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Storymaking for Gaia?: Newcomers' stories of managing for sustainability
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US). (Organisation Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1487-9397
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US). (Organisation Studies)
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US). (Organisation studies)
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US). (Organization studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0721-9411
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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. 

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Ethical compass, sustainability managers, newcomers, storymaking, Gaia
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Economics and Business
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Organisational studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63079OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-63079DiVA, id: diva2:1803934
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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

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