In summer 2009, while finishing my bachelor's degree in sociology, I checked out a book on "Knowing in Organizations: A Practice-Based Approach" which I had found by serendipity in the university library. The book led me to discover the field of organization studies and launch myself into graduate studies in this area exploring themes like knowledge (and knowing), collaboration, expertise, and eventually organization structure, and bureaucracy. And in this process, I discovered the work of an author named Max Boisot.
Fast forward, and ten years later, I am genuinely delighted and touched to have received an award in honour of Max for work related to the knowledge-based study of complex organizations and systems by the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS).
Academia is a unique social world filled with uncertainties and re-starts (not to mention being in 'school' for so long!). There is no single path; no boilerplate; and milestones are not always clear. As the expression goes, we find our way by walking it; create the harbor from which to sail. In the midst of all this, I am thankful for the support I have received from so many wonderful colleagues — including Davide Nicolini, one of the editors of that book, who eventually became my doctoral supervisor. And I am thankful for this award which makes me look back at this past decade of scholarship and think that albeit uncertain, this walk has led me somewhere.