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Participation in the CSOL Academy will equip you with a deep understanding not only of the foundational work of the behavioral theory of the firm, organizational learning, and the Carnegie School, but also of more recent developments in the field. 

Applications are due no later than February 28, 2023

About the Academy

We are pleased to announce the second CSOL Academy, a no-fee summer school to be held fully online from June 26-30, 2023. The Academy is organized by the Carnegie School of Organizational Learning, a community of scholars interested in organizational theory, learning, decision-making, and adaptation. We are seeking out a diverse group of participants, old and new to the field, who would like to deepen their knowledge about the “Carnegie School.”

The motivation for the summer school is to facilitate the dissemination of foundational ideas and recent developments in the tradition of the Carnegie school. As such, the summer school will be taught by scholars who have contributed to our understanding of the complexity of how organizations behave and adapt.

Program Structure

Participants will be expected to read seminal articles in the field, watch the pre-recorded lectures, and be prepared to ask questions in the live virtual seminars. There is no fee for attending the summer school. The program structure will involve each scholar giving a one-hour pre-recorded lecture, a list of key readings complementing that lecture, a live virtual 90-minute Zoom seminar, and panel discussions. The participants will also have full access to all the materials from last year.

Topics to be covered in this year's Academy include (tentatively):

  • Cognitive foundations of learning

  • Endogenous uncertainty in real options and entrepreneurial entry

  • Searching for expertise

  • Organizational learning and creativity

  • Sensemaking

  • Learning curves

  • Learning in networks and ecosystems

  • Firm and industry co-evolution

  • Routine dynamics

  • A behavioral theory of smart contrarianism.

How to Apply

Prepare Supporting Documents

As part of your application, in addition to submitting a CV, please prepare a one-page document describing your current research activities and how a stronger understanding of the Carnegie school could contribute to them.

Request a Recommendation Letter

For doctoral students only:    please ask a member of your doctoral committee to send a brief recommendation letter to Jose Arrieta ( and Emanuel Ubert (

Submit an Application

All applicants must submit an application form via this link. 

Applications are due no later than February 28, 2023

Admitted candidates will be notified by the end of March 2023

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