Spacing Identity: The role of Spatial, Material and Social Entanglements

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The paper addresses the question of how architectural design and the changes in organizationalspaces and material artifacts this involves, contribute to the continuous shaping of identities in anorganization. Based upon a case study of an organizational and architectural change process in amunicipality administration, at a time of major political reforms within the Danish public sector, weexplore how architectural design affects the “micro politics” of everyday work to (re)form tasks andprofessional relationships – while also being implicated in the unfolding of a larger political agenda.Aspiring to contribute to the further theorizing of space in relation to the everyday practices andencounters of an organization, we propose the notion of “spacing identity” as a concept that cancapture the processual aspects of organizational space.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017: The Good Organization - Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 6 Jul 20178 Jul 2017
Conference number: 33


ConferenceThe 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017
LocationCopenhagen Business School
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  • Spacing
  • Organizational change
  • Architectural design
  • Occupational and organizational identity

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