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

Karen Dale, Sytze F. Kingma, Varda Wasserman

June 18, 2018 by Routledge
Reference - 326 Pages
ISBN 9781138236400 - CAT# Y310146
Series: Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

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Features

  • Uses Lefebvre’s work as a starting point to develop new insights into the study of organisations and organisational life.
  • Offers an overview of current research interests in the field of organizational space.
  • Shares insights from Lefebvre’s work and shows how they are relevant to different themes and topics in organisation studies.
  • Brings together 15 high standard and innovative chapters dealing with a broad range of complementary aspects regarding organizational space.

Summary

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.

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