Together with Davide Nicolini, I talked about some ideas on "How to Present Ethnographic Data." We explored the common templates ethnographers use to structure their empirical materials into (theorized) narratives as well as some rhetorical devices to convince readers.
The presentation was part of an ESRC event at Warwick University about qualitative methods in which researchers from various areas reflected on the challenges of this approach in the social sciences.
What a wonderful experience participating in the 2018 Medici Summer School in Bologna! The event was co-organized by a consortium between MIT, HEC and Bologna Business School and included among others Johanna Mair, Brian Rubineau, Erza Zuckerman, Brayden King, Jennifer Howard-Greenville, and Harry Collins as a keynote speaker.
The idea behind the school is to bring together speakers and participants from various fields interested in a common theme — the same way the Medici did in the past — to generate broader conversations. This year’s theme was social change and participants came from a range of areas such as organization theory, organization behavior, entrepreneurship, industrial relations, and many others in the social sciences.
I was delighted to be invited by Maria do Mar and the Center for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick University to share some reflections about methodological and gender aspects of my PhD research. On the 6th of July 2018, I spoke about my experience in conducting ethnography and, specifically, the relational work which characterises this approach. I shared some stories about how I got access to the organization I studied and tried to establish rapport with informants with a special focus on how gift-giving practices underpinning these processes. Using this case, I discussed some links with current debates in (feminist) ethnography about reciprocity, ethics, and related dynamics.
As part of my fellowship in the Institute of Advanced Study (Warwick University) I presented my research in two sessions: a 15-minutes talk and a flash talk. I was very pleased to share ideas about my investigations on bureaucracy and its (positive) implications for cross-expertise collaboration in organizations. I got wonderful feedback from the other fellows. It is incredible how colleagues in different fields and disciplines may enrich our work and provide a new perspective to our work. They made me see that there are important lessons for understanding bureaucracy from political science, literature, sociology, and history which I hope to explore in the future!
This symposium was organized by Gretta Corporaal and took place in VU Amsterdam in May 2018. It was a great opportunity to share ideas on how digital technologies (AI, algorithms), automation, and increased specialization are changing the nature of work and discuss implications for research and practice. I spoke about expertise and specialization and the challenges involved in translating ideas in formal organizations. Building on some research with internal consultants in a technical organization I shared some reflections on how these specialists developed a number of strategies to carve out space for their ideas.
Beth Bechky (NYU)
Mathew Willis (Oxford Internet Institute)
Pedro Monteiro (Warwick Business School)
Ella Hafermalz (VU Amsterdam)
Hans Berends, (VU Amsterdam)
Dick de Gilder (VU Amsterdam)
This symposium took place in December 2017 in Sussex University with funding from the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). It brought together people from areas like organization theory, information systems, and employment relations to talk about the changes and continuities on work and its management in the gig economy. Together with Dmitrijs Kravcenko, I have talked about the enduring relevant of earlier/classic scholarship to current work dynamics. In particular, how some aspects of Uberization reflect Taylorism and how some of the distress of gig workers echo the one experienced by manual workers during industrialization as documented by Tavistock researchers.
The presentations are available via Talking About Organizations Podcast via this link: https://www.talkingaboutorganizations.com/sharing-economy/
Natalia Levina (NYU Stern) | Gretta Corporaal (Oxford Internet Institute)
Arianna Tassinari (Warwick Business School) | Mareike Mohlmann (Warwick Business School)
Rebecca Prentice (Sussex University) | Dmitrijs Kravcenko (Sussex University)
Sarah O'Connor (Financial Times)