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Title: Tower Cranes and Organization Studies
Authors: Parker, Martin
First Published: 26-Sep-2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Organization Studies, 2016, in press
Abstract: This is a paper about different ways of revealing materials, and a theory of organization. It moves through a kaleidoscope of perspectives which reveal the tower crane as made through its relations with a series of different ways of seeing – engineering and mathematics, capitalist economics, and a workplace labour process. It employs a wide variety of sources, including some interviews that I have done with crane drivers. I then move into an account of the modernist fascination with technology, particularly Soviet Constructivism. The latter provides the theoretical scaffolding which allows me to see the crane as a temporary stabilisation of structure, and structure as an arrangement of planes and lines of force which allows certain moves just as it prevents others. This is a way of saying that an adequate understanding of ‘organization’ requires thinking multiples and relations. Nodding towards Deleuze and Guattari towards the end, I suggest that cranes are good to think with for these multiple purposes, but that any assemblage would do.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0170840616663246
ISSN: 0170-8406
eISSN: 1741-3044
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 2016. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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