Submitted on 08/17/2017

34th EGOS Colloquium | Surprise in and around Organizations: Journeys to the Unexpected

The capacity to surprise, the experience of being surprised, and the ability to cope adequately with, and respond to, surprises are important aspects of organizational life, especially as organizations face the unexpected in the environments and societies they are embedded in or are exposed to. Surprise can, of course, mean many different things, ranging from new discoveries and openings, to shocks and ruptures. It can be good or bad, triggering amazement and astonishment, as well as confusion and consternation. Overall, when something surprising happens in and around organizations, it opens up a journey to the unexpected, bringing about challenges but also opportunities for learning. Unpleasant surprises, however, can also lead to learning blocks and emotional traumas, restraining creativity and adventure, and making us opt for the tried and tested.

Just as individuals and organizations create and/or react to surprises in different ways, so do organizational scholars approach the phenomenon of surprise from many different perspectives. Surprise can be viewed as endogenous or exogenous, positive or negative, man-made or nature-driven, etc. Some organization theories suggest that people and organizations are limited in the ways in which they can address and handle surprise, while others treat surprise as an essential part of organizational life, bringing about unlimited possibilities for renewal, innovation and knowledge.

Madeleine Rauch's track on "Heuristics: Novel Insights Into Organizing and Organizations" has been accepted (together with W. Güttel and M.Loock) for EGOS 2018.

Look forward to our track on "Heuristics: Novel Insights into Organizing and Organizations" at #egos2018

— Madeleine Rauch (@MadeleineRauch) 18. Juli 2017

Sub-themes: Call for Short Papers

The Calls for Short Papers for the sub-themes at the EGOS Colloquium 2018 in Tallinn will be available on this website by end of August/beginning of September 2017!

Please note:

  • Short papers should focus on the main ideas of the paper, i.e. they should explain the purpose of the paper, theoretical background, the research gap that is addressed, the approach taken, the methods of analysis (in empirical papers), main findings, and contributions. In addition, it is useful to indicate clearly how the paper links with the sub-theme and the overall theme of the Colloquium, although not all papers need to focus on the overall theme. Creativity, innovativeness, theoretical grounding, and critical thinking are typical characteristics of EGOS papers.
  • Your short paper should comprise 3,000 words (inc. references, all appendices and other material).
  • If you intend to submit a short paper, please first take a look at the Guidelines and criteria for the submission of short papers at EGOS Colloquia.

Time period for submission of short papers:

  • Start: Friday, September 15, 2017
  • End:  Monday, January 08, 2018, 23:59:59 CET