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‘Placing the organisation’: Studying the communicative constitution of organisation as the production of place
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. (IEO)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2294-7898
2015 (English)In: APROS/EGOS 2015, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I want to add to studies exploring how ‘organisations’ are ‘made real’, how they are made present and materialised (Cooren, Brummans, & Charrieras, 2008) by focusing on the spatial dimension of such processes (Vásquez and Cooren, 2013). Leaning on Doreen Massey’s work on space and place (2005), I propose that the processes making ‘the organisation’ present may be studied as processes producing a specific (but contested) place (‘the organisation’) and I empirically explore such a possibility. This way, the relational and material character of such an achievement, the role played by co-evolving trajectories, is foregrounded. In my analysis I focus on how the production of an organisation as a place is strengthened through the ongoing production of other places (the ‘landscape’ (Cooren et al. , 2008)). In particular, given the empirical case analysed, it is possible to see how the production of certain organisations (outdoors industry) is intertwined with the production of ‘Sweden’ as a place (or in other word, with ethnicity constructions). This enables to foreground also power dimensions that make such a process a ‘powerfull’ rather than neutral process. 

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Keyword [en]
communicative constitution organization, space, place, ethnicity, organizational presence
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Business Administration
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30036OAI: diva2:885563
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-12-18 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2016-01-13Bibliographically approved

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