Release | George Spencer Brown’s “Design with the NOR”: With Related Essays

A polymath and author of Laws of Form, George Spencer Brown, brought together mathematics, electronics, engineering and philosophy to form an unlikely bond. This book investigates Design with NOR, the title of the yet unpublished 1961 typescript by Spencer Brown. Available as e-book or for pre-order in print. Suggested citation: Roth S., Heidingsfelder M., Clausen […]

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Release | Draw your organization! A solution-focused theory-method for business school challenges and change

Abstract: This article presents a solution-focused approach to current problems and criticisms faced by business schools. In order to facilitate the required shift from problems to solutions, I outline a theory-method and demonstrate how it has informed my teaching at FT-ranked business schools and other institutions of higher education in two subjects and on three continents. I […]

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Preview | Chester Barnard’s systems-theoretic approach to organization theory: a reconstruction

Abstract: Chester Barnard’s organisation theory is widely acknowledged to be grounded on a systems-theoretic approach which has however remained largely inchoate. The present paper ventures a hypothetical reconstruction of this approach by identifying the salient parallels between Barnard’s thought and Niklas Luhmann’s theory of social systems as well as Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophy of organism. […]

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CFP | Digital transformation of theory in the administrative sciences

Call for papers to a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences [SSCI .756, Scopus, CNRS**, CABS**] on Digital transformation of theory in the administrative sciences Proponents Steffen Roth, Full Professor of Management, La Rochelle Business School, France, and Adjunct Professor of Economic Sociology, University of Turku, Finland Jean-Sébastien Guy, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social […]

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Release | The Great Reset. Restratification for Lives, Livelihoods, and the Planet

Abstract: In reviewing the Great Reset, an initiative launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in response to the global coronavirus crisis, this perspective article considers the scenario of an epochal transition from capitalism to “restorism”. To facilitate the observation of underlying trends and assumptions, a systems-theoretical framework is developed for the observation of both […]

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CFP | The Great Reset of management and organization theory

Call for papers to a special issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Management [SSCI 1.891, Scopus, CNRS**, CABS**, VHB***] on The Great Reset of management and organization theory Proponents Steffen Roth, Full Professor of Management, La Rochelle Business School, France, and Adjunct Professor of Economic Sociology, University of Turku, Finland [corresponding proponent]. Wojciech Czakon, Full Professor of Strategic […]

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Release | Dying is Normal, Dying with the Coronavirus is not: A Sociological Analysis of the Implicit Norms Behind the Criticism of Swedish ‘Exceptionalism’

Abstract: From the outset of the coronavirus crisis, Sweden has been heavyily criticized for its exceptional pandemic mitigation policy. Sweden is often accused pursuing an abnormal and ‘disastrous strategy’ that puts its citizens’ lives at risk. In this article, we analyze the most widespread criticisms of Swedish ‘exceptionalism’, in order to identify and describe the […]

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CFP | EURAM 2021 | Track 14-02 Management history, theory, and philosophy

Call for papers to the SIG 14 track T14-02 “Management History, Theory, and Philosophy” at the EURAM 2021 Conference in Montréal Track description: The Management History, Theory, and Philosophy track addresses historical and philosophical foundations and challenges of management and organisation theory and practice. Knowledge of these foundations and challenges is vital for developing creative management solutions […]

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CFP | Simulation and dissimulation

Call for Papers to a special issues of Futures. The journal of policy, planning and futures studies [SSCI 2.769, Scopus, FNEGE**, CABS**] on Simulation and dissimulation Guest editors: Steffen Roth* Full Professor of Management, La Rochelle Business School, France Adjunct Professor of Economic Sociology, University of Turku, Finland *Corresponding proponent Jari Kaivo-oja Research Director of Futures […]

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