Organizational Spaces
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Organizational Spaces

Rematerializing the Workaday World

Edited by Alfons van Marrewijk and Dvora Yanow

This insightful book poses interesting theoretical and methodological questions for the processes of spatial design and the treatment of workspaces in organizational settings of various kinds. The contributors expertly answer the need for practical field research on spatial settings and materiality in organizations of various sorts.
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Afterword: Organizational Spaces: From ‘Matters of Fact’ to ‘Matters of Concern’

Kristian Kreiner


Afterword Organizational spaces: from ‘matters of fact’ to ‘matters of concern’ Kristian Kreiner … if something is constructed, then it means it is fragile and thus in great need of care and caution. (Latour 2004, p. 246) INTRODUCTION Space matters to organizations; and therefore, space should matter in studies of organizations. In a nutshell, this is the message of Organizational Spaces: Rematerializing the Workaday World. It follows in the footsteps of books and articles with comparable messages, for example, Hernes (2004), Kornberger and Clegg (2004), and Dale and Burrell (2008). It is, in Taylor and Spicer’s (2007) words, ‘time for space’ in organizational research. By offering the reader opportunities to see, to live, and to think the material world of organizations more richly in the future, travelling through Organizational Spaces is an inspiring experience. Taylor and Spicer (2007) have suggested that the published studies of space in organizations fall into three categories. Organizational Spaces contains examples of all three. Space in organizations is studied as a matter of distance (Iedema et al., Chapter 3; Kenis et al., Chapter 4; Weir, Chapter 5); it is studied as a materialization of power relationships (Dale and Burrell, Chapter 2); and it is studied as lived experience (Gastelaars, Chapter 5; van Marrewijk, Chapter 6). The methodological chapters (Yanow, Chapter 8; Mobach, Chapter 9; Panayiotou and Kafiris, Chapter 10) deal with how we write about, how we imagine, and how we picture organizational spaces. With varying emphases and explicitness, they all cover Lefebvre’s three processes of...

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