Organizing Uncertainty’ lecture series present Barbara Czarniawska

In defense of management

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 14:00 to 16:00

It is estimated that management will continue to increase in relation to other occupations. This fact, far from producing joy or gratefulness, is met with an increasing hostility towards the occupation. This hostility is not produced by our colleagues in critical management studies - like every art, management needs its critics - but by its often thoughtless enthusiasts. After having reviewed some most blatant examples from what Nigel Thrift called "cultural circuit", comprising business schools, management consultants, management gurus, and business media, I will suggest a way of building an old-new alliance, necessary in order to retrieve the positive meaning of management.

Barbara Czarniawska holds a Chair in Management Studies at GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Doctor honoris causa at Stockholm School of Economics, Copenhagen Business School and Helsinki School of Economics, she is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Royal Engineering Academy, the Royal Society of Art and Sciences in Gothenburg and Societas Scientiarum Finnica. Czarniawska takes a feminist and processual perspective on organizing, recently exploring connections between popular culture and practice of management, and the organization of the news production. She is interested in in techniques of fieldwork and in the application of narratology to organization studies. Recent books in English: Cyberfactories: How News Agencies Produce News (2012) and Managing Overflow in Affluent Societies (edited, with Orvar Löfgren) (2012).

The Series
This seminar is arranged by The Department of Organization (IOA) in conjunction with the CBS Public-Private platform.

IOA will host a Public Lecture series at CBS on the theme of 'Organizing Uncertainty' during the academic year 2010-2013. The aim of the series is to bring to the School internationally renowned scholars whose work has had a distinctive impact on the social and human sciences in general and the study of various aspects of contemporary organizational life in particular.

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