Schlagwort-Archiv: Critical Management Studies

CfP SI Organization Studies: Organizational control and surveillance of new work practices

Abstract from the Call:

Organization Studies, the official journal of the European Group for Organizational
Studies  (EGOS),  invites  submissions  for  a  Special  Issue  that  seeks  to  advance
research  on  organizational  control  and  surveillance  of  and  through  new  work
practices.

[…]

The emergence of new work practices and workplaces, as shown by the joint search
for  more  mobility,  openness  (e.g.  with  open  innovation),  horizontality  (e.g.  with coworking  practices  and  collaborative  entrepreneurship),  digital  and  collaborative
practices (including more and more external stakeholders, e.g. customers and citizens,
in the co-production of services), has raised new questions of organizational control,
and  surveillance.  In  a  global  context  marked  by  the  invisible  revolution  of
surveillance  capitalism  (Zuboff,  2015)  and  the  resurgence  of  risk  (Beck,  1992),
security fears and terror, which have re-legitimized the need for close surveillance and
control, new work practices and workplaces have transformed the ‘premises of human
involvement in organizations’ (Kallinikos, 2003, p. 595), as well as the mechanisms
and  conditions  of  control  and  surveillance.  In  particular,  work  transformations
(project-based  work,  teleworking,  distributed  work  arrangements,  collaborative
entrepreneurship and the emergence of third and collaborative practices and spaces,
e.g.  coworking  spaces,  maker  spaces,  innovation  labs)  are  revealing  how  work
increasingly  gets  performed  outside  the  typical  physical,  spatial  and  temporal
boundaries of the organization or within the context of third spaces and liminal spaces
(Oldenburg,  1989;  Garrett  et  al.,  2017;  Sewell  and  Taskin,  2015;  Spinuzzi,  2012;
Waber et al., 2014; Johns and Gratton, 2013).

[…]

Guest Editors :  
François-Xavier de Vaujany (Université Paris-Dauphine, France)
Aurélie Leclercq-Vandelannoitte (CNRS, LEM UMR 9221, IESEG School of
Management, France)
Iain Munro (Newcastle University Business School, United Kingdom)
Yesh Nama (RMIT University, Australia)
Robin Holt (Copenhagen Business School)

Deadline for paper submissions: June, 29th 2018

Call for Papers: Call for papers_Proposal Special Issue_Organization Studies_Control_New Work Practices

 

 

CfP „Organisation und Verantwortung“ – Tagung und Pre-Conference der Kommission Organisationspädagogik

Nicht nur für alle an CSR, CMS und kritischer Organisationsforschung Interessierten: Hier der interessante Call der Tagung der Kommission Organisationspädagogik am 1./2. März 2018 an der Universität Linz:

CfP Organisation und Verantwortung 2018

Und hier der Call für die vorausgehende Nachwuchstagung:

Forum Pädagogische Organisationsforschung 2018_Call for Abtsracts

Return to Meaning – A Social Science with Something to Say. New Book by Mats Alvesson, Yiannis Gabriel and Roland Paulsen

Sounds like an interesting and relevant piece of work …

„The  explosion  of  published  outputs,  at  least
in  social  science,  creates  a  noisy,  cluttered
environment which makes meaningful research
difficult, as different voices compete to capture
the limelight even briefly.  Publishing comes to
be seen as a game of hits and misses, devoid
of intrinsic meaning and value, and of no wider
social uses whatsoever. Academics do research
in order to get published, not to say something
socially  meaningful.  This  is  what  we  view  as
the  rise  of  nonsense  in  academic  research,
which  represents  a  serious  social  problem.  It
undermines the very point of social science.
This  book  argues  that  we  are  currently
witnessing not merely a decline in the quality
of social science research, but the proliferation
of meaningless research, of no value to society,
and  modest  value  to  its  authors  –  apart  from
securing employment and promotion“

More information at Oxford University Press: www.oup.com

Special Issue on Critical Performativity in M@n@gement

*Special issue – Putting Critical Performativity to work – 20(1)* Available here: http://www.management-aims.com/index.php?l=en

 

*Introduction To The Special Issue: The evolving debate about critical performativity*

Isabelle Huault, Véronique Perret, André Spicer, Dan Kärreman.

