Thats Interesting! Award 2016
Daniel Geiger & Anja Danner-Schröder (University of Hamburg, Germany):
The paper examines the role of time in routine performance. We argue that time is a central actor shaping the dynamics of
organizational routines, whilst at the same time, time only becomes constituted in relation to routines.
Our study contributes to the understanding of time and routines in three main areas: the way time is translated within and
through routines, the different temporal structures involved in shaping pattering work (the temporality of routines), and
the understanding of time as a relational concept overcoming the traditional objective and subjective dualism.
Thats Interesting! Award 2015
Wafa Ben Khaled & Jean-Pascal Gond (Cass Business School, City University London, UK):
Designed to Fail? The Planned Obsolescence of Ethical Tools
Despite evidence that highlights their limited influence on ethical behavior in the workplace, ethical tools remain surprisingly
popular among Multinational Corporations (MNCs). This paper addresses this contradiction by studying how ethical tools may
be undermined at an early stage of their development. As a whole, this paper contributes to the analysis of ethical tools
by clarifying some of the factors contributing to their ineffectiveness, by showing the influence of their designers
attitudes on their ineffectiveness, and by bridging the study of ethical tools with the organizational literature on hypocrisy.
Thats Interesting! Award 2014
Russ Vince (School of Management, University of Bath, UK):
What people bring to their institutional work is not only purposive. There are likely to be aspects to purposiveness that
are unconscious, that are active despite being hidden from awareness. The interconnection of unconscious dynamics and purposive
action is discussed in order to expose the emotional and political complexities of maintaining, disrupting and creating institutions.
It is proposed that peoples agency can be embedded in institutional illogics, which are constructed in the ongoing interplay
between unconscious fantasy and domination.
Thats Interesting! Award 2013
Katsuhiro Yamazumi (Kansai University, Japan):
In this paper, case study analysis of learning and education from experiencing the two great earthquakes in Postwar Japan
are carried out, based on the framework of cultural-historical activity theory. As the result of the analysis drawing on the
concept of "knotworking", it became clear that through learning for disaster reconstruction in school, children encountered
various "providers of learning", or partners, outside school to make connections and to create new, mutually supportive cultures
Thats Interesting! Award 2012
Kristianne Ervik (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway):
A strong focus on a need for crisis to make change happen can over-shadow efforts to keep change processes joyful and continuous.
This paper introduces and describes the practice of "deliberate dyslexia": a deliberate misreading activity that creates new
words and concepts. New concepts are iteratively explored through story and physical manifestation, such as the whining range
or the worstshop. Language is treated as an inexhaustible resource of inspiration it is sensemaking based on joy and