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Mølbjerg Jørgensen, K., Trägårdh, T., Ingman, S., Witmer, H. & Säwe, F. (2023). Storymaking for Gaia?: Newcomers' stories of managing for sustainability. In: Organizing for the Good Life: Grand Challenges and the Rhetoric of Collective Action. Paper presented at European Group of Organization Studies, Cagliari, Italy, July 6-8 2023.
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2023 (English)In: Organizing for the Good Life: Grand Challenges and the Rhetoric of Collective Action, 2023Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper constructs an ethics of managing by reading Latour’s notion of Gaia with Arendt’s notion of storytelling. Gaia implies reframing the ethical foundation for making stories as well as it has ontological consequences for how we perceive stories. We suggest reframing storytelling into storymaking. This concept attunes to how storymaking is part of making life that becomes through, relies on, and is answerable to multiple other lives: human as well as nonhuman. Second, storymaking allows depicting managers’ imagination of themselves and what they do in the complex webs of relations that managers are part of. We put storymaking to work in discussing the processes of translation that occur when new managers transition from management education for sustainability to work life. Our re-storying of their stories attunes to their ethical compass and how they enact it into being. We attune to the tensions involved in building a stable foundation for their storymaking and the compromises they make in coping with fleeting and, at times, chaotic organizational realities. Attuning to how organizations make life and affect the conditions of caring for life is important for judging organizational action. Second, storymaking allows understanding of managing as a process that involves making stories about life spiritually and materially, thereby stabilizing life amid chaos. 

Keywords
Ethical compass, sustainability managers, newcomers, storymaking, Gaia
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Organisational studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63079 (URN)
Conference
European Group of Organization Studies, Cagliari, Italy, July 6-8 2023
Available from: 2023-10-10 Created: 2023-10-10 Last updated: 2023-10-17Bibliographically approved
Witmer, H. (2021). Entrapment Between Narratives: The Millennial Voice and Degendering Organi-zational Resilience. Frontiers in Sustainability, 1, 1-14, Article ID 620903.
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2021 (English)In: Frontiers in Sustainability, E-ISSN 2673-4524, Vol. 1, p. 1-14, article id 620903Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Covid-19 pandemic pushes organizations to innovate, adapt, and be responsive to new conditions. These demands are exacerbated as organizations respond to the triple sustainability challenge of social and environmental issues alongside economic recovery. These combined factors highlight the need for an inclusive definition of organizational resilience, the increased agility to adapt, learn, and transform to rapidlyshifting external and internal conditions. This paper explores a gendered perspective of organizational resilience and the implications for degendering the concept to incorporate masculine and feminine constructs equally valuable to the theory and practices oforganizational resilience during times of crisis. Viewing the organizational demands of crisis and the expectations of the millennial workforce through the degendering lens elucidates conceptualizations of gender constructions and power that limit inclusivepractices and processes of organizational resilience. Data was used from focus groups of men and women between the ages of 21–35 (millennials) who have experience in the workplace and a shared knowledge of sustainability including social aspects of gender equity and inclusion. The Degendering Organizational Resilience model (DOR) was used for analysis to reveal barriers to inclusive, resilient organizational practices.The data was organized according to the three aspects of the DOR, power structures, gendering practices, and language. A unique contribution of this study is that it explores a cross-cultural gender perspective of organizational resilience focused on a specific cohortgroup, the millennials. Based on the findings three organizational recommendations for practice were identified. These include recommendations for policies and practices that deconstruct inequitable practices and co-create more agile structures, practices, and narratives for sustainable and resilient organizations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2021
Keywords
Organisational resilience, sustainable organisations, millennials, gender, COVID19
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Organisational studies; Sustainable studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-42172 (URN)10.3389/frsus.2020.620903 (DOI)2-s2.0-85145988167 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-05-11 Created: 2021-05-11 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Seravalli, A. & Witmer, H. (2021). Evaluation of "Labb Digitalisering" and suggestion for the further continuation of the Innovation Lab at VA SYD.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evaluation of "Labb Digitalisering" and suggestion for the further continuation of the Innovation Lab at VA SYD
2021 (English)Report (Other academic)
Publisher
p. 39
Keywords
public sector innovation, innovation labs
National Category
Design Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Arbete och organisation; Interaktionsdesign
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-48209 (URN)
Projects
Transitioning towards sustainable water and waste management
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2019-02037
Available from: 2021-12-16 Created: 2021-12-16 Last updated: 2022-04-26Bibliographically approved
Seravalli, A. & Witmer, H. (2021). Few ideas about Public Sector Innovation.
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2021 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Public organizations are increasing their engagement with innovation as they respond to the imminent environmental social and economic challenges. These responses are often achieved by replicating ideas and processes from the private sector without adapting them to the unique specificities and characteristics of the public sector. 

