Someone asked me why a particular committee had not done a task that impeded the progress of a mutual friend.
“Because powerful committees grow thick skins.”
So I like to make little contributions to language. I think it comes from a punning family and then marrying into even more of one. Or maybe it is a function of the mild learning disability. Words and phrases always look a little off. I tend to break them down into their components and then think of alternate meanings.
A very off color example. Virginia is discussing a blog that tracks authors’ submissions to agents. It is called a “query tracker.” I quipped: “Is that a way to monitor short gay people?”
Anyway, in my writing group someone was complaining about multi-tasking and hos distracting it is. Amen! I rpelied that she should “unitask.” A quick google search reveals it is a company. It is also a term the productivity crowd picked up on. “7 Unitasking Tips.” Rats. I was hoping to coin it.
The only silver lining is that I meant it as half serious-half snarky.
Unitasking: To achieve multi-tasking’s promise, and to live in the mental space of multi-tasking, by pursuing many tasks one at a time. Anyone can do things sequentially and methodically. Only a recovering multi-tasker can frantically maintain a zen-like state of self-induced stress while unitasking. The key is to think of ten things you should be doing at once, and then proceed to do them one at a time.
I like to play with words. When obtuse or overly specialized, this can become jargon in the worst sense of the word: words which deliberately obfuscate and insulate insiders. When there is a new experience, a new phenomenon, the desire to name wells up and starts playing with words.
Operationalize is jargon.
Podcast is not.
I have seen people refer to the residents of virtual worlds (aside from editorializing them as geeks or nerds) as residents, digital natives, and so on.
Perhaps there is a whole category of practices and objects that are digitally native.
Hence, I humbly offer digital+indigenous= digindigenous.
Digindienous is not short and sweet, but it has a certain rhythm in saying it.
Maybe there is something better?
Digigenous? Sounds like stuttering
Digenous? Sounds to much like disingenuous.
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.