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Organizing Hope

Narratives for a Better Future Edited by Daniel Ericsson, Associate Professor, School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Sweden and Monika Kostera, Professor and Chair in Management, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland and Professor in Management and Organization, Södertörn University, Sweden
Crumbling social institutions, disintegrating structures, and a profound sense of uncertainty are the signs of our time. In this book, this contemporary crisis is explored and illuminated, providing narratives that suggest how the notion of hope can be leveraged to create powerful methods of organizing for the future. Chapters first consider theoretical and philosophical perspectives on hopeful organizing, followed by both empirical discussions about achieving change and more imaginative narratives of alternative and utopian futures, including an exploration of the differing roles of work, creativity, idealism, inclusivity and activism.
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Publication Date: December 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78897 943 6
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  • Business and Management
  • Business Ethics and Trust
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Organisation Studies
Crumbling social institutions, disintegrating structures, and a profound sense of uncertainty are the signs of our time, stemming from a situation in which traditional systems are dying but the new cannot yet be born. In this timely book, this contemporary crisis is explored and illuminated, providing narratives that suggest how the notion of hope can be leveraged to create powerful methods of organizing for the future, in communities, workplaces and businesses.

In response to the increasing attention being paid to the shocking seriousness of the current state of the world, this innovative book offers a variety of ways of bringing hope into a situation otherwise defined by hopelessness, following a tradition of radical dissent by public intellectuals such as Zygmunt Bauman and Vaclav Havel. Chapters first consider theoretical and philosophical perspectives on hopeful organizing, followed by both empirical discussions about achieving change and more imaginative narratives of alternative and utopian futures, including an exploration of the differing roles of work, creativity, idealism, inclusivity and activism.

Organizing Hope will be a critical and thought-provoking read for researchers and students of organization theory and sociology, as well as other social sciences. Politicians, policy makers and other decision makers in government will also find the book insightful and useful.
‘A roller-coaster of emotion. A trans-disciplinary book full of questions about whether we dare to hope, what future is possible, and what we as readers need to go through to reach it. Importantly, alternative futures for institutions and communities are considered.’
– Alison Pullen, Macquarie University, Australia

‘At a time in history when global political and corporate power elites seem hell bent on leading us down an escalating path of economic inequality and environmental doom, hope can appear quaint. Railing against such defeatism, Daniel Ericsson and Monika Kostera have gathered together a group of authors who dare to imagine alternatives to that which is too often experienced as incontrovertible. They have produced an important book that not only interprets the world around us, but professes the radical idea that it might be changed for the better.’
– Carl Rhodes, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Contributors include: G. Cairns, C. Ciupke, S. Clegg, M. Ćwikła, D. Ericsson, A. Góral, M. Izak, M. Kallifatides, M. Kostera, W. Küpers, R. Longman, K. Matyjaszkowicz, J. G. McClellan, A. Milczarczyk, A. Morgan, T. Padan, M. Parker, R. Paulsen, M. Pina e Cunha, M. Połeć, A. Rego, A.V. Simpson, A. Strauß, J. Vaughan, K. Weick
Contents:

Organizing hope: Inspirations for a better future
Daniel Ericsson and Monika Kostera

Prologue
Anke Strauß and Christina Ciupke

Part I Philosophical and Theoretical Inspirations
1. Hopeful Organizing in the Crucible of the Interregnum
Karl E. Weick

2. Alternative Futures. ‘Hope is a Thing with Feathers.’
Martin Parker

3. The Utopian Quest for an Alternative
Roland Paulsen

4. Epimethean Hope or Promethean Expectation? The Role of Organisational Behaviour.
John Vaughan

5. Transforming Work into “Play”: Responsive Conversations as Hope for Meaningful Organizational Change
John G. McClellan

6. Hope in Business Organizing for Societal Progress: Three Narratives
Stewart Clegg, Ace Volkmann Simpson, Miguel Pina e Cunha, and Arménio Rego

7. Post-Pandoran Hope for Moving Wisely, Beyond the Neo-Promethean Anthropocene
Wendelin Küpers

Part II Empirical and Imaginative Inspirations
8. “Hope-full Purpose”: Time, Oblivion, and the Strange Attractors of Pandora’s Box
Richard Longman

9. Against Organization – Farewell to Hope?
George Cairns

10. Idealists and Dreamers. Struggling for More Resilient Communities via Alternative Organisations
Anna Góral

11. Cadriste (R)Evolution
Markus Kallifatides

12. The Hope of Discomfort: Using Democratic Citizenship Education for Transformative Learning
Tali Padan

13. Technologies of the Commune: A Bridge Over Troubled Water?
Daniel Ericsson

14. “Dad, do not Cry”. Imagination and Creativity on Their Own Terms in Inclusive Cities and Communities
Agata Morgan

15. Street Performances in Hope for the Future of Urban Sphere: Human Interaction, Self-realization and Emotive Enactment
Marta Połeć

16. There is Hope in Organizing: Dialogic Imagination Against Linearity
Michał Izak and Monika Kostera

17. Good Labor. Affirmative Work Awareness and Hope
Małgorzata Ćwikła

18. Actors of Goodness and Hope in Action
Aneta Milczarczyk

Postscript: Avalanche
Karolina Matyjaszkowicz

References

Index