In our work we observed how this translation (private to public sector innovation) is not easy to accomplish however, it is important in terms of creating a grounded understanding of innovation that can be shared among public organizations as well as with external actors, politicians and citizens.

In this short booklet, we provide some suggestions for how to reflect on public sector innovation. We mostly highligh the differences with private sector innovation and touch upon the role of innovation labs and leadership for public sector innovation. 

The aim of this booklet is to provide inspiration and starting points for discussions rather than definitive answers. 

We ourselves are also on this journey to better understand this question and welcome any comments and/or suggestions on this material. Please feel free to reach out to us!

Keywords
public sector innovation, innovation labs
National Category
Design Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Urban studies; Interaktionsdesign
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-48211 (URN)
Projects
Transitioning towards sustainable water and waste management
Available from: 2021-12-16 Created: 2021-12-16 Last updated: 2022-04-26Bibliographically approved
Seravalli, A. & Witmer, H. (2021). (Service) Design and organizational change: balancing with translation objects. International Journal of Design, 15(3), 73-86
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2021 (English)In: International Journal of Design, ISSN 1991-3761, E-ISSN 1994-036X, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 73-86Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to the further understanding of how (service) design can engage with organisational change. It does so by applying translation theory and building on the insights from a 7-year-long collaboration with a public agency, during which three attempts at introducing new ways of working were carried out. Translation theory understands organisational change as an intentional and contingent process through which ideas are materialised in possible translation objects that intervene in organisational practices, structures, and assumptions. The longitudinal study highlights how to bring about change, translation processes, and the objects needed to balance the reproduction and challenging of existing practices, structures, and assumptions within organisations. Moreover, translation processes interact with existing power dynamics, which cause reactions to change interventions by, among other things, influencing the legitimacy and mandate of the processes. Therefore, in addition to the mobilisation of internal organisational knowledge, (service) design that engages with organisational change needs to be aware of both power dynamics and to develop approaches and sensibilities to be able to listen and respond to the consequences that interventions in these dynamics might create. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 2021
Keywords
service design, organizational change, translation, design in the public sector
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Interaktionsdesign; Arbete och organisation; Urban studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-49321 (URN)000740337300006 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2019-02037
Available from: 2022-01-13 Created: 2022-01-13 Last updated: 2022-06-16Bibliographically approved
Seravalli, A. & Witmer, H. (2021). VA SYDs Innovationslabb: Utvärdering av initiativet ”Labb Digitalisering”och förslag på fortsatt arbete.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>VA SYDs Innovationslabb: Utvärdering av initiativet ”Labb Digitalisering”och förslag på fortsatt arbete
2021 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Keywords
design, offentlig sektor innovation, innovationslabb
National Category
Design Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Urban studies; Interaktionsdesign
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-48210 (URN)
Projects
Transitioning towards sustainable water and waste management
Available from: 2021-12-16 Created: 2021-12-16 Last updated: 2022-04-26Bibliographically approved
Edvik, A., Geisler, M., Muhonen, T., Witmer, H. & Björk, J. (2020). Credence in the Organization's Ability to Respond to Change: Implications on Work Engagement and Job Satisfaction in the Church of Sweden. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, Article ID 995.
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2020 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 11, article id 995Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As part of society, religious organizations are exposed to contextual conditions and challenges. However, adapting to external conditions is an act of balance since too much compromising may risk having a negative effect on employees' perception of organizational authenticity and, in turn, employees' well-being and attitudes toward work. In this study, we examined how specific characteristics of the work, in terms of job demands (role conflict and emotional demands) and job resources (influence at work and social community at work), as well as employees' credence in the organization's ability to respond to change, relate to employee well-being within the Church of Sweden. In total 2,112 employees (58% participation rate) answered a web-based survey. The results of regression analyses showed that job resources and credence in the organization's ability to respond to change provided a clear contribution to the explanation of variance in work engagement and, especially, job satisfaction. However, the contribution of job demands was less clear. Moreover, to further the understanding of the association between employees' credence in the organization's ability to respond to change and employee well-being, the mediating effect of job resources was tested. The results showed that the association between credence and well-being is in part mediated by job resources. In sum, the study demonstrate that employees' credence in the organization's ability to respond to change is important to consider for understanding employee well-being within religious organizations. In conclusion, our study suggest that organizations that are built up on strong values and institutionalized beliefs, such as religious and faith-based organizations, need to tread carefully in the process of adapting to conformal pressure for change. This, since the actions and choices of the organization are important for employees' credence in the organization and, in turn, employee well-being. Implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2020
Keywords
religious organizations, change, credence, job satisfaction, work engagement
National Category
Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-17856 (URN)10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00995 (DOI)000543836200001 ()32595552 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85087040513 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-07-28 Created: 2020-07-28 Last updated: 2023-08-24Bibliographically approved
Hillgren, P.-A., Lindström, K., Strange, M., Witmer, H., Chronaki, A., Ehn, P., . . . Westerlaken, M. (2020). Glossary: Collaborative Future-Making.
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2020 (English)Other (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Collaborative Future-Making is a research platform at the Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University that is concerned with how to envision, elaborate and prototype multiple, inclusive, and sustainable futures. The platform gathers around 20 researchers that share a methodological interest in how critical perspectives from the humanities and social sciences can be combined with the constructive and collaborative aspects of making and prototyping in design research.

