1st Edition

Liquid Organization Zygmunt Bauman and Organization Theory

Edited By Jerzy Kociatkiewicz, Monika Kostera Copyright 2014

    Widely known as a leading intellectual, Zygmunt Bauman’s thinking is often categorized as sociology or philosophy. But his work has been hugely influential in other fields as well, not least within organization studies. From increasing management control and growing standardization of work activities, to the increase in uncertainty and insecurity experienced by contemporary workers, organizations themselves are becoming ever more ephemeral entities. Bauman’s themes: globalization, liquid modernity and postmodern ethics are arguably fundamental to contemporary notions of organization and management and his thinking has never been more relevant.

    However, despite the obvious and continuing influence of Bauman’s ideas on business studies, there has been no comprehensive attempt to chart his impact on organization theory. In this innovative and insightful collection, an international selection of leading management scholars explore key topics in current organizational discourse, including networked organizations, control and ambiguity, technologies, work and responsibility, extending Bauman’s liquid modernity to the "liquid organization".

    The book will be essential reading for scholars and academics and students in management and organizational theory, and also sociology, managing culture and organizational ethnography.

    Preface (Zygmunt Bauman)  Towards sociological compassion: An introduction (Jerzy Kociatkiewicz and Monika Kostera)  1. On adiaphoric organizations and adiaphoric organizational members (Tommy Jensen)  2. Liquid modernity, the Owl of Minerva, and technologies of the emotional self (Stewart Clegg and Carmen Baumeler)  3. Life in the liquid organization: Control and ambiguity in organizational experience (Jerzy Kociatkiewicz)  4. Consuming work: Aestheticization and the liquid employee (Samantha Warren)  5. Liquid collaboration (Dariusz Jemielniak and Tomasz Raburski)  6. Liquid university (Roman Batko)  7. On fluidity and flow in the networked space of human service organizations: Understanding liquidity and organized welfare praxis (Michael Wearing and Mark Hughes)  8. Liquid times for the entrepreneurial identity non-profit organization (David Boje, Melissa Cast, and Rohny Saylors)  9. Transcending liquidity: Towards a new embeddedness (Michał Izak)  10. Liquid responsibility: Ambivalence and professional judgement in organizations (Michel Fortier and Marie-Noëlle Albert)  11. How to regain trust, if it is at all possible? (Barbara Czarniawska and Rolf Solli)  12. A paradoxical attempt to freeze liquid modernity by liquidity: The return of fate (Peter Pelzer)


    Jerzy Kociatkiewicz is Senior Lecturer in Management at the University of Sheffield, UK

    Monika Kostera is Professor and Chair in Management at the University of Warsaw, Poland