Sub-theme 39: The Dubious Role of Numbers in Organizations

Christian Huber, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany
Martin Messner, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Tobias Scheytt, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany
Session I: Thursday, July 07, 09:00 to 10:45, S-D141
Calculating Rankings
Chair: Tobias Scheytt
Chris Carter and Ingrid Jeacle
In tripadvisor we trust: Rankings, calculative regimes and abstract systems
Margit Osterloh and Bruno S. Frey
Academic rankings between the "Republic of Science" and "New Public Management"
Session II: Thursday, July 07, 14:00 to 15:30, S-D141
Calculating Surveillance
Chair: Christian Huber
Craig Engstrom
(Ac)counting professional practices: Private eyes translating surveillance into 'billable time'
Gregory Vit
Explaining the over-ride of numbers by social logics in financial organizations
Session III: Thursday, July 07, 16:00 to 17:30, S-D141
Calculating Networks
Chair: Margit Osterloh
Kathrine Tveiterås
Organizing dissonance – The contribution of quantification to the assembling and reassembling of the Snøhvit megaproject
Henning Christner and Ebba Sjögren
Good project, good product? Valuing activities in the product development department of a manufacturing firm
Session IV: Friday, July 08, 09:00 to 11:00, S-D141
Calculating the Organization
Chair: Yuval Millo
Paolo Quattrone
In praise of doubt: Accounting as a maieutic machine
Magnus Larsson, Robert Holmberg and Peter Svensson
Measuring and organizing: The employee survey as a performative device
Marie-Astrid Le Theule and Frédérique Déjean
"The language of figures" and "faceless numbers" in a publishing firm
Session V: Friday, July 08, 14:00 to 16:00, S-D141
Calculating by and through Markets
Chair: Chris Carter
Andrea Mennicken
Too big to fail and too big to succeed: Accounting reforms in the prison service of England and Wales
Yuval Millo and Daniel Beunza
The politics of liquidity
Session VI: Saturday, July 09, 09:00 to 10:30, S-D141
Calculating the Project
Chair: Paolo Quattrone
Lene Jørgensen, Silvia Jordan and Hermann Mitterhofer
Normalizing figures: Performance and performativity of risk maps in inter-organizational project collaborations
Deborah Agostino and Michela Arnaboldi
The role of numbers in shaping inter-organizational networks
Session VII: Saturday, July 09, 11:00 to 12:30, S-D141
Calculating Financial Representation(s)
Chair: Martin Messner
Yasmine Chahed
Words and numbers: The reconfiguring of financial reporting as a form of economic narrative
Yuval Millo and Andrea Mennicken
Calculating organizational value(s): The case of impairment tests