Organizing Half-Things: Knowing, Theorizing and Studying Atmospheres

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Prompted by the recent prominence of the notion of atmosphere in the study of organization, in this paper we take a step back to discuss and reflect the underpinnings of atmospheric theory and their implications for knowing, theorizing and studying organizational atmospheres. To do so, we sketch a genealogy of the atmospheric. Drawing upon the wider remit of atmospheric thought in social and cultural theory, we then discuss the onto-epistemological, methodological and political implications of organizational atmospherics, suggesting a vocabulary and sensibility for future atmospheric inquiries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganization Theory
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 12.2023

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    Research areas

  • Culture and Space - aesthetics, Affect, Atmosphere, attunement, half-thing, onto-epistemology, Organization, Space