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Climate social science — Any future for ‘blue sky research’ in management studies?

Skoglund, Annika (2015) 'Climate social science — Any future for ‘blue sky research’ in management studies?' Scandinavian Journal of Management, 31 (1). 147 - 157. ISSN 0956-5221

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Abstract

Summary The environmental humanities call for post-disciplinary approaches to meet the vexing problem of climate change. However, scholars have not scrutinised how management and organisation studies (MOS) could contribute to such an endeavour. This research note explores common surfaces of contact between the natural and social sciences, with the goal of unravelling the legitimate positions to speak from about climate change. The findings suggest that scholars in MOS are exposed to ecological reasoning, which undergirds underdog heroism, disciplinary confusion and a debasement of political subjectivity. As a counter strategy, I suggest that we affirm a ‘blue-sky research’ approach that would support alternative research paths and a more traditional will to know—to advance ‘climate social science’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blue-sky research, Climate change, Climate social science, Environmental humanities, Management, Post-disciplinary
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 10:45
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2015 10:45
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13522

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