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Research Seminar Series

Seminars feature cutting-edge work by qualitative researchers around the world. Join our mailing list or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn to receive sign up information for our events. 

We welcome suggestions for seminars! Please note that we plan well ahead and we are a team of volunteers, so it might take time before we can incorporate any ideas.  In organizing our activities, we strive to follow our ethos, treasure diversity, and be inclusive of various approaches and profiles. 

Upcoming events

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30 May 2023, 15 - 16.30 

Racialized Expertise: The Consequences of Perceiving and Presenting Workers’ Ethnoracial Background as a Type of Expertise

Sandra Portocarrero

Columbia Business School

Past events

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11 April 2023, 15 - 16.30 

Relational projectivity in impossible mandates: the case of reentry counselors in the United States

Audrey Holm

HEC Paris


14 March 2023, 15 - 16.30 

One Drop of Water in a River: How Organizations Identify Global Issues

Haitao Yu

IESEG School of Management

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14 February 2023, 15 - 16.30 

The dynamics of structuring and silencing: how audibility enacts asymmetrical power relations in online meetings

Blagoy Blagoev

Technical University Dresden


Lena Rieck

Technical University Dresden


Boukje Cnossen

Leuphana University Lüneburg

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13 December 2022, 15 - 16.30 

Hybrid auction sales of fine art and antiques: The role of auctioneers as frontline workers in digital transformation through sociomaterial practices

Sylvaine Tuncer

King’s Business School, King’s College

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8 November 2022, 15 - 16.30 

Crooked Teams: Coordination for Deviant Purposes

Marlys Christianson

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


11 October 2022, 15 - 16.30 

Maintaining the Institutional Order throughout a Crisis: Reconstructions of Place, Time and Emotions in Israeli High-Tech 2001-4

Tammar B. Zilber

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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13 September 2022, 15 - 16.30 

Ethnographic action research: Learning about changing industry cultures from the ground up

John Paul Stephens

Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University


31 May 2022, 14 - 15.30 

Paradoxes of protection: When responses to disaster sit between markets and society 

Paula Jarzabkowski

Professor in Strategy

University of Queensland & City, University of London

Rebecca Bednarek, Victoria University, Wellington
Eugenia Cacciatori, City, University of London

Konstantinos Chalkias, Birkbeck, University of London

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3 May 2022, 15 - 16.30 

Sustaining Complex Collaboration

Pedro Monteiro

Assistant Professor

Copenhagen Business School

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5 April 2022, 15 - 16.30 

From Knowledge Mediators to Disenchantment with Big Data Analytics

Elina Mäkinen

Associate Professor

Tampere University

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1 March 2022, 15 - 16.30 

Mission invisible? Managing inter-organizational collaboration boundaries

Evelijn Martinius

PhD Candidate

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Melissa Mazmanian

1 February 2022, 17 - 18.30 

From Dreams of the Overworked To Time Cascades for the Ideal Worker

Christine Beckman

The Price Family Chair in Social Innovation and Professor of Public Policy

University of Southern California

Melissa Mazmanian

Professor and Chair of the Department of Informatics, and Professor of Organization and Management, University of California, Irvine


11 January 2022, 15 - 16.30 

Learning to Labor Like a Hard-working Immigrant

Michel Anteby

Professor of Management and Organizations

Questrom School of Business, Boston University

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7 December 2021, 15 - 16.30 

Meaning, Mission, and Measurement: How Organizational Performance Measurement Shapes Perceptions of Work as Worthy

Marya Besharov

Professor of Organisations and Impact

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


2 November 2021, 15 - 16.30 

Connecting actions and creating recognizability in routines


Giada Baldessarelli

Research Fellow

Imperial College Business School

Scott Turner

Associate Professor

University of South Carolina

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5 October 2021, 15 - 16.30 

A multi-sited team ethnography of "Financially redesigning the Anthropocene"

Katharina Dittrich

Associate Professor

Warwick Business School

Julius Kob

Postdoctoral Researcher

Warwick Business School

Arvind Karunakaran |  | Ethnography Atelier features cutting-edge work by qualitative researchers around the world.

7 September 2021, 15 - 16.30 

Front-line Professionals in the Wake of Public Scrutiny

Arvind Karunakaran

Assistant Professor

McGill University

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25 May 2021, 15 - 16.30 

The political is also personal: responsibilization in a voluntary organization

Samantha Ortiz Casillas

PhD Student

emlyon business school

Kartik BAJPAI  | Ethnography Atelier features cutting-edge work by qualitative researchers around the world.

