Deadline: 21.02.2022

Spaces and Organisation Behaviour: New Organisations, New Theorisations

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Revue Internationale de Psychosociologie et de Gestion des Comportements Organisationnels. Deadline: February 21, 2022

It has long been recognised that the organisation of space has
an effect on organisational behaviour, particularly on efficiency
and creativity. This link is now thought of in a more complex way:
organisations are thought of as material arrangements in space
(De Vaujany, 2015; De Vaujany & Mitev, 2013); behaviours do not
just take place in but are also constitutive of work-spaces and
places (Kornberger & Clegg, 2004; Clegg & Kornberger, 2006,);
space does influence values, identities, commitments, etc. (Dale
& Burrel, 2008); it affects meaning, autonomy, taste for work
(Strati, 2004); it disciplines or stimulates (Taskin & Raone, 2014).
Organisational theory, after geography and history (Withers,
2013) and social sciences in general (Blank & Rosen Zvi, 2010), is
experiencing its turn towards spatiality (van Marrewijk & Yanow,
2010). Recently, on the one hand, work places, spaces, territories
and networks are being redefined and reinvented, and on the
other hand, theorisations of organisational space are opening up
new avenues of exploration and debate. In this special issue we
would like to follow Beyes & Holt's (2020) invitation to take space
seriously and to think spatially: to recognise that all organisations
and actors are in a place or desire a place. Countless boundaries
are formed and contested, whereby territories are traversed by
atmospheres and affects; and to welcome research and reflec-
tions inspired by and addressing this new awareness of the spa-
tial condition of organisations.
Indeed, everywhere, at all scales, workplaces are being dis-pla-
ced, borders are being blurred and territories are overlapping or
being disputed. The trend towards de-partitioning and de-ap-
propriation, for instance of openspaces and flex-offices, is being
accelerated by the massive recourse to teleworking due to the
health crisis. These traces, habits and opportunities will probably
not be completely erased. The new workspaces are struggling
for ‘placemaking’, threatening to become non-places (Augé,
1992), junkspaces (Koolhaas, 2002) or victims of the hygienised
aesthetisation of the world (Liposvetski & Serroy, 2013).

Third places, alter spaces and other types of organisation
are emerging (or closing), in which new democratic
spaces and new distributions of activities are being inven-
ted; but also new stratifications, vulnerabilities and socia-
lities (Parigot, 2016). Relocations are partly reversed by
new territorialisations, or ‘terroirisations’ (Maréchal, 2009).
Throughout the postcolonial divide remains sharp and dif-
ficult to overcome, and reflects geo-economic and geo-
political equilibrations or fiscal strategies. Migration upsets
practices and subjectivities (Daskalaki, 2021). The inti-
macy of the home and the body (Roux & Belk, 2019) is
being connected to the more virtual and global, calling
for organisational behaviours to be adapted and reorien-
ted.
Organisation theories are being inspired by spatial thin-
kers to think about organizational behaviour in a less de-
terministic way. From Lefebvre (1994), we retain that the
daily use of space reflects power structures and we are
encouraged to track down spacing activities (Beyes &
Steyaert, 2011; Aggrizi et al., 2021), by diverting and in-
venting new spatial practices. From Casey (1996), we re-
tain that we always represent the organisation from our
situated place, and that a place is always an event, in
perpetual reconfiguration. From Massey, we discover the
political stakes linked to space (2005), notably linked to
gender and the multiple facets of inequalities (1994). We
understand that we are collectively thrown into space,
space thought of as an intersection of stories told simul-
taneously and place thought of as a collection of such
stories. We are invited to think of space no longer as a
container but as nodes of relations constitutive of orga-
nisation (Sergot & Saives, 2016), as well as productive co-
locations (Fabbri, 2016). From Foucault, we recall the
devices designed to impose good behaviour in space
(Giordano, 2017). With the geophilosophy of Deleuze and
Gattari (1991), we become aware of the creativity and
sometimes violence of de- and re-territorialisations (1980),
and of the possibilities of nomadism, and of how the reor-
ganisations of physical and virtual spaces may lead us to-
wards societies of control (1990).
If we have been called to think about the territorialisation
of organisations (Maréchal, Linstead, Munro, 2013) and
to acknowledge that organisation needs places to 'take
place'; organisations inscribe themselves in and write
spaces (Beyes & Holt, 2020). Contesting prescribed
spaces can be a work of resistance (Minchella & Sorreda,
2020). We are still left with the task of better understan-
ding the links between new spatial organisations and or-
ganisational behaviour.
For this special issue, we call for contributions that des-
cribe and question:

  • On which topographical imaginaries are our theories
    of organisational behaviour based?
  • What new spatial organisations have been set up to
    guide behaviour?
  • What issues and problems are raised by post-covid
    spatial reorganisation?
  • How are changes experienced, welcomed or resis-
    ted at different scales (teleworking, relocation, migra-
    tion, etc.)?
  • What are the effects on the distribution of power, ine-
    qualities, precariousness and social justice?
  • How are work organisations designed and put into
    practice to direct behaviour in non-European, non-
    capitalist, or non-organised spaces?
  • What are the effects of the organisation of space on
    gender and intersectional inequalities?
  • Which authors, which theories, which concepts allow
    us to rethink the links between space and organisa-
    tional behaviour?
  • What are the effects of particular spatial organisa-
    tions on the possibilities of creativity, control, auto-
    nomy and democracy?
  • What behaviours are being invented on the new
    margins, what are the new interstitial spaces?
  • How does migration and new nomadism affect the
    uses, management, and theorisations of space?

All forms of proposals are welcome: theoretical, quanti-
tative or qualitative, functional or critical approaches, as
long as they fall within the aims and scope of the RIPCO.
One slot in the special issue will be reserved for an article
written by a doctoral student.

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