Schlagwort-Archiv: Kritische Ressourcen

New issue of ephemera: theory & politics in organization – The labour of academia

http://ephemerajournal.org/issue/labour-academia

Issue editors: Nick Butler, Helen Delaney and Martyna Śliwa

The purpose of the contemporary university is being radically transformed by the encroachment of corporate imperatives into higher education. This has inevitable consequences for managerial interventions, funding structures, and teaching and research audits. It also impacts on the working conditions of academic staff in university institutions in terms of teaching, research, administration and public engagement. Starting from this basis, the special issue seeks to explore questions about how the work of scholars is being shaped, managed and controlled under the regime of ‘academic capitalism’ and, in turn, to ask what might be done about it.

Contributors: Sarah Robinson, Olivier Ratle, Alexandra Bristow, Callum McGregor, Jeremy Knox, Paul Stewart, Miguel Martínez Lucio, Finnborg Salome Steinþórsdóttir, Thamar Melanie Heijstra, Þorgerður Einarsdóttir, Craig Brandist, Sverre Spoelstra, Damian Ruth, Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar, Lenora Hanson, Elsa Noterman, Stephen Turner, Anna Boswell, Niki Harré, Sean Sturm, Kirsten Locke, Dominic da Souza Correa, Tim-adical Writing Collective, Francesca Coin, John Mingers, Ajnesh Prasad and Paulina Segarra.

„Zehn Jahre nach der Finanzkrise – Wirtschaftswissenschaften reagieren träge“ – Beitrag im Deutschlandfunk zur „Pluralen Ökonomik“

Bereits heute lief dieser „Hintergrund“ im Deutschlandfunk. Aus der Ankündigung:

„Vor zehn Jahren hat die Finanzkrise die reale Wirtschaft erschüttert. Doch welche Spuren hat sie an den Universitäten, in der Wirtschaftswissenschaft hinterlassen? Haben sich die Inhalte für die derzeit rund 24.000 Studierenden der Volkswirtschaftslehre verändert?“

Im Beitrag des Deutschlandfunk geht es prominent um die „Plurale Ökonomik“. Insofern sind die Dinge vielleicht nicht ganz so träge, wie der Titel suggeriert. Dass die Wirtschaftswissenschaften mit der VWL ein wenig kurzgeschlossen werden, ist aus meiner Sicht nach allerdings ein Problem der ganzen Debatte. Kritische Management- oder Organisationsforschung bleiben hier außen vor (was allerdings auch an der kritischen Management- und Organisationsforschung selbst liegen mag …).

Hier der Link zum Beitrag:

http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/zehn-jahre-nach-der-finanzkrise-wirtschaftswissenschaften.724.de.html?dram:article_id=400373

Call for papers Sub-Theme 05: Organizing Resilience: In, Against, Despite and Beyond Capital, LAEMOS 2018, Buenos Aires, March 22-24

Call for papers Sub-Theme 05: Organizing Resilience: In, Against, Despite and Beyond Capital, LAEMOS 2018, Buenos Aires, March 22-24

Convenors:

Ana C. Dinerstein A.C.Dinerstein@bath.ac.uk

Luciana Ghiotto luciana.ghiotto@gmail.com

F. Harry Pitts fh.pitts@bristol.ac.uk

Patrizia Zanoni patrizia.zanoni@uhasselt.be

*Deadline abstract submission (up to 1000 words): September 30, 2017.*

Extract from the CfP:

„This stream welcomes submissions that recode the concept of resilience away from survival within the present organisation of work and economic life, towards the development of alternatives ‘in, against and beyond’ capitalism. In critical management studies, resilience is associated with resistance within organizations and how working place resistance relates to other spheres in civil society (Spicer and Böhm 2007). Social movement organizations’ role is regarded as the ‘sites’ for the creation of novel organizational subjectivities and ethical practices’ (Munro, 2014: 1127). This approach demands to ‘reposition organization theory’ towards an anti-hegemonic approach (Böhm 2006: 104) that links critical organization studies with developments in anti-capitalist movements towards the renewal of organization studies (Reedy, 2014: 652) in the direction of utopia (on this see Parker –ed. 2002).“

You can find the full CfP as well as the other streams of the conference at the conference website: https://www.laemos2018.com/

Critical Management Studies – Bibliographie aktualisiert

Nach längerer Zeit habe ich auf dieser Seite die Bibliographie über die Critical Management Studies aktualisiert. Neben der in den letzten Jahren verstärkt geführten Diskussion über das Konzept der Performativität finden sich dort nun weitere zahlreiche neuere Studien mit CMS-Bezug als auch eine Reihe neuer Sammelbände aufgeführt.

