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Organisational Space and Beyond
The Significance of Henri Lefebvre for Organisation Studies

ISBN 9781138236400
Published June 18, 2018 by Routledge
326 Pages

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Book Description

Through the focus on organizational space, using the reception and significance of the seminal work on the subject by sociologist Henri Lefebvre, this book demonstrates why and how Lefebvre's work can be used to inform and elaborate organisational studies, especially in view of the current interest in the "socio-material" dimension of organisations.

As the "spatial turn" in organisational research exposed the importance of spatial design in inducing power and cultural relations, Lefebvre's perspective has become an inspiring, theoretical framework. However, Organisational Space and Beyond explores how Lefebvre’s work could be of a much wider relevance, especially given his profound theoretical engagement with diverse schools of philosophical and sociological thought, including Nietzsche, Marx, Sartre and Foucault.

This book brings together a range of authors that collectively develop a broader understanding of Lefebvre's relevance to organizational studies, including areas of management concern such as strategy and diversity studies, and ultimately draw on Lefebvre’s work to rethink, reimagine and reshape scholarship in organisational studies. It will be of relevance to researchers, academics, students and organizational professionals in the fields of organisation studies, management studies, cultural studies, architecture and sociology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Henri Lefebvre and Organization Studies

Sytze F. Kingma, Karen Dale, Varda Wasserman

Part I: Theoretical considerations --- process, absence, power, institutions

Chapter 2: Politics, embodiment, everyday life: Lefebvre and spatial organization

Timon Beyes

Chapter 3: Rhythms of historical disposal: The role of absent spaces in the organizational process of space planning

Fabio James Petani and Jeanne Mengis

Chapter 4: Lefebvre and spacing leadership: from power over to power with

Perttu Salovaara and Arja Ropo

Chapter 5: Between institutional theory and Lefebvre: Sensemaking, logics, and enactment of, and in, space

Gili S. Drori and Briana Preminger

Part II: Spaces of organization --- everyday work life, embodiment, rhythms, boundaries

Chapter 6: Managing Tensions in an English Cathedral – An Embodied Spatial Perspective

Sarah Warnes

Chapter 7: City rhythms: Walking and sensing place through Rhythmanalysis

Louise Nash

Chapter 8: Lunch Beat, Lefebvre and the politics of organizational space

Tuomo Peltonen and Perttu Salovaara

Chapter 9: Cake and the Open Plan Office: a foodscape of work through a Lefebvrian lens

Harriet Shortt

Part III: Organization of spaces --- Capitalism, urban- and state relations

Chapter 10: Exploring the spatial dynamics of the city: a case study in China

ZHANG Zhongyuan

Chapter 11: Producing the Space of Democracy: Spatial Practises and Representations of Urban Space in Spain's Transition to Democracy

Inbal Ofer

Chapter 12: The ‘visible hand’ of the state: urbanization of favelas as a violent abstraction of space

Daniel S. Lacerda

Chapter 13: Future Directions: Henri Lefebvre and the Spatial Organization

Sytze F. Kingma, Karen Dale, Varda Wasserman

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Karen Dale is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Teaching in the Department of Organization, Work and Technology at Lancaster University, UK.

Sytze Kingma is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Organization Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Varda Wasserman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and Economics at the Open University of Israel, Israel.


"This is an exciting and innovative collection, opening up new avenues of research and demonstrating the continuing value of Lefevbre’s work for the study of organisations and everyday organisational life. This book takes us from vintage marketplaces to refugee settlements, finding innovative insights and interesting ways to challenge our preconceived notions of social space and organisations."Oliver Mallett, Newcastle University, UK

"Organizational Space and Beyond represents a real service to our community. The editors have been motivated by a contagious enthusiasm with a theorist whose ideas deserve far wider recognition and appreciation. This is a text Lefebvre would want to see." –Kevin Morrell, University of Warwick, UK