl Rhodes, (University of Technology, Sydney). A special issue of the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy was prepared and another special issue was also negotiated.

Members of the ODSC Group that attended the conference included David Grant and Richard Hall. David, a member of ICRODSC's International Advisory Network for the conference, presented a paper he co-authored with Robert Marshak on Organizational discourse and the new OD. Richard also presented a paper, on "Work Choices" and "Work Rights": competing discourses, rhetorical strategies and the struggle over worker identities and organization.

A list of accepted papers can be found at:

The 22nd EGOS Colloquium: The Organizing Society - Sub-theme on Dis/Organizing Identities

Bergen, July 2006

In conjunction with international network members of ICRODSC, a member of the ODSC group, Susan Ainsworth, organized one of the sub-themes of the 22nd European Group on Organizational Studies Colloquium. Entitled "Dis/Organizing Identities", the sub-theme was aimed to deepen our understandings of processes concerning the organization, disorganization and resistance of identities in the workplace.

Annual Academy of Management Meeting: Symposium on Critical Insights into the Organizational Implications of ERPs

Hawaii, August 2005

The findings emerging from the ARC Discovery Project - The Impact of ERPs on Australian Organizations - made significant international impact. This was underlined by the sponsorship of the Organizational Implications of ERPs symposium at the Academy of Management by two divisions: 'Critical Management Studies' and 'Organizational Communication and Information Systems'. The symposium was chaired by David Grant along with ICRODSC members and fellow chief investigators, Bill Harley and Chris Wright. The papers presented at the session included:

  • The Social Construction of ERPs: A Critical Discursive Perspective by Nick Wailes, Kristine Dery and Richard Hall, the University of Sydney
  • Creating a Working Information System by Embracing the Liminal Space of ERP Projects by Erica Wagner, Cornell University
  • A Manufacturing Dinosaur Learning to Play Scrabble: ERP in the Knowledge Economy by Christian Koch, Technical University of Denmark
  • Surveillance Practice across the Supply Chain by Michael Barrett, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • A Sociotechnical View on ERP systems and Job Design by Jos Benders and Roel Schouteten from the Radboud University of Nijmegen and Ronald Batenburg from Utrecht University.

Papers from the symposium were included in a special issue of New Technology, Work and Employment.

The 6th International Conference on Organizational Discourse

Amsterdam, July 2004

For the first time, this conference, co-sponsored by ICRODSC, was held in Amsterdam on 28th - 30th July 2004 under the title of Artefacts, Archetypes and Architexts. As ever, the conference theme was designed to accommodate a wide range of papers and presentations. It finds its origins in the work of Gerard Genette who has argued that all text is built out of primordial 'architexts': the architextual is visible everywhere in and about and around the text. The conference was hosted by the Department of Culture, Organization and Management at the Vrije Universiteit (Free University), Amsterdam. There were some 150 participants and the plenary speakers included François Cooren (Université de Montréal), Yiannis Gabriel (Imperial College, University of London), Martin Parker (University of Leicester) and Karen Salamon (The Design Research Centre, Copenhagen). Special issues of Time & Society and the Organization Management Journal were produced from the conference. A list of the accepted papers is available at:

The 19th EGOS Colloquium: Sub-theme on Broadening the Scope of Discourse Analysis

July 2003

Discourse analysis is a powerful methodology in organization and management theory for understanding ongoing changes in organizations and societies. It relies on the systematic study of talk and texts to explore the socially constructive effects of discourse. In doing so, it acknowledges that discursive activity does not occur in a vacuum, but rather that discourses are shared and social, emanating out of interactions between social groups and complex societal structures in which discourses are embedded. Accordingly, to understand discourses and their effects, we must also understand the context in which they arise. This sub-theme, organized by ICRODSC members, brought a number of people together to examine these issues, especially the difficulties in connecting the micro and the macro; to explore theoretical developments that focus on this relationship; and to discuss how organizational discourse analysts can combine both in their empirical work.

The 5th International Conference on Organizational Discourse

July 2002

This series of conferences is now well established on the management and organization studies international conference calendar. The fifth in the series, held in July 2002, was co-sponsored by ICRODSC. It attracted 160 delegates and over 90 papers were presented. The theme of the conference was From Micro-utterances to Macro-inferences. To date, the conferences have resulted in three co-edited volumes (two with Sage and one with Pitman), five special issues of international journals and four edited volumes of conference proceedings). Many members of the Centre have contributed to these publications. As with the four previous conferences, the Conference provided a forum in which academics with contrasting epistemological and ontological perspectives on both organization and discourse developed a dialogue. Keynote presenters included David Boje, Stan Deetz, Norman Fairclough and John Hassard.

The 18th EGOS Colloquium: Sub-theme on Directions for Organizational Discourse

July 2002

ICRODSC members organized a sub-theme at the 2002 EGOS colloquium in Barcelona. Over thirty position papers were submitted, of which 21 were accepted for the sub-theme. Over 30 authors attended the sub-theme, from universities in the UK, Europe, USA, Brazil and Australia. The sub-theme was designed to provide a forum for debate and discussion about the directions organizational discourse might take in helping to develop new methods to study organizational phenomena. In so doing, it explored whether and how organizational discourse can inform and influence the broader fields of organization and management theory. The contributors held different views regarding the contributions and challenges of organizational discourse, and the sub-theme enjoyed a vigorous debate.

Professional Development Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management on Studying Organizational Discourse

August 2001

ICRODSC, represented by David Grant, Cynthia Hardy, Cliff Oswick, Nelson Phillips and Tom Keenoy, hosted a Professional Development Workshop on Studying Organizational Discourse at the 2001 Academy Conference in Washington D.C. This workshop was designed in response to the increasing interest in the study of organizational discourse and provided participants with a forum in which to share the latest developments in the application of discourse analysis in organizational contexts, to develop skills in applying discourse analysis in organizational settings, and to obtain feedback on their current work. Over 30 papers were accepted for the workshop, which allowed individual authors to work through their papers with the help of other participants well versed in organizational discourse theory.