The research centers around two major themes:

  • Critical imagination​, which focuses on how basic assumptions, norms and structures can be challenged to widen the perspectives on what can constitute socially, culturally, ecologically and economically sustainable and resilient futures.
  • Collaborative engagements​, which focuses on how we can set up more inclusive collaborations to prototype and discuss alternative futures, engaging not only professionals and policy makers but also citizens and civil society.

During 2019 the research group set out to make a shared glossary for collaborative future-making. The glossary is multiple in purpose and exists in several versions. Hopefully there will be more to come. At first, the making and articulation of the glossary was used within the research group as an exercise to share concepts that we found central to collaborative future-making, coming from different disciplines. This published version of the glossary was assembled to be used during a workshop called ​Imagining Collaborative Future-Making,​ which gathered a group of international researchers from different disciplines.

The collection of concepts reflects the heterogeneous and diverse character of the research group and a strong belief in that plurality regarding ontologies and epistemologies will be crucial to be able to handle the multiple uncertainties and complex challenges we have to face in the future. Some of the concepts are already well established within different research communities, but gain a specific meaning in relation to the research area. Others are more preliminary attempts to advance our understanding or probe into new potential practices within collaborative future-making. In that sense the concepts in the glossary are well situated and grounded in past and ongoing research within this research group, at the same time as they are meant to suggest, propose and point towards practices and approaches yet to come.

The concepts in this glossary are not only meant to be descriptive but also performative. In that sense, assembling and circulating this glossary is part of collaborative future-making. As pointed out by Michelle Westerlaken in her articulation of “Doing Concepts” (see page 15), “...without proposing, critiquing, or working towards a common or uncommon understanding of certain concepts, it becomes impossible to ‘make futures’ in any deliberate fashion.”

