OAP 2019 in Brazil

5 July 2016
OAP 2019 will be in Brazil, with a strong political focus. More information soon on our website.
Workshop OAP > About OAP

About OAP

1. What is OAP?


The first OAP workshop was launched in May of 2011 at Université Paris-Dauphine by François-Xavier de Vaujany (DRM, Université Paris-Dauphine) and Nathalie Mitev (ISIG, London School of Economics & Political Science).  OAP explores the relationships between organizations (and organizing), artifacts and practices. One of its aims is to identify and analyse new trends occurring in work practices which currently are becoming more and more digital, distributed, community-oriented, open and collaborative - for instance through the use of open spaces, co-working spaces, digital technologies supporting networks and relationship building, 'fab labs', open campuses, corporate/campus tours, boss with no office, Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD), working at home well-being, etc. In order to understand these new trends, it draws on a range of ontologies and theoretical approaches developed in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and in the context of the materiality turn. In continuation to a view of the materiality turn as a forum to share and discuss various ontologies, ontological perspectives present in our discussions can be: Phenomenology, Pragmatism (and process philosophies at large), Marxism, post-Marxism, Critical realism, Activity theory, among others

 OAP relies on two structures: a Standing Group and an Organizing Committee (specific to each annual workshop).


The members of OAP standing group are:

Franck Aggeri (Mines ParisTech), Julie Bastianutti (université de Lille), Markus Becker (University of Southern Denmark), Tina Blegind Jensen (Copenhagen Business School), Richard Boland (Case Western University), Dubrakva Cecez-Kecmanovic (University of New South Wales), Peter Clark (Queen Mary University), Stewart Clegg (University of Technology, Sydney), Bill Doolin (Auckland University of Technology), Amany Elbanna (Royal Holloway university), Julie Fabbri (CRG, Ecole Polytechnique), Martin Giraudeau (London School of Economics & Political Sciences), Stefan Haefliger (Cass Business School), Magda Hercheui (Westminster Business School), Tor Hernes (Copenhagen Business School), Sytze Kingma (VU, University of Amsterdam), Karlheinz Kautz (University of Wollongong), Chris McLean (Manchester University),  Luca Giustiniano (LUISS), Matthew Jones (Cambridge University), Emmanuel Josserand (University of Technology, Sydney), Lucas Introna (Lancaster University), Eleni Lamprou (ALBA Graduate Business School), Pierre Laniray (PSL-unversité Paris-Dauphine), Giovan Francesco Lanzara (Bologna University), Bernard Leca (Université Paris-Dauphine), Aurélie Leclercq-Vandelannoite (IESEG), Simon Lilley (Leicester University), Philippe Lorino (ESSEC), Kalle Lyytinen (Case Western University), Chantale Mailhot (HEC Montréal), Peter Miller (London School of Economics & Political Science), Nathalie Mitev (coordinator of the SG, London School of Economics & Political Sciences), Ann Morgan-Thomas (Glasgow University), Fabian Muniesa (Mines ParisTech), Yesh Nama (King's College London), Nuno Oliveira (London School of Economics & Political Science), Wanda Orlikowski (MIT), Andrew Pickering (University of Exeter), Michael Power (London School of Economics & Political Science), Marlei Pozzebon (HEC Montreal), Miguel Pina Cunha (Nova Business School), Linda Rouleau (HEC Montréal), Maha Shaikh (Warwick University), Mark Thompson (Cambridge University), Emmanuelle Vaast (McGill University),  Sara Varländer (Stockholm Business School and Stanford University), François-Xavier de Vaujany (coordinator of the SG, Université Paris-Dauphine), Dvora Yanow (Keele University), JoAnne Yates (MIT). 

Members of the SG constitute the permanent scientific committee of the event, discuss its scientific orientations, and are likely to co-chair it.

OAP is grounded into four ‘convictions’: Knowledge should be free for and between academics… so no fees and limited ‘formal’ social events (i),  OAP is an ‘informal network’, without any affiliation, without specific budget… it is an independent event (ii), the two key resources for an academic community are conviviality and sense of humor (iii), it will stop when Nathalie will retire :-)  (iv)


2. What are OAP events?

OAP hosts both keynote sessions (between 2 and 3) and parallel sessions (around 50 papers are presented each year). Past keynote speakers were: Andrew Pickering, John Urry, Stewart Clegg, Dick Boland, Lucas Introna, François Hartog, JoAnne Yates, Michael Rowlinson, Fabian Muniesa and Giovan Francesco Lanzara.

OAP 2011 (at Paris-Dauphine)  was about “Social networks and artifacts in organizations”.

OAP 2012 (at Paris-Dauphine) was about “Materiality and space in management and organization studies”.

OAP 2013 was co-chaired with Martin Giraudeau (at LSE) was about “Time, history and materiality in management and organization studies”. It was hosted by the London School of Economics and Policitical Sciences.

OAP 2014 (co-chaired with Paolo Spagnoletti at LUISS) was about “Rules, norms and materiality in management and organization studies”. It will be hosted the 19th and 20th June 2014 at LUISS in Roma (Italy).

OAP 2015 (co-chaired with Stewart Clegg and Stephen Smith) will be about “Managerial Techniques and materiality in management and organization studies”. It will be hosted in December 2015 (just before APROS) at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia).

OAP 2016 (co-chaired with Eva Boxenbaum, Bernard Leca and Miguel Pina e Cunha) will be about "Materiality and Institutions in Management and Organization Studies". It will be hosted in June 2016 by the Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisboa (Portugal)

OAP 2017 (co-chaired with Philippe Lorino, Yesh Nama and Julien Mallaurent) will be about 'Collaboration and Materiality in Management and Organization Studies". It will be hosted jointly by SMU and ESSEC in Singapore. 

