Caught between times: Explaining resistance to change through the tale of Don Quixote

Henrik Koll, Jette Ernst

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the responses of front-line managers and technicians to organizational change in a Scandinavian telecom from a temporal perspective. Based on an ethnographic study in the company’s operations department 25 years after the privatization of the company, it shows how temporal assumptions impacted managers’ and technicians’ responses to change and their experience of worklife quality. Drawing on Bourdieu’s temporalization of practice, the chapter unfolds an alternative understanding of time as both a structured and a structuring structure and it demonstrates how Bourdieu’s temporal epistemology offers an alternative theorization of the responses of workers and managers to sweeping organizational change. The chapter asserts that the temporal dimension of Bourdieu’s work deserves more attention in organization and management. studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPierre Bourdieu in Studies of Organization and Management : Societal Change and Transforming Fields
PublisherRoutledge
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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