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OTREG (Organisation Theory Research Group)

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The OTREG (Organisation Theory Research Group) was founded in 2006 by Kamal Munir (University of Cambridge) and Nelson Phillips (Imperial College).

OTREG is a group of organisation theorists from various UK and European universities that meet every six to eight weeks (except July-September). 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.

Before OTREG, there was no regular forum to discuss organisation theory (OT) in Europe (they had to wait a year for 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, at least once a year we convene in other European cities. Most recently these have included Rotterdam, Paris, Milan and Innsbruck.

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.