Call for papers

Welcome to Uppsala and to the 15th annual new institutionalism workshop (NIW). This workshop brings together scholars from different disciplines, countries, and academic systems who share an interest in pushing forward theoretical and/or empirical frontiers of institutional research.

Following the tradition of NIW, we especially welcome papers in their early stage. We encourage work that brings forward novel topics, employs innovative methodology, and/or advances fresh perspectives of inquiry. Approaches that drift away from present mainstream themes will enhance and develop our understanding of institutions and institutionalisation. We are keen to hear voices from literature that does not belong to the standard reference list of institutional theory, and/or to learn about scholarly endeavors that draw on work not available in English. Also, in line with the new institutionalism network’s spirit, the workshop encourages collaboration, particularly among scholars drawing on or bridging different disciplines.

We look forward to receiving submissions by experienced academics, young scholars, and doctoral students alike, and to many enjoyable and fruitful discussions during the workshop. Participants are expected to be present throughout the workshop and actively contribute to the discussions.

  • Submission of short papers:  1 October - 15 November 2018 (between 800 - 3,000 words)
  • Decision on acceptance: 25 December 2018


Friday 15 March

08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Coffee
09:00 - 09:20 Welcome Address
09:20 - 10:15 Key note by Mike Power on the topic "Traceability as an institutionalising process". 
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10.45 - 12:15 Paper Session I
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 Paper Session II
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00 Paper Session III
17:15 - 18:15 Panel: The legacy of James March. 
Nils Brunsson, Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic and Guje Sevón
18:30 - 19:30 Social Programme: refreshments and a walk through the university museum Gustavianum
20:00 - 23:00 Social Dinner at Östgöta Nation, one of the student nations that are a special feature of Uppsala academic life dating back to the 17th century. 

Saturday 16 March

09:00 - 10:00 Panel on "How can institutional theory be critical?" introduced by Kamal Munir. Discussants Gili Drori and Charlotte Cloutier.
10:00 - 10:30 Coffe Break
10:30 - 12:00 Paper Session IV
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 Paper Session V
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00 Paper Session VI
17:00 - 17:30 Closing session
Key Note Speakers and Panelists
  • Michael Power, London School of Economics
  • Nils Brunsson, Uppsala University; Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic, Sciences Po; Guje Sevón, Stockholm School of Economics
  • Kamal Munir, University of Cambridge
  • Gili Drori, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Charlotte Cloutier, HEC Montreal

Practical information


The workshop will take place at Uppsala University Main Building (Biskopsgatan 3) Map (Google Maps)


Stockholm Arlanda International Airport is the airport closest to Uppsala. It is located between Uppsala and Stockholm, 35 km south of Uppsala.

From Arlanda Airport, you can comfortably continue to Uppsala with either the airport buses or direct trains.

Going by taxi costs approx. SEK 600 and takes about 30 minutes. Always use taxis with signs on top of the car. Tips are included in the fare. Ask for a fixed price. Payment with credit card is allowed.

Key dates

  • Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 November 2018
  • Decision on acceptance: 25 December  2018
  • Conference registration:  by 22 February 2019



     Regular  2300 SEK (excl. VAT) 2875 SEK 
     PhD student  1600 SEK (excl. VAT) 2000 SEK
Social dinner   370 SEK (excl. VAT)   463 SEK

The workshop fee covers the paper sessions, coffee breaks and lunches on 15 March and 16 March, 2019. The registration fee does not include the social dinner on 15 March. If you wish to attend the social dinner, please confirm when paying the participation fee. 

VAT regulations
According to Swedish legislation 25% VAT will be added to the registration fee. However, you do not have to pay VAT if you work in either:

  • A public sector organisation within Sweden (e.g., university, governmental agency). In this case you must choose Invoice (Swedish billing address only) as the payment mode and provide your VAT number.
  • An organisation or company within the EU with a valid VAT number. In this case you must choose International bank transfer - EU countries with VAT no. as the payment mode and provide your VAT number.


Online registration: 15 December 2018 - 22 February 2019

Go to registration   


Clarion Hotel Gillet
Address: Dragarbrunnsgatan 23, 753 20 Uppsala
Conference rate per night: 1495 SEK (single room) and 1695 SEK (double room)
Booking code: 2085GR003651

To book a room with the conference rate, please contact the hotel by phone or by e-mail.
The conference rate and rooms will be available up until 8 February 2019.
Phone: +46 18-68 18 00


Local Organising Committee

Kerstin SahlinStefan Arora-Jonsson, Josef PallasLinda Wedlin Uppsala University, Department of Business Studies

For all inquiries please contact:

New Institutionalism Network Initiators

Georg Krücken, University of Kassel; Renate Meyer, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business & Copenhagen Business School; Peter Walgenbach, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena


We would like to thank Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for generous support for this conference.