Organizing Material: A Research Agenda for the “Material Turn” in Organizational Scholarship – Gazi Islam, Bilkent University

Professor Gazi Islam gave an invited presentation to the Faculty of Business Administration at Bilkent University on the 15th of May, 2019. The talk began with a research presentation entitled “Organizing Material: A Research Agenda for the ‘Material Turn’ in Organizational Scholarship“, followed by a discussion of publishing strategies.

The abstract from the event page is reproduced here:

RESEARCH SEMINAR
Organizing Material: A Research Agenda for the “Material Turn” in Organizational Scholarship

Organizational scholarship has been increasingly concerned with the material and aesthetic properties of work.  As evidenced by a rapid growth in visual, spatial and object-centered approaches, as well as discussions of embodied cognition and affect, organizational scholarship has been characterized as going through a “material turn”. By acknowledging the materiality of organizing, such scholarship has addressed some of the limitations of purely discursive or cognitive approaches, while offering avenues for studying the impacts of novel technological and material artefacts in organizations.  This presentation will discuss the possibilities for current thinking around the material turn in organizing, presenting an ongoing research agenda around different aspects of materiality.  I will discuss the theoretical and methodological challenges around defining sites of study, analysing and interpreting data, and theorizing materiality Based on a brief description of my own research agenda around materiality at work, I reflect on the challenges and possibilities of this agenda in organizational scholarship.

PUBLICATION SEMINAR
Publishing in Management and Organization Studies- Contexts, Paradigms, Communities

The purpose of this talk is to discuss publishing experiences and strategies in organizational scholarship. Drawing on personal experiences in publishing, as well as experience as Section Editor at Journal of Business ethics and editorial board member of Organization Research Methods, Journal of Management, Organization, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Management Decision, and Organization Theory, I will share some of my own observations around academic research and publishing, including: International mobility and publishing, Academic communities and audiences, the relation between methodological choices and publishing, and the evolving nature of academic visibility. The format is meant to be interactive, with ample time for discussion, questions and debate.

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