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About OAP






1. What is OAP?


The first OAP workshop was launched in May of 2011 at Université Paris Dauphine-PSL by François-Xavier de Vaujany (DRM, Université Paris Dauphine-PSL) and Nathalie Mitev (ISIG, London School of Economics & Political Science).  OAP explores the relationships between organizations (and organizing), artifacts, processes & practices.

OAP gathers each year researchers interested in Science and Technology Studies (STS) in the context of organizations and organizing. It is focused on ontological and metaphysical discussions about organizations and organizing in a digital era. Various ontologies or ontological perspectives are present in our discussions, e.g. Process philosophy,  Phenomenologies, Post-phenomenologies, Pragmatism, Marxism, post-Marxism, Critical realism, Activity theory, among others. 

OAP is hosted annually by different universities, in different countries (France, UK, Singapore, Italy, Brazil, Netherlands, US, USA, Spain, etc.).

OAP is free and open knowledge-oriented. All our proceedings are creative commons.

OAP relies on a Standing Group.

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 (Bayes Business School), Magda Hercheui (UCL), 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 (CNRS & 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-PSL), 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.

Between 2011 and 2019, François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM) and Nathalie Mitev (KCL) have led the event. Since 2020, Hélène Bussy-Socrate (CNAM), Albane Grandazzi (GEM), Aurélie Leclercq-Vandelannoitte (CNRS & IESEG), Julien Malaurent (ESSEC) and François-Xavier de Vaujany, (UPD-PSL) are the new coordinators of OAP. 

OAP is grounded into four main 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 a free, independent event (ii), the two key resources for an academic community are conviviality and (more and more) a large sense of humor (iii) all our discussions need to be co-produced and collectively documented in the spirit of open science


2. What are OAP events?


OAP hosts both keynote lectures (between 2 and 3), interactive workshops, agora and parallel sessions. Past keynote speakers were: Andrew Pickering, Katherine Hayles, Hartmut Rosa, John Urry, Francesca Ferrando, Stewart Clegg, Dick Boland, Noortje S. Marres, Lucas Introna, François Hartog, JoAnne Yates, Michael Rowlinson, Fabian Muniesa, Timon Beyes, Giovan Francesco Lanzara, among others

OAP 2011 (at Paris-Dauphine) was co-chaired by François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM) and Nathalie Mitev (LSE). It was about “Social networks and artifacts in organizations”.

OAP 2012 (at Paris-Dauphine) was  co-chaired by François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM) and Nathalie Mitev (LSE). It was about “Materiality and space in management and organization studies”.

OAP 2013 was co-chaired by Martin Giraudeau (LSE), Nathalie Mitev (LSE) and François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM). It was about “Time, history and materiality in management and organization studies”. The London School of Economics and Policitical Sciences hosted this two-days event.

OAP 2014 was co-chaired by Paolo Spagnoletti (LUISS), François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM) and Nathalie Mitev (LSE). It 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 was co-chaired with Stewart Clegg (UTS), Stephen Smith (UTS), François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM) and Nathalie Mitev (LSE). It was about “Managerial Techniques and materiality in management and organization studies”. OAP 2015 was hosted in December 2015 (just before APROS) at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia).

OAP 2016 was co-chaired by Eva Boxenbaum (CBS), Bernard Leca (ESSEC) and Miguel Pina e Cunha (Nova BS), François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM) and Nathalie Mitev (LSE). It was about "Materiality and Institutions in Management and Organization Studies". OAP 2016 was hosted in June 2016 by the Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisboa (Portugal)

OAP 2017 was co-chaired by Philippe Lorino (ESSEC), Yesh Nama (KCL), Julien Mallaurent (ESSEC), François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM) and Nathalie Mitev (LSE). It was about 'Collaboration and Materiality in Management and Organization Studies". It will be hosted jointly by SMU and ESSEC in Singapore. 

OAP 2018 was co-chaired by Sytze Kingma (VU),  Issy Drori (VU), François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM) and Nathalie Mitev (UPD-PSL, DRM). It took place in June 2018 in Amsterdam, at VU. The topic was new ways of organizing work.

OAP 2019 co-chaired by Eduardo Diniz (FGV), Marlei Pozzebon (HEC Montreal and FGV), François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM) and Nathalie Mitev (KCL). It was about the politics of sociomateriality. 