 

*Conditions for critical performativity in a polycontextural society*

Morten Knudsen (Copenhagen Business School)

*Abstract.* This paper argues that practice, not science, decides the performativity of science. The argument is inspired by Austin’s question of what it is that gives language its performative force. What are the conditions which connect sentences to certain effects? Advancing this question from the level of sentences to a societal level, and taking inspiration from the failure of Marxist notions of the relation between theory and practice, the paper suggests thinking critical performativity under the conditions of differentiation. This idea is qualified by means of Niklas Luhmann and his theory of a functionally differentiated – or polycontextural – society. Functional differentiation and polycontexturality mean that systems cannot communicate with each other; there is no real transfer of scientific knowledge into practice. Unhappy performativity is the rule. Based on this insight the paper discusses elements of a critical research strategy – under polycontextural conditions – and four guidelines for a critical science are suggested.

*How can performativity contribute to management and organization research? Theoretical Perspectives and analytical framework*

Franck Aggeri (MINES ParisTech)

*Abstract.* The issue of performativity reverse the classical perspective in the social sciences, for they revolve less around describing a pre-existing reality than understanding how reality is produced by intentional interventions. Yet the link between intervention and performativity is by no means automatic. On the contrary, this approach encourages us to focus on the pragmatic conditions that allow this performation to be constructed. In this sense, the aim of this article is threefold. First, it expands the field of performativity, which is structured around three dominant approaches (Austinian, Callonian and Butlerian), to encompass lesserknown research on writing and calculation. Second, it proposes a comparison between theoretical perspectives of research on performativity, and two other research trends in social science and in organizations. These, without using the term performativity, present strong similarities to it from a theoretical and methodological point of view: Foucauldian approaches and instrument-based approaches to organizations. Based on the concepts thus introduced, this article then proposes an analysis framework for performation processes in organizations, articulated around three levels of analysis: i) the study, on an elementary level, of speech acts, acts of calculation, and acts of writing organized around instrumented activities; ii) their insertion within the management dispositifs that give them meaning and contribute to defining their boundaries; and iii) the putting into perspective of these dispositifs in historical transformations in forms of governmentality. This analytical framework is applied in the case of the car project referred to as L, an instance of collaborative research in which a crisis situation characterized by the disalignment between the elementary acts studied and the management dispositif implemented by the company was examine. This case illustrates a more general phenomenon in which management dispositifs produce negative effects on the skills dynamics in a company, and on individuals’ involvement in these collective projects. It also explains the infelicity of certain performative acts.

*Art performance as research, friction and deed*

Emilie Reinhold (Stockholm Business School)

*Abstract.* To extend and enrich the debate on critical performativity, this paper proposes that critical management studies should create a strategic link with organisational aesthetics through an alliance with critical artists doing interventions in organisations. These artists produce social change at the margin of organisations and our task as critical researchers is to give a voice to their artistic action in the field of management. Art performance is presented as a research method and a political action able to give critical performativity a new impulse. Two dance performances in a bank are described and analysed: while the first one is a failure the second produces confusion and embodied tension in the bank’s lounges. The aesthetic tactics used in this art performance are counter-performative: dancers introduce slowness and hesitation of bodies in a context of extreme closure and discipline. Art performance is described as a deed: its only value is that it could be done, which calls for more artistic action in corporate everyday life.

*Critical Performativity and Embodied Performing as materio-socio-cultural Practices – Phenomenological Perspectives on performative Bodies at work*

Wendelin Küpers (ICN Business School)

*Abstract.* One of the most elementary way in which members in organisations are involved in their performances are their embodied and expressed relations and interactions. The paper shows how phenomenology can help to render explicit these incorporated experiences and dimensions of performances in organizational life-worlds. Particularly, Merleau-Ponty`s phenomenology allows to understand the interlacing role of body-related, interrelations of performing processes in and through organising. These embodied dimensions of performance will be demonstrated by examples of performative bodies at work. By concluding some perspectives on embodied performing in organisation are offered.

