Vol. 20 - 3
The Laws of Globalization and Business Applications
Pages : 287-297
In The Laws of Globalization and Business Applications, Pankaj Ghemawat continues to defend his antithesis against the common image of the world as global. He does so by introducing the two regularities of international activity: the law of semiglobalization and the law of distance. Through a range of empirical methodologies, Ghemawat tests these two laws and finds that international business interactions rarely exceed 30%. Based on these results, Ghemawat challenges our assumptions that the world is globalized. He explains that international business interactions continue to be important but that the world is rather semiglobalized. The majority of business flows continue to occur locally, which indicates that different types of distance continue to restrain business activities. These findings should, according to Ghemawat, change both how researchers study international busi | Download PDF (EN)
I thought I only had to have an idea (l’homme qui marche)
Pages : 298-299
Creative non-fiction in journalism uses narrative means from fiction to highlight dramatic tensions of reality; it thus puts the subjectivity of authors at the heart of the writing process, in order to capture the unfolding experience and practice of ordinary people. The life of academics is punctuated by astonishing, ordinary, ceremonial, or dramatic scenes that sometimes take place in liminal spaces but may constitute a core social part of research practice. The Unplugged “Academic Non-Fiction” section is dedicated to sharing these moments.
The following text attempts a minor usage of English, as the major language in management and organization studies. As Deleuze and Guattari have theorized in Kafka, towards a minor literature, a minor usage stutters and stammers the major, breaks with the operation of ‘order-words’, composes a music of words, a painting with words, a silence within words, it is connected to the wider social and political milieu and paves the way for a community to come.
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Management and Organization in the work of Michel Houellebecq
Boukje Cnossen, Erwin Dekker, Laurent Taskin.
Pages : 300-321
Research in management and organization may only gain by being inspired from arts, culture and humanities in order to rethink practices but also to nourish its own perspectives. Life in organizations is artificially separate from ordinary life: all of mundane objects are thus conducive to astonishment, inspiration, and even problematization. The unplugged subsection “voices” gives the opportunity to academics and non-academics to deliver an interpretation about an object from the cultural or artistic world. Interpreted objects are or not directly related to organizational life, resonate or not with the moment, but share some intriguing features. These interpretations suggest a patchwork of variations on the same object. | Download PDF (EN)
Vol. 20 - 2
Review of The Icarus Paradox by its Nostalgic Author
Pages : 204-207
The “unplugged” section seeks to experience new forms of book reviews. We regularly grant a wild card to a world-class scholar to review his/her own Classic. In “My own book review”, authors will tell us the story of what I was trying to do with sometimes some auto-ethnographic considerations. By recounting the building process of one seminal research with a contemporary lens, they may give some insights for the current craft of research and also share with us renunciations, doubts and joys in their intimate writing experience.
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Which is the place of affect within practice-based studies ?
Pages : 208-220
The turn to affect needs to assume a stable discursive position on its importance in relation to the literature on practice, nevertheless the issue is not whether affect is important, but why and how. In fact, all agency unfolds with a certain degree of affect and almost all social practices affect their participants in various degrees. Ordinary affects are the varied capacities to affect and to be affected that give everyday life the quality of a continuum becoming. Their significance lies in the way they pick up the intensities that they build and in the thoughts and feelings they make possible, rather than in ‘meanings’ encapsulated in an order of representations. The question that the article addresses is therefore how to preserve and report on ordinary affects while studying working practices? Through two episodes from fieldwork (an unbearable sweet music and cruel optimism) I argue that paying attention to affects is an active process of atmosphere attunement to the various embodiments of the field - the embodied researcher and the embodied practitioners - with their attachments to the object of their practices. The turn to affect may enrich the turn to practice with a sensibility for a form of embodied, affective knowing that put into discussion how research is written.
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