The COVID Pandemic and Organizational Change Processes

Daniel J. Svyantek, Auburn University

A volume in the series: Research in Organizational Science. Editor(s): Daniel J. Svyantek, Auburn University.

The world is beginning to see “light at the end of the tunnel” for the Coronavirus pandemic. The percentage of vaccinated people is growing leading to changes in governmental rules and regulations for dealing with the pandemic. At the same time, new variants of the Coronavirus have been discovered in the world. Therefore, organizations and their leaders’ decisions may face new, potentially disruptive, environmental conditions even as we think the Coronavirus crisis is becoming controlled.

Organizations, therefore, still face situations where old approaches may not work. However, a clear perspective on what will work for organizations seeking to survive and thrive in chaotic, crises is still not clear. Models for how organizations change to survive are needed.

This call for papers seeks manuscripts that address a) who or what is leading change during this time of chaotic crisis and b) whether these changes have their planned effects. For example, is the impetus for change driven by strategic management in a top-down approach? Are some organizations using a bottom-up approach to create change? How will the COVID pandemic affect the way leadership in organizations occurs? The goal of this volume is to look at how organizations survived the pandemic and what the future of organizational administration and management may look like based on the pandemic.

This is call is for manuscripts which will be chapters in a volume of the Research in Organizational Sciences published by InfoAge Publishing. This volume is tentatively entitled The COVID Pandemic and Organizational Change Processess: Lessons for an Uncertain Future. Manuscripts may be either theoretical/ conceptual or empirical. Manuscripts should describe the potential impact of this crisis on the effects of different organizational changes in the way work and organizations are managed as we look to the future.

Those interested in publishing a chapter in this volume should send a 1-2-page abstract describing your idea to- Daniel J. Svyantek, Psychology Department, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849 by July 30, 2021. Email submissions to are preferred. Authors’ whose manuscripts are accepted will be notified by August 15, 2021. Full chapters will be expected by November 1, 2021.