Relatedness and the Ethics of Writing Organization (Special Issue)
Special issue call for papers from Society and Business Review
In this Special Issue we invite authors to explore why it is epistemologically and ethically desirable to describe organization poetically. In an industrialized society that is increasingly in panic and defined by political conflict, the ethics of relatedness are not just epistemologically an issue but also ethically one. Relatedness and responsibility — and especially as motivated by the heritage of Levinas — remain a crucial impulse for an ethical society and within that society, ethical research. Researching organization needs to understand relatedness and not to define it out of existence. Research that denies relatedness, we submit, only strengthens the political-economic-organizational crises of our times.
Organizational research has long been identified with a reductionist, analytic form of research. For instance, the ‘empirical analytical’ tradition sees no role for the researcher’s affect in research. But the repression of affect makes access to motivation, creativity and the sources of innovation nearly impossible. As Graham Harman (2016) expresses it, ‘undermining’ (i.e. the reduction of the organization into its elements and the mapping of the relations between those elements) and ‘overmining’ (i.e. identifying the organization with transcendental truths, first principles and metaphysical principles) both fundamentally hinder researcher/researched interaction.
Organizational researchers usually write themselves out of their research, research processes are disconnected to their manifold contexts. The absence of relatedness prevents engagement, care and deep learning. Separation and distance preclude the challenging of one’s presuppositions and thought.
To give but a few examples:
We invite contributions inspired and/or guided by this tradition of reflection.
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The deadline for full papers to be submitted will be 31st January 2017.