Widely known as a leading intellectual, Zygmunt Bauman’s thinking is often categorized as sociology or philosophy. But his work has been hugely influential in other fields as well, not least within organization studies. From increasing management control and growing standardization of work activities, to the increase in uncertainty and insecurity experienced by contemporary workers, organizations themselves are becoming ever more ephemeral entities. Bauman’s themes: globalization, liquid modernity and postmodern ethics are arguably fundamental to contemporary notions of organization and management and his thinking has never been more relevant.

However, despite the obvious and continuing influence of Bauman’s ideas on business studies, there has been no comprehensive attempt to chart his impact on organization theory. In this innovative and insightful collection, an international selection of leading management scholars explore key topics in current organizational discourse, including networked organizations, control and ambiguity, technologies, work and responsibility, extending Bauman’s liquid modernity to the "liquid organization".

The book will be essential reading for scholars and academics and students in management and organizational theory, and also sociology, managing culture and organizational ethnography.

chapter |12 pages

Towards sociological compassion

An introduction
ByJerzy Kociatkiewicz, Monika Kostera

chapter |23 pages

Liquid modernity, the owl of Minerva and technologies of the emotional self1

ByStewart Clegg, Carmen Baumeler

chapter |12 pages

Life in the liquid organization

Control and ambiguity in organizational experience
ByJerzy Kociatkiewicz

chapter |15 pages

Consuming work

Aestheticization and the liquid employee
BySamantha Warren

chapter |19 pages

Liquid collaboration1

ByDariusz Jemielniak, Tomasz Raburski

chapter |16 pages

Liquid university

ByRoman Batko

chapter |20 pages

On fluidity and flow in the networked space of human service organizations

Understanding liquidity and organized welfare praxis
ByMichael Wearing, Mark Hughes

chapter |13 pages

Liquid times for the entrepreneurial identity non-profit organization

ByDavid Boje, Melissa Cast, Rohny Saylors

chapter |17 pages

Transcending liquidity

Towards a new embeddedness
ByMichał Izak

chapter |23 pages

Liquid responsibility

Ambivalence and professional judgement in organizations
ByMichel Fortier, Marie-Noëlle Albert

chapter |11 pages

How to regain trust, if it is at all possible?

ByBarbara Czarniawska, Rolf Solli

chapter |14 pages

A paradoxical attempt to freeze liquid modernity by liquidity

The return of fate
ByPeter Pelzer