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Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (APROS) conference,
Monterrey, Mexico. December 6 - 9 2009.
Abstracts due March 31st.
STREAM 9: BE CREATIVE! ORGANAZING WORK IN THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY
Convenors: Peter Fleming, Christina Garsten and Axel Haunschild
Not just artists are required to be creative workers nowadays. Rather,
as Boltanski & Chiapello (2005) have shown in their analysis of ?The
New Spirit of Capitalism?, capitalism has been able to adopt artistic
critiques of forms of work organization that make only limited use of
workers? abilities and creative potential. They demonstrate how this
economic system increasingly enacts the vision of a cité par projects,
promoting values like entrepreneurship, networking, creativity and
flexibility instead of company careers and long-term commitment. As a
consequence, ?BE CREATIVE? is the new imperative that displaces old
imperatives such as ?be productive!?, ?be efficient!?, ?be diligent!?
or ?be obedient!?
This creativity imperative can be read in different ways, however.
Firstly, and most obviously, it addresses individuals who are required
by organizations to bring in their whole creative potential and to
continuously self-market not just their competencies but their person
as a whole. Secondly, it is also an imperative for organizations that
seek to attract and bind creative knowledge workers. These
organizations need to develop and employ ?new? and creative forms of
work organizations in order to become attractive employers.
Thirdly, it refers to new and developing interorganizational forms of
organizing work in an industry or employment system. This can comprise
atypical (or even creative) forms of contracting and work
arrangements, transorganizational career patterns or new roles of
third actors (NGOs, unions, labor market intermediaries etc.).
Against this background it comes as no surprise that there are not
just observations of a ?rise of the creative class? (Florida 2002) but
also a rise of creative industries research and an increasing
governmental interest in attracting and supporting creative firms.
Socalled creative industries, which can be characterized as complex
and uncertain environments for organizations, often provide a role
model for organizing work in the knowledge economy.
It is the aim of this stream to consider but also to go beyond
creative industries research and to take a broader look at emerging
ways of how work is organized under the creativity imperative in
knowledge-intensive sectors of the economy. We would like to invite
conceptual and empirical contributions that seek to critically explore
this topic and ? in line with the general theme of the APROS 2009
conference - encourage contributors to look at the organization of
creative work in emerging economies. According to the scope of the
stream, we particularly invite interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary
papers from a wide range of social science disciplines.
The following questions are of interest for the stream, but the list
is not exhaustive:
? How has creativity as a normative concept (or new regime) developed
and how is it imposed on workers by organizations? What are the
ideological assumptions behind the creativity imperative?
? What are the role models for creative employees (e.g. enterprising
selves, creative entrepreneurs / culturepreneurs, artists) and how
powerful are these role models in shaping actual behaviour in
? How do (creative) knowledge workers make use of organizations to
develop and maintain their creativity?
? What kinds of practices do organizations develop to enhance (and at
the same time restrict or channel and control) creativity? How do they
explore and exploit creative potentials of workers?
? What kind of practices do organizations develop to bind creative
workers who often are job nomads or ?vagabonds? oriented towards
interorganisational networks or professional communities? What makes
workplaces ?cool? and attractive for this group of workers? Is it as
simple as fun, party and games vs. boredom, routines and bureaucracy?
? What forms of resistance against norms of creativity can we observe?
? What kinds of lifestyles (patterns of perception, taste, thinking
and behaviour) do creative workers develop? Is there such thing as a
creative class of knowledge workers (in itself or for itself)?
? Which role do interorganisational actors and institutions
(intermediaries, markets, unions) play in promoting and enhancing
creativity of workers and organizations?
? What are governmental strategies to foster creativity among workers
and organizations (e.g. through regional economic policies, labour
law, intellectual property rights).
? What new and creative(?) forms of work arrangements and employment
contracts emerge in knowledge-intensive industries? What is their
impact on individuals, organizations and society? Are there
differences between global regions such as Europe, the Middle East,
Asia or Latin America?
We are very much looking forward to receiving your contribution!
Submission and Deadlines:
· Deadline for abstract (800 words) submission: March 31, 2009
· Please send your abstract to Catya Martinez
([log in to unmask]) indicating the stream
· Answer by the organizing committee and stream chair on acceptance or
rejection of abstract: April 30, 2009
· Deadline for Full Paper Submission: September 30, 2009
· More information on APROS 13: http://www.egade.itesm.mx/apros2009
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