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CfP: Management Learning
Improvising as the New Normal
Improvising as the New Normal during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Organizational Learning-by-Responding, Power and Paradox
Special Issue of Management Learning
Submission deadline: March 1
The Journal of Management Learning invites submissions for a special issue that addresses the role of improvisation in organizational learning during COVID-19. With the spread of the virus having altered the flow of life and work around the world, improvisation has dominated responses across “every sector.” The result has been a mixed bag of effects, with compassionate gains in some sectors matched by rollbacks for marginalized workers, diminished diversity initiatives, and dangerous work environments.
The pandemic has been an “improvisation enabler,” but many of these improvisations have also overridden democratic protocols, leading to improvisation by decree. There is room for bottom-up initiatives in this context, “and where there is a dearth of compassionate leadership and resources are scarce, people will learn to improvise and take initiatives into their own hands.” The theme of this special issue is learning through improvisation. The call asks one major question with several possible branches: “in the face of a major improvisation enabler, how do power circuits respond and with what consequences? How can learning occur in contexts of extremity, risk and urgency?”