Innovation in Discourse: Promotion, Defensiveness, Reflexivity and Hidden Fears

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 18 (Juridicum)
RC30 Sociology of Work (host committee)
RC25 Language and Society

Language: English

Innovation might be ambiguously perceived. Sometimes seen as necessary for welfare and well-being, its positive effects are also strongly contested. Innovation can be threatening, conflicting, risky, and coincide with feelings of incompetency, uncertainty, and risk-avoidance. 
The objective of this joint session is to investigate how people in innovation projects or in work organizations that innovate express themselves about innovation. Do they openly criticize/promote innovation, or not? Do they support their discourse through facts/emotions/beliefs? How do the discourses change in the case of jobs lay-offs, organizational restructuring and enhanced work intensification? How do they change language or its use to deal with innovations? Does speaking about innovation go with innovation in language? 
Scholars are invited to submit theory-driven and/or empirical contributions. 
Session Organizers:
Peter OEIJ, TNO, Netherlands and Stephanie CASSILDE, Centre d’Études en Habitat Durable, Belgium
Framing or Praying? on the Paradox of the Discourse of Innovation.
Christiane SCHNELL, Institute of Social Research at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
What Makes the Difference Between Entrepreneurs and Social Entrepreneurs? a Pop up Discourse.
Davinia PALOMARES-MONTERO, University of Valencia, Spain; Maria Jose CHISVERT-TARAZONA, University of Valencia, Spain; Jose SANCHEZ-SANTAMARIA, University of Castilla la-Mancha, Spain
El Discurso Del Emprendimiento Como Máscara Del Trabajo Informal
Vega PEREZ-CHIRINOS CHURRUCA, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain
Contested Discourse of Labor Market Reforms: The Case of South Korea
Byoung-Hoon LEE, Chung-Ang Univ., South Korea; Hanna KIM, Chung-Ang University, South Korea
Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Innovation: Impact of the VET Centres in the SMEs in Catalonia (Spain)
Ignasi BRUNET, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain; Liviu Catalin MARA, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain