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Kostera, M. (2018). After Retrotopia: The future of organizing and the thought of Zygmunt Bauman. Scandinavian Journal of Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>After Retrotopia: The future of organizing and the thought of Zygmunt Bauman
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

The main body of work of Zygmunt Bauman concerns his home discipline of sociology, but his insights have been influential also in the field of organization studies. In this text, we provide an overview of the extent of this influence, providing some additional context for positioning the other contributions to this special section. Afterwards, we explore in more detail two notions central for Bauman’s late thought: that of liquidity and retrotopia. The former constitutes the root metaphor for theorizing the current global predicament. In this text, we analyse how two modes of interpreting it, using the assumptions behind Kurt Lewin’s CATS model and the alchemical tradition underpinning Carl Gustav Jung’s conception of archetypes respectively, can help us theorize the alternative modes of organizing and managing encountered in a study of contemporary alternative organizations.

These insights form the starting point for our second goal: to explore Bauman’s notion of retrotopia as a potentially fruitful starting point for discussing both the deficiencies of current visions of our future society, and the possibilities and vicissitudes of developing new forms of organizing and managing. Such new forms, both as practice and as theoretical constructs, are urgently needed if we are to face the numerous, and potentially catastrophic global challenges facing our society today.

Keywords
Zygmunt Bauman; Liquid modernity; Liquidity; Retrotopia; Alternative organizations
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Economy, Business administration; Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75449 (URN)10.1016/j.scaman.2018.05.003 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-06-10 Created: 2018-06-10 Last updated: 2018-06-10
Gaggiotti, H., Kostera, M. & Krzyworzeka, P. (2018). Neglecting the anthropological origins of organizing: causes and consequences. In: Tuomo Peltonen, Hugo Gaggiotti, Peter Case (Ed.), Origins of Organizing: (pp. 48-68). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Neglecting the anthropological origins of organizing: causes and consequences
2018 (English)In: Origins of Organizing / [ed] Tuomo Peltonen, Hugo Gaggiotti, Peter Case, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, p. 48-68Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Hugo Gaggiotti, Monika Kostera and Pawel Krzyworzeka revisit the role of anthropology in the genesis and development of academic organization studies. Rather than approaching anthropology as a methodological tool for the qualitative study of organizing and culture, they advocate a considerably broader theoretical relevance for anthropological and ethnographic inquiry in the midst of the ongoing discussions about the status and future of organizational analysis. As the authors contend, the full potential of anthropology as a comprehensive paradigm of understanding organizing has not been embraced in the ensuing development of organization studies. Echoing the call of C. Wright Mills to practise sociological imagination in enlightened inquiry, Gaggiotti et al. provide a vision for future scholarship which fully embraces interpretative ethnographic enquiry in the spirit of Warner and Whyte.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
Keywords
anthropology, history, C. Wright Mills, sociological imagination
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Economy, Organisation theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76391 (URN)10.4337/9781785368752.00009 (DOI)978 1 78536 874 5 (ISBN)978 1 78536 875 2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-08-14Bibliographically approved
Kostera, M. (2018). Organizational ethnographies. In: Catherine Cassell, Ann L. Cunliffe and Gina Grandy (Ed.), QUalitative business and management research methods: . London: Sage Publications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organizational ethnographies
2018 (English)In: QUalitative business and management research methods: / [ed] Catherine Cassell, Ann L. Cunliffe and Gina Grandy, London: Sage Publications, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
organizational ethnography
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75365 (URN)
Available from: 2018-06-08 Created: 2018-06-08 Last updated: 2018-06-08
Kostera, M. (2018). The body in the library: An investigative celebration of deviation, hesitation, and lack of closure. Management Learning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The body in the library: An investigative celebration of deviation, hesitation, and lack of closure
2018 (English)In: Management Learning, ISSN 1350-5076, E-ISSN 1461-7307Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The unexpected, if still clichéd, discovery of a body in the library introduces Agatha Christie’s plot starring the genius amateur detective, elderly Miss Marple. We will use the same situation as the starting point of our article and investigation, promising both the unmasking of the culprit and the departure from the currently standard form of an academic text. In a self-consciously rambling and digressive text, we will touch on various issues relevant to writing what we consider good social science, and the difficulties in doing so. Firmly reaffirming the need for writing organization studies and social science in the narrative mode, we trace what we see as the decline in quality and joyousness of contemporary management journal articles, and attempt to demonstrate, both through narrative means and by more traditional academic reasoning, how and why it is important to embrace variety in the ways knowledge in the social sciences is constructed and communicated.

