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A Research Agenda for Organization Studies, Feminisms and New Materialisms

9781800881266 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Marta B. Calás Professor of Organization Studies and International Management and Linda Smircich, Emerita Professor of Organization Studies, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US
Publication Date: January 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 126 6 Extent: c 208 pp
Explaining why contemporary problematic phenomena require a more expansive understanding than what is allowed in conventional organizational studies scholarship, this forward-looking Research Agenda brings insights from recent feminist new materialisms and critical posthumanist theorizing into the field of organization studies.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Explaining why contemporary problematic phenomena require a more expansive understanding than what is allowed in conventional organizational studies scholarship, this forward-looking Research Agenda brings insights from recent feminist new materialisms and critical posthumanist theorizing into the field of organization studies.

Marta B. Calás and Linda Smircich have assembled herein an international and transdisciplinary community of scholars, whose research in fertile transnational spaces demonstrates the differences this novel scholarship could make in the domain of organization studies. The book serves as a tool and means for questioning fundamental metatheoretical premises and knowledge production practices, focusing particularly on those which, unwittingly, may be contributing to issues of concern across the globe. Chapters further articulate which premises and practices may help in decentering the ‘common sense’ nature of the field, facilitating engagement with affirmative possibilities for a world that is straying further from conventions. Coining the phrase ‘thinking-saying-doing-otherwise’ as an ontological shift and a call to action, the book ultimately highlights the importance of transdisciplinary, transnational research collectivities for accomplishing necessary changes.

Providing novel critical approaches by intersecting feminist new materialisms with organization studies, this dynamic Research Agenda will prove invaluable to early and more established scholars interested in future-oriented organization and management research and practices in business studies and the sociology of organizations.
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‘Deeply thoughtful, thoroughly researched and with great salience – this collection promises to be the go-to resource for Organization Studies as it enters the more-than-humanistic domains of our time. A time of societal challenges in the face of technological advancements, climate change and political upheaval demands a feminist new materialist research agenda for understanding affect, technoembodiment and thinking-doing organizations otherwise. Congratulations to the editors!’
– Cecilia Åsberg, Linköping University, Sweden

‘Feminisms are indispensable to new materialisms, though the field of management studies prefers to forget it. This volume flies in the face of that erasure with an eclectic mix of essays that disrupt what management research and education are becoming. The result is both deeply unsettling and hopeful—an urgent call to know and do otherwise with our ailing world.’
– Karen Lee Ashcraft, University of Colorado Boulder, US

‘The way that we organize both reflects and produces new forms of thought and being. Faced with a species-threatening crisis, we must rethink what it means to be human, both together and apart. “Man” must be overcome, and this book begins to show us how. It’s an important addition to the radical’s library.’
– Martin Parker, University of Bristol, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: Marta B. Calás, Michela Cozza, Silvia Gherardi, Pauliina Jääskeläinen, Saija Katila, Ari Kuismin, Pikka-Maaria Laine, Susan Meriläinen, Alison Pullen, Tarja Salmela, Janet Sayers, Linda Smircich, Anu Valtonen, Joonas Vola, Alice Wickström
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