Latour’s AIME [An Inquiry into the Mode of Existence] : Discussing Organization at the “diplomatic workshop” and closure ceremony in Paris

In 2012 Bruno Latour initiated his most recent project “An Inquiry into the Mode of Existence”(or simply, AIME) with the French publication of the book with the same name (the English version was released in 2013) and the launching of a web collaborative platform (
The goal of this project? Try to answer, in a positive version, to the question raised, only negatively, with the publication, in 1991, of ”We have never been modern”: if ”we” have never been modern, then what have ”we” been? From what sort of values should ”we” inherit? AIME presents 15 modes of existence – one of them is Organization – that explore these values that “we” moderns are attached to.
The book was only a starting point for triggering discussions and debate: 24 international workshop in different universities representing different disciplines were carried on since its released, besides the platform opened to contributors from all over the world.
After two years, the project closes with a 1 week “diplomatic workshop” in Paris (July 21-25, 2014) which 35 scholars will closely look at all the contributions and discussions to propose, at the end of the week, a “specbook” that will serve as base for rewriting AIME.
François Cooren, Daniel Robichand and myself are attending the workshop, as “spokesperson” of the ‘Organization’ mode of existence.
To follow the discussion and results of the workshop, you can follow the AIME team in twitter: AIMEproject or the AIME blog:
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You can also access the full version of the book and contributions on line:

APROS/EGOS 2015 sub-theme call for papers


2015 APROS/EGOS joint conference, Sydney, Australia, December 9–11, 2015

Call for Papers

Sub-theme 03 – Bringing space back in to the communicative constitution of organization and disorganization

This sub-theme will explore space/place from a communication as constitutive of organization (CCO) and disorganization perspective.

We call for papers that investigate how space is communicatively produced and that shed light on how space(s) matter(s) in organization and disorganization. Addressing these issues will contribute lively debate and intellectual stimulation, furthering knowledge of how communication constitutes space and trajectories, impacting and shaping organization. The sub-theme’s objective is to speak to multiple academic interests in all areas of management and organization theory.

The aim of the sub-theme is to bring space back into our study of how organization, organizing and the organized are communicatively constituted. We invite papers, both empirical and conceptual, that explore the inter-relationships of space and communication. We welcome diverse ontological positions, and mainstream and non-traditional epistemological methodologies.

We seek papers that offer interesting ideas that hold the potential to develop our knowledge and understanding of communication and space. As this is an emerging area of study, we recognize the range of possible topics and the scope of positions to adopt is broad.

For further conference details and an extended call, including suggested topic areas, see

Questions regarding this call can be sent to any of the stream conveners: Alex Wright François Cooren or Paul Spee

Submit 600 words abstracts to Paul Spee by Friday May 1st 2015. Decisions announced, Friday June 12th 2015.
Full papers uploaded by Monday October 12th 2015.



Paper from EGOS 2012 CCO sub-theme published at the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS)

At the EGOS 2012 CCO sub-theme in Helsinki (Finland), Usha C. V. Haley and David M. Boje had presented their Bakthin-based study on practices of storytelling at McDonald’s. In the meantime, we have received the very good news that a further developed version of their paper has been accepted for publication at Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), one of the most renowned journals in international management studies. Congratulations!

Please find the full reference and link to their paper below:

Haley, UCV and Boje, DM (2014) Storytelling the internationalization of the multinational enterprise, Journal of International Business Studies, advance online publication, June 19, 2014; doi:10.1057/jibs.2014.32


When Organization Fails – New book by Taylor and Van Every on authority

Jim Taylor and Elizabeth Van Every’s last book “When Organization Fails. Why Authority Matters” has just been published by Routledge. Analyzing two case studies of organizational failure, the authors explore the “pathologies of authority”. As in there previous books (The Emergent Organization, 2000; The Situated Organization, 2010), this book is based in a pragmatic of communication and proposes a rich theoretical framework to study the role of authority in the constitution of organization; the main premise of the book being that authority, which is (re)negotiated in communication, is the foundation of organization!

Great summer reading for those interested in CCO and more broadly in authority.

More information here