It's All Method: Schmitz and Neo-phenomenology

Lydia Jørgensen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


The chapter introduces Hermann Schmitz’s neo-phenomenology to explore what phenomenology can offer to organization studies. Taking a methodological perspective, the chapter reflects phenomenology as also always about method due to the inherent ontological link, as noted by Heidegger. What we can know is intrinsically linked with how we know. The neo-phenomenological perspective contributes to acknowledging everyday phenomena, like atmospheres, which have become of increased interest in organization studies. Schmitz’s neo-phenomenology seeks to reclaim everyday experience as a valuable source of knowledge forming as an embodied attunement. Within his neo-phenomenological thinking Schmitz calls for phenomenological revision as method—building on exploration and continuous questioning. Further, by understanding phenomena as always seen in relation to something, Schmitz proposes poetic explication to account for fluid phenomena. As such the ontological condition of method is being addressed. Accordingly researching fluid (organizational) phenomena, like atmosphere, offers a way to rethink research accounts in performative ways moving beyond representation. The chapter seeks to illustrate and reflect upon how the neo-phenomenological approach can provide alternative ways to engage with relational phenomena in organization studies through the example of organizational atmospheres.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Phenomenologies and Organization Studies
EditorsFrançois-Xavier de Vaujany, Jeremy Aroles, Mar Perézts
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9780192865755
ISBN (Electronic)9780191956508
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesOxford Handbooks


  • Hermann Schmitz
  • Neo-phenomenology
  • Method
  • Organizational atmosphere
  • Poetic explication

Cite this