Exploring the Temporality of Food Organizations in Liquid Modernity: The Case of Beer and Milk

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Abstract

The contribution of our paper is to show how food organizations strive to enact coherent temporalities in the face of what Bauman describes as “liquid modernity”. Liquid modernity offers the possibility to explore temporal spans that range from the instantaneous to the distant past and future. Because food organizations are challenged to enact their time between natural time and human time while abiding by the constraints of industry, liquid modernity challenges their ability to enact multiple and sometimes contrasting temporalities. Drawing on data from a brewery and a dairy corporation, our study illustrates how their time enactment takes place along three dimensions. First, through what we call “malleable time”, including the contraction and dilation of time horizons. Second, through what we call “projective time”, signifying the outward enactment of time onto others. Third, through what we call “simultaneous time”, signifying the simultaneous enactment of different time horizons. We argue that time enactment poses its own set of dilemmas for managing food organizations, which are discussed, not just for food organizations, but in relation to other organizations confronted with the realities of liquid modernity.
The contribution of our paper is to show how food organizations strive to enact coherent temporalities in the face of what Bauman describes as “liquid modernity”. Liquid modernity offers the possibility to explore temporal spans that range from the instantaneous to the distant past and future. Because food organizations are challenged to enact their time between natural time and human time while abiding by the constraints of industry, liquid modernity challenges their ability to enact multiple and sometimes contrasting temporalities. Drawing on data from a brewery and a dairy corporation, our study illustrates how their time enactment takes place along three dimensions. First, through what we call “malleable time”, including the contraction and dilation of time horizons. Second, through what we call “projective time”, signifying the outward enactment of time onto others. Third, through what we call “simultaneous time”, signifying the simultaneous enactment of different time horizons. We argue that time enactment poses its own set of dilemmas for managing food organizations, which are discussed, not just for food organizations, but in relation to other organizations confronted with the realities of liquid modernity.

Conference

Conference77th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management
Number77
LocationGeorgia
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period04/08/201708/08/2017
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Keywords

  • Time enactment
  • Food industry
  • Liquid modernity
  • Nature
  • Temporality

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Hernes, T., Schmidt, J., & Schultz, M. (2017). Exploring the Temporality of Food Organizations in Liquid Modernity: The Case of Beer and Milk . Paper presented at 77th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, United States.
Hernes, Tor ; Schmidt, Jonathan ; Schultz, Majken. / Exploring the Temporality of Food Organizations in Liquid Modernity : The Case of Beer and Milk . Paper presented at 77th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, United States.32 p.
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Exploring the Temporality of Food Organizations in Liquid Modernity : The Case of Beer and Milk . / Hernes, Tor; Schmidt, Jonathan; Schultz, Majken.

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Hernes T, Schmidt J, Schultz M. Exploring the Temporality of Food Organizations in Liquid Modernity: The Case of Beer and Milk . 2017. Paper presented at 77th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, United States.