We would like to invite you to the panel symposium "Responding to Competing Demands." This panel symposium hosts leading and emerging scholars to elaborate on the relationship between either/or and both/and responses to competing demands. Our aim is to transcend a dichotomous understanding of both/and and either/or approaches and view their relation in terms of a duality. Such a view poses questions about how either/or responses can be part of a both/and response, and conversely how both/and responses may also involve either/or thinking. Elaborating on such questions promises to provide insights into the dynamic relationship between responses and paradox across different levels of analysis and between different paradoxes to inform the management of organizational tensions. For managerial practice, the aim is to broaden the scope of possible responses to competing demands that pervade organizations. This is timely in today's complex world with its challenges like climate change, the current COVID-19 pandemic, social inequality, or technological breakthroughs.
Marya Besharov, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Medhanie Gaim, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE)
Marc Krautzberger, University of St. Gallen
Ann Langley, HEC Montreal
Wendy K. Smith, University of Delaware
Harald Tuckermann, University of St Gallen