Call for papers

Once upon a time, at the beginning of 20th century, Alois Schumpeter used the Bakhuninian idea of “creative destruction” to characterize the behaviour of the entrepreneur (or you could say, entrepreneurialism). The destruction of rules and ideas and the building of something new on the ruins is also the modus operandi of the contemporary liquid world. Organization studies, that for so many years used to be mainly preoccupied with how to instill order, have, with entrepreneurship as field of interest, with the studies of cultures, and other areas that became more and more wide-spread in the recent decades, the decades of SCOS, changed its focus. It is now equally about order as about disorder, about structures as about chaos.

It can be argued that creativity is a self-transgressive act. It is always accompanied by destruction (or de-construction), like Shiva, Kali Dionysos of the Dionysian Mysteries, or Odin, who all personify both creativity and destruction at the same time. This idea has been used for many purposes and in a variety of different contexts: in songs, theatre, film, and philosophy. We would like to bring some of these ideas together and invite new ones. The intention of the conference is to see what happens when these ideas are put in conjunction. Will it result in a “big bang” or something more akin to the sending of a Derridean postcard, a return to sender, or perhaps a kind of a conceptual recycling process: innovation and becoming-obsolete in one continuous movement? Or, in terms of organization studies, will something new emerge, a new idea of how organizations organize themselves? Will it be a message from old classics, completely re-read and rewritten by new authors, such as the current new readings of Mary Parket Follet, Chester Barnard and even Frederick Taylor? A return to sender, or a search for origins, etymologies and authors, as often happens in Barbara Czarniawska's writings? Or, finally, an entrepreneurial process of playful innovation and constant change, as in Bengt Johannison and Stefan Kwiatkowski's work?

Warsaw is an excellent place to show how creativity and destruction can be brought together. The city has a long and complicated history of constant struggle between construction and destruction. Almost completely destroyed during World War II, it fancies itself to be one of the youngest medieval old towns in the world, rebuilt in 1950’s and also a king’s castle build by communist authorities in 1973. Constructing the present by re-constructing the past is a national sport here and we believe that this environment constitutes an ideal place to reflect on both processes. You are invited to create another layer of meaning in this paradoxical autopoietic city. The city that has its own Dragon.

Papers are invited which connect with questions of de-construction in relation to creativity, entrepreneurship and organizing. Possible themes of “creative de- construction” may include:

  • Organising as creative de-construction
  • Deconstructing creativity: creativity as normal business
  • Deconstructing institutions, constructing agency – towards institutional work
  • Creating the new organizational past
  • Aesthetics of creation and de-construction
  • Architecture and space in organization – construction, de-construction or destruction?
  • Between Kodak Moment and Lehman Brother Second – perceptions of creative and destructive periods in organizational life.
  • Resistance to creativity and creative de-construction
  • Entrepreneurs between destruction and de-construction? Against or along with Schumpeterian vision.
  • Entrepreneurs as simulacra of creative destruction: managers and speculators destroying Schumpeterian spirit
  • Entrepreneurs and managers as creative heroes of pop-culture
  • The spirit and culture of de-construction in organizations
  • Art, subversion and organization: a feminist perspective
  • De-constructing creativity: critical approaches to the creative process
  • Cities destroyed by reconstruction: un-creative recreating of the past
  • Destruction and construction: spiraling movement of the organizational (city) life cycle
  • Transitions, hybridity and metamorphosis: between being and becoming
  • Deconstructing the society of spectacles

Please note, that the themes are not limited to those included in the list above! As always, alternative and innovative interpretations of the theme are both invited and encouraged. SCOS 2013 will also have an open stream, allowing for the presentation of papers of more general interest to the SCOS community. We also encourage you to suggest workshops or similar events in line with the proposed theme. Outlines of workshops should be the same length as a paper abstract and should give an indication of the resources needed, the number of participants, the time required, the approach to be taken and the session’s objectives. Please identify ‘open stream’ or ‘workshop’ on your abstract as appropriate.


NEW DEADLINE for abstracts: FEBRUARY 15th 2013. The Authors will be notify about the results of the review proces within 1 month.

Dear Authors! As it is after the deadline now - if you wish to participate, please contact directly the organizers ( or


May 20th - deadline for early bird registration with reduced fee
June 15th - deadline for conference registration
July 13 - 16th - SCOS 2013