Appel à contributions pour la prochaine conférence EGOS (Rotterdam, 3-5 juillet 2014)

Peter Karnøe (Aalborg University), Jeroen Struben (McGill University) and
Liliana Doganova (CSI, Mines ParisTech) would like to bring attention on
the sub-theme on “Markets and (Re-)Valuations inside Sustainability Transformations”
which they are convening as part of the European Group of Organization Studies’
(EGOS) 30th annual conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, which will take
place on July 3-5, 2014.

They invite to submit a short paper (3000 words) by January 13, 2014.

Full call for papers can be found below and on the conference website:


Detailed instructions for submission can be found at:


Sub-theme 56: Markets and (Re-)Valuations inside Sustainability


Peter Karnøe, Aalborg University, Denmark

Jeroen Struben, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

Liliana Doganova, CSI - Mines ParisTech, Paris, France

Call for Papers

The sub-theme addresses valuation challenges for sustainable
transformations – involving clean technologies, low carbon products,
healthy life styles, etc. Such sustainability oriented innovations attempt
to recombine environmental, social and economic value in ways that depart
from the existing standards of valuation which have become part of – built
into – market structures in the historical process of their formation.
This subtheme will explore the collective and interdependent processes of
(re-) valuations involved in the construction of sustainable markets.

Recent advances in economic sociology have shown that the qualities and
values of goods are not pre-existing, but emerge from assemblages that
endow market actors with resources, competencies, and devices (Callon,
1998; 2008). Thus, making sustainable products worth requires the forming
and recombining of new, as well as the shifting and unlocking of existing
valuation assemblages. Understanding the actors and processes involved in
re-organizing markets is a major issue for sustainable innovation.

We invite empirically and theoretically grounded contributions that build
upon and bridge different perspectives addressing valuation issues
(evolutionary, institutional, and practice theories). We particularly
invite work that examines multiple transformation pathways, including
eventual "failures", highlighting the struggles.

·         How does socio-technical and institutional lock-in contribute
to/constrain the formation of alternative pathways (Unruh, 2002)?

·         How can alternative pathways be explained as transformations of
established markets? (Schneiberg, 2007)

·         How can we understand the role of sustainability oriented market
devices (Callon et al., 2007) in the process of unlocking and locking-in
'orders of worth' and market valuations?

·         Where do these devices come from, and how do they become
established, assembled, accepted, and modified over time?

·         How are economic and environmental/social values reconciled
(Stark, 2009)? How are environmental goods and bads made economically
worth (Beckert & Aspers, 2011; Fourcade, 2011)?

·         Who and where are the architects of the assemblages? How do new
actors and coalitions (involving corporations, government agencies,
consumers, NGOs, and others) emerge (Fligstein, 2001)?

·         How do interaction dynamics between dominant and peripheral
actors enable or constrain field alignment and market shifts (Padgett &
Powell, 2012; Rao & Giorgi, 2006)?

·         How does the breaking, abandonment, competition, re-making and
transformation of categories help to understand the process of
(re-)valuation (Rao et al., 2001; Garud et al., 2010; Kennedy et al.,
2010; Navis & Glynn, 2010)?


Beckert, Jens Patrik Aspers (2011): The Worth of Goods. Valuation &
Pricing in the Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Callon, Michel (1998): 'Introduction: The Embeddedness of Economic Markets
in Economics.' In: Michel Callon (ed.): The Laws of the Markets. Oxford:
Oxford University Press, pp. 1–57.

Callon, Michel (2008): 'Economic Markets and the Rise of Interactive
Agencements: From Prosthetic to Habilitated Agencies.' In: Trevor Pinch &
Richard Swedberg (eds.): Living in a Material World. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT
Press, pp. 29–56.

Callon, Michel, Yuval Millo & Fabian Muniesa (2007): Market Devices.
London: Blackwell.

Fligstein, Neil (2001): The Architecture of Markets: An Economic Sociology
of Twenty-First-Century Capitalist Societies. Princeton: Princeton
University Press.

Fourcade, Marion (2011): 'Cents and Sensibility: Economic Valuation and
the Nature of "Nature".' American Journal of Sociology, 116 (6), pp.

Garud, Raghu, Joel Gehman & Peter Karnøe (2010): 'Categorization by
association: Nuclear technology and emission-free electricity.' In: Wesley
D. Sine & Robert J. David (eds.): Institutions and Entrepreneurship.
Research in the Sociology of Work, Vol. 21. Emerald Group Publishing
Limited, pp. 51–93.

Kennedy, Mark Thomas, Jade (Yu-Chieh) Lo & Michael Lounsbury (2010):
'Category currency: The changing value of conformity as a function of
ongoing meaning construction.' In: Greta Hsu, Giacomo Negro & Özgecan
Koçak (eds.): Categories in Markets: Origins and Evolution. Research in
the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 31. Emerald Group Publishing Limited,
pp. 369–397.

Navis, Chad & Mary Ann Glynn (2010): 'How New Market Categories Emerge:
Temporal Dynamics of Legitimacy, Identity, and Entrepreneurship in
Satellite Radio, 1990–2005.' Administrative Science Quarterly, 55 (3), pp.

Padgett, John F. & Walter W. Powell (2012): 'The Problem of Emergence.'
In: John F. Padgett & Walter W. Powell (eds.): The Emergence of
Organizations and Markets. Princeton University Press, pp. 1–66.

Rao, Hayagreeva, Henrich Greve & Gerald Davis (2001): 'Fool's gold: Social
proof in the initiation and abandonment of coverage by Wall Street
analysts.' Administrative Science Quarterly, 46 (3), pp. 502–526.

Rao, Hayagreeva & Simona Giorgi (2006): 'Code Breaking: How Entrepreneurs
Exploit Cultural Logics to Generate Institutional Change.' Research in
Organizational Behavior, 27, pp. 269–304.

Schneiberg, Marc (2007): 'What's on the path? Path dependence,
organizational diversity and the problem of institutional change in the US
economy, 1900–1950.' Socio-Economic Review, 5 (1), pp. 47–80.

Stark, David (2009): The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in
Economic Life. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Unruh, Gregory C. (2002): 'Escaping Carbon Lock-in.' Energy Policy, 30
(4), pp. 317–330.

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