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Is there a future for management? A tale of rhizomatic organizationsMonika Kostera, Professor Ordinaria in Management, Jagiellonian University

  • From: Wednesday 21 October 2015, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 21 October 2015, 2 pm
  • Location: Newton 47B, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

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Is there a future for management? A tale of rhizomatic organizationsMonika Kostera, Professor Ordinaria in Management, Jagiellonian University

Abstract

After the "solid" and "liquid" modern eras, to use the metaphors of Zygmunt Bauman, there follows a time of a profound crisis, if not an outright failure, of legitimization. Bauman, using Gramsci's term, calls this period the Interregnum. However, is not just a time of collapse of the old order, but also the moment of possibility. Nobody knows what will follow and therefore new ideas can now be seriously considered. Management: a science, a practice and an ideology, used to play a significant role in the two previous eras; its position was not unlike that of a triumphant colonizer. It has become something of a contemporary common knowledge and lingua franca. Perhaps it is now time to consider how to use it to construct a fairer, more humane and ecologically sustainable world? Based on field research conducted among value-driven organizations, operating outside of the neoliberal mainstream, I propose how to reclaim management and use it to serve other aims than profit maximization. Some old are being recycled and some new coined by organizations in my field, and perhaps such a new approach management can be put into broader use in the world after the Interregnum.

About the author:

Monika Kostera is Professor Ordinaria in Management in Poland, working at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow as Professor and Chair in Management, as well as Guest Professor at University of Bradford. She holds several visiting professorships in Sweden and in the UK. She has authored and edited over 35 books in Polish and English and a number of articles published in journals including Organization Studies, Journal of Organizational Behaviour and Organizational Dynamics and is associate editor of Management Learning. Her current research interests include archetypes, narrative organization studies, ethnography and the humanistic turn in management. She is currently conducting an ethnographic study of value-driven non-corporate organizations supported by the European Union Marie Curie Fellowship Programme, FP7.

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Light refreshments will be provided.

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Room/Building:

Newton 47B, Newton building, Main Entrance

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

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