Publisher
p. 34
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-14308 (URN)
Available from: 2020-03-31 Created: 2020-03-31 Last updated: 2023-10-20Bibliographically approved
Witmer, H. (2019). Degendering organizational resilience: the Oak and Willow against the wind (ed.). Gender in Management, 34(6)
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2019 (English)In: Gender in Management, ISSN 1754-2413, E-ISSN 1754-2421, Vol. 34, no 6Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a degendered organizational resilience model challenging current and dominant conceptualizations of organizational resilience by exploring how gendered organizational power structures, language and practices of everyday organizational life interplay and limit inclusive constructions of organizational resilience. Design/methodology/approach – The degendered organizational resilience model was developed using Acker’s (1990) model of gendered organizations, Martin’s (2003) gendering practices, Lorber’s (2000) degendering and other feminist research on gendered organizations. The purpose of the model is to explore power structures, practices and language within the organizational context during conditions requiring organizational resilience. Findings – A conceptual model for analyzing the theoretical development of organizational resilience is presented. The model analyzes the following three different aspects of organizations: power structure, to identify which resilient practices receive status based on established gendered organizational hierarchies and roles; actions, to identify how resilience is enacted through practices and practicing of gender; and language, to identify how and what people speak reinforces collective practices of gendering that become embedded in the organization’s story and culture. Practical implications – The degendered organizational resilience model offers a process for researchers, managers and organizational leaders to analyze and reveal power imbalances that hinder inclusive theoretical development and practices of organizational resilience. Social implications – The degendered organizational resilience model can be used to reveal power structures, gendered practices and language favoring normative masculine organizational practices, which restrict the systemic implementation of inclusive democratic practices that incorporate and benefit women, men and other groups subject to organizational subordination. Originality/value – This paper offers an original perspective on the theoretical development of organizational resilience by proposing a degendering model for analysis. A feminist perspective is used to reveal the gendered power structures, practices and language suppressing the full range of resilient qualities by restricting what is valued and who gives voice to resilient processes that lead to resilient organizations. Keywords Resilience,Organizationaltheory,Genderingpractices,Organizationalresilience, Degendering Paper type Conceptual paper

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019
Keywords
Organisational resilience, Gendering practices, Degendering, organisational Power structures
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-1785 (URN)10.1108/GM-10-2018-0127 (DOI)000485882600005 ()2-s2.0-85072029597 (Scopus ID)29850 (Local ID)29850 (Archive number)29850 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2024-02-06Bibliographically approved
Carlzén, K., Witmer, H. & Zdravkovic, S. (2019). Partnership Skåne: establishing a model for health diplomacy at subnational level. In: Santino Severoni, Monika Kosinska, Palmira Immordino, Michaela Told, Mihály Kökény (Ed.), Santino Severoni, Monika Kosinska, Palmira Immordino, Michaela Told, Mihály Kökény (Ed.), Health diplomacy: spotlight on refugees and migrants (pp. 172-183). WHO regional office for europe
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Partnership Skåne: establishing a model for health diplomacy at subnational level
2019 (English)In: Health diplomacy: spotlight on refugees and migrants / [ed] Santino Severoni, Monika Kosinska, Palmira Immordino, Michaela Told, Mihály Kökény, WHO regional office for europe , 2019, p. 172-183Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WHO regional office for europe, 2019
Keywords
Partnership Skåne
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-8832 (URN)30722 (Local ID)9789289054331 (ISBN)30722 (Archive number)30722 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2022-04-25Bibliographically approved
Projects
Organisational and social safety climate in human service organisations – Developing proactive approaches and tools for research, practice and intervention; Malmö UniversityFrom policy to sick leave – the role of rehabilitation coordinators in governing the sick leave process; Malmö UniversityTransitioning towards sustainable water and waste management; Malmö University
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-0721-9411

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