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The Routledge Companion to Anthropology and Business

1st Edition

Edited by Raza Mir, Anne-Laure Fayard


575 pages | 12 Color Illus.

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Interest in anthropology and ethnography has been an on-going feature of organizational research and pedagogy, this book provides a key reference text that examines these criteria and that pulls together the different ways in which anthropology infuses the study of organizations, both epistemologically and methodologically.

The volume hosts key scholars and experts within the fields of Organizational Anthropology, Organizational Ethnography, Organizational Studies and Qualitative Research.

The book provides a combination of methodological guidelines, exemplars and epistemological reflection. It includes methodological viewpoints, ethnographic journeys within organizations as well as beyond organizations, and individual reflections on challenges faced by organizational ethnographers.

This book is aimed at PhD, master and advanced undergraduate students and researchers across disciplines, especially those who are engaged with general management, organizational behaviour, strategy and anthropological/ethnographic issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Raza Mir and Anne-Laure Fayard

Methodological Viewpoints

1. Archival ethnography. Stephanie Decker (Aston University) and Alan McKinlay (Newcastle University).

2. A History of Markets Past: The Role of Institutional Memory Failure in Financial Crises. Natalya Vinokurova (University of Pennsylvania).

3. What good is the ethnographic interview? John Weeks (IMD).

4. Frames of the Field: Ethnography as Photography. Mikko Vesa, Mikaela Krohn & Frank den Hond (Hanken School of Economics).

5. Ethnography air-conditioned. Nahoko Kameo (New York University).

6. Consumer Culture Theory: An Anthropological Contribution to Consumption Studies, Eric J. Arnould (Aalto University), Craig J. Thompson (University of Wisconsin) and Melea Press (SKEMA Business School)

Ethnographic Journeys

7. Green governmentality: Managing markets in contemporary India. Johan Fischer (Roskilde University).

8. "How do I like being a policewoman? I’m very happy!" Pakistani Policewomen and the Challenge of Presentational Data. Sadaf Ahmad, (Lahore University of Management Sciences).

9. Impact quantification and integration in impact investment. Tom P. Vandebroek, Fabrizio Ferraro, Alice Mascena, and Heinrich Liechtenstein (IESE).

10. Exploring the accomplishment of inter-organizational collaboration: The value of thick descriptions. Emmanouil Gkeredakis, (Warwick Business School).

11. A multi-sited approach to policy realization and managerial work Ursula Plesner and Lise Justesen (Copenhagen Business School).

12. Still a man’s world: Tokyo Fashion Week in the global field of fashion. Yuiko Fujita (Meiji University).

13. What makes resilience? An ethnographic study of the work of prison officers Mette Mogensen & Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen, Copenhagen Business School.

14. The Creative Use of Insider Ethnography as a Means for Organizational Self Investigation: The "Essence of Tesco" Project. Mary Yoko Brannen, Terry Mughan (University of Victoria) and Fiona Moore (University of London).

15. Contextual Analytics: Using Human Science to Strengthen Data Science Approaches in the Development of Algorithms. Mikkel Krenchel and Christian Madsbjerg (ReD Associates).

Beyond Organizations

16. Organisational dilemmas, gender and ethnicity: A video ethnographic approach to talk and gestures in homeless shelter consultations. Nanna Mik-Meyer (Copenhagen Business School).

17. Capturing the microfoundations of institutions: A confessional tale of the glorified field. Hendra Raharja Wijaya (Rotterdam School of Management).

18. Five ways of seeing events (in Anthropology and Organization Studies). Stefanie Mauksch (University of Leipzig).

19. Tweeting the marginalized voices: A netnographic account. Snehanjali Ashish Chrispal, (University of Melbourne) and Hari Bapuji (University of Melbourne).

20. What are we missing? Exploring ethnographic possibilities beyond OS conventions. Patrizia Zanoni (University of Hasselt) and Tammar Zilber (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

21. Why does the study of alternative organizations (so badly) need anthropology? Stéphane Jaumier (Grenoble Ecole de Management).

22. Ethnography in times of crisis: Reflections on the Tunisian revolution. Hela Yousfi (Paris Dauphine University) and Chahrazad Abdallah (Université du Québec à Montréal).


23. It is Not that All Cultures Have Business, But That All Business Has Culture. Heung-wah Wong (The University of Hong Kong).

24. Ethnography and the Traffic in Pain. Mark de Rond (University of Cambridge).

25. Fieldwork in work worlds. Robert Jackall (Williams College).

26. Withdrawal pains and gains: Exiting from the field. John Van Maanen (MIT).


About the Editors

Anne-Laure Fayard is Associate Professor at New York University. She is an ethnographer studying work and collaboration at the intersection between organizations, technology and people. Her work has been published in several leading journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, and Organization Science.

Raza Mir is the Seymour Hyman Professor of Management at William Paterson University, USA. He serves as the co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Organization. His research primarily deals with the strategic management, transfer of knowledge across national boundaries in MNCs, and power, exploitation and resistance in organizational settings.

About the Series

Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting

Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting are prestige reference works which provide an overview of a whole subject area or sub-discipline. These books survey the state of the discipline including emerging and cutting edge areas. Providing a comprehensive, up to date, definitive work of reference, Routledge Companions can be cited as an authoritative source on the subject.

Edited by an array of highly regarded scholars, these volumes also benefit from teams of contributors which reflect an international range of perspectives. Individually, Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting provide an impactful one-stop-shop resource for each theme covered. Collectively, they represent a comprehensive learning and research resource for researchers, postgraduate students and reflective practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General