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					CALL FOR PAPERS: 2009 Critical Management Studies Conference

STREAM: 'Organizational Memory, History, and Forgetting'

"The struggle of humanity against power is the struggle of memory
against forgetting" Milan Kundera from The Book of Laughter and
Forgetting

Mainstream Organizational Memory Studies (OMS) is limited by its
managerialist, presentist preoccupation with the utility of memory for
knowledge management. The dominant model in OMS of memory as storage bin
has been rejected by psychologists because it overlooks the distinctly
human subjective experience of remembering, i.e. episodic memory. OMS
also fails to take account of the specific social and historical
contexts of organizational memory and makes it difficult to engage with
the rapidly expanding sociological and historical literature in social
memory studies. However, for its part social memory studies neglects
organizations, focusing primarily on the nation as a mnemonic community.
From a critical perspective organizations can be seen as appropriating
society's memory through corporate sites of memory such as historical
visitor attractions and corporate museums, e.g. The Henry Ford museum
complex, as well as the mnemonic role of founders and beginnings in
organizations. This stream encourages contributions that take a critical
perspective towards memory and forgetting in organizations as well as
discussions of historiography and the philosophy of history.

Please submit abstracts to the lead convenor by 1st November 2008.
These should be maximum 1000 words, printed single spaced on A4 paper,
in 12 point font.


Lead convenor:

Michael Rowlinson
Professor of Organization Studies
School of Business and Management
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
United Kingdom

tel +44 (0)20 7882 6323
fax +44 (0)20 7882 3615
email m.rowlinson@qmul.ac.uk

Co‑ Convenors:
Roy Stages Jacques (Massey)

Email: R.Stagerjacques@massey.ac.nz

Charles Booth (West of England)

Email: charles.booth@uwe.ac.uk

				
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