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People and Organizations Conference: Call for Abstracts

  • 1.  People and Organizations Conference: Call for Abstracts

    Posted 03-29-2023 15:53

    Call for Abstracts:

    September 22nd and 23rd, 2023 @ 
    The Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Submission Deadline:  June 1st, 2023

    We are pleased to invite submissions for the 16th Annual People and Organizations Conference at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

    We currently plan to run the conference in person, at the Wharton School, with options to participate online for those who cannot travel to Philadelphia. We are excited to invite submissions to the conference. 

    The purpose of the "People and Organizations" Conference is to bring attention to macro-level research on topics associated with work and employment.  We aim to support the community of scholars from organization theory, industrial relations, economics, political science, sociology, and strategy who share common interests and need a forum for interdisciplinary exchange.

    Representative papers from past years have included studies exploring the effects of workplace practices on organizational performance, the causes and consequences of worker mobility, the nature of inequality within workplaces, the impact of gender and race on employment outcomes and careers, and the role of social networks in shaping employment outcomes. Human and social capital issues related to business strategy and performance have also become a common theme. We have a special interest in studies that relate to new developments in issues around work and employment. We are particularly seeking studies that have not yet been published nor accepted for publication. We are less interested in studies that have no empirical results, however, unless they are explicitly theoretical.

    If you are interested in participating in the conference, please submit your abstract here:


    Your abstract should summarize your theoretical or empirical argument, discuss how it relates to the relevant literature and/or an extant debate, spell out the quantitative or qualitative methodology if your paper is empirical, and highlight your key findings and/or the implications of your work.  For empirical papers, a brief overview of at least preliminary results will help our process.

    We select papers from the conference through a process of blind review. Unfortunately, space constraints mean that we cannot usually accommodate all submissions. Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by the end of July.

    Feel free to contact any of the members of the organizing committee with questions. Thanks for your interest in the conference!



    Matthew Bidwell, The Wharton School (MBidwell@wharton.upenn.edu)

    Diane Burton, Cornell University (Burton@cornell.edu)

    Peter Cappelli, The Wharton School (Cappelli@wharton.upenn.edu)

    JR Keller, Cornell University (jhk296@cornell.edu)

    Peter Sherer, University of Calgary (PSherer@ucalgary.ca)

    JR Keller, Cornell University