Alf Rehn

Alf Rehn
University of Southern Denmark | SDU · Department of Technology and Innovation

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Introduction
Alf Rehn currently works as a professor of innovation, design, and management at the University of Southern Denmark.

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Purpose “Entrepreneurship” and “projects” both represent concepts with somewhat hazy boundaries. Interestingly, they also both represent fields of study in which academics representing those fields have worked very hard so as extend rather than delineate the same. In fact, some parts of the debate on, e.g., entrepreneurship could be criticized for...
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Startup entrepreneurship is – in the literature, in the discourse of those engaging in it, and in cultural representations of the same – presented both as resistance against prevailing corporate logics and as a path towards becoming a corporate entity. Resistance, claimed or otherwise, is not just a reaction to a perceived outrage or a power imbala...
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Since Hélène Cixous introduced it in 1975, the notion of a specifically feminine writing — écriture féminine — has been discussed as a provocative and potentially disruptive form of representation that breaks with masculine and authoritarian modes thereof. However, in this paper we will discuss how the notion of écriture féminine may itself be at r...
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In this paper, we develop the notion of bricolage by paying attention to the role of chance in the same, rather than approaching it from the perspective of control and agency. We argue that the concept of chance can be used to downplay the common tendency to focus on individual agency in bricolage, proposing an alternative understanding of the latt...
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Research on the dark side of organizations has usually focused on atrocities committed by organizations or specific persons within them. Less attention has been paid to how organizations can utilize atrocities they had no part in creating. In this article, the manner in which atrocities can be utilized, managed and narrated in corporate image-work...
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In this introduction we seek to establish and position the distinctiveness of our approach to what we claim to be ‘white spaces’ in organization, an approach that compels a significant breaching of the disciplinary norms of organization studies. We derive our argument from a consideration of a range of recently emerging concepts and analyses in the...
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Entrepreneurship studies started out as a young field, one where a mix of economists, psychologists, geographers and the occasional anthropologist came together to study the wonder and weirdness that is entrepreneurship, in a wide range of fashions and with few a priori assumptions to hold it back. Today, some of this eclecticism lives on in the fi...
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Contemporary organization is increasingly understood as contingent and improvisational - and immersed in complex and shadowy realities where customary assumptions about the space and time of organization no longer hold. This Special Issue invites organization studies into an ambivalent space of sites/sights in organization, the double-play of this...
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Honour, as a concept, is at times seen as implicit in leadership and the working of peer groups, but has rarely been explicitly discussed in management studies. This paper presents honour as a key category in socio-moral contexts, and discusses how it and related concepts, such as respect, shame and pride, affect leadership contexts. We argue, thro...
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This article discusses the construction of images of female careers through a case from musical theater, with a particular focus on following the life and roles of Ethel Merman - 'The Grande Dame of Broadway' - both on and off the stage. By focusing on an individual performer, we wish to highlight how we can achieve a more complex understanding of...
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Environmental concerns have increasingly led to the installation of Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) despite the fact that they are recognized as expensive. Innovative efforts within the area are beset with difficulties [1], and they are at risk of producing misdirected or insignificant improvements in terms of the cost effectiveness of total e...
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Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) are often recognized as less competitive than traditional electric energy conversion systems. Obstacles with renewable electric energy conversion systems are often referred to the intermittency of the energy sources [1] and the relatively high maintenance cost. However, due to an intensified discourse on climate...
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This essay proposes that management is too often seen as problem solving, and that the equally important art of ignoring problems has not received enough attention. With reference to the thinking of Ludwig Wittgenstein, the essay argues for letting go, and attempting to leave thoughts at rest.
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Do we need to study popular culture within organization studies, and exactly what is it we do if we choose to do so? Is it nothing more than organizational scholars co-opting yet another discipline, or is there an independent contribution to be made? I will in this text argue that in order to develop, organization studies must fi nd its own identit...
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Arguably, one of the unspoken philosophical bases of entrepreneurship studies is an unreflected metaphysical idealism, which can be seen in the way in which concepts such as “entrepreneurial potential” have been used in the field. Here, we critique this idealism by presenting a materialist reading of three unlikely entrepreneurial successes, and di...
