Organisational Anthropology is a pioneering analysis of doing ethnographic fieldwork in different types of complex organisations, focusing on the process of initiating contact, establishing rapport and gaining the trust of an organisation's members.
The thirteen contributors work from the premise that doing fieldwork in an organisation shares essential characteristics with fieldwork in more 'classical' anthropological environments, but that it also poses some particular challenges to the ethnographer, with barriers including the ideological or financial interests of the organisations, protection of resources and competition between organisations.
A number of organisational contexts - including corporations, EU policy arenas, think tanks and the public sector - are explored in case studies from the UK, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Mexico and the USA.
Christina Garsten is Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and Chair of the Stockholm Centre for Organisational Research. She is the co-editor of Organisational Anthropology (Pluto, 2014), Ethical Dilemmas in Management Organizing (2009) and Transnational Accountability (2008) and author of Workplace Vagabonds: Career and Community in Changing Worlds of Work (2008). Anette Nyqvist is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and holds a research position at Stockholm Centre for Organisational Research. She is the co-editor of Organisational Anthropology (Pluto, 2014) and the author of Opening the Orange Envelope: Risk and Responsibility in the Remaking of Sweden's National Pension System (2008).
Acknowledgements 1. Entries: Engaging organisational worlds by Christina Garsten and Anette Nyqvist Part 1: Corporate corridors 2. Counter intelligence: The contingencies of clerkship at the epicenter of convenience culture by Gavin Hamilton Whitelaw 3. Counter-espionage: Fieldwork among culture experts in Bang & Olufsen by Jacob Krause Jensen 4. When life goes to work: Authenticity and managerial control in the contemporary firm by Peter Fleming 5. Oblique ethnography: Engaging collaborative complicity among globalised corporate managers by Emil A. Royrvik Part 2: Policy arenas 6. Access to all stages?: Studying through policy in a culture of accessibility by Anette Nyqvist 7. Punctuated entries: Doing fieldwork in policy meetings in the EU by Renita Thedvall 8. The instrumental gaze: The case of public sector reorganisation by Halvard Vike Part 3: Working the network 9. All about ties: Think tanks and the economy of connections by Christina Garsten 10. Working connections, helping friends: Fieldwork, organisations and cultural styles by Brian Moeran 11. Messy logic: Organisational interactions and joint commitment in railway planning by Asa Boholm Part 4: Opaque worlds 12. The profane ethnographer: Fieldwork with a secretive organisation by Lilith Mahmud 13. Communicative nature of money: Aligning organisational anthropology with technocratic experiments by Douglas R. Holmes 14. Not being there: The power of strategic absence in organisational anthropology, by Tara Schwegler 15. Momentum: Pushing ethnography ahead, by Christina Garsten and Anette Nyqvist Index