Sub-Plenary 2-1

Genealogies of Care and a New Legacy of
Wellbeing in Management and Organization Studies:
A Decolonial Perspective


Friday, July 7, 2023, 16:00–17:30 CEST

Campus Economia | Via Sant’Ignazio 74 | 09123 Cagliari
Building A, floor –1, room: 1

Bobby Banerjee, City, University of London, United Kingdom
Nour Alrabie, IDRAC Business School, France
Maria Ceci Misoczky, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Sadhvi Dar, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
Dara Kelly, Simon Fraser University, Canada

During the summer of 2020, protest movements calling for racial justice spread across the United States and inspired solidarity movements in more than 60 countries across the world. Several major corporations also endorsed Black Lives Matter and pledged to combat racism and end discrimination in the workplace. In the United Kingdom, the Black Lives Matter movement forced a public reckoning with the country’s legacies of slavery and colonialism. Statues, plaques and other memorials that paid tributes to slave traders and colonialists have been removed and buildings, schools and streets renamed across the country.
There were also calls to decolonize higher education and the curriculum, a movement that first began in South Africa in 2015. Indigenous communities in the settler colonies of the Americas, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand are demanding a similar reckoning and dismantling of colonial institutions, compensation and return of lands. The fulfillment of such requests and the recognition of Indigenous knowledge are also essential to address the ecological crisis. This is now part of our collective memory and the beginning of an emerging genealogy of care within the academy.

Genealogies produce historical knowledge of struggles, activated by local knowledges that exist at the heart of all human and more-than-human experiences. These alternate knowledges are often subjugated and de-legitimized by circuits of power that establish a dominant discourse. In this sub-plenary, panelists will draw from their shared genealogy of experience to explore decolonization as part of a process that seeks to build a new legacy of wellbeing within management and organization studies.
To establish this decolonial story within the emergent genealogy we have put together a diverse panel of senior scholars and early career researchers who will explore questions such as:

  • What does decolonization mean for EGOS and the academy?

  • In what ways do colonial legacies inform our research and teaching?

  • How can a decolonial imagination challenge the dominant Eurocentric view of management and organization studies?

  • What would a decolonial research agenda for management and organization studies entail?

Key takeways:

  1. The first key takeaway would be for all of us to reflect how we can integrate insights from genealogies of care, legacies of colonialism and a decolonial imagination in our respective subthemes and subtopics in organization studies.

  2. Reflections on the modalities through which non-Western epistemologies can be included in academia.

  3. Reflections on our teaching and practice and how we can create pedagogic spaces for decolonial thinking and learning both from an ecological and social wellbeing perspective.

The theme of this sub-plenary addresses the general theme of the EGOS Colloquium 2023. The panelists will offer diverse perspectives on theorizing colonial legacies and developing a decolonial imagination that can create new legacies of wellbeing.

Diane-Laure Arjaliès is an Associate Professor at the Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada. She aims to push the boundaries of knowledge and practice by investigating how the fashioning of new devices and collective actions can help transform financial markets towards sustainability. Currently, she is working on a conservation impact bond that includes both Indigenous and Western forms of knowledge.
Nour Alrabie is an Assistant Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IDRAC Business School, France. Her research deals with digital innovation and the emergence of collective actions.
Bobby Banerjee is Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Research & Enterprise at Bayes Business School, City, University of London, United Kingdom. His research interests include corporate social irresponsibility, unsustainability, climate change, Indigenous ecology, and decolonial resistance movements.
Maria Ceci Misoczky is Professor of Organization Studies at the School of Administration of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Her research interests focus on the organizational processes of social movements and popular struggles, Latin American Critical Social Thought and Critical Ontology.
Sadhvi Dar is Reader in Interdisciplinary Management and Organisation Studies at Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom. Her work highlights the importance of cultivating resistance against Eurocentric structures alongside community building efforts that support solidaristic alliancing among diverse groups. Sadhvi finds inspiration in postcolonial studies, decolonial feminisms, and Black liberation philosophies.
Dara Kelly is from the Leq’á:mel First Nation, part of the Stó:lō Coast Salish. She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Business at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her research focuses on the economic concepts and practices of the Coast Salish and other Indigenous nations. Dara conducts research using research methodology emerging from Coast Salish philosophy, protocols and worldview.