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Mythology, as a concept, is commonly thought to refer to a system of stories of ancient gods or similar archaic religious phenomena, a template adhered to even in more modern mythologies, such as the powerful Cthulhu Mythos (Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagnl). However, we can in popular culture find elaborate mythological systems not strictly tied to religio...
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Can organization theory truly grasp excess, or is this a constant paradoxical other of organization, a permanently elusive remainder? As a phenomenon might it mark out the contours of a configuration that points to an aporia of organization that scholarship and research in organization has yet to confront? In posing these questions we note that exc...
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This article deals with rap music and with two distinct discourses in which rap artists habitually engage. It also deals with the way that one, in these, can find a dialectic between the special and the mundane, between succeeding—makin' it—and remaining loyal to the values of your community or culture—keeping it real. Furthermore, it deals with ho...
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On June 2nd 2006 we hosted the Organizing Revolution seminar on the sun-drenched campus (and beach) of Swansea University, attracting an eclectic range of papers. The aim of the seminar was to open up the discussion as to what form 'revolution' might take in the 21st century, and in what direction our theorizing about 'organizing rev-olution' could...
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Projects fail. This fact, which is commonsensical and objectively true, has been viewed within the sphere of project studies as either a pathological state to be avoided or a logical problem of goal definition. We will, in this paper, propose a different take on this, one that utilises social theory and political philosophy in order to position pro...
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This article represents an inquiry into the ontology of innovation, that is, the foundational issues of innovation and how we conceive of the nature of innovation and creativity. By juxtaposing the notions of novelty and copying, the article introduces the concept of ‘post-originality’ as a way to understand how time and reproductive acts can be un...
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Anachronism is commonly viewed as a mistake or a sin in historical analysis, and thus to be avoided. This article argues that there is a place for anachronism when engaging with ahistorical fields, and that anachronism can be used as critical analysis. By way of studying the famous French chef Antonin Carême, and the way in which he utilized revisi...
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This article draws out cannibals and cannibalism to elaborate issues of boundaries and consumption in theorizing organization. The logic(s) of cannibalism highlight some of organization's inherent tensions, stimulating our understanding via the manifold movements of the cannibal. In a moment of reflection—the negotiation of who should and who shoul...
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Whereas literary and cinematic representations of economy and management have been analyzed for some time (see e.g. Czarniawska and Guillet de Monthoux, 1994; Hassard and Holliday, 1998), precious little inter-est has been directed to similar aspects in popular music. Consequently, this paper analyzes economy as it is portrayed and disseminated in...
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Lodged within the Internet’s increasingly commercialized webs there exists a thriving subculture that has developed an economy all its own. Specifically, a modern gift economy, a consistent and internally rational structure of actively anti-economic behavior that presents an interesting juxtaposition to our contemporary notions of economy. Based on...
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Through an investigation of the organizing potential of productive dualisms and ontological hierarchies that move toward epistemic and ontological closures, this essay theorizes the bounded potential of fluidity, and points to the possibility of waste, excess and sacrifice within a general economy of gender. We emphasize the apparently paradoxical...
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The discussion regarding entrepreneurship and society has often presupposed that this society by necessity will be one that embraces the market economy as a guiding principle. This paper questions this assumption by discussing a command economy, namely the Soviet Union, as a fundamentally entrepreneurial society. By introducing the case of the blat...
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The authors propose to enlarge the definition andscope of “entrepreneurship." They direct their critique at two sources:William Gartner’s definition of entrepreneurship as "the creation oforganizations," and a judicial, ideological, and legalistic bias towarddealing with forms of legally delimited economic forms of companies and firmsengaged in leg...
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This paper discusses the similarities between project management and the playing of improvisational jazz. General characteristics for projects and jazz are compared and the five most important linkages be- tween projects and jazz are discussed. The paper also explains why disorder is not chaotic and pro- jects can be successfully managed. Jazz migh...
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With the rise of the zombie armies in China and South Africa (Brooks, 2006), it has become obvious that organization studies needs to re-assess the pulse- centric worldview it has commonly adopted. Whereas organizations of the living follow fairly simple, socially defined structures, zombie organization is clearly much more complex, for a number of...
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