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Invited Speaker Series: Being Crafty: The Significance of Craft for Research in Business and Management

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building

I explore the meaning and significance of craft for the self-understanding and development of organizational research.  The construct of craft is situated in the context of its displacement by modernisation, as a practice characterized by skills that elude standardization and routinization. Consideration of research-as-craft, I suggest, speaks to, and supports, a distinctive – imaginative, embodied and being-centred – aspect and mode of management and organizational research. In unsettling and subverting knower/known and mind/body dualisms, ‘craftiness’ is of ethical and political, as well as methodological, significance.

The talk is based upon a jointly authored paper with Professor Emma Bell (Open  University).

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