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OTREG (Organisation Theory Research Group)

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The Organisation Theory Research Group (OTREG) is a group of organisation theorists from various UK and European universities that meet every six to eight weeks (except July-September) to discuss current research on organisation theory (OT). Prior to the meeting, three manuscripts from members (under revision for journals) are distributed. The group dissects the papers, considers the reviews and give in-depth comments on how to improve the paper.

OTREG was founded in 2006 by Kamal Munir (University of Cambridge) and Nelson Phillips (Imperial College). Before OTREG, there was no regular forum to discuss OT in Europe, outside of EGOS. Most OT departments in UK and European schools are quite small, and young researchers found themselves isolated and unable to discuss their work with colleagues. Moreover, there has traditionally been little or no interaction across these departments.

With OTREG they are able to connect with each other, benefit from collective experience (and those of senior colleagues), and feel inspired by each others’ work. Moreover, the group provides a bridge with an increasing number of North American researchers. Among various North American scholars who have presented and participated in OTREG meetings are: Dick Scott (Stanford), Woody Powell (Stanford), Royston Greenwood (Alberta), Wanda Orlikowski (MIT), Raghu Garud (Penn State), Klaus Weber (Northwestern), Paul Hirsch (Northwestern), Michael Lounsbury (Alberta), Roy Suddaby (Alberta) and Matt Kraatz (Illinois), amongst several others.

Thanks to OTREG, researchers from schools like London Business School, Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, Warwick, IMD (Lausanne), HEC (Paris), Max Planck Institute (Germany), Bocconi U (Milan), Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus), Helsinki and Vienna, among others, now meet regularly to advance research in organisation theory.

While OTREG generally meets in either Cambridge or London, we aim to we convene in other European cities at least once a year. 

Holding a meeting at a particular school not only contributes to the worldwide visibility of the school, enhancing its reputation for promoting research, but also fosters links between this highly productive group of organisational researchers and the school’s other faculty. The format has now been replicated by colleagues in various cities, including Montreal and Oxford.

If you wish to become part of OTREG, you may request that Kamal or Nelson add you to the mailing list. You must attend two or three meetings before you are allowed to present your own work.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be held online on 13 October 2020, from 14:00-17:00.

The following papers will be presented:

  • “Strategy Tools as Metaphors: How Strategy Tools Frame Strategy Thinking” (R&R Academy of Management Review)
  • “Organising Capabilities in Smart City Ecosystems: A Process Model” (R&R Organization Studies)

In addition, there will be a keynote presentation by Tom Lawrence on ‘The Future of Institutional Theory.’

N.b.: If you are reviewing any of the above papers, please do not attend the meeting to ensure the integrity of the double-blind peer review process.

Information on how to join the meeting will be disseminated to registered attendees. We look forward to seeing you at the next OTREG!