In the last week of August 2019, from August 26 to 30, the 17th SCANCOR Workshop on Institutional Analysis took place at the University of Mannheim. The Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR) facilitates inquiry in organizational social science among a transnational network of scholars (https://scancor.org/). Its member institutions in Scandinavia and greater Europe support working visits and residencies at Stanford and Harvard Universities. SCANCOR also sponsors conferences, workshops, and mentoring opportunities worldwide. One important event is the SCANCOR Workshop that takes place every year at one of the partner institutions. This year’s workshop was hosted by the Institute for SME Research (ifm) and co-organized by Woody Powell, Achim Oberg, Dominika Wruk and Michael Woywode.
The morning speakers included Woody Powell (Stanford University) and Dominika Wruk (ifm, University of Mannheim), Sarah Soule (Stanford University) and Philipp Poschmann (University of Jena), Bruce Carruthers (Northwestern University) and Henning Hillmann (University of Mannheim), Stine Grodal (Boston University) and Michael Woywode (ifm, University of Mannheim), as well as Grégoire Croidieu (EM-Lyon), Renate Meyer (WU Vienna) and Achim Oberg (WU Vienna, ifm University of Mannheim). They presented and discussed their current research projects in 10 lectures over the week (For the detailed program, see here)
25 PhD students from across Europe successfully participated in the afternoon PhD workshop. International faculty analyzed theoretical concepts, reviewed recent papers, and discussed new methodological tools that deepen the institutional agenda. Special attention was given to institutional emergence, persistence, and transformation and the contribution of institutional analysis to understand current social, ecological, and economic challenges. We also emphasized methods of comparative, archival, network and visual analysis. Finally, we tackled issues involving contestation and strife around institutions and organizations.
We want to thank all scholars for their participation over the week. A special thank you to the international faculty and speakers for sharing their recent insights in inspiring presentations. We also want to thank all PhD students for their dedicated participation in the workshop. It was a great pleasure to have you at the 17th SCANCOR Workshop on Institutional Analysis at the University in Mannheim!