Seminar today with professor Stewart Clegg on “Policing, power and ethics”

clegg_3The seminar was so interesting that we forgot to take pictures from it! The seminar was about an organizational change of a part of the Australian police as a consequence of severe corruption. While the organizational change was well-meant the outcomes were not that good. Rather than changing anything the change would prove to further establish similar behaviors and allow for the failing ethics to prosper, but in a different way. The full paper can be found here. (if one looks around there is software solutions to go beyond the paywalls of academic papers – and yes, the publishers business model is not ok…)

Background to the context and the paper could be found here

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Friday seminar – When Emotions Takes Over: An Embodied perspective on Survival (Lindgren & Hällgren)

IMG_3156 IMG_3159Today we had the second Friday seminar. This time it was Björn´s turn to arrange the seminar. Björn chose a paper that he and Markus is writing on. The seminar included reading the draft of the paper, watching a five minute part of the video-ethnographic material and then making an analysis thereof using Post-Its. Great fun, very useful! And, a great way to end the week with some wine and assorted sausages that followed.

Next up is Markus on the 29th

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Sprint articles – From idea to draft in two days

IMG_3152 IMG_3140Following the idea of the book Sprint, basically Design thinking but in Google variation, Oscar, Ola and Markus set off into the forest for some intense writing. The goal was essentially to put together a draft of a article in two days. Essentially we followed 30 minute sprints where we competing ideas was evaluated, tried different theoretical lenses, and abductively tried the ideas against the empirical material. The room was filled with post-its, magic charts and bad air – but the paper came together quite nicely. The method can certainly be improved but it was a fun, and fast way of working that broke most assumptions about academic life. Whereas we did not expect a publishable article in two days it certainly provided a frame to build on.

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News about boredom in the media (again) – in Svenska Dagbladet

Skärmavbild 2017-09-10 kl. 13.35.55Svenska Dagbladet is collaborating with the magazine Chef. Chef is making another piece on our research on boredom. As part of that they are co-publishing the article in SvD. We are very happy to see that our research and efforts are making such a impact in the media. Hopefully someone reflects and puts it into action! You find the link to the article, here. And.. just so you know… NO, Markus did not climb Everest. But kind of wish he did..

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Fall planning – Odd Friday seminar & wine; Paper bubbles!

The other day we got together to plan some of the fall activities and celebrate some achievements since last time we saw each other. It was really great to see each other after a long summer apart, and indeed nice to look forward to what we want to achieve.

Odd Friday Seminar & Wine

IMG_3105Some of the things we discussed and decided upon include re-starting the Odd Friday seminars. This time we will do it according to the Scancor @ Stanford model – Friday wine. ( Every Friday the Scancor group have a seminar in the afternoon. When the seminar ends the wine bottles are opened together with some cheese to snack on. The wine and the cheese in turn are prepared by one visiting scholar at a time. The idea is to mimic this, but every second week. Moreover, the seminar is not necessarily on a draft of a paper, but may instead include a brainstorming session, data analysis, read a paper, application review etc. Thus, any activity that is associated with academic life, and that serves the purpose of helping to advance our knowledge about one of the greatest challenges of today; how to make society safer?

The schedule is as follows:

  • 15:e september – Björn
  • 29:e september – Markus
  • 13:e oktober – Robert
  • 27:e oktober – Thomas
  • 10:e november – Ola
  • 24:e november – Oscar

Paper bubbles
The second thing we did was to institute the “Paper bubbles”. Every time we get a paper associated with extreme contexts accepted we have a bottle of sparkling wine. This time we had three papers.. More to come!!!

  • FullSizeRenderLindberg, O, Rantatalo, O. & Stenling, C. (2017) Police bodies and police minds: Professional learning through bodily practices of sport participation. Studies in Continuing Education
  • Svensson, M & Hällgren, M. (2017) Sensemaking in sensory deprived settings: The role of non-verbal auditory cues in emergency assessment. European management journal. In press.
  • Lindberg, O, Rantatalo, O. & Hällgren, M. (2017) Making sense through false syntheses: Working with paradoxes in the reorganization of the Swedish police. Scandinavian Journal of management. In press.


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