2nd International Workshop on Organizational Legitimacy

Idea Development Workshop & Expert Panel

To be held in person


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


May 23th and 24th, 2024

What are the Key Dates?


15 February 2024

Submission of an extended abstract of a research project (1,000 words)


15 March 2024

Notification of acceptance


30 April 2024

Submission of a final paper with research in progress (2,000-8,000 words)


23-24 May 2024

Organizational Legitimacy Workshop

Fast Facts about the Workshop

Who is This Workshop For?

The purpose of the 2nd annual Organizational Legitimacy Workshop (OLW) – 2024 is to support the research idea development for advancing the multilevel research on legitimacy in management and organization theory (https://legitimacy-research.org/). Moreover, this workshop aims to hold an expert panel, offer a platform for academic networking, and foster a cross-disciplinary research community keen on studying legitimacy. To achieve its goals, this workshop invites submission of original research papers and experimental study designs from scholars at various stages of their career and especially from early career scholars.

How is This Workshop Structured?

The structure of this workshop is set up to support the authors of the submissions that have been accepted by the organizing committee with the research idea development. This workshop will host (1) Keynote presentations on organizational legitimacy during the expert panel. It will also include (2) Developmental Roundtable Discussions with experts in small groups. This workshop will also offer (3) Networking and social activities.

How Can I Submit a Paper?

To support the development of research ideas, we welcome submissions presenting research projects. These projects may take the form of research papers in progress, experimental study design papers, and research proposals. Extended abstracts of 1,000 words should be submitted by February 15th 2024 (the link: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=olw2024). Participants will be selected on a competitive basis, based on the research projects presented in the extended abstracts. The selected participants will not be requested to submit the full research papers at any stage of the workshop.

What Should I Do if My Paper is Accepted?

The notification of acceptance will be sent to the corresponding authors by the Organizing Committee by the 15th March 2024. The authors will submit the final paper of 2,000-5,000 words for research proposals and 5,000-8,000 words for more advanced projects by 30th April 2024. These final papers building on accepted abstracts will include work in progress and open discussion questions about the positioning, framing, and further advancement of the research idea.

Idea Development Workshop – Program

As a cross-disciplinary, multi-level construct, the topic of organizational legitimacy attracts scholars with wide-ranging interests spanning various fields within management research including organization studies, strategy, and entrepreneurship.  To further foster a vibrant cross-disciplinary research community dedicated to exploring organizational legitimacy, we are organizing a 1.5-day idea development workshop at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, designed to offer an immersive and distinctive learning experience.


  • Francesca Bacco (Management and Organisation, VU Amsterdam)
  • Evelina Gillard (Management and Organisation, VU Amsterdam, Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland)
  • Jost Sieweke (Management and Organisation, VU Amsterdam)
  • Rebecca C. Ruehle (Management and Organisation, VU Amsterdam)
  • Saeed Khanagha Management and Organisation, VU Amsterdam)
  • Tijs van den Broek (Organization Science, VU Amsterdam)

Purpose and Agenda

The workshop will comprise three elements:

  • (Virtual) Keynote Presentations from experts on organizational legitimacy, including presentations focused on relevant theoretical developments, methodological advancements, and publishing considerations.
  • Developmental Roundtable Discussions: participants will be grouped in roundtables, based on the final number of participants. Ideally, each roundtable will have four to six participants and will be facilitated by one senior scholar. Participation in the roundtable will serve as a platform for participants to showcase their research and receive constructive input from both their peers and the senior scholars. This will be an excellent opportunity for junior faculty members to refine their research projects and gain valuable insights from leaders in the field. We are planning on having both theory-focused as well as method-focused roundtables.
  • Networking and Social Activities that will allow participants to connect in a more informal setting and foster community-building across management sub-fields. This also includes networking opportunities with editors from top-tier journals who can provide insights into the publication process.


By bringing together both junior and senior scholars, we aim to create a fertile ground for idea exchange, constructive feedback sessions, and valuable networking opportunities. Applications from junior scholars such as PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and tenure-track/assistant professors from diverse international backgrounds are especially encouraged.

How to apply

Step 1

Create an account on EasyChair at:

Step 2

Log in to your account, then find the webpage of the workshop and read the full call for applications by clicking on this link:

Step 3

Submit an extended abstract of about 1,000 words (excluding references, tables, and figures) by February 15th, 2024. We welcome submissions of both empirical and theoretical papers, as well as study designs.

About the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:

The ambition of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam is to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. The VU Amsterdam strives to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. The VU Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students and employs over 5,500 individuals. The VU Amsterdam campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research. The VU Amsterdam is an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of VU’s most important values. The VU Amsterdam believes that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research.