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In and out of ethnography


In a guest post from December 1, Mikael Holmqvist asks whether Organizing rocks is a study in or of ethnography. Below is our pondering to Mikaels inquiry. Hopefully it will fuel and further a conversation on ethnography (and that all feel invited to!). The project is about power relations and labour processes in the mining industry so it is an ethnography in. But as Mikael points out, if that’s the case […]

The rhythms of the mine are those of rock’n roll


Please welcome another guest blogger, management professor Monika Kostera. Monika uses poetry to capture our project: Tune in! Hear the underground humming, hear the rumble of darkness, the dungeons abuzz Join in! Growl the chorus, dance the machines It’s all right, we know where you’ve been This is ethnography of the heart and bone, it resonates with the ribcage, makes you stomp the resistance: We are all miners, we will […]

Opening black boxes


Please find the second comment from guestblogger Michal Zawadzki: With the popular metaphor developed by Bruno Latour, one could say that neoliberalization of the contemporary academia too often brings down lecture halls in the universities and business schools to the level of ‘black boxes’: discourses closed to criticism, where interpretations of the reality authoritatively imposed by the teacher are reproduced. This situation stays in contradiction to the cultural mission of […]

What local people? Us local people!


The two sisters Maxida och Mimie Märak were the source of inspiration for this song by Tommy. Their energy in the (as shown in a four episodes documentary broadcasted by the Swedish state television, SVT) made it necessary to grab the pen and the guitar. Please find a proper stereo to play it; if you use a telephone, then at least use headphones. In the documentary (episode 2), The Sápmi […]

A beauty of management in music


Meet Michał Zawadzki, an invited academic guest blogger. The “Organizing Rocks” project reminds me the differences between Polish and Swedish university culture. Many distinguished academics in Poland wouldn’t believe that professor‘s on business schools composes songs related to management, and that they also sing. But in this project its done. Breaking the taboo of seriousness of management science, the Organizing rocks project promotes our discipline and allows us to feel […]

Kiruna you maggot


Another song, this time about Kiruna and the Kirunamine, and about people’s perceptions. Lyrics by Johan Sandström, but all else (music, instruments and vocals) by Tommy Jensen.   Kiruna you maggot Kiruna you maggot Blowing in my face Sucking my cheeks Icing my shoes Where is the sun Vampire mosquitoes The melting ice The days that never end Bring it on Let your warm winds Wash over me Tell the […]

Is this a study in or of ethnography?


Meet Mikael Holmqvist, an invited academic guest blogger. Organizing Rocks offers a beautiful and interesting website, full of notes and pictures. You get glimpses from Johan and Tommy’s visits and reflections that are really fascinating. In my view, I’d like to see more about the research project as such; its aims goals and potentials, that would clearly provide a helpful context for the observations, notes, videos etc. That could, of […]

Well-known but unspoken


LKAB dominates Kiruna. Does it sound too simple? Is LKAB with its Kirunavaara mine dictating the terms of conditions in Kiruna? The complex relation between LKAB and the community of Kiruna, with its different civil society associations, small and medium-sized firms, politicians, citizens, nature and the mine with its massive infrastructure, can be understood through storytelling and metaphors. So far the stories and metaphors we have come across suggest an […]

1969-2015-?


What is the relation between capital and workers today? Is a political will and struggle still present? As in the strike in 1969/1970 where the predominant part of the workers (a strong collective) in Svappavaara and Kiruna jointly shouted out that “we are humans”, “we want higher salaries”, “a safer and more humane workload”. If human dignity, salary, and safe and humane working conditions were essential in the 1969 strike, then […]

Roots


Johan has been working on a song called Roots. The text and the chord structure for the verses were done. Reinventing the chorus and the arrangement, we decided to record it while in Kiruna. We finished the song at the hotel room (a computer, a microphone, and Mikael Jonasson’s acoustic guitar). Play Roots here: Lyrics: Johan Sandström Music: Tommy Jensen and Johan Sandström Acoustic guitar: Tommy Jensen Vocals: Tommy Jensen and Johan Sandström […]

After method


Here is a song about how we think and live method (lyrics and music: Tommy Jensen). After method (The John Law song) What is a labour process? Where does it begin and end? Who and what does it contain? Where does it appear? And who are loosing out? What is power? Is it power over? Is it power through? Or power with? Or all of the above? Rather be a stigmatic […]

End of the road? Part 2


“Who [from the company] governs you?”, the middle manager asks. “Nobody”, one of us answers. This conversation took place in a coffee room inside the gates of LKAB and the meeting was coincidental. The answer to the question was appearingly very provocative, received by a person who took very seriously the importance of line, hierarchy and control. Albeit differently put, we’ve received this question before, but we have then, to […]

Metal machine emotions


Listen to a song about having feelings for a machine by clicking the bar below: The lyrics appears at the end of the text below. What is the greatest divide created by science? One candidate must be the division between body and mind. This division has ever since Rene Descartes marked the superiority of rationality and the inferiority of the body and its related sensations (such as emotions, pleasures, pain). Organization theory is […]

What is said underground stays…


Is there something special with the comradeship in labour processes in which members perform dangerous tasks, such as in underground mines? We believe so. Ever since Henri Fayol’s famous book on mining and management (at that time called administration) from the early 20th century, the esprit de corps seems to be strong in mining companies. In those times the risks were, of course, higher (many examples from Karl Marx “Capital” are drawn from […]