VIII Medici Summer School, June 6th - June 10th, 2016

Submission deadline: 15 March 2016

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We are pleased to announce the organization of the 8th edition of the Medici Summer School in Management Studies for doctoral students and young researchers which will be held in Paris, June 6th - June 10th, 2016. The school is organized and sponsored by Alma GS (University of Bologna), HEC Paris (Society and Organizations Research Center and the HEC Foundation), and MIT Sloan School of Management (Economic Sociology PhD Program).


The program of “The 2016 Medici Summer School” will focus on the organizational foundations of inequality.

At the core of research in organization theory and practice lies the fundamental premise that organizations play a key role in generating and sustaining inequality.  To date, significant progress has been made in identifying and testing the particular mechanisms that may account for how organizations affect social stratification. Prior research has documented the significance of organizations for understanding inequality and diversity, as they both determine the matching of individuals to positions in the labor market, and implement the evaluation and reward structures used to distribute power, wealth and prestige among individuals and groups. As such, organizations and organizational practices influence inequality at different stages of the employment process, given that employers manage hiring and job assignments, training and development possibilities, compensation, and promotion and termination processes. Consequently, the distribution of resources and opportunities in society cannot be fully understood without paying attention to the role that organizations and their practices and key organizational members play in contemporary stratification processes and employment outcomes.

The purpose of “The 2016 Medici Summer School” is to bring together a group of researchers who share a concern for advancing our knowledge about the impact of organizations on inequality and diversity. In particular, our goal is to discuss innovative research that sheds new light on the theoretical mechanisms and processes that explain how organizations and decision makers acting on their behalf affect key outcomes such as assignment to jobs, wages, promotions, rewards, career advancement, etc. Because the nature of organizations and the boundaries of the firm are changing so rapidly as result of new social trends and dramatic shifts in the technological landscape, talking about “organizational practices” may not be the ideal way of thinking about these issues any more: Thus we would also explore how the blurring of organizational boundaries and procedures, the advent of new information and communication technologies, recent patterns of employment and employee mobility, as well as the spread of practices and routines across profit and non-profit firms contribute to understanding current social inequality in employment. This topic is not only relevant for the advancement of theory and research in organization theory, but it also has important practical implications for employees, groups of individuals, communities and society as a whole.

Keeping in mind that workplace inequality is a broad phenomenon in the social sciences, we will discuss research from different disciplines at certain levels of analysis (individuals, groups, organizations, and even regions). Some of the topics and questions we will likely discuss include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • How do recruitment and hiring, training and development, as well as incentive systems within traditional and non-traditional organizations affect inequality at the workplace?
  • How do new organizational forms as well as new employment arrangements (intermediaries, network-based firms, etc.) influence disparities in key employment outcomes today?
  • What are the intended and unintended consequences of old and new organizational practices and routines, in particular as they favor some individuals or groups while constraining opportunities for others inside and outside work organizations?
  • How does technology affect social inequality and diversity in organizations and labor markets?

Overall, the goal of the 2016 edition of the Medici Summer School is to shed light on the organizational mechanisms underlying inequality and diversity. The 2016 Medici Summer School will therefore help students untangle a complex theoretical landscape, defining the questions, identifying open puzzles, and delineating the central ideas for a future agenda devoted to the understanding of the organizational bases of inequality.  To this end, the 2016 Medici Summer School brings together interdisciplinary scholarship at multiple levels of analysis to understand the organizational bases of inequality.  By learning from different theoretical and empirical approaches, we believe attendees will substantially enrich their particular research agendas within the broad topic of organizations and stratification

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