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Coping with Excess
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Coping with Excess

How Organizations, Communities and Individuals Manage Overflows

9781782548584 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Barbara Czarniawska, Senior Professor of Management, GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Orvar Löfgren, Professor Emeritus of European Ethnology, University of Lund, Sweden
Publication Date: 2014 ISBN: 978 1 78254 858 4 Extent: 320 pp
What does a stockbroker in Istanbul navigating the rush of incoming trading figures have in common with a mother in Stockholm trying to organize a growing pile of baby clothes? They are both coping with excess or overflow. This book explores the ways in which institutions, corporations and individuals define and manage situations of ‘too much’ – too much information, too many choices, too many commodities or too many tasks.

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What does a stockbroker in Istanbul navigating the rush of incoming trading figures have in common with a mother in Stockholm trying to organize a growing pile of baby clothes? They are both coping with excess or overflow. This book explores the ways in which institutions, corporations and individuals define and manage situations of ‘too much’ – too much information, too many choices, too many commodities or too many tasks.

By analyzing a wide range of settings – from corporate firms and public administration to everyday domestic routines – the book offers an in-depth understanding of the complexities of overflow phenomena. It questions when, where and why overflow emerges and for whom this is a problem or a blessing.

This broad introduction to a striking contemporary phenomenon will prove an enlightening read for a wide-ranging audience including academics and researchers in the disciplines of business and management, political science, economic history and sociology.
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Contributors: H. Brembeck, F. Cochoy, H. Corvellec, B. Czarniawska, M. Czubaj, P. Donatella, K.M. Ekström, S. Fellman, O. Löfgren, L. Norén, M. Pantzar, A. Popp, E. Raviola, R. Solli, E. Tarim, J. Wentzer, R. Willim
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1. Changing Perspectives on the Management of Overflow
Orvar Löfgren and Barbara Czarniawska

2. ‘What are we to do with our New Affluence?’: Anticipating, Framing and Managing the Putative Plenty of Post-war Finland
Mika Pantzar

3. Potlatch à la Polonaise or Consumption Cultures in Times of Transformation
Mariusz Czubaj

4. Help! We Have Too Much Money!
Barbara Czarniawska, Pierre Donatella and Rolf Solli

5. Management of and by Overflow: The Example of Primary Healthcare
Lars Norén

6. Taking Michel Callon to the Istanbul Stock Exchange: Frames, Overflows and Storytelling
Emre Tarim

7. Cloud Control: The Capture and Escape of Music as Information
Jakob Wentzer

8. Transmutations of Noise
Robert Willim

9.Creators Meet Companies: Hundred Offices and the Opening of Frames
Elena Raviola

10. Recycling Food Waste into Biogas, or How Management Transforms Overflows into Flows
Hervé Corvellec

11. The Discovery of Relations to Artefacts in the Boundless Process of Moving
Karin Ekström

12. Managing Inflows, Throughflows and Outflows: Mothers Navigating the Baby Stuff Scape
Helene Brembeck

13. Lost in the Archive: The Business Historian in Distress
Susanna Fellman and Andrew Popp

14. Selective Knowledge: Learning How to Forget and Ignore
Orvar Löfgren

15. Afterword: Overflows as Boundary Events between Organizations and Markets
Franck Cochoy

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