The 18th Scancor PhD Workshop on Institutional Analysis

A unique learning opportunity in Helsinki! Join us for a one-week intense PhD workshop on institutional analysis. In the public morning lectures international faculty presents and discusses research within the field of institutional theory. Afternoon workshop sessions with international faculty are limited to PhD students who successfully apply to the workshop.
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At the SCANCOR PhD workshop on Institutional Analysis international faculty presents current research, reviews recent papers, and discusses 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 prepares PhD students to carry out their own individual research using the methods of institutional analysis.

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).

The lectures in the morning are free of charge and guests are welcome to join them in person or remotely. The physical lectures will take place in the Väre building room Q201 on Monday and Tuesday and the School of Business building room V002 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The lecture schedule is the following:

Monday 29th of August


Väre Q201

Walter W. Powell

The Iron Cage Redux: Looking Back and Forward


Väre Q201

Nina Granqvist

When the Time Never Comes: Temporal Tensions in Mobilizing an Emerging Solar Energy Field

Tuesday 30th of August


Väre Q201

Sarah Soule

Corporate Activism and Organizational Authenticity


Väre Q201

Robin Gustafsson

Peer Interaction and Pioneering Organizational Form Adoption: A Tale of the First Two For-Profit Stock Exchanges

Wednesday 31st of August



Renate Meyer

‘One Frame to Bind Them All’. The Rhetoric of the Anti-vaccination for Large-Scale Institutional Disruption



Henri Schildt

How Digitalization Shapes Strategic Response to crisis: Learning to Fly in COVID-19

Thursday 1st of September



Bruce G. Carruthers

Bringing the Future into the Present: Toward an Institutional Perspective on the ‘Long Run’



Eero Vaara

Using Historical Methods to Uncover the Role of Settlements in Progressive Legitimation Dynamics: The Case of the Cree First Nation’s Fight for Their Rights

Friday 2nd of September



Gili Drori

Ivory Tower or Tower of Babel? The Challenge of Multilingualism for the Globally Embedded University



Pertti Alasuutari

There is More to Ceremony than Incorporating Externally Legitimated Structures: The Case of World Parliaments

Please note, the registration deadline has passed and lectures are full.

Afternoon workshop sessions with international faculty are limited to PhD students who successfully applied 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.

Previous workshops were hosted at Stanford University, Copenhagen Business School, IESE Barcelona, University of Mannheim, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, EMLYON Business School, Stockholm School of Economics and WU Vienna.

Application deadline: April 30th.
Course Credit: 6 ECTS points
Cost: The fee is €300, including study material, a welcome reception, and a graduation dinner.
Language: English

Teaching Faculty of the PhD Workshop

• Bruce Carruthers, Northwestern University

• Gili Drori, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

• Renate Meyer, WU Vienna

• Woody Powell, Stanford University

• Sarah Soule, Stanford University

Local Organizer

Mark van der Giessen

Tel: 045 104 9140

E-mail: [email protected]

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COVID-19 policy

We will monitor the COVID-19 situation carefully. Should anything change, you will be informed.

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