Call for Papers – 5. Workshop ‚Kritische Organisationsforschung‘: „Ästhetik und Organisation – Inszenierung und Ästhetisierung von Organisation, Arbeit und Management“

Ich freue mich, heute den fünften Workshop des Forums „Kritische Organisationsforschung“ ankündigen zu können, welcher am 5.-6. Oktober 2017 an der Universität Duisburg-Essen stattfinden wird. Unsere diesjährige Tagung widmet sich dem Thema „Ästhetik und Organisation“. Hier ein Auszug aus dem Call (CfP Ästhetik und Organisation_KOF_2017):

„Obwohl die Auseinandersetzung mit der Ästhetik und der Ästhetisierung, Inszenierung und auch Theatralisierung von Produktion, Konsum, Freizeit, Arbeit und Organisation kein neues Phänomen im sozialwissenschaftlichen Diskurs ist, hat die Diskussion in den letzten Jahrzehnten und Jahren an erheblicher Dynamik gewonnen. Dabei ist eine Ausweitung des Begriffs des Ästhetischen über die Sphäre der Kunst hinaus festzuhalten, welche ästhetische Praktiken im Sinne der Hervorbringung spezifischer sinnlicher Wahrnehmungen zum Gegenstand der Analyse macht (Reckwitz 2015: 21f.). In den Diagnosen einer Kulturalisierung der Ökonomie, des Aufstiegs kreativer, immaterieller und ästhetischer Arbeit, der ästhetischen Inszenierung von Personen, Ereignissen, Dingen und Organisationen wird der Stellenwert ästhetischer Praktiken und Prozesse für die Analyse der Gegenwartsgesellschaft und von Organisationen neu verhandelt (Reckwitz 2015).

[…]

Der fünfte Workshop des Forums „Kritische Organisationsforschung“ widmet sich der Ästhetisierung des Ökonomischen und der Ökonomisierung des Ästhetischen, möchte dabei jedoch einen besonderen Fokus auf die Ästhetisierung und Inszenierung von Organisation, Arbeit und Management legen. […] Die folgenden Felder lassen sich als erste Orientierung für mögliche Einreichungen von Beitragsvorschlägen verstehen, andere Perspektiven sind dabei selbstverständlich willkommen:

  • Ästhetischer Kapitalismus“? Denkbar sind Arbeiten, welche nach dem Stellenwert und der Reichweite der Diagnose eines „ästhetischen Kapitalismus“ fragen. Welche Phänomene geraten in den Blick, was wird, etwa bezogen auf organisationale Praktiken im globalen Maßstab, ausgeblendet? Wie ist das Verhältnis von Rationalisierung und Ästhetisierung in historischer Perspektive zu denken?
  • Ästhetisierung und Inszenierung von Organisation: Wie werden Organisationen im Sinne einer ‚ästhetischen Kohärenz‘ hervorgebracht? Welche Rolle spielen Artefakte, Achitektur, Raum, Sprache, Events etc. bei der Inszenierung von Organisationen? Wo zeigen sich Brüche oder auch das Scheitern von ‚Kohärenz‘? In welchem Verhältnis steht dabei die Inszenierung von Organisation zum Bereich des Nicht-Sichtbaren oder -Sagbaren, etwa im Sinne einer machtvollen ‚Aufteilung des Sinnlichen‘ (Rancière 2006)?
  • Ästhetische Arbeit und Ästhetisierung von Arbeit: Unter anderem im Anschluss an die Arbeiten zur ‚aesthetic labour‘ (Tyler und Taylor 1998, Hancock und Tyler 2000, Warhurst et al. 2000, Witz et al. 2003) rücken hierbei Phänomene wie äußeres Erscheinungsbild, körperliches Auftreten und Sprache bis hin zur Diskriminierung i.S. eines „lookism“ in den Fokus. Beschäftigte werden zu ästhetischen Stellvertretern des Unternehmens. Zugleich stellen sich Fragen nach dem Verhältnis von ‚Frontstage‘ und ‚Backstage‘, Gender und Organisation sowie der Kontrolle und Subsumtion von Arbeit.
  • Gibt es eine ‚ästhetische Theorie der Organisation‘ und was wären deren Implikationen? Anschlüsse sind hier sowohl in rein konzeptioneller Hinsicht (z.B. die Organisation als performativer Akt) als auch in (organisations)analytischer Perspektive (bspw. aus den Methoden der Theaterwissenschaft) denkbar. Als weitere Perspektive wären hier ebenso die phänomenologischen Folgen eines entsprechenden Zugriffs auf Organisationen, ihre Umwelt und die Individuen in ihnen von Interesse.
  • Ästhetik und Ästhetisierung von Kritik, Widerstand und Subversion: In historischer Perspektive erweist sich der Rekurs auf Ästhetik, etwa in Form der ‚Künstlerkritik‘ (Boltanski/Chiapello 2006) auch immer als eine Perspektive des Widerstands gegenüber den Anrufungen des Marktes und der Rationalisierung, etwa als Anspruch auf Kreativität und Authentizität und als Hinweisen auf gesellschaftliche Kontingenz. Insofern eine zunehmende „Verzahnung und strukturelle Stützung von Ästhetisierungs- und Rationalisierungsprozessen“ (Reckwitz 2015: 49) diagnostiziert wird, stellt sich die Frage nach dem Stellenwert und den Möglichkeiten ästhetischer Kritik und der Ästhetisierung von Widerstand neu, so etwa auch in den Bereichen alternativer Ökonomien und sozialer Bewegungen.

