Incumbent tactics in the nominal democracies (i.e., where the ones were fatal violence is rarely dished out to citizens who are 'in the way') are fascinating. (The shifts and continuities of tactics were the subject of my PhD). Anyone paying any attention for more than five minutes will know that one favoured tactic - deployed... Continue Reading →
Mundane epiphany #94 on the thesis
I am walking around the park pretty much every morning now, with my backpack (weights, books) and journal articles in hand. And things are coming together on this (though they probably could have earlier. So it goes). And two mundane epiphanies that will mean nothing to anyone except me and my supervisors (who I assume... Continue Reading →
Collegiality v bureaucracy v palm trees and Stamford Raffles. And Instagram.
It's been a while since I posted, because I have been a) thesising b) writing a book chapter (intimately related to a) above)) Still, this and a book I just read (see next post) deserve recording for posterity (or at least until the electricity systems collapse). My friend Mark Carrigan (top bloke, btw) has just... Continue Reading →
A PhD thesis explained via Woody Allen’s “Sleeper”
So, you slave through archives and papers and interviews and more papers and hard hard work. And you come up with a 20 thousand word chapter, full of the very hard-won anecdotes and quotes and... You have ten thousand words, TOPS. Which means you have to kill your darlings, doing away with stuff that cost... Continue Reading →
The rake’s progress – of my thesis, theories and getting smacked in the face.
The last two and a half years of my life have been like that scene in Cape Feare where Sideshow Bob keeps stepping on rakes and getting hit in the face and never learning to look down/up/wherever he is supposed to look, whatever he is supposed to do. It's a scene they deliberately hold for... Continue Reading →
Narrative, schmarratives – on telling plausible stories
So, getting to the pointy end of this PhD thesis. Reading too much and writing too little (but the balance is shifting in the right direction). Stumbling on methodology stuff that makes things clearer (or less murky). These are from Geels, F. and Schot, J. 2010. The Dynamics of Transitions: A Socio-technical perspective. in Grin,... Continue Reading →
It feels like they win when they lose – hegemonic accommodation and institutional entrepreneurs
I re-read Levy, D. and Scully, M. 2007. The Institutional Entrepreneur as Modern Prince: The Strategic Face of Power in Contested Fields. Organization Studies, 28(07): 971–991. while slogging around Alex Park with my backpack full of books and weights this morning. I had forgotten just how damn good it is, and how damn useful it will... Continue Reading →
All in the game, you feel me?! Academia and The Wire.
Come hell or high water, this is getting cited in The Thesis. Zundel, M., Holt, R., & Cornelissen, J. (2012). Institutional work in The Wire: An ethological investigation of flexibility in organizational adaptation. Journal of Management Inquiry, doi:10.1177/1056492612440045 Analysis of institutional work is habitually complicated by the need to combine agentic and structural features. Drawing... Continue Reading →