OAP 2018 will take place in June 2018 in Amsterdam, at VU.

3. Who can contribute?

OAP is open to all academics interested in the topic of Science and Technology Studies related to organization and organizing (e.g. materiality, technology, Performativity, Visuality, Process, Space, Time, etc). Management and organization studies scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers, among others, are invited to participate to our debates.

4. Indicative list of references about the relationship between artifacts, organizations/organizing and practices


Appadurai, A. (1988). The social life of things: commodities in cultural perspective. Cambridge University Press.

Barad, K. (2013). Mar (c) king Time: Material Entanglements and Re-memberings: Cutting Together-Apart. How matter matters: Objects, artifacts, and materiality in organization studies, 16-31.

Barad, K. (2014). Posthumanist performativity: Toward an understanding of how matter comes to matter. Signs, 40(1).

Bennett, J., Cheah, P., Orlie, M. A., & Grosz, E. (2010). New materialisms: Ontology, agency, and politics. D. Coole, & S. Frost (Eds.). Duke University Press.

Bennett, T., & Joyce, P. (Eds.). (2013). Material powers: Cultural studies, history and the material turn. Routledge.

Carlile, P. R., & Langley, A. (2013). How matter matters: Objects, artifacts, and materiality in organization studies (Vol. 3). Oxford University Press.

Czarniawska, B. (2008): A Theory of Organizing. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Dale, K. (2005). Building a social materiality: Spatial and embodied politics in organizational control. Organization, 12(5), 649-678.

Dale, K., & Burrell, G. (2008): The Spaces of Organisation & the Organisation of Space: Power, Identity & Materiality at Work. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Damasio, A. (2000): The Feeling of What Happens: Body, Emotion and the Making of Consciousness. New York: Vintage.

Descola, P. (2013). Beyond nature and culture. University of Chicago Press.

de Vaujany, F. X., & Mitev, N. (2013). Materiality and space: organizations, artefacts and practices. Palgrave Macmillan.

de Vaujany, F. X., & Vaast, E. (2013). If these walls could talk: the mutual construction of organizational space and legitimacy. Organization Science, 25(3), 713-731.

de Vaujany, F. X., & Mitev, N. (2015). Introduction au tournant matériel en théories des organisations, in de Vaujany, FX, Hussenot, A. & Chanlat, JF. (Eds) (2016). Les théories des organisations, Paris : Economica.

Hernes, T. (2014): A Process Theory of Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Ingold, T. (2007). Materials against materiality. Archaeological dialogues, 14(01), 1-16.

Ingold, T. (2012). Toward an Ecology of Materials. Annual review of anthropology, 41, 427-442.

Jarzabkowski, P., & Pinch, T. (2013). Sociomateriality is ‘the New Black’: accomplishing repurposing, reinscripting and repairing in context. M@ n@ gement, 16(5), 579-592.

Jones, C., Boxenbaum, E., & Anthony, C. (2013). The immateriality of material practices in institutional logics. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 39(A), 51-75.

Kelly, J.D. (2014). “The ontological turn in French philosophical anthropology Theory”, Journal of Ethnographic Theory,  4 (1): 259–269

Latour, B. (2005). Reassembling the social. London: Oxford.

Latour, B. (2007). Can we get our materialism back, please?. Isis, 98(1), 138-142.

Le, J. & Spee, P. (2015). The role of materiality in the practice of strategy. In Damon Golsorkhi, Linda Rouleau, David Seidl and Eero Vaara (Ed.), Cambridge handbook of strategy as practice 2nd ed. (pp. 582-597) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Lemonnier, P. (1986). The study of material culture today: toward an anthropology of technical systems. Journal of anthropological archaeology, 5(2), 147-186.

Leonardi, P. M., & Barley, S. R. (2008). Materiality and change: Challenges to building better theory about technology and organizing. Information and Organization, 18(3), 159-176.

MacKenzie, D. (2008). Material markets: How economic agents are constructed. OUP Oxford.

Miller, D. (1987). Material culture and mass consumption.

Miller, D. (2008): The Comfort of Things. Cambridge: Polity.

Miller, D. (2009): Stuff. Cambridge: Polity.

Mukerji, C. (2015). The Material Turn. Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource.

Orlikowski, W. J. (2007). Sociomaterial practices: Exploring technology at work. Organization studies, 28(9), 1435-1448.

Orlikowski, W. J., & Scott, S. V. (2008). 10 sociomateriality: challenging the separation of technology, work and organization. The academy of management annals, 2(1), 433-474.

Pickering, A. (2010). The mangle of practice: Time, agency, and science. University of Chicago Press.

Pinch, T. (2008). Technology and institutions: Living in a material world. Theory and society, 37(5), 461-483.

Pinch, T., & Swedberg, R. (2008). Living in a material world: Economic sociology meets science and technology studies (Vol. 1). The MIT Press.

Robichaud, D., & Cooren, F. (Eds.). (2013). Organization and organizing: Materiality, agency and discourse. Routledge.

Ropo, A., Salovaara, P., Sauer, E., & de Paoli, D (eds.) (2015): Leadership in Spaces and Places. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Tryggestad, K., Georg, S., & Hernes, T. (2010). Constructing buildings and design ambitions. Construction Management and Economics, 28(6), 695-705.

Tuan, Y.-F. (1977): Space and Place. The Perspective of Experience. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

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de Vaujany, FX., Mitev, N., Lanzara, GF. & Muhkerjee, A. (Eds) (2015). Materiality, Rules and Regulations, London: Palgrave: Forthcoming.
de Vaujany, FX. & Mitev, N. (eds) (2013). Materiality and space, London: Palgrave
de Vaujany, FX., Mitev, N., Vaast, E. & Laniray, P. (eds) (2014). Materiality and time, London: Palgrave.