PhD Event in Copenhagen: Critical Organization Studies: Conceptualizing Movement, Process and Organizing

Last updated, 27 Jun 2008
Web Details: 
http://www.cbs.dk/mpp_phd_course
Location: 
Copenhagen Business School
Date: 
09/10/2006 to 12/10/2006

Dear Colleagues, dear PhD Fellows

Doctoral School on Knowledge and Management welcomes applications for
the PhD course Critical Organization Studies: Conceptualizing Movement,
Process and Organizing with Robert Cooper
taking place 9-11 October 2006 (see
http://www.cbs.dk/mpp_phd_courses).

The purpose of the course is to examine the scope of current studies in
critical management and organization, focusing on the conceptualization
of movement, process and organizing in the works of Robert Cooper.

The course is organised around events and discussions of three
compulsory, selected readings by and with Robert Cooper. The seminar
offers a unique opportunity to pinpoint and discuss with Robert Cooper
and PhD colleagues how participants' projects work to study specific
empirical or theoretical lines of movement, process and organizing.

Best Regards

Martin M. Nielsen (mn.ioa@cbs.dk) and Anders Bojesen (ab.ioa@cbs.dk)

For further information please contact the organizers or Tine Buskjær
Rasmussen at tbr.lpf@cbs.dk

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Critical Organization Studies:Conceptualizing Movement, Process and
Organizing with Robert Cooper

Faculty
Professor Robert Cooper, Centre for Culture, Social Theory and
Technology, University of Keele, Associate Professor Bent Meier
Sørensen, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, CBS,
Associate Professor Pia Bramming, Department of Organization &
Industrial Sociology, CBS, External Lecturer, PhD, Christine M.
Cleemann, CBS, Doctoral researcher Sverre Spoelstra, Centre for
Philosophy and Political Economy, University of Leicester

Course Coordinator
PhD Fellow Anders Bojesen, ab.ioa@cbs.dk, and Phd Fellow Martin M.
Nielsen, mn.ioa@cbs.dk

Prerequisite
The seminar is designed for PhD fellows. Each participant is asked to
produce an abstract of no more than 900 words in which they relate their
project to Coopers work (specific references must be made). NB: We
reserve the right to select participants on the basis of the abstracts
received.

Aim of the course

The purpose of the seminar is to examine the scope of current studies in
critical management and organization, focusing on the conceptualization
of movement, process and organizing in the works of Robert Cooper. Since
the publication of 'The Open Field' (1976) in Human Relations, Robert
Cooper has proven to be one of the most persistent voices advocating new
conceptualizations and studies of organizing that connect to empirical
expressions of the innate human compulsion to seek the open and unknown,
the vague and indeterminate (Cooper; 2001). In doing this we must expand
and transgress the boundaries of social science - not just
deconstructing the structure/process image of thought, but also
affirming what could become of 'organization' and 'human' as particular
planes of existence and production.

The seminar is organised around events and discussions of three
compulsory, selected readings by and with Robert Cooper. The seminar
offers a unique opportunity to pinpoint and discuss with Robert Cooper
and Ph.D. colleagues how participants' projects work to study specific
empirical or theoretical lines of movement, process and organizing.

Course content

The seminar is carried out over three days and starts from three
different sessions with readings of Cooper:

1. First a general reading of selected texts by Cooper.
2. Second a reading of Cooper related to Organisational theory and
Organisational thinkers (dealing with the 'beyond' of organisation
towards organising. How and what happens to organisation and
process?)
3. Thirdly a Philosophical reading (what philosophical heirlooms are
attached to Cooper, why and how does it matter.)

Each of these sessions has two chairs. The participants are
divided/chooses in which reading session (1, 2 or 3) they want to
energize with an oral presentation. The presentation must be based on a
short abstract of no more than 900 words. Each session has 2x3-4
PhD-presenters. Prior to the presentations the presenters, chairs and
Robert Cooper will adjourn for an hour discuss of the main points and
discussions in which they want to energize in the following session. The
remaining group will prepare themselves in formulating central questions
and discussion points. Each day ends with an informal session.

Participants max: 20

Related Events

Please note that the seminar is closely linked to two other PhD events
in Copenhagen

October 12-13, the 2nd Critical Management Studies PhD Forum, to
be held subsequent to the course at CarlsbergAcademy [see
invitation ].
October 16-19, PhD Course in Foucault and Practice, course
responsible Professor Sverre Raffnsoe and Associate Professor
Asmund Born, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy,
CopenhagenBusinessSchool

Course literature

In their abstracts we urge participants to relate their PhD project to
at least one text/theme discussed by Robert Cooper (it should be stated
clearly which text/theme). The following texts should be regarded as
background literature and the themes discussed known stuff to the
participants.

Cooper, R. (1976) The Open Field, Human Relations, vol. 29, no.11,
pp.999-1017
Cooper, R. (1986) Organization/Disorganization, Social Science
Information, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 299-335
Cooper, R. (1998) Assemblage Notes in Chia, R.C.H. Organized
Worlds - explorations in technology and organization with Robert
Cooper, Routledge
Cooper, R. (2001) Un-timely mediations: Questing thought,
Ephemera, vol. 1(4), pp.321-347
Cooper, R. (2005): Relationality, Organization Studies, vol. 26
(11), pp.1689-1710, Sage publications
Spoelstra, S. (2005) Robert Cooper: Beyond Organization, in
Contemporary Organization Theory, Jones, C. and Munro, R. (eds.),
Blackwell/The Sociological Review Monographs, pp. 106-119 beyond
organization