Irma Rybnikova

“Management as purity apostle”

Trials to intersect management and organization studies with the concepts of culture are by no way new. The most popular of them, stemming from 1970’s and 1980’s (e.g. Smircich 1983), underline the instrumental function of management. Management has been seen as symbolic activity (e.g. Pfeffer 1981), managers as myth makers (Mitroff/Pondy 1979). The idea of management as a persuasive institution was prevailing here,… Read more

My Claim: “Management not only creates, uses or represents culture; it IS culture – a specific way of making sense from the world, humans, organizations and itself. This way of making sense deeply grounds in the concepts and norms of modernity, with concept of purity being one of them.”

My Expectations: I expect to meet scholars lesser (or not at all) bothered about producing publications for high ranked management journals, but eager to create a subversive niche enabling idle reflections on links between management and culture.

A bio with several “turns”: After her graduation in psychology, Irma Rybnikova turned to business and administration studies for her dissertation in personnel management, especially atypical work force and interim management. Afterwards, she turned to organizational sociology; at the chair for organization studies (TU Chemnitz) she is preparing her habilitation on solidarity, resistance and participation in organizations. After publishing on solidarity of atypical work force, facades of participation in local government institutions or current leadership theories (“Aktuelle Führungstheorien und –konzepte”, Gabler-Springer, 2014, together with Rainhart Lang), she got increasingly interested in cultural issues of managerial doing; her recent research field are elaborations of critical potential of cultural-anthropological perspective on management.