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The 2016 ISRF Essay Competition

The 2016 ISRF Essay Competition

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and Organization Studies (OS) intend to award a prize of CHF 7,000 for the best essay on the topic ‘Autonomy and Organisation’.


Autonomy and Organisation (This is a topic, not a title. Accordingly, authors are free to choose an essay title within this field.)


The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and Organization Studies (OS)

The 2016 ISRF Essay Competition


The winning essay will be awarded and accepted for publication in the Journal; the author may be asked to make some corrections before publication. Other applicants may receive encouragement to revise and then re-submit their essays to OS.

March 31, 2016.

  • Essay topic: Essay length: Approximately 7, 500 words.
  • Essay format: Follow the OS Author Guidelines, available on the OS website.
  • Language: English
  • Submissions should be made online at Authors must indicate in an accompanying letter to the Editors that they wish their essay to be considered for the prize when submitting.
    Please read these details carefully before submitting your essay for consideration or contacting the Independent Social Research Foundation or Organization Studies with a query.
  • The essay will be judged on its originality and independence of thought, its scholarly quality, its potential to challenge received ideas, and the success with which it matches the criteria of the ISRF and OS. The successful essay will be intellectually radical, orthogonal to existing debates, and may articulate a strong internal critique across the fields of organisation studies.  Its challenge to received ideas will have the potential to provoke a re-thinking of the topic.
  • The ISRF is interested in original research ideas that take new approaches and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems. The full statement of the ISRF’s criteria and goals may be viewed on the foundation’s website.
  • OS publishes peer-reviewed, top quality theoretical and empirical research with the aim of promoting the understanding of organizations, organizing and the organized in and between societies. OS is a multidisciplinary journal with global reach, rooted in the social sciences, inspired by diversity, comparative in outlook and open to paradigmatic plurality. More detail about the Journal can be found on the Journal’s website.
  • The ISRF and OS invite submissions from scholars across the social science disciplines, philosophy, and the humanities, whose work normally lies either within or outside of the field of organisation studies.
  • The submitted essays will be judged and the winning essay will be chosen by an academic panel (the ISRF Essay Prize Committee). The panel’s decision will be final, and no assessments or comments will be made available. The result will be notified to applicants by email during July 2016 and will then be announced by posting on the websites of the ISRF and of OS.  The ISRF and OS reserve the right not to award the prize, and no award will be made if the submitted essays are of insufficient merit.


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