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Title: We Have Always Been Modern(ist): temporality and the organisational management of ‘timeless’ iconic chairs
Authors: Gasparin, Marta
Neyland, Daniel
First Published: 16-Nov-2017
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Organization, 2017
Abstract: In organisation studies, objects have been analysed as actors that enable sense to be made of organisational reality. We expand on this literature by exploring the times of the modernist design firm through its iconic chairs, using archival and contemporary ethnography to study timeless design. We suggest that studies of organisational times that focus on selectivity in organisational memory or history can be augmented through a detailed study of the folding of pasts, presents and futures into objects. Furthermore, we advocate for the treatment of objects as material semiotic actors that participate in the construction of organisational times, with iconic chairs acting as disruptors of otherwise linear organisational times. As material semiotic actors, these objects do not enable a single organisational time, but instead participate in disrupting time, deny any possibility of a pure and linear form of time, continuing to provoke the organisation and its members.
DOI Link: 10.1177/135050841774
ISSN: 1350-5084
eISSN: 1461-7323
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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