1st Edition

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

Edited By Karen Dale, Sytze F. Kingma, Varda Wasserman Copyright 2018
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction: The Significance of Henri Lefebvre for Organizational Studies

    Part 1: Lefebvrian Perspectives

    2. Lefebvre as a Young Marxist: Rethinking the Triad in the Study of Organizational Space

    3. Making Space, Making Time: Organizations and Social Scaling

    4. Understanding Power Dynamics and Surveillance through Lefebvre's Conceptualisation of Space

    5. Everyday’s Yesterday: Space and the Quotidian in the Vintage Marketplace

    Part 2: Everyday Practices

    6. Humour as Moments: Lefebvre’s Social Space and Humour

    7. The Embodied Working Space of an English Cathedral

    8. The Strategic Logic of Space: Using Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis to Understand Organisation Strategies

    9. The Topography of Masculinity

    10. Cake, Social Relations and the Open-plan Office

    Part 3: The Politics of Space

    11. Facing the Camp: Lefebvre, Refugee Settlements and the Politics of Organization

    12. Producing the Space of Democracy: Spatial Practices and Representations of Urban Space in Spain's Transition to Democracy

    13. The Production of Urban Space in the Age of Mass Consumerism: Revisiting Lefebvre and Spatialised Ideology

    14. The Role of Institutional Actors in Constructing Space

    15. The Organizational Process through which we Produce, Consume and Dispose of Space over Time


    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