OAP 2020 was co-chaired by Julien Malaurent (ESSEC) and François-Xavier de Vaujany (ESSEC). It was about "Responsibility and Accountability in a Digital Era". Due to the pandemics, the event was only online.

OAP 2021 was co-chaired by Jeremy Aroles (University of Durham), Albane Grandazzi (Grenoble Ecole de Management), Robin Holt (Copenhagen Business School), Aurélie Leclercq-Vandelannoitte (CNRS & IESEG), Juho Lindman (University of Gothenburg) and François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM). It was about the "Politics of time: From Control to Self-Control in a Digital World"

OAP 2022 was co-chaired by Silvia Gherardi (Trento University), François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM) and Julien Malaurent (ESSEC). It was about "Posthumanist organizing and posthumanist management: History or becoming?". Stanford University and SFSU hosted our event.

OAP 2023 was co-chaired by Ignasi Marti (ESADE), Daniel Arenas (ESADE), Stephanie Decker (Birmingham Business School), Aurélie Leclercq-Vandelannoitte (CNRS & IESEG), Julien Malaurent (ESSEC) and François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM).  It was about "Historicity in Organization Studies: Describing events and actuality at the borders of our present". ESADE hosted this 13th OAP.

OAP 2024 will be co-chaired by Ella Hafermalz, (VU), Julien Malaurent (ESSEC), Aurélie Leclrecq-Vandelannoitte (CNRS & IESEG), Youngjin Yoo (Case Western University), Will Venters (LSE) and François-Xavier de Vaujany (UPD-PSL, DRM). The topic will be "AI & the artificialities of intelligence: what matters in and for organizing?". This 14th OAP workshop will be hosted both by ESSEC and Université Paris Dauphine-PSL.



3. Who can contribute?


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



4. Indicative list of references about OAP topics


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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, FX. (2024). The rise of digital management : from industrial mobilization to platform capitalism, London: Routledge.

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

de Vaujany, FX. & Mitev, N. (2017). The post-Macy paradox, information management and organizing: good intentions and road to hell?, Culture & Organization, Vol 23, Iss 5, pp. 379-407.

de Vaujany, F. X., & Introna, L. (2023). Becoming processual: Time to de-place managerial education. Management Learning, 13505076231183111.

de Vaujany, FX., Holt, R. et Grandazzi, A. (Eds) (2023). Organization as time, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

Hernes, T. (2002). Understanding organization as process: Theory for a tangled world. Routledge.

Hernes, T. (2004). The spatial construction of organization (Vol. 12). John Benjamins Publishing.

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

Howcroft, D., Mitev, N., & Wilson, M. (2004). What we may learn from the social shaping of technology approach. Social theory and philosophy for information systems, 329-371.

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.

Lorino, P. (2018). Pragmatism and Organization Studies. Oxford University Press.

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

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

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Mitev, N. N. (2005). Are social constructivist approaches critical? The case of IS failure. Handbook of critical information systems research: Theory and application, 70, 103.

Mitev, N. (2009). In and out of actor-network theory: a necessary but insufficient journey. Information Technology & People, 22(1), 9-25.

Mitev, N., Morgan-Thomas, A., Lorino, P., de Vaujany, F. X., & Nama, Y. (2018). Managerial Techniques in Management and Organization Studies: Theoretical Perspectives on Managerial Artefacts. In Materiality and Managerial Techniques (pp. 1-38). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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

Orlikowski, W. J. (2006). Material knowing: the scaffolding of human knowledgeability. European Journal of Information Systems, 15(5), 460-466.

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

Orlikowski, W. J. (2009). The sociomateriality of organisational life: considering technology in management research. Cambridge journal of economics, 34(1), 125-141.

Orlikowski, W. J. (2010). Practice in research: phenomenon, perspective and philosophy. Cambridge handbook of strategy as practice, 23-33.

Orlikowski, W., & Scott, S. V. (2015). The algorithm and the crowd: Considering the materiality of service innovation.

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.

Pozzebon, M., Diniz, E. H., Mitev, N., de Vaujany, F. X.  Cunha, M. P. E., & Leca, B. (2017). Joining the sociomaterial debate. Revista de Administração de Empresas, 57(6), 536-541.

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.

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


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