Einreichungen

Die Einreichung von Short Papers im Umfang von 2000-3000 Wörtern ist bis zum 31. Mai 2017 möglich (per E-Mail an: ronaldhartz@gmx.de). Eine Rückmeldung zu den Einreichungen erfolgt bis Mitte Juni durch die Organisatoren des Workshops.

Organisationsteam

PD Dr. Ronald Hartz, E-Mail: ronaldhartz@gmx.de

Prof. Dr. Werner Nienhüser, Universität Duisburg-Essen, E-Mail: werner.nienhueser@uni-due.de

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Rätzer, Technische Universität Chemnitz, E-Mail: matthias.raetzer@wirtschaft.tu-chemnitz.de

Für Rückfragen stehen wir gerne zur Verfügung!

70 Jahre WSI: Gesellschaft im Umbruch. Aufgaben einer arbeitnehmerorientierten Wissenschaft

Das Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Institut (WSI) wird 70 Jahre alt. Das WSI-Herbstforum blickt vom 23.-24.11. auf die Geschichte des WSI zurück, möchte aber auch Perspektiven und aktuelle Aufgaben einer arbeitnehmerorientierte Sozialforschung diskutieren. Das Ganze gibt es ab morgen auch in einem Livestream:

http://boeckler.de/veranstaltung_66213.htm

Das WSI initiierte maßgeblich die in der Mitte der 1970er Jahre in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften kontrovers diskutierte Perspektive einer „arbeitnehmerorientierten Einzelwirtschaftslehre“ (AOEWL), welche sich als Gegenentwurf zu einer sogenannten „kapitalorientierten Betriebswirtschaftslehre“ verstand. Vergleiche hierzu auch mein Arbeitspapier:

https://www.academia.edu/13924756/Die_arbeitsorientierte_Einzelwirtschaftslehre_AOEWL_ein_fast_vergessener_Ansatz_kritischer_Management-_und_Organisationsforschung

Call for Papers – 10th International Critical Management Studies Conference (CMS) in Liverpool, 3-5 July 2017

The call for papers of the 10th International Critical Management Studies is now open. Overall there are 50 streams, including a number of streams adressing alternative forms of organization and organizing. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31st January 2017:

Conference Streams – Call for Papers

 

What Do We Mean by Performativity in Organizational and Management Theory? Review article by Jean-Pascal Gond, Laure Cabantous, Nancy Harding and Mark Learmonth

Performativity is one of the dazzling concepts of current thinking about Critical Management and Organization Studies. In The International Journal of Management Reviews Jean-Pascal Gond and colleagues review the debate and plea for a ‚performative turn‘ in Management and Organization Theory.

What Do We Mean by Performativity in Organizational and Management Theory? The Uses and Abuses of Performativity (pages 440–463)
Jean-Pascal Gond, Laure Cabantous, Nancy Harding and Mark Learmonth
Version of Record online: 7 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12074

Abstract:

John Austin introduced the formulation ‘performative utterance’ in his 1962 book How to Do Things with Words. This term and the related concept of performativity have subsequently been interpreted in numerous ways by social scientists and philosophers such as Lyotard, Butler, Callon and Barad, leading to the coexistence of several foundational perspectives on performativity. This paper reviews and evaluates critically how organization and management theory (OMT) scholars have used these perspectives, and how the power of performativity has, or has not, stimulated new theory-building. In performing a historical and critical review of performativity in OMT, the authors’ analysis reveals the uses, abuses and under-uses of the concept by OMT scholars. It also reveals the lack of both organizational conceptualizations of performativity and analysis of how performativity is organized. Ultimately, the authors’ aim is to provoke a ‘performative turn’ in OMT by unleashing the power of the performativity concept to generate new and stronger organizational theories.

