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  • Personal Branding and Identity Norms in the Popular Business Press:
           Enterprise Culture in an Age of Precarity
    • Authors: Vallas, S. P; Cummins, E. R.
      Pages: 293 - 319
      Abstract: The theory of enterprise culture (du Gay, 1996) has provoked one of the more enduring strands of research on organizations and identities. Yet, after a decade and half of debate, the validity of this theory remains mired in ambiguity. In this article we revisit the theory of enterprise culture by exploring shifts in the popular business press and employee responses to them, in an effort to track the identity norms that have impinged on job seekers over time. Scrutinizing career-advice texts published between 1980 and 2010, we do indeed find partial support for the theory of enterprise culture, as the most popular renderings of work and employment have exhibited a marked yet complex turn toward entrepreneurial rhetoric. Interviews with 53 employees and job seekers suggest that a discourse of personal branding is indeed pervasive, and is often uncritically incorporated into the conceptions that job seekers bring to bear on their career horizons. Yet we also find that enterprise discourse has evolved beyond the notion of the "sovereign consumer" on which enterprise theory was initially based. Employees today are advised not merely to be responsive to the wants of customers; now, they must actively shape those wants, emulating corporate marketing techniques in an effort to establish the value of their own personal brands. Homo economicus is alive and well but has elided existing representations.
      PubDate: 2015-03-11T04:32:34-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840614563741
      Issue No: Vol. 36, No. 3 (2015)
  • A Theory of Imagination for Organization Studies Using the Work of
           Cornelius Castoriadis
    • Authors: Komporozos-Athanasiou, A; Fotaki, M.
      Pages: 321 - 342
      Abstract: At a time when organizations are asked to imagine themselves anew in order to survive, organizational treatments of ‘imagination’ lack engagement with its profound political and generative nature. To address this gap, the paper draws on the works of Cornelius Castoriadis (1922–1997) and proposes a politically situated theory of imagination for organization studies. We build on Castoriadis’s core ideas of representation, signification and affect to develop a radical proposition: imagination is ‘where it all begins’, an inexhaustible psychosocial force driving organizations and organizing, and setting the institutionalization process in motion. To illustrate the great potential contributions of this proposition for organization studies, we discuss how three key persisting dualisms in organizational thinking, those between ‘representational’ and ‘non-representational’ inquiry, ‘body’ and ‘mind’, and between the ‘private’ and ‘public’, begin to dissolve when considered under our suggested framework. We then draw some important implications of Castoriadian imagination for charting alternative futures at times of economic and social crises, and identify some directions for future research.
      PubDate: 2015-03-11T04:32:34-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840614559258
      Issue No: Vol. 36, No. 3 (2015)
  • Brokerage as Catalysis: How Diaghilev's Ballets Russes Escalated Modernism
    • Authors: Sgourev; S. V.
      Pages: 343 - 361
      Abstract: The analysis elaborates and illustrates a proposition on brokerage that is implicit in existing research—that through self-assembling their ties, brokers may trigger chains of events with systemic consequences that they can only partly control or benefit from. By relaxing the assumption of strategic control, the analysis contributes to reducing the discrepancy between micro and macro levels of analysis. This approach is illustrated with the case of the Ballets Russes (1909–1929) and its founder Sergei Diaghilev, who revolutionized the arts in the early 20th century by aggregating developments in dance, music, design and literature. The role of a catalyst emerges in connecting artists on the supply side and in matching supply and demand for novelty. Catalysis was triggered by the interaction between identity and field-level fragmentation when the personal network of an unusually multifaceted broker became a platform for the interpenetration of heretofore disconnected social networks. However, in escalating Modernism Diaghilev’s brokerage contributed to the demise of the social world that generated the Ballets Russes.
      PubDate: 2015-03-11T04:32:34-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840614563743
      Issue No: Vol. 36, No. 3 (2015)
  • Tackling Grand Challenges Pragmatically: Robust Action Revisited
    • Authors: Ferraro, F; Etzion, D, Gehman, J.
      Pages: 363 - 390
      Abstract: In this article, we theorize a novel approach to addressing the world’s grand challenges based on the philosophical tradition of American pragmatism and the sociological concept of robust action. Grounded in prior empirical organizational research, we identify three robust strategies that organizations can employ in tackling issues such as climate change and poverty alleviation: participatory architecture, multivocal inscriptions and distributed experimentation. We demonstrate how these strategies operate, the manner in which they are linked, the outcomes they generate, and why they are applicable for resolving grand challenges. We conclude by discussing our contributions to research on robust action and grand challenges, as well as some implications for research on stakeholder theory, institutional theory and theories of valuation.
      PubDate: 2015-03-11T04:32:34-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840614563742
      Issue No: Vol. 36, No. 3 (2015)
  • Book Review: Manufacturing Morals: The Values of Silence in Business
           School Education
    • Authors: de Rond; M.
      Pages: 391 - 394
      PubDate: 2015-03-11T04:32:34-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840614564324
      Issue No: Vol. 36, No. 3 (2015)
  • Book Review: The Risk in Risk Management
    • Authors: Munro; I.
      Pages: 394 - 398
      PubDate: 2015-03-11T04:32:34-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0170840614564325
      Issue No: Vol. 36, No. 3 (2015)
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