Vol. 19 - 4
François-Xavier De Vaujany.
Pages : 330-334
It could have been a nice dinner like so many others: a relaxing moment with some friends. Agnès and Pierre arrived at the house with plenty of time, a beautiful chocolate cake, and a marvelous bouquet of flowers. Agnès is a former sociology student who has worked for over ten years (with increasing detachment) in an HR department. Pierre is a strategy consultant, convinced that the devil is in the detail, and that everything is “potentially strategic.” We had also invited another old friend, Alain, a customer advisor at a bank. With my wife and my son, all the ingredients of a good evening were assembled. Yet it is at the approach of a very promising asparagus risotto that the anger-inducing question was posed …
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Relating place to organization: A situated tribute to Doreen Massey
Bertrand Sergot, Anne-Laure Saives.
Pages : 335-352
British geographer Doreen Massey died on March 11, 2016. Her death spurred numerous tributes in the field of human geography acknowledging the depth of her intellectual influence. However, Massey’s thinking and works largely transcend conventional disciplinary boundaries. In this article, we argue that, in the wake of the spatial turn undertaken in the last few years, Massey’s relational approach to space and place represents a potentially significant legacy for organization studies (OS). In the first part of the paper, we present the main conceptual elements of this relational approach as exposed by Massey herself, especially in her 2005 book, For Space. In the second part, we endeavor to show how this relational approach allows scholars to think about the interrelations between space, place, and organization in a different and subtler way. To this end, we first rely on the handful of publications in OS that have begun to exploit the analytical potential of Massey’s vision, most notably combining it with the communication-as-constitutive perspective on organization. So far, this has been done only in terms of space. We thereby underline how Massey’s relational approach to place might allow OS researchers to venture beyond the container metaphor—i.e., the tendency to represent the organization as one or several clearly delineated and stabilized workplaces—which continues to dominate vast swathes of the OS literature. Finally, we identify three main avenues for research, aiming to exploit Massey’s relational approach to place in full.
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“Place as spatio-temporal events”: Empirical evidence from everyday life in a coworking space
Pages : 353-361
Sergot and Saives pointed out how Massey’s relational approach to the notions of space and place allows a better integration of the spatial and temporal dimensions of organizational phenomena. This paper shows empirically how activities are embedded in the organizational space as constituted and transformed through day-to-day activities. The increasing number of coworking spaces opening worldwide offers an interesting framework to discuss the meaning of space and the importance of physical co-localization for different businesses in the digital era and open innovation paradigm. We use a case study of a coworking space to show the intertwining of spatial and temporal dimensions in the everyday life of an inter-company workplace.
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Vol. 19 - 3
Unplugged - Book Review Essay : Questions a Book on ‘Questions Business Schools Don’t Ask’ Doesn’t dare to Ask
Pages : 228-239
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Unplugged - My Own Book Review - Writing for Scholarly Publication as a contribution to scholarly conversation
Anne Sigismund Huff.
Pages : 240-247
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. | Download PDF (EN)
Vol. 19 - 2
Unplugged - Voices:
Two days, one night (2014)
Yoann Bazin, Gazi Islam, Hélène Picard, Bénédicte Vidaillet.
Pages : 124-151
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)
CSR & Business Ethics
Vol. 19 - 1
"Carte blanche" - Toward a Historical Consciousness: Following the Historic Turn in Management Thought
Pages : 46-60
In the original tradition of the Unplugged section, carte blanche grants a wild card to world-class scholars to share their own perspective on novel ways to conceive of management today. They may offer new avenues and draw up an agenda for a specific research question. Authors have to be invited to submit to the carte blanche series by one of the editors. | Download PDF (EN)
Literature Review - Theory Development