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After retrotopia: the future of organizing and the thought of Zygmunt Bauman
University of Sheffield, UK.
Jagiellonian University, Poland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5303-5544
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 34, no 4, p. 335-342Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 34, no 4, p. 335-342
Keywords [en]
Zygmunt Bauman, Liquid modernity, Liquidity, Retrotopia, Alternative organizations
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Economics and Business
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Economy, Business administration; Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75449DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2018.05.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-75449DiVA, id: diva2:1215863
Available from: 2018-06-10 Created: 2018-06-10 Last updated: 2019-03-11Bibliographically approved

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