Beyond Words: Visuality, Materiality, and Multimodality in Organizational Theory

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC17 Sociology of Organization (host committee)

Language: English

For decades verbal discourse has been the dominant focus of organizational research. However, there is a growing awareness how non-verbal dimensions shape and color human organizing.

This session is dedicated to set spotlight on the dimensions beyond the verbal, i.e. the visual and the material as well as the interaction of these modes.

We aim to foster the discussion around the relevance of visuality, materiality, sensual dimensions, and multimodality in organizing. Among others, we are interested in how these modes affect sense-making, create and maintain meaning, confer legitimacy, cue identity, etc.

As these modes come along with new challenges for the researcher starting from data collection up to the interpretation, we are likewise interested in ontoepistemological elaborations as well as novel methodological approaches.

Both conceptual as well as empirical papers are welcome.

Session Organizer:
Tristan MAY, EMLYON Business School, France
Tristan MAY, EMLYON Business School, France
Oral Presentations
From Uncertainties to Affordances: Coordinating an Interorganizational Network in Fast-Response Settings
Joerg SYDOW, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany; Olivier BERTHOD, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany; Gordon MUELLER-SEITZ, Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern, Germany
An Ontology for Organization & Collective Action
Thiago PIMENTEL, Federal University of Juiz de Fora / UFJF, Brazil