Centre for Organizational Time (COT)
2019 - @bout Time Seminars Series
Dr. Blagoy Blagoev
Leuphana University of Lüneburg
How do extreme work hours persist?
Temporal uncoupling as a new way of seeing
Information about the event
Date: Wednesday 20th of February 2019
Location: Copenhagen Business School, Kilevej 14 A, 2000 Frederiksberg - KL 4.74
Organized by: The Centre for Organizational Time
Extreme work hours constitute a peculiar temporal phenomenon: a temporal structure that persists in a state of asynchrony relative to deeply entrenched societal rhythms, such as the 40-hours work week. In his talk, Blagoy Blagoev will examine the dynamics and the effects of this asynchrony. For this, he will draw on a longitudinal case study of the genesis, reinforcement, and maintenance of extreme work hours in an elite consulting firm. To theorize his findings, Blagoy borrows from Luhmann’s theory of social systems and develops the notion of temporal uncoupling. Not only does this notion offer a new way of seeing the persistence of extreme work hours as a temporal problem, it also furthers current theorizing on organizational temporality. More specifically, temporal uncoupling reveals the paradoxical co-constitution of synchrony and asynchrony in organizations and, thus, challenges the orthodox view of entrainment as an ideal temporal relation between organizations and their environments.
Dr. Blagoy Blagoev is Lecturer in Organization Studies at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. Blagoy holds a doctoral degree from Freie Universität Berlin and his work focuses on the interplay of time and temporality with processes and practices of organizing. Among other things, he has conducted research on the formation and persistence of organizational time regimes, the temporal coordination of organizational routines, and the entanglement of organizational remembering with materiality. Currently, Blagoy is studying the temporal structuring of work in new forms of organizing.
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Christina Lubinski has published on "Contextualizing the uses of the past" in Organization Studies
Research has made great strides in understanding how and why organizational actors use the past. So far, scholars have largely focused the level of analysis on the organization, without exploring the intertwined nature of historical claim-making with the organizational field or society at large. This article extends the status quo by conceptualizing the role of context for organizational uses-of-the-past. It identifies three key aspects of context that shape how history contributes to the social construction of reality: the existence of multiple audiences, the landscape of pre-existing historical narratives and the experience of social practices giving credibility to historical claims.
By analysing the historical case of German business in colonial India, the paper makes three broader claims that could move research toward a more contextualized conception of the uses-of-the-past: (i) historical claims are validated in a continuous dialogue with multiple audiences; (ii) they revise previously existing narratives by critiquing or ‘outpasting’, i.e. invoking earlier origins; (iii) they often result in ‘rhetorical frictions’ that require continuous and skilful history revisions to mitigate emerging conflicts in their reception. By contextualizing the uses-of-the-past in this way, the paper moves beyond ‘hypermuscular’ organizational actors bending history to their will and foregrounds the situated nature of historical rhetoric.
Lubinski, C. (2018). From ‘History as Told’ to ‘History as Experienced’: Contextualizing the Uses of the Past. Organization Studies, 39(12), 1785–1809
Welcome to the inauguration event for centre for organizational time
Drawing on insights from various scholars at CBS and elsewhere, the Centre aims to be a hub for thinking about organizations and time. The main focus of the centre will be on how organizational actors enact their near and distant pasts and futures and how that enactment shapes processes, practices and policies in, between and around organizations.