Organizing the Future of Food: The Grand Challenge of Coordination

  • Grégoire Croidieu (Panel member)
  • Christine Moser (Panel member)
  • Leo Dana (Panel member)
  • Hernes, T. (Panel member)
  • Sandra Samuelsson (Panel member)
  • Schultz, M. (Panel member)
  • Bodo Steiner (Panel member)

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


In this symposium, we propose to broaden our sight: in line with this year’s theme, we believe that we can advance the organizational and managerial understanding of the grand challenge of food consumption and production from a coordination perspective. Despite the key role that food plays in the history of humankind and in our daily lives, organizational and management scholars have paid limited attention to the interconnected coordination challenges around food as a fruitful object of inquiry. This is not to say that food has no place in our work; many scholars provided us with studies that are situated in a foody context, yet typically without taking interconnected coordination challenges into account. We argue that there is a disproportionate imbalance between the amount of research on the topic and its relevance, which is evidenced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Moreover, we will also argue during this symposium that this grand challenge requires a re-orientation of the line of work around the coordination that is required between food-sector organizations and consumers, and the problems that can result from it. The panelists will engage with the future of organizing food from different coordination perspectives: the non-financial costs of global food supply chains, the temporality of food innovation, coordinating collaboration towards the distant future, coordination and negotiation in food packaging, and the role of values in coordinating for food production. With this symposium, our aim is twofold: present relevant research on the food grand challenge we depict, and develop rigorous analyses of industry-wide and global organizational coordination problems.
Period10 Aug 2020
Event titleThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020: Broadening Our Sight
Event typeConference
Conference number80
OrganiserAcademy of Management
Degree of RecognitionInternational