Organizing Half-things: Knowing, Theorizing and Studying Atmospheres

Lydia Jørgensen, Timon Beyes

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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
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

Published online: December 21, 2023.


  • Aesthetics
  • Affect
  • Atmosphere
  • Attunement
  • Half-thing
  • Onto-epistemology
  • Organization
  • Space

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