Keywords
Culture, fiction, knowledge creation, narrative, tacit knowledge, writing
National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business
Research subject
Economy, Organisation theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76389 (URN)
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25
Kostera, M. (2017). 2021: A campus Odyssey. In: Michal Izak, Monika Kostera and Michal Zawadzki (Ed.), The Future of University Education: (pp. 309-328). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>2021: A campus Odyssey
2017 (English)In: The Future of University Education / [ed] Michal Izak, Monika Kostera and Michal Zawadzki, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, p. 309-328Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Series
Palgrave Critical University Studies
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68914 (URN)978-3-319-46894-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-11-22 Last updated: 2018-05-09Bibliographically approved
Kostera, M. (2017). Adventures and lovers: organizational heroines and heroes for a new time. Journal of Genius and Eminence, 2(2), 115-125
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adventures and lovers: organizational heroines and heroes for a new time
2017 (English)In: Journal of Genius and Eminence, ISSN 2334-1130, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 115-125Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Narratives resonating with profound layers of culture have such a strong influence because they use archetypes. Archetypes, understood in the Jungian way, as constructs in the collective unconscious, ready to hold important cultural material, can shape the plot, characters, time and place of such tales. I analyzed the empirical material collected during a longitudinal ethnographic study of Polish and UK alternative organizations, such as cooperatives, value driven businesses, anarchist collectives and others, operating in the margins of the capitalist system, looking for underpinning archetypical tales, which referred to their general principle of organizing. I have found two such overarching motifs: the Adventurer (or the classic Campbellian hero) and the Lover. The narrative thrust of the archetypical tales seems to be directed in opposite ways. The hybrid they form may have an interesting potential for radical change.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ICSC Press, 2017
Keywords
Narratives, Leadership, Cooperation, Alternative organizations, Heroic tales
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Economy, Business administration; Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72052 (URN)10.18536/jge.2017.02.2.2.12 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-03-31 Created: 2018-03-31 Last updated: 2018-04-09Bibliographically approved
Izak, M., Kostera, M. & Zawadzki, M. (2017). Anti-Coda. In: Michal Izak, Monika Kostera, Michal Zawadzki (Ed.), The Future of University Education: (pp. 329-336). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Anti-Coda
2017 (English)In: The Future of University Education / [ed] Michal Izak, Monika Kostera, Michal Zawadzki, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, p. 329-336Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Series
Palgrave Critical University Studies
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68913 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-46894-5 (DOI)978-3-319-46894-5 (ISBN)978-3-319-46893-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-11-22 Last updated: 2018-05-09Bibliographically approved
Pirson, M. & Kostera, M. (2017). Concluding observations (1ed.). In: Monika Kostera & Michael Pirson (Ed.), Dignity and the organization: (pp. 245-247). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Concluding observations
2017 (English)In: Dignity and the organization / [ed] Monika Kostera & Michael Pirson, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 1, p. 245-247Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This book presents some of the latest thinking on dignity and organizations. It focuses on the conceptualization of dignity within organizational contexts and explores practices that either undermine, deny, remedy, or protect human dignity. While this book presented a short glimpse into ongoing research, it hopes to spark more such research. While dignity arguably is a base concept relevant for better organizing practices, much needs to be understood, formalized, and explored. We wish to encourage more conceptual work, measurement work, and studies exploring practices that protect and promote human dignity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 Edition: 1
Series
Humanism in Business Series
Keywords
Business Ethic, Human Dignity, Organizational Context, Social Entrepreneurship, Humanistic Management
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68912 (URN)10.1057/978-1-137-55562-5_12 (DOI)9781137555625 (ISBN)9781137555618 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-11-22 Last updated: 2018-05-08Bibliographically approved
Kostera, M. & Pirson, M. (Eds.). (2017). Dignity and the organization (1ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dignity and the organization
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This important book focuses on the role of human dignity, its protection and promotion in the context of organization and Humanistic Management. The recent phenomenon of humanism in management already has a rich body of literature and takes up many themes both theoretically, and from a practitioner perspective. Dignity and the Organization is the first book to explicitly deal with the topic of human dignity and management. The chapters address various aspects and problems from a humanistically-oriented perspective, taking up issues relevant for the contemporary management theorists and practitioners, and are concerned with organization, management and the social and cultural context. The book develops the notion of human dignity in conceptual and theoretical terms in its practical application, within the context of organizations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. p. 260 Edition: 1
Series
Humanism in Business Series
Keywords
Humanistic management, Dignity, Organization
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68895 (URN)10.1057/978-1-137-55562-5 (DOI)9781137555625 (ISBN)9781137555618 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-11-22 Last updated: 2018-05-08Bibliographically approved
Izak, M., Kostera, M. & Zawadzki, M. (2017). Introduction: The future of university education. In: Michal Izak, Monika Kostera, Michal Zawadzki (Ed.), The Future of University Education: (pp. 1-16). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: The future of university education
2017 (English)In: The Future of University Education / [ed] Michal Izak, Monika Kostera, Michal Zawadzki, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, p. 1-16Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Series
Palgrave Critical University Studies
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68915 (URN)978-3-319-46894-5 (ISBN)978-3-319-46893-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-11-22 Last updated: 2018-05-09Bibliographically approved
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