Organizational Memorialization: Spatial History and Legitimation as Chiasms
de Vaujany, François-Xavier; Vaast, Emmanuelle; Clegg, Stewart; Aroles, Jeremy (2021), Organizational Memorialization: Spatial History and Legitimation as Chiasms, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 16, 1, p. 76-97. 10.1108/QROM-01-2020-1887
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Journal nameQualitative Research in Organizations and Management
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Author(s)de Vaujany, François-Xavier
Dauphine Recherches en Management [DRM]
Durham Business School
Abstract (EN)The purpose of this paper is to understand how historical materialities might play a contemporary role in legitimation processes through the memorialization of history and its reproduction in the here-and-now of organizations and organizing.The authors briefly review the existing management and organization studies (MOS) literature on legitimacy, space and history; engage with the work of Merleau-Ponty to explore how organizational legitimacy is managed in time and space; and use the case of two Parisian universities to illustrate the main arguments of the paper.The paper develops a history-based phenomenological perspective on legitimation processes constitutive of four possibilities identified by means of chiasms: heterotopic spatial legacy, thin spatial legacy, institutionalized spatial legacy and organizational spatial legacy.The authors discuss the implications of this research for the neo-institutional literature on organizational legitimacy, research on organizational space and the field of management history.This paper takes inspiration from the work of Merleau-Ponty on chiasms to conceptualize how the temporal layers of space and place that organizations inhabit and inherit (which we call “spatial legacies”), in the process of legitimation, evoke a sensible tenor.
Subjects / KeywordsSpace; time; Spatial legacy; Merleau-Ponty
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