April 5, 2019

Special Issue: Emerging Technologies

Call for Papers
Special Issue of Organization Science: Emerging Technologies and Organizing
Special Issue Editors:

  • Diane Bailey, University of Texas at Austin School of Information
  • Samer Faraj, McGill University
  • Pamela Hinds, Stanford University
  • Georg von Krogh, ETH Zurich
  • Paul Leonardi, UC Santa Barbara

Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, robotics, digital platforms, social media, digital traces, blockchain, and 3D printing are increasingly reshaping human action and interaction in domains as varied as consumer credit-risk assessment, product design, platform work, healthcare diagnosis, hiring, predictive policing, custom manufacturing, automated fraud detection, consumer services, and surveillance. From organizational boundaries to employment relationships to individuals’ identification with organizations, these technologies are increasingly deployed in almost every process, form, and condition for organizing; their adoption and use are thereby calling into question our fundamental theories and ideas about organizations and organizing. This Special Issue seeks to advance scholarly understanding of how these theories and ideas need to evolve in the context of these new technologies.


  • April 1, 2019: Call announced
  • January 15, 2020: Submission
  • February 1, 2020: Initial screening decisions
  • April 1, 2020: First round of editorial decisions (reviews, desk rejects)
  • September 15, 2020: Resubmissions
  • November 15, 2020: Second round of editorial decisions (rejects, second review)
  • February 15, 2021: Final resubmission
  • April 1, 2021: Final decision or minor revisions handled by editors only
  • End of summer, 2021: Expected publication

Paper Development Activities
The topic of emerging technologies is rapidly building momentum in the scholarly community. Yet, recognizing the novelty of the phenomenon, the Special Issue (SI) editors plan to organize a series of meetings and a paper development workshop to help authors advance their work toward high-quality submissions. All of these events are optional. They include:

  • “Meet the SI Editors” session at the Conference on Organizing in the Era of Digital Technology, ETH Zurich Conference Facility at Monte Verita: June 12–15, 2019
  • “Meet the SI Editors” session at the Academy of Management: August 9–13, 2019
  • Paper Development Workshop, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA: October 10–11, 2019 (details to follow).

For the full CFP, see the Org Sci website.

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