Tag Archives: Critical Management

Los Estudios Críticos de la Administración en Chile

[Juan Felipe Espinosa y Guillermo Rivera publicaron el texto ‘Los Estudios Críticos de la Administración en Chile’ en criticalmanagement.org. El texto comienza así:]

“Siguiendo la tradición de los Estudios Críticos de la Administración (CMS) han sido los Sociólogos de las empresas, los Economistas y los Psicólogos Sociales del trabajo quienes han generado una discusión sobre los fundamentos y los efectos de la gestión en Chile. La influencia de dichas áreas disciplinares ha sido comentada en textos académicos (Abal, 2004; Imas, 2005 Pulido-Martínez, 2004; Sisto, 2012; Ossandón y Tironi, 2013). Sin embargo, marcando una clara diferencia con el país del norte, los estudiosos de las ciencias sociales chilenas han desarrollado su trabajo desde el ámbito disciplinar de las Escuelas de Sociología y Sicología. Mientras que en Europa, los estudios que han desarrollado los CMS, prosperaron desde las propias escuelas de Management.”  Continue reading

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Rendición de Cuentas, Managerialismo y Práctica Local. Algunas pistas para su análisis.

El siguiente texto sistematiza algunas propuestas y reflexiones en torno al análisis de los sistemas de rendición de cuentas como prácticas, actuando y siendo actuados a nivel local. Es así que recoge algunos elementos ya desplegados tanto en Estudios de la Economía, en el post Apuntes para el Estudio de la Acción Local de los Instrumentos de Gobierno, como en el artículo recientemente publicado La Etnografía de Dispositivos como herramienta de análisis y el estudio del managerialismo como práctica local. Cabe destacar que el escrito que aquí se presenta fue pronunciado como conferencia en el panel de cierre del X Seminario Internacional de la Red Latinoamericana de Estudios en Trabajo Docente (ESTRADO), celebrado recientemente en Salvador de Bahía (Brasil).  Continue reading

Cfp_The Break-Up Of Management

Deadline Extended until 31 August 2014. The Break-Up Of Management. Workshop at Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, 20-21 November 2014. Co-hosted by The Critical Management Studies Research Group, Manchester Business School. Dr Damian O’Doherty, University of Manchester & Dr Helene Gad Ratner Copenhagen Business School.

Management has become an on-going matter of public controversy. Trust in management, for example, is now widely questioned in the wake of a number of recent crises and scandals taking place in both public organizations (health, education, social services) and private industries – the banking and financial services, energy, advertising, etc. The butt of comedy from Monty Python to David Brent’s ‘The Office’, management is pictured as more or less absurd and for many it will be difficult to imagine that students in higher education actively want a career in ‘management’. Does this suggest that management as a discipline or profession is currently in crisis and that we are witness to the break-up of management as we have come to understand it? At the same time, belief in the necessity of management has not disappeared and indeed appears to be unscathed: more management is typically the proposed solution to any ‘crisis’. Despite a widespread recognition that management entails unintended and unanticipated effects, it continues to marshal hope and belief in creating better and more rational organizations. In this workshop, we seek to explore these dynamics through science and technology studies (STS), actor-network theory (ANT), or critical management studies (CMS).

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Transformaciones del trabajo, subjetividad e identidades: lecturas psicosociales desde Chile y América Latina

Transformaciones del trabajoAntonio Stecher ha co-editado junto a Lorena Godoy el libro Transformaciones del trabajo, subjetividad e identidades: lecturas psicosociales desde Chile y América Latina recientement publicado por RIL Editores. El libro contiene además capítulos de tres colaboradores de Estudios de la Economía. ‘La Modernizacion de la Empresa Chilena: Post-fordismo con Huellas Autoritarias’ de Claudio Ramos, ‘El Campo de Investigación sobre Transformaciones del Trabajo, Identidades y Subjetividad en la Modernidad Contemporánea. Apuntes desde Chile y América Latina’ de Antonio Stecher e ‘Identidades en Disputa: Identidades Laborales en el Contexto de las Actuales Transformaciones en la Gestión Pública’ de Vicente Sisto. Felicidades! Continue reading

Doctor Espinosa

Nuestro corresponsal en Londres, Manuel Tironi, envía la siguiente noticia: “El pasado viernes 13 de diciembre Juan Felipe Espinosa defendió exitosamente su tesis “Organizing Technological Innovation: An empirical study of Venture Medical Device Companies” en la School of Management, University of Leicester. La tesis fue dirigida por Steve Brown y el comité evaluador estuvo compuesto por Javier Lezaun (Oxford) y Maria Puig de la Bellacasa (Leicester). La tesis estudia el rol de los dispositivos en el fenómeno de la innovación tecnológica en dos empresas nacientes del área de la tecnología médica”. ¡Muchas felicitaciones Juan Felipe!

