Liminality in Organization Studies

Theory and Method

In a time of flexible and mutable work arrangements, there is hardly a domain of organizing that has not been affected by liminality. Temporary workers who switch companies based on projects, consultants who operate at the boundaries between the consultant and the client companies, or 'hybrid entrepreneurs' who start new ventures, while still keeping their previous job, are examples of liminality in organizations. Les mer
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In a time of flexible and mutable work arrangements, there is hardly a domain of organizing that has not been affected by liminality. Temporary workers who switch companies based on projects, consultants who operate at the boundaries between the consultant and the client companies, or 'hybrid entrepreneurs' who start new ventures, while still keeping their previous job, are examples of liminality in organizations. Liminality is also felt by managers who handle interorganizational relationships within customer-supplier networks or scientists who, albeit affiliated with R&D units, have strong ties with their scientific communities, acknowledging that they belong to neither setting thoroughly. Precious hints for enriching our comprehension of liminality in organizational settings can be conveyed by the reflection that has flourished in different fields.


This book advances knowledge of liminality management by elaborating on a model that puts together aspects of the liminal process that have been mostly described in a separate way so far, benefiting from the input provided by experience in sociology, medicine, and education. Through the articulation of a model that accounts for the antecedents, content, and consequences of liminality in organizations, the book intends to prompt quantitative research on this topic. It will be of value to those interested in organizational behavior, organization and management, marketing, sociology of work, and sociology of organizations.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Preface





Chapter 1: The Foundations of Liminality










Introduction







Between and Betwixt: Experiencing Transitions









Timeliness and Spacelessness







Rites, Ceremonies, and Symbols







The Anti-Structure







Communitas







Identity Work









Liminality as a Realm of Possibilities, but also a Domain of Anguish









The Creative Power of Liminal Personae







The Negative Feelings Associated to Liminality









The Liminoid Experience







Conclusion










Chapter 2: Liminality and Organizations


2.1 Introduction










The Changing Nature of Work Arrangements and the Diffusion of Liminality









Liminality across Organizational Boundaries







Liminality as Contingent Work







Liminality within a Single Organization







Liminality as the Pursuit of Multiple Careers









Liminality in Specific Organizational Settings









Entrepreneurship as Liminal Experience







Liminality in Teams and the Relevance of Leadership









The Liminal Organization







The Aftermath of Liminality in Organizational Settings







Conclusion










Chapter 3: Emergent Perspectives on Liminality


3.1 Introduction


3.2 Liminality as a Protracted Experience


3.3 Liminality as a Repeated (and Repeatable) Experience


3.4 Liminality as a Dynamic Experience


3.5 Liminality as Additive Experiences


3.6 Liminality as Degree of Intensity of Experience


3.7 Liminality as Creation of Practices


3.8 Conclusion





Chapter 4: Towards a Model of Liminal Experience










Introduction







Perception of Liminal Experience









The Dimensions of Timeliness and Spacelessness







The Dimension of Anti-structure







The Dimensions of Communitas







The Dimensions of Identity Work







The Dimensions of Collective and Individual Practice









Conclusion










References


Index





Om forfatteren

Maria Rita Tagliaventi is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Bologna, Italy.