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A “Timely” IMCA project proposal approved by SNF

Congratulations to IMCA’s Prof. Michael Gibbert whose research project on the role of time in qualitative theorizing has been granted funding by the Swiss National Science Foundation.


Over the course of the next four years, Prof. Michael Gibbert will collaborate with Lakshmi B. Nair of the University of Utrecht (and an IMCA alumnus) and Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki of the Univeristy of Vienna to address the methodological role of time in developing rigorous, in-depth theoretical understanding of organizational phenomena. More specifically, it will focus on three research questions: (a) How is time being used in the theorizing process?; (b) How can different treatments of time can enrich the theorizing process for qualitative research in the field of management and organization research?; (c) What is the impact of different time-based theorizing approaches on article citations of published qualitative papers?
The project will also welcome 2 new Ph.D. students and 1 Post Doc.

The Magic Atmosphere of the Locarno Film Festival

A first journal publication is out from IMCA’s shared research project on the Locarno Film Festival. The paper  published in Organization Studies – analyses how the unique atmosphere of the Festival is created not despite, but in view of its multiply-located, hybrid space combining public and organizational space. The paper identifies multiple aesthetic practices that underpin the aestheticization of hybrid space: the interrelation of different aesthetic codes and expressions, the processual guidance of the aesthetic experience, and the provision of a center of experience.


See more: https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/FA4MY77ZNRYCTT7YENRH/full

IMCAs PhD candidate Monika Ma[likowska and Prof. Michael Gibbert published a new article on working spaces and organizational culture

Our IMCA colleagues – Monika Ma[likowska (PhD Student) and Prof. Michael Gibbert have just published their a new article in the Facilities journal (Emerald Publishing) entitled  The relationship between working spaces and organizational cultures. This is a comparative case study that looks into  two levels of fit – company level and work group level –  between the working spaces and organisational culture. It analyses how organisations develop a fit between working space and organisational culture and, more specifically, whether it is possible to modify the organizational culture through the design of working spaces. This study has also been presented at the EURAM conference in Lisbon, in June 2019.

New article on the ASA’s blog “Consume this!” published by Prof. Léna Pellandini-Simányi

In a new general interest article on the American Sociological Association’s Consumers & Consumption Section’s blog “Consume this!”, IMCA member Prof. Léna Pellandini-Simányi and Prof. Zsuzsanna Vargha (ESCP Europe Business School, Paris) discuss their findings on the causes of growing mortgage debt and on how consumers end up taking out riskier mortgages than then planned:


BEST PAPER AWARD at British Academy of Management Conference 2018 won by IMCA members

Michael Gibbert (IMCA), Lakshmi Balachandran Nair (Utrecht University) and Bareerah Hafeez Hoorani (IMCA) won the BEST PAPER AWARD at British Academy of Management Conference 2018!

Congrats from all of us!

31.05.2018: The Roots of Tango @ StudioFoce

Thursday, 31 May, 6pm, IMCA is organizing the event The Roots of Tango under the initiative of Prof. Luca Visconti and with the support of USI and the City of Lugano.

Tango is one of the many examples of the complex relationships between local and global culture. ‘Contaminated’ at the outset, it has evolved constantly through its widespread popularity, reflecting the sensibilities of artists, periods and people who deal and live with it. 

The concert-event Alle radici del tango (Thursday, May 31, at 6PM in the Sala musica at the Studio Foce Lugano) will see flutist Luisa Sello and pianist María Dolores Gaitá will recount and illustrate  through the music  the evolution of tango. Through to the interplay of speeches and listening, the event offers a different perspective on the cultures and society of our time.

The two artists will show how the concepts of local and global can deceive: the tango dance was, already in 19th century Argentina, a hybrid, even though it was interpreted only as the expression of a local culture and a marginal social class. Through its spreading popularity in other countries, tango becomes a global phenomenon and, because of such expansion, is declined in various ways. In essence, by going global, tango localises.

The event is the first in the series “Arti in Azienda” (Arts in the Business World), which revisits the contemporary challenges of communication and marketing (globalization, sustainability, vulnerability, etc.) through the artistic idiom. The series is organized by the USI Faculty of Communication Sciences within the activities of its Master in Marketing and Transformative Economy, with the support of the Events and Congresses Division of the City of Lugano. At the end of the concert, the artists will offer a moment of interaction with the audience.

Free admittance, but seats are limited.
Reservations by May 30 at: sportello.foce@lugano.ch (tel: 058 866 48 00) For full details on the Master in Marketing and Transformative Economy: www.usi.ch/mktg


Into the Unknown: From Empirical Insights to Theoretically Compelling Contributions

Alessandra Zamparini, together with Kevin Corley (Arizona State University) and Ileana Stigliani (Imperial College London), will organize at the next Academy of Management Meeting the Professional Development Workshop Into the Unknown: From Empirical Insights to Theoretically Compelling Contributions.

The workshop discusses two crucial challenges in qualitative research: 1) how to translate empirical insights into compelling theoretical contributions and 2) how to craft an effective Discussion section to communicate those contributions. Please find a complete description of the program and call for proposals at the following link: https://my.aom.org/program2018/SessionDetails.aspx?sid=13973

IMCA at the Swiss Summer School

Professors Gibbert and Mengis are happy to offer also this year two doctoral courses on qualitative methods at the Swiss Summer School. If you are interested in learning about case study designs and on visual methods for social sciences, then please visit the workshops program


Arnould and Thompson edit the first manual on how to teach Consumer Culture Theory

The first manual to teach Consumer Culture Theory was recently published: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/consumer-culture-theory/book257349#contents

New book: Canonical Authors in Consumption Theory

We recommend this new book: Canonical Authors in Consumption Theory, particularly chapter 22.
This book compiles the contributions of the greatest social thinkers in the global conversation about consumption and consumer culture. A prestigious reference work, it offers original chapters by the world’s most prominent thought leaders and surveys how the work of historical theorists has influenced and shaped consumption theory, both through history and at the cutting edge of research.
Link: https://www.routledge.com/Canonical-Authors-in-Consumption-Theory/Askegaard-Heilbrunn/p/book/9781138648968