Three New Books From the Emerald CMS Books Series

Three new books from Emerald’s CMS Book Series:

The Ideological Evolution of Human Resource Management: A Critical Look into HRM Research and Practices (Critical Management Studies) – Sami Itani

https://www.amazon.ca/Ideological-Evolution-Human-Resource-Management-ebook/dp/B073ZK5CQX/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1502482562&sr=1-1&keywords=sami+itani

Insights and Research on the Study of Gender and Intersectionality in International Airline Cultures – Albert Mills

https://www.amazon.ca/Insights-Research-Intersectionality-International-Cultures-ebook/dp/B06XKC5GBK/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_3

Making Critical Sense of Immigrant Experience: A Case Study of Hong Kong Chinese in Canada (Critical Management Studies) – Rosalie Hilde

https://www.amazon.ca/Making-Critical-Sense-Immigrant-Experience-ebook/dp/B074NW6PKX/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1502482497&sr=1-1&keywords=rosalie+hilde

Gesellschaft für sozioökonomische Bildung und Wissenschaft (GSÖBW)

Im Oktober 2016 wurde die Gesellschaft für sozioökonomische Bildung und Wissenschaft (GSÖBW) (Association for SocioEconomic Education and Research) gegründet. Ziel ist die Förderung einer pluralistischen und interdisziplinären Ausrichtung der Lehre und Forschung in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften. Aus der Gründungserklärung des Vereins:

„Der Ruf nach interdisziplinärem Denken und Forschen steht auf der öffentlichen Agenda seit einigen Jahren weit oben. Die Gesellschaft für sozioökonomische Bildung und Wissenschaft (GSÖBW) trägt den Forderungen nach einer Erneuerung der wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Forschung und Lehre Rechnung. Ihrem Selbstverständnis nach stellt sich sozioökonomische Bildung und Wissenschaft weniger als eine Natur-, son­dern vielmehr als eine multiparadigmatische Sozialwissenschaft dar. Sie verpflichtet sich den Prinzipien der Interdisziplinarität, Pluralität und Kontroversität ebenso wie der permanenten ethischen Reflexion. Dies betrifft die Lehre an den Hochschulen ebenso wie den Unterricht an Schulen, verbreitet sich die Forderung nach (mehr) Pluralismus doch vielmehr institutionenübergreifend.“

Zur Tätigkeit des Vereins zählen auch jährliche Fachtagungen. Die 2. Jahrestagung der GSÖBW zum Thema „Historizität und Sozialität in der sozioökonomischen Bildung“ findet vom 27.2-1.3.2018 in Tutzing statt.

Zur Homepage: https://soziooekonomie-bildung.eu/

Als Einstieg in das Feld der Sozioökonomie empfiehlt sich zudem:

Hedtke, Reinhold (Hrsg.) (2015): Was ist und wozu Sozioökonomie? Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783531198521

 

Arbeit und Wertschöpfung im digitalen Kapitalismus – PROKLA 187

Hier das Inhaltsverzeichnis der interessanten aktuellen Ausgabe der PROKLA (http://www.prokla.de/):

Arbeit und Wertschöpfung im digitalen Kapitalismus (Juni 2017)
Moritz Altenried: Die Plattform als Fabrik. Crowdwork, Digitaler Taylorismus und die Vervielfältigung der Arbeit
Martin Ehrlich, Thomas Engel, Manfred Füchtenkötter und Walid Ibrahim: Digitale Prekarisierung. Neue Verwundbarkeiten und Abwertungsprozesse in der Industriearbeit
Jobst Gaus, Christopher Knop und David Wandjo: Marktkopplung und Ablaufdeterminismus. Eine Kritik am Demokratisierungsversprechen der Industrie-4.0-Diskussion
Eva-Maria Raffetseder, Simon Schaupp und Philipp Staab: Kybernetik und Kontrolle. Algorithmische Arbeitssteuerung und betriebliche Herrschaft.
Georg Barthel und Jan Rottenbach: Reelle Subsumtion und Insubordination im Zeitalter der digitalen Maschinerie. Mit-Untersuchung der Streikenden bei Amazon in Leipzig
Stefania Animento, Giorgio Di Cesare und Cristian Sica: Total Eclipse of Work? Neue Protestformen in der gig economy am Beispiel des Foodora Streiks in Turin
Florian Butollo und Yannick Kalff: Entsteht der Postkapitalismus im Kapitalismus? Eine Kritik an Masons Transformationsstrategie
Außerhalb des Schwerpunkts
Christian Christen: Der neoliberale Rentenkonsens in Deutschland und seine Genese. Von der Lebensstandardsicherung zur Altersarmut für Millionen
Ewgeniy Kasakow: Bewegung versus Avantgarde? Mythologie der linken Debatten über die Russische Revolution 1917

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.

Heterotopian Studies (Blog)

An interesting blog devoted to the Foucauldian concept of heterotopia: Heterotopian Studies

„The site is devoted to Michel Foucault’s ideas on heterotopia. Foucault outlines the notion of heterotopia on three occasions between 1966-67. A talk given to a group of architects is the most well-known explanation of the term. Overall, Foucault attempts to describe certain relational principles and features of a range of cultural, institutional and discursive spaces that are somehow ‘different’:  disturbing, intense, incompatible, contradictory or transforming. In a nutshell, heterotopias are worlds within worlds, mirroring and yet upsetting what is outside. Foucault provides examples: ships, cemeteries, brothels, prisons, gardens of antiquity, fairs, Turkish baths and many more.

Foucault presents a few thumb-nail sketches which he never develops into a coherent idea. And yet his tantalisingly brief words on the subject have provoked a cottage industry, producing dozens of interpretations and applications from many disciplines and professions throughout the world.

[…]

The site offers thorough on-going bibliographies, background information and resources, which are updated through my blog, a selection of personal reflections and essays and some of my own specific studies of sites related to gardens and cemeteries.“