REMINDER: Apply until April 25, 2019 for the 17th SCANCOR Phd Workshop on Institutional Analysis

A unique learning opportunity for those who combine institutional theory and research on the sharing economy! Join us for a one-week intense PhD workshop on institutional analysis in Mannheim (August 26-30, 2019). In public morning lectures international faculty (Stanford, Northwestern University, Boston University, EM-LYON, WU Vienna, University of Jena, University of Mannheim) will present and discuss research within the field of institutional theory.

At the 17th SCANCOR PhD workshop on Institutional Analysis international faculty will present current research, review recent papers, and discuss new methodological tools that deepen the institutional agenda. Special attention is given to institutional emergence, persistence, and transformation and the contribution of institutional analysis to understand current social, ecological, and economic challenges. We also emphasize methods of comparative, archival, network and visual analysis. Finally, we tackle issues involving contestation and strife around institutions and organizations.

Students will take away new insights and measures, and a deeper understanding of how to match conceptual questions with research methods. The workshop will prepare PhD students to carry out their own individual research using the methods of institutional analysis. Previous workshops were hosted at Stanford University, Copenhagen Business School, Aalto University, IESE Barcelona, University of Mannheim, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, EMLYON Business School, Stockholm School of Economics and WU Vienna. 

In addition to public morning lectures, afternoon workshop sessions for PhD students are devoted to discussing both classic and contemporary theoretical developments within institutional theory. Hence, the workshop consists of two parts each day (Mon-Fri). In public morning lectures, international faculty will present and discuss research within the field of institutional theory. The lectures in the morning are open to the public and guests are highly welcome. Public morning talks by:

Walter W. Powell (Stanford University)
Bruce Carruthers (Northwestern University)
Grégoire Croideu (EM-LYON)
Stine Grodal (Boston University)
Henning Hillmann (University of Mannheim)
Renate Meyer (WU Vienna)
Achim Oberg (WU Vienna/University of Mannheim)
Sarah Soule (Stanford University)
Peter Walgenbach (University of Jena)
Michael Woywode (University of Mannheim)
Dominika Wruk (University of Mannheim)

Abstracts for morning lectures are here:

Interested guests are kindly asked to register:

Afternoon workshop sessions with international faculty are limited to PhD students who successfully apply to the workshop. Admitted PhD students do not have to register separately for the public morning lectures, as they will attend both parts of the workshop and will receive the corresponding course credits. Teaching faculty:

Walter W. Powell (Stanford University)
Bruce Carruthers (Northwestern University)
Grégoire Croideu (EM-LYON)
Stine Grodal (Boston University)
Sarah Soule (Stanford University)

Interested students should submit an application including a motivation letter, their resume, a recent course paper written in English, and a letter of recommendation from their supervisor. The application deadline is April 25, 2019. Only PhD students currently enrolled in a PhD program are eligible to apply. 

Please submit a motivation letter (maximum 1000 words) in which you briefly describe

  • your PhD Project
  • how you anticipate that the workshop could advance your dissertation work, and
  • your research ideas and how they relate to institutional theory

Please also upload a resume of your academic achievements including academic degrees, relevant work experience, publications (including working papers), as well as the name of your main supervisor via this link:

A letter of reference by your main advisor should be sent directly to Achim Oberg ( ( April 25, 2019. 

A decision on who will be admitted to the course will be announced mid-May.

PhD students from the Nordic countries that are the core supporting members of the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research, and from European and North American partner universities are given priority. Other PhD students are welcome to apply as well, and will be admitted based on available space.

Course Credit: 6 ECTS points

Cost: The fee is €300, including study material, a welcome reception, and a graduation dinner. 


Maximum Number of Students: 25

Dates: Monday, August 26 - Friday, August 30, 2019

Application for PhD Workshop (Deadline: April 25, 2019)

Registration for Public Morning Lectures (Deadline: August 15, 2019):