A direct mail marketing message came to me today ahead of the Academy of Management meetings.
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Organizing Christmas- A Festive Symposium
Organizing Christmas – A Festive Symposium
Warwick Business School 15th-16th December 2008
Organizing Christmas is a one day symposium taking place at the University of Warwick between the 15th and 16th of December 2008. A truly international, and indeed trans-hemispheric event, it is being jointly organized by colleagues from Warwick Business School in the UK, the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
The aim is to bring academic colleagues together in order to discuss the true (organizational) meaning of Christmas. We invite proposals for papers and presentations from all those who might share our interest in this increasingly excessive festival of indulgence and mass-consumption. Be it working at Christmas, shopping at Christmas, or even simply trying to organize a happy Christmas, we are keen to encourage a range of perspectives and interests as the basis for this event. Of course, just because it is a period of holiday and frivolity – well for many of us anyway – we don’t expect you to leave your academic integrity and critical faculties behind in favour of an easy eggnog. But hopefully fun and meaningful academic debate can go hand in hand at this time of goodwill to all.
Please feel free, therefore, to browse the website and perhaps consider dropping us an abstract. Further details of the event will appear here as they become available, and remember, like the promotion round, Christmas comes but once a year so submit early and beat the rush.
Papers/presentations are invited in relation to any aspect of the symposium theme, but suggested topics might include:
Here is a little bit of an email I just sent to a colleague in which I rant (a little) about the state of AOM and having taken one-too-many sociology of knowledge classes.
I think AOM may have lost sight of its best purpose if it is all near-journal articles. OTOH, that is probably why visual and round table sessions evolved. Meanwhile, the near-journal expectations for normal papers helps to increase supply of citations for the burgeoning demand for more CV lines among the exploding business school faculty ever-urged on by the whipping of reputation-mad Deans, Presidents, and trustees. Having a sociology of knowledge pair of lenses is really a fucking curse since I can both see through the BS artifices of knowledge production and also feel self-justified in not playing the game. Ok, rant over.
A very busy couple of weeks is coming up.
1) Participate in Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) at the Academy of Management. One is about using Facebook in the classroom; the other is about business solutions to poverty. For the second, I want to lead a discussion about how the current interest with microfinance and social entrepreurship leaves out important questions of power and class. Discussing worker control of companies in Argentina, Europe, and the US, I want to broaden the view of this topic to bring class and conflict back in.
2) Present “Brokerage and/or Closure” at AOM. This is a visual paper that is based on a chapter of my dissertation. The paper found that radical ideas were more likely for people in brokerage positions; however, those ideas were harder to see adopted even controlling for position. Also, final network position was most influenced by action- by having ideas- as opposed to structural inertia.
3) Present “Coors and the Dualistic Strategy of Social and Political Engagement” as part of a symposium about Robert Brady’s work on Business as a System of Power. David Jacobs at Morgan State U is organizing this symposium. This is my first foray into Critical management studies.
4) Comment on a paper about Weber as part of “Sociology classics and the future of organization studies.” The paper is by Stewart Clegg and Marc Lounsbury, two scholars whose work I have admired. So this should be a real treat. I mean, people who_want_ to discuss Weber. Joy!
5) Get ready to teach “Six Degrees of Separation”; “The Rise of the Network Society” ; and “Managing organizational Change.”
6) Finalize my PhD Defense for Sept 25th at IESE in Barcelona Spain.
And, of course, develop new research projects. More of that to come.