9 March 2021, 12 - 13.30 

'Plants in the Office': Internal Regulatory Agents and Interaction Orders of Organizational Compliance

Kartikeya Bajpai

Assistant Professor

emlyon business school


8 December 2020, 12 - 13.30 

The strength of backlash: collective identity in fragmented mass movements

Lisa Buchter

Assistant Professor

emlyon business school

Elise Lobbedez

PhD Student

emlyon business school


3 November 2020, 12 - 13.30 

Category formation in the vicinity of a stigmatized product category: The case of e-cigarettes

Thinley Tharchen

Assistant Professor

emlyon business school


6 October 2020, 12 - 13.30 

Célina Smith

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship
emlyon business school

Rising Every Time We Fall: Organizational Resilience in a Family Business Setting

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15 September 2020, 12 - 13.30 

Pauli Pakarinen

Postdoctoral Researcher

emlyon business school

Experts and machines: How economists produce inferences and verify their diagnosis through the episodes of interaction with a simulation model


20 February 2020, 12 - 13.30

General Deterrence of Systemic International Misconduct: How Swiss Banks’ Territoriality Beliefs Shaped their Responses to U.S. Government’s Claims of Legal Authority

Florian Überbacher

Senior Researcher and Lecturer

University of Zurich

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16 January 2020, 12 - 13.30

Ruthanne Huising

Professor of Management and Organizations
emlyon business school

Governing Professional Practice: Expertise Voids, Evaluative Experts and Professional Autonomy

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Renate E. Meyer

Professor for Organization Studies 

WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Visual and multimodal instantiations of role identities and stakeholder relations

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21 November 2019, 12 - 13.30

“Platformification” of Banking: Strategy and challenges of challenger versus incumbent banks in response to regulatory change in Europe

Pinar Ozcan

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Saïd Business School, Oxford University

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3 October 2019, 12 - 13.30

What Kind of Village Fosters Entrepreneurial New Venture Development?

Siobhan O’Mahony

Feld Family Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Professor, Strategy and Innovation

Boston University Questrom School of Business

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28 March 2019, 12 - 13.30

Bureaucratizing Knowledge, Work & Knowledge Work: How Formal Organization Structures and Regulates Work in Aeronautical Product Development

Pedro Monteiro

Postdoctoral Fellow

emlyon business school

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2 May 2019, 12 - 13.30

Emergence of Improvisation through Human-Technology Entanglement on a Shop Floor

Marjolaine  Rostain

PhD Candidate

emlyon business school

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31 January 2019, 12 - 13.30

Varieties of Entrepreneurship: Social Change Through Entrepreneurial Initiatives in Disadvantaged Communities

Nevena Radoynovska

Assistant Professor

emlyon business school


22 November 2018, 12 - 13.30

Leading by Doing: How Female Supervisors Motivate Worker Productivity through Subordinate Scut Work

Aruna Ranganathan

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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8 November 2018, 12 - 13.30

Narrating Social Structure

Susan Silbey

Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Sloan School of Management, M.I.T.

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20 September 2018, 12.30 - 14

Unpacking Institutional Politics on the Ground: Power and Institutional Logics in the Creation of Chicago’s Millennium Park

Santi Furnari

Associate Professor (Reader) in Strategy

Cass Business School, University of London

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14 June 2018, 12 - 13.30

Publishing Qualitative Research in Top Journals

Ruthanne Huising

Professor of Management and Organizations
emlyon business school

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24 May 2018, 12 - 13.30

The Low-Power Trifecta: Unlocking the ‘Power’ of Low-Power Actors through
IT-enabled Open Strategy Formulation

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Dr Matt Mount

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation

Deakin Business School

Tyrone Pitsis

Professor of Strategy and Organization Studies

Leeds University Business School

5 April 2018, 12 - 13.30

Problematization, Creation, and Circulation of Frames: A flat Theorization of Niche Market Emergence

Anissa Pomies

Assistant Professor of Marketing
emlyon business school

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25 January 2018, 12 - 13.30

Coordination, Sociomateriality, and Robot -Assisted Surgery

Jon Hindmarsh

Professor of Work and Interaction,

Kings College London.

Visiting Professor, School of Healthcare,

University of Leeds

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14 December 2017, 12 - 13.30

The Spectre of Testimony: Forensic Scientists as Advocates for the Evidence

Beth Bechky
Jacob B. Melnick Term Professor,
Professor of Management and Organizations,

Professor of Sociology
Stern School of Business, New York University

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9 November 2017, 12 - 13.30

Running to Stand Still: Status and the Geographic Division of Labor

Sean Safford

Associate Professor,

Director, Master of Public Affairs,

Science Po, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations

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19 October 2017, 12 - 13.30

Acceleration as Mitigation: Whether and when Process Solutions can Address Gender Bias in Entrepreneurship

Sarah Kaplan,

Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy,
Distinguished Professor of Gender and the Economy,
Professor of Strategic Management,

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

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