@about time seminar with Tammar B. Zilber
Based on a study of Israeli high-tech conferences after the 2000 crisis, I examine how institutional maintenance is carried out at the organizational field level. Conference participants engaged in a collective effort to reestablish their understanding of themselves and their industry, focusing on issues of location, time orientation, and emotions. Moving from grandiose to disconsolate to balanced conceptions of time and place, this process resemble patterns of grief – from denial to anger and negotiation, to depression, and finally acceptance. The field material suggests that maintenance involves working through the field’s identity. Mantenance is selective, relating to fundamental tensions in the symbolic institutional order, both the local Israeli (e.g., issues of locations and belonging) and global (e.g., issues of time, and the relevance of the past, present and future to high-technology). These issues are delicately re-aligned along time, involving cognitive, emotional, and material dimensions at the intersection of inner- and outer-field pressures.
Tammar B. Zilber is a full professor at the Jerusalem Business School, Hebrew University, Israel. She uses qualitative methods (e.g., organizational and field-level ethnography, narrative analysis) to explore the microfoundations of institutional dynamics, going beyond words to include multimodalities like place, space, emotions, bodies, and visuals. Tammar serves on the EGOS board and as an associate editor for qualitative papers at the Academy of Management Journal.