Call for Papers: Contributions of the Latin-American Social Thought to knowledge production, practice and teaching in Administration and Organization Studies


Call for Papers: Contributions of the Latin-American Social Thought to knowledge production, practice and teaching in Administration and Organization Studies

Paulo Emílio Matos Martins[1]

Paulo Ricardo Zilio Abdala[2]

Kléver Efraín Naranjo[3]


Social Thought is linked "to the most general conceptions that we have of social matter, from the ways of undertaking their knowledge and norms, previous concepts and borders that are put to these intellectual processes, and the ideological belongings of those involved" (HEREDIA, 2010, p.7). These conceptions function as keys to general understanding, great constituents of themes, theoretical assumptions of the works and influential shadows in their conclusions.

Marini (1994), in turn, defines Social Thought as the reflection of a society on itself, as a theorization aimed at ensuring a certain order of things from a class point of view. As the economic system becomes more complex and the opposition of interests more evident, Social Thought becomes contradictory, fostering the emergence of divergent approaches.

 Social Thought is also linked to the most precise epistemological bodies, concerning specific fields of social knowledge and the discourses through which they are manifested. It also includes works on certain social issues or on intellectual processes themselves. Its breadth and scope are determined by the themes and objectives of the researcher, who, based on his needs, uses and combines the fields and instruments of social knowledge at his disposal. In addition, it includes not only institutionalized academic production, but also records of the tradition of native peoples and the knowledge produced throughout their historical process.

Following Fernández Retamar (2006, p. 83), “thought is not born from another thought, but from a concrete reality”. Mendieta (2008), in turn, points out that the production of knowledge is always linked to a spatial imaginary that, simultaneously, expresses its locus of enunciation and projects a certain image of the planet, of global space and of the polis.

The originality of Latin American Social Thought makes it possible to assess phenomena and problems that are common in the region and that, with the simple reproduction of the traditional conceptual framework of the field and of the reproduction and propositions formulated in other contexts and that, therefore, express its locus of enunciation, they would not be put into evidence. For Matos Martins (ABDALA, 2019), the appropriation of Social Thought for the study and practice of Administration and Organizational Studies is an imposition of the need to historicize and locate the study of the organizational field in time and social space, which leads to the path of interpreters from Brazil and Latin America, of the new and the classics.

This Call for Papers is inspired by and values the work carried out, since 1988, in the Núcleo de Estudos de Administração Brasileira (ABRAS), coordinated by Paulo Emílio Matos Martins, on the “organizational space-dynamics” as a “historical, political phenomenon, economic and cultural, that is to say: as the locus of (re) production of the symbolic about labor, its place of occurrence and its management, having as a theoretical reference Social Thought and the interpreters of Brazil” (ABRAS, 2019). This CfP also expresses a collaborative alliance between ABRAS and the research group Organização e Práxis Libertadora that, since the beginning of the 2000s, has also acted systematically in the defense of a socially referenced production of knowledge, based on the national and Latin-American cultural and historical heritage. In this CfP, we are interested in the appropriations of Latin American Social Thought for the production of knowledge, practice and teaching in Administration and Organizational Studies. In this sense, we hope to receive contributions on the topics referred to below, although not exclusively:


• Classics of Latin American Social Thought and their contributions to the analysis of contemporary administrative and/or organizational phenomena.

• Contributions of Latin American Social Thought to advance in the construction of the object of Organizational Studies, avoiding the reification of the organization and its uncritical subordination to management.

• Contributions of Latin American Social Thought to teaching Administration and Organizational Studies.

• Contributions from authors of Latin American Social Thought to study and support productive organizational processes based on cooperation and solidarity.

• Contributions of the critical tradition of authors and perspectives of Latin American Social Thought, forged in anti-imperialist struggles and neocolonial processes, to study and contribute to contemporary social struggles.

• Contributions of the authors of Latin American Social Thought for organizational processes in defense of ways of life in relation to nature and against oppression, in its different expressions.

• Contributions of authors of Latin American Social Thought in theoretical dialogues with the knowledge produced by activists in their organizational processes to fight against multiple forms of oppression.



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y propuestas. Buenos Aires: 2006, Clacso.

Heredia, F. M. .  El ejercicio de pensar. La Habana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 2010.

Marini, R. M. Introducción: Las raíces del pensamiento latinoamericano. In: Marini, R. M.; Millán, M. (Coords.). La teoría social latinoamericana: los orígenes. Tomo I. México, D. F.: El Caballito, 1994, p. 17-35.


Mendieta, E. Remapping Latin American studies: Postcolonialism, subaltern studies, post-occidentalism and globalization. In: Moraña, M.; Dussel, E.; Jáuregui, C. A. (Org.), Coloniality at large: Latin America and the postcolonial debate. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008, p. 286-306.


Guidelines for authors

Texts in Portuguese, Spanish or English may be sent until November 30th., 2021. Texts must have up to four (4) authors and follow the citation standards of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT). Submissions must be made exclusively through the Electronic System of the Journal Edition (SEER), available at  All submissions must observe the Guidelines for Authors, available at:

Submissions that do not comply with the Guidelines will be discarded. Contributions sent for evaluation must be unpublished (in any language) and must not be under consideration in any other journal. The file may not contain any information about authors, review comments or any other form of identification of authorship, neither in the submission nor in the review stages. In addition, it is required that you be free from plagiarism or self-plagiarism. Contributions received in this CfP will go through a desk review by the editors and, if approved, by double-blind review. The REAd evaluation process is completely anonymous.

Estimated publication edition: April-August 2022.

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[1] Universidade Federal Fluminense. Núcleo ABRAS. e-mail:

[2] Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Research Group Organização e Práxis Libertadora. e-mail:

[3] Escuela Politécnica Nacional de Ecuador. e-mail: