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Opening Spaces and Living in the Limits: Attempts at Intervening in Organization Studies

Research in Organizational Change and Development

ISBN: 978-1-78756-352-0, eISBN: 978-1-78756-351-3

ISSN: 0897-3016

Publication date: 10 August 2018

Abstract

Since the late 1980s we’ve been inspired by feminist theorizing to interrogate our field of organization studies, looking critically at the questions it asks, at the underlying premises of the theories allowing for such questions, and by articulating alternative premises as a way of suggesting other theories and thus other questions the field may need to ask. In so doing, our collaborative work has applied insights from feminist theorizing and cultural studies to topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship, globalization, business ethics, issues of work and family, and more recently to sustainability. This text is a retrospective on our attempts at intervening in our field, where we sought to make it more fundamentally responsive to problems in the world we live in and, from this reflective position, considering how and why our field’s conventional theories and practices – despite good intentions – may be unable to do so.

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Calás, M.B. and Smircich, L. (2018), "Opening Spaces and Living in the Limits: Attempts at Intervening in Organization Studies", Research in Organizational Change and Development (Research in Organizational Change and Development, Vol. 26), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 389-420. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0897-301620180000026010

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