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Titel: The logics of rationalized temporality
How time impedes organizational agency in social responsibility activities
Forfatter: Berg Johansen, Christina
Resume: We live in an age where time is our most treasured resource. In all endeavors of life, we seek to control and exploit time towards specific ends, be it in organizational strategies, education, family logistics, career planning. We have colonized time with the clock and related technologies, and time is now a global currency that translates directly into money. The modern organization has developed out of this rationalization of time, and much management theory and education centers on temporal notions of efficiency – if we cannot work more, then how can we work harder and smarter, so as to spend time most productively? As will be argued in this article, rationalized temporality is one of the most powerful social constructions with which actors guide their behavior in contemporary organizations, and it invades other social constructions without our notice. This has real effect of our ability to develop new social solutions that lie outside the rational standards, as the case of a corporate social responsibility program will illustrate later.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9256
Dato: 2015-12-29
Note: Short Paper presented at 11th New Institutionalism Workshop, Vienna 2015

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