Sociologist defends bureaucracy from the business school. An interview with Paul du Gay

I met Paul du Gay one February morning in his office in Kilen, an amazing building of the Copenhagen Business School where the Department of Organization is located. In this podcast, du Gay revisits the different moments of his career so far. As his En elogio de la burocracia has recently been published in Spanish, the conversation takes off there, with stop overs in retailers and Consumption and Identity at work, and the puzzling notion of “cultural economy”, in order to finally land in Du Gay’s own experience as sociologist working in business schools and his current research on “what makes an organization” with Signe Vikkelsø. Many thanks to Antonio Stecher and Vicente Sisto – our critical management, identity and work experts at Estudios de la Economia– for discussing and suggesting questions for this interview. Continue reading

Cfp: The political economy of corporate governance

Call for papers for an ephemera special issue on: The political economy of corporate governance. Issue Editors: Ulf Larsson Olaison, Andreas Jansson, Jeroen Veldman and Armin Beverungen. The deadline for contributions is the 31st of December 2013. Continue reading

On Risk, Devices and Responsible Financial Innovation. An Interview with Yuval Millo

market_devices_coverYuval Millo has the position of Professor of Social Studies of Finance and Management Accounting at the School of Management of Leicester University. He is a leading contributor to the emerging field of Social Studies of finance (SSF), which develops a unified analytical framework that includes elements from accounting, financial economics and sociology and analyses dynamics in and around financial markets. SSF pays particular attention to the technological and organizational infrastructure that affect price formation. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, Yuval’s current research includes the emergence of electronic trading in financial exchanges (with Daniel Beunza and Juan-Pablo Pardo-Guerra, LSE), the evolution of accounting standards for testing the impairment of assets (with Andrea Mennicken, LSE) and the rise of the Social Return On Investment methodology (with Emily Barman, Boston University and Matt Hall, LSE). Continue reading

Identidad en el trabajo

El último número de la revista Psykhe trae una sección editada por Alvaro Soto sobre “La construcción de identidades en el trabajo en América Latina” que incluye aportes de dos de los contribuidores de este blog: Vicente Sisto con el artículo “Identidades desafiadas: individualización, managerialismo y trabajo docente en el Chile actual” y Antonio Stecher con “Perfiles identitarios de trabajadores en grandes empresas del retail en Santiago de Chile”.

Call for Papers for Financialization and its Limits

From the CPPE Blog: Call for Papers for Financialization and its Limits: History, Context, Culture, a stream at the Critical Management Studies conference, 2013

Any discussion of the limits of neoliberalism would be incomplete with consideration of the roles of finance and financialization (Amato and Fantacci 2012). But, research within the social sciences of management, finance and, to a lesser extent, accounting has treated finance as standing apart from other disciplines. This has led to consideration of financialization as a unilateral process: that finance acts upon society as if it were wholly external and self-evident. This is, in part, derived from a particular conception of finance as a purely mathematical/quantitative field, although this formulation is relatively recent, emerging only in the 1960s with the so-called New Finance. As a result, financialization, as it is understood today (Johal et al. 2006), masks, in effect, a process that is fundamentally emergent and therefore incomplete (Poovey 1998). In particular, valuation, which lies at the heart of finance, is routinely presented as an objective, unproblematic practice. Yet, we argue, valuation is always political, as it selects a single expression of value, excluding all possible alternatives (Martin 2002) and thus circumscribing the field of possibilities. This might be no problem whilst it remains within sterile models, but once the social and political acts of valuation interact with lifeworlds that have not been redacted to the same extent, the collision is always unpredictable and potentially violent.

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