Sub-theme 49: Dreams, Fictions and Calculations: Imagined Futures in Organizational Life

Klaus Weber, Northwestern University, USA
Jens Beckert, Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany
Brooke Harrington, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Session I: Thursday, July 04, 11:00 to 12:30, DSB - 3.10
Imaginaries of the Self
Chair: Klaus Weber
Gabriel Chiu
Me & Co. in China: A project of self towards an imagined future
Michael Smets, Andromachi Athanasopoulou, Sue Dopson, Joana Probert and Sarah Lavelle
‘I dreamed a dream…’: Imagined futures as catalysts of female leadership journeys
Session II: Thursday, July 04, 14:00 to 15:30, DSB - 3.10
Imagined Futures in the Creation and Evolution of Markets
Chair: Jens Beckert
Christi Lockwood, Mary Ann Glynn and Simona Giorgi
Market status distinctions: The cultural coding of luxury in U.S. hotels, 1790–2015
Ming Wang and Klaus Weber
Science, fiction, and opportunity: Emergence of a market for dairy products in China
Maki Umemura
Managing expectations and the shaping of Japan’s photovoltaics sector, 1954–2016
Session III: Friday, July 05, 09:00 to 10:30, DSB - 3.10
Fictions, Calculation and Valuation
Chair: Brooke Harrington
Diane-Laure Arjaliès
“At the very beginning, there’s this dream.” The role of utopia in the workings of local and cryptocurrencies
Daniel Beunza
Persuading the market: Economic models and financial communication in the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis of 2011–13
Guus Dix
Governing the future of (bio)medicine: on the nature and significance of ‘inspirational analytics’ as a projective device
Session IV: Friday, July 05, 11:00 to 12:30, DSB - 3.10
Competing Futures and Struggle in Organizational Change
Chair: Klaus Weber
Alban Ouahab and Emmanuelle Garbe
Understanding political struggles within the organization through imaginaries. The case of work automation in factories
Thibault Daudigeos, Hélène Picard and Genevieve Shanahan
Desperately seeking Leo: harnessing the narrative of social innovation to re-imagine an organizational identity
Mari Holopainen
Political imaginaries: How are visions of futures present in political discussions of a strategy?
Session V: Friday, July 05, 14:00 to 15:30, DSB - 3.10
Imagining the Possible and Impossible
Chair: Jens Beckert
Ivano Cardinale and Alberto Feduzi
A theory of unimagined events
Neil Thompson and Orla Byrne
Choreographing the future: A practice-based study of an ‘accelerator’ in the UK
Felippe Oliveira
Organising shared subjectivities: A taxonomy for mechanisms of Imaginaries
Session VI: Saturday, July 06, 09:00 to 10:30, DSB - 3.10
Unintended Effects and Contradictions of Fictions
Chair: Brooke Harrington
Sanjay Jain, Antoaneta Petkova and Anu Wadhwa
Crafting fictional expectations using technology narratives: Entrepreneurial foresight or fallacy?
Sarah Kaplan
Making the business case for investing in women: why tempered radicals can’t imagine radical futures
Rasmus Koss Hartmann, Anders Dahl-Krabbe and André Spicer
Veblenian entrepreneurship and the untrepreneurial economy
Session VII: Saturday, July 06, 11:00 to 12:30, DSB - 3.10
The Narrative Construction of the Future
Chair: Jens Beckert
Shiona Chillas, Melinda A. Grewar and Barbara Townley
Imagining new ventures: Nascent entrepreneurs and the story forming process
Ruben van Werven, Joep P. Cornelissen, Onno Bouwmeester and Denis Grégoire
Taking a stance: How entrepreneurs create expectations for the future of a new venture