Dylan and Critical Organization Studies

Dylan and Critical Organization Studies

Just as I heard about the Nobel Price for Bob Dylan, I thought about some Dylan lyrics which could be used to start a presentation or lecture about Critical Management and Organization Studies and the like. Here are the first rather well-known lyrics that come to my mind. Any other suggestions?

 

„There must be some way out of here“, said the joker to the thief,
„There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.“

„No reason to get excited,“ the thief, he kindly spoke,
„There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.“

(All Along the Watchtower)

 

I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more.
No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more.
Well, he puts his cigar
Out in your face just for kicks.
His bedroom window
It is made out of bricks.
The National Guard stands around his door.
Ah, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more.

I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more.
No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more.
Well, she talks to all the servants
About man and God and law.
Everybody says
She’s the brains behind pa.
She’s sixty-eight, but she says she’s twenty-four.
I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more.

(Maggie‘s Farm)

 

Mama’s in the factory, she ain’t got no shoes
Daddy’s in the alley, he’s lookin‘ for food
I’m in the kitchen with the tombstone blues

(Tombstone Blues)

 

Ah, get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don’t steal, don’t lift
Twenty years of schoolin‘
And they put you on the day shift

(Subterranean Homesick Blues)

Call for special issue proposals from ‚critical perspectives on international business‘

CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUE PROPOSALS

critical perspectives on international business

Submission dates: 31st October 2016 and 30 April 2017

Please send proposals to: Christoph Dörrenbächer, co-editor in chief (e-mail: doerrenbaecher@hwr-berlin.de)

Critical perspectives on international business (cpoib) invites proposals for special issues on topics that address international business (IB) matters from a non-mainstream, critical perspective to appear in the journal over the years 2017-2019. cpoib publishes research that critically engages with the broad field of IB, including but not restricted to, issues of globalization, IB strategies, corporate social responsibility as well as power relations both within multinational firms and between multinational firms and civil society actors. The journal promotes dialogue and new thinking and encourages authors to creatively and critically question the hegemony of multinational firms, managerial orthodoxy and the dominant IB academic discourse. cpoib publishes one or two special issues per year. The last three volumes have seen highly regarded special issues on: rising power firms, the globally mobile professional class, Brazilian multinationals and the state as well as on transnational corporations, socio-economic change and recurrent crisis. The objective of special issues in cpoib is to assemble a coherent set of empirical and conceptual/theoretical papers on topics that deserve critical thought beyond that offered by mainstream approaches to IB. The topics should be relevant, interesting and timely. A non-exhaustive list of potential themes and more information on cpoib in general is given in a recent editorial that is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/cpoib-12-2015-0057.

Process

Prospective guest editors should submit a written proposal which should include:

1. A draft call for papers that: a. outlines the rationale for the special issue topic and why the special issue is needed b. explains why the special issue is targeted at cpoib and how it fits with the mission of the journal c. establishes the links to the existing literature and explains the potential for advancing scholarly conversations on the topic d. provides a justification for why a new scholarly conversation should be initiated in the case of no prior literature on the topic e. puts forward potential themes and/or research questions within the topic

2. Information about the prospective guest editors in terms of their research credentials, their research published specifically on the topic and their editorial experience. Submissions by early career scholars are welcome.

3. Where already known, potential contributing authors

All proposals will be reviewed by the editorial team of cpoib within one month after the submission. Three to four proposals will be selected and recommendations will be given in order to develop further the proposal and align it with the editorial mission and the publication timeline of cpoib. After commissioning the special issue, one cpoib co-editor in chief will serve as supervising editor supporting the special issue editors. Guest editors‘ tasks The guest editors will disseminate and publicize their call for papers, approach potential authors and manage the review process via Manuscript Central. Papers that are sent out for review must be refereed by at least two scholars, using a double-blind peer review process. It is also expected that the guest editors will contribute an introductory article (which may be full paper length) that positions the special issue in the relevant literature, sketches out its critical perspective(s) and introduces the papers included in the special issue.

For further inquiry the co-editors in chief can be contacted: Christoph Dörrenbächer, doerrenbaecher@hwr-berlin.de Snejina Michailova, s.michailova@auckland.ac.nz