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Prof. Barbara Czarniawska (Gothenburg Research Institute) Visiting Professor

Barbara Czarniawska, Professor of Management Studies at Gothenburg Research Institute, School of Business, Göteborg University is a Visiting Scholar at UCD Business School during April (2016).

Barbara Czarniawska is Torsten & Ragnar Söderberg Senior Professor of Management Studies at Gothenburg Research Institute, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She takes a feminist and processual perspective on organizing, recently exploring connections between popular culture and practice of management, and the organization of the news production. She is interested in in techniques of fieldwork and in the application of narratology to organization studies. Latest publications in English: Coping with Excess (ed. with Orvar Löfgren, 2013); Social Science Research From Field to Desk (2014), and A Theory of Organizing (second edition, 2014).

While in Dublin, she is holding 2 public seminars. All are very welcome to participate.

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  • April 7th at 10am-12pm, Belfield Campus in room Q014 on “Cyberwork: on production of news in an automated society”: Already McLuhan (1964) observed that the media do not transfer the news, but produce it. But how do they do it, in face of the amount of information circulating the globe? There exist studies of journalism, but very few of organization and management of news production. A field study conducted in three news agencies – Swedish TT, Italian and international ANSA and global Reuters – revealed that news producers are aided by an increasing cybernization and cybergization of their work: a phenomenon that is not limited to news production.


  • April 13th at 11am-1pm, Blackrock Campus in room MH102 “Shadowing and other techniques for doing fieldwork in modern societies”: Ethnography-inspired research methods have been of recent increasingly popular in management and organization studies. But fieldwork techniques, developed to perfection by anthropologists, are not always suitable for studying work in contemporary organizations. Contemporary organizing is global, virtual, and moving through space and time. New variations of old techniques need to be developed. This talk presents some of them.