Tracks and topics

We encourage organizational scholars participating to the 2020 WOA in Milan to contribute with new empirical evidence and theoretical perspectives on the following two broad issues:
  • the effects of current socio-technical developments on organizational design; exploration of organizational choices they enable and/or constraint;
  • the effects of the resulting organizational changes on organizations’ ability to satisfy customers’ needs, reward shareholders and contribute to stakeholders’ wellbeing; contribute to the preservation of the natural environment and the support of the social cohesion and equality; increase transparency, participation, and active citizenship, with a focus also on the impact on global institutions, public administrations and third sector organizations.



In order to guide researchers in framing their potential contributions, in the following table we present some preliminary ideas concerning topics and tracks for the WOA conference. It should be noted that the following represents just some examples, but do not exclude contributions on other topics in the spirit of this conference.
Thus the research community is strongly encouraged, but not limited to making contributions that relate to the following topics:


  • Human, post-human, pre-human, non-human, inhuman organizations
  • Organizational challenges of digital business ecosystems
  • Innovative approaches and instruments of organizational design
  • Digital strategies for transforming the Public Sector
  • Ethics, grand challenges, and digital innovation
  • Organizing digital anarchies in social movements


  • Approaches for human resources management in Industry 4.0
  • Changes in work/life balance in the era of digitization
  • E-leadership and virtual team cooperation
  • Innovative work behaviour and proactivity at work
  • Emotions and wellbeing in digital workplaces
  • Digitalization and meaningfulness of work
  • Effects of digital technologies on organizational engagement and citizenship
  • Digital workplaces and organizational trust


  • Knowledge management, social media and open sourced organizations
  • Corporate social responsibility in the digital arena: big data, Internet of Things and privacy
  • In-out: co-design, co-creation, co-production
  • Advanced robotics, automation and meaningful work
  • Human-machine interaction in the workplace
  • Organizing data and communication in blockchain and sharing economy


  • Sources, processes and tools for organizational research
  • Textual analysis and theory development
  • Ethnography
  • Participatory action research & activist ethnography
  • Survey research
  • Statistical modelling
  • Cross-cultural and comparative methods
  • Experimental research design
  • Machine learning and data analysis