Sub-theme 06: [SWG] Performing the Future Communicatively: How What Does Not Yet Exist Already Makes a Difference

Laure Cabantous, City, University of London, United Kingdom
Mie Plotnikof, Aarhus University, Denmark
Matthias Wenzel, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
Session I: Thursday, July 06, 09:00 to 10:30, Ingegneria – C – 0_Alfa
The Performativity of Future-making
Chair: Laure Cabantous, Mie Plotnikof, Matthias Wenzel
Alice Comi, Luigi Mosca, Jennifer Whyte and Jennifer Whyte
Future making: Between performativity and reflectivity
Discussant(s): Boukje Cnossen/Stephanie Heitmann
Alex Wright
A comradely critique of future making and a communication as constitution of organization rethinking of ‘strategic conversation’
Discussant(s): Alice Comi/Luigi Mosca/Jennifer Whyte
Stephanie Heitmann and Boukje Cnossen
The future starts now: On the performative effects of manifestos in organizations
Discussant(s): Alex Wright
Session II: Thursday, July 06, 11:00 to 12:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Multimodal Communication of Futures - Room: Ingegneria – C – 0_Alfa
Chair: Monica Nadegger
Elisa Lehrer, Jochen Koch and Jochen Koch
Multimodality & communicative complexity reduction
Discussant(s): Sophie Del Fa/Mathieu Chaput
Heidi Hirsto, Joëlle Basque and Joëlle Basque
Constructing desirable futures in crowdfunding discourse
Discussant(s): Thomas Martine/Dany Baillargeon/Nicolas Bencherki/François Cooren
Thomas Martine, Dany Baillargeon, Nicolas Bencherki and François Cooren
Creativity, are you there? How works to be made already speak to us
Discussant(s): Heidi Hirsto/Joëlle Basque
Sophie Del Fa, Mathieu Chaput and Coline Senac
Emerging Disruptively for A Socio-Ecological Transition
Discussant(s): Elisa Lehrer/Jochen Koch
Parallel Stream B: Haunted (Better) Futures - Room: Ingegneria – A – 0_Berio
Chair: Peter Fleming
Stephen Linstead
Philosophy and spirituality in search of the good life: The case for organizational meontology
Discussant(s): Justine Grønbæk Pors/Sharon Kishik
Peter Fleming and Carl Rhodes
Haunted organizational futures and performing the good life
Discussant(s): Stefan Schwarzkopf
Stefan Schwarzkopf
You must be ready: Start-up heterotopias and the spatial creation of preparatory time
Discussant(s): Peter Fleming/Carl Rhodes
Justine Grønbæk Pors and Sharon Kishik
The agency of lost futures in young women’s career aspirations
Discussant(s): Stephen Linstead
Session III: Thursday, July 06, 14:00 to 15:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Strategizing the Future - Room: Ingegneria – C – 0_Alfa
Chair: François Cooren
Milena Leybold
“You don’t say employee; you say colleague!” – Negotiating organizational vocabulary in strategic change processes
Discussant(s): Nermin Azabagic/Gerda Gemser
Jennifer Sloan
Ifyou build it, will they come? Investigating how organizations construct strategic futures
Discussant(s): Sari Laari-Salmela/Anniina Rantakari/Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen
Sari Laari-Salmela, Anniina Rantakari, Anniina Rantakari and Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen
“Drawing the sheep in the box”: Dynamics of sociomaterial ambiguity in strategic change
Discussant(s): Jennifer Sloan
Nermin Azabagic and Gerda Gemser
Envisioning the future; an integrated perspective
Discussant(s): Milena Leybold
Parallel Stream B: Performing Sustainable Futures - Room: Ingegneria – A – 0_Berio
Chair: Dennis Schoeneborn
Monica Porzionato
Affect and climate change in the communicative making of vulnerable urban futures. The case of Venice, Italy
Discussant(s): Lydia Milly Certa/Itziar Castelló
Alexandra L. Barrueta
Beyond net zero: Advancing moonshot carbon pledges through aspirational communication practices
Discussant(s): Alexander Paulsson/Mathieu Chaput
Alexander Paulsson and Mathieu Chaput
Is the future of capitalism plant-based? Organizing consumers for a coming post-animal food revolution
Discussant(s): Alexandra Barrueta
Lydia Milly Certa and Itziar Castelló Molina
Who’s in and who’s out: The paradox of inclusion and the role of emotions in restoring engagement
Discussant(s): Monica Porzionato
Session IV: Friday, July 07, 09:00 to 10:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Futurizing Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Room: Ingegneria – C – 0_Alfa
Chair: Milena Leybold
Thomas Cyron, Norbert Steigenberger, Marcel Garz and Marcel Garz
Managing the performativity of future-making: The case of Star Citizen
Discussant(s): Yanis Hamdali/Albrecht Söllner
Alana Pierce
Setting the stage: How an entrepreneurship accelerator enacts a high-growth venture
Discussant(s): Johanne Düsterbeck/Stefanie Habersang/Markus Reihlen
Johanne Düsterbeck, Stefanie Habersang, Markus Reihlen and Markus Reihlen
Bulletproofing futures: Unpacking practices of concealment and revelation in organizations’ future-making
Discussant(s): Alana Pierce
Yanis Hamdali and Albrecht Söllner
Innovation-as-futures or futures-as-innovation? Theorizing the role of futures in innovation
Discussant(s): Thomas Cyron/Norbert Steigenberger/Marcel Garz
Parallel Stream B: Narrating Past, Present and Future Times - Room: Ingegneria – A – 0_Berio
Chair: Nicolas Bencherki
Anne Reff Pedersen and Vibeke Scheller
The ‘unstoppable’ future of cancer treatment is staying at home – pump narratives of the past, present and future
Discussant(s): Yentl Dudink/Yvette Taminiau/Yvette Taminiau
Maren Vakilzadeh and Peter Eberl
Let me entertain you – How entertainment practices elevate the construction of narratives in a context of change
Discussant(s): Chloé Faton/Julie Hermans
Chloé Faton and Julie Hermans
Addressing the complication of the narrative practices of sustainable entrepreneurs across audiences: the power of material artefacts
Discussant(s): Maren Vakilzadeh/Peter Eberl
Yentl Dudink, Yvette Taminiau and Yvette Taminiau
A ‘Sticky’ Past: How Persistent Collective Memory of Organizational Misconduct May Catalyse Moral Transitioning through Future-Making
Discussant(s): Anne Reff Pedersen/Vibeke Scheller
Session V: Friday, July 07, 11:00 to 12:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Imagining the Future - Room: Ingegneria – C – 0_Alfa
Chair: Alex Wright
Alice Lam
‘I can do many big things’: The imagined futures and future-making activities of transnational migrants
Discussant(s): Fabio Damm/Regina Gattringer
Amanda Haarman
Entrepreneurial world making: Cultural productions as materialized desires of imagined futures in Ghana’s creative industries
Discussant(s): Nada Endrissat/Dan Kärreman
Nada Endrissat and Dan Kärreman
The future (of work) in visuals: Fictional expectation, performance and performativity
Discussant(s): Amanda Haarman
Fabio Damm and Regina Gattringer
'Beacons & Breadcrumbs‘: Objects for making sense of the distant future
Discussant(s): Alice Lam
Parallel Stream B: Temporality as Performativity - Room: Ingegneria – A – 0_Berio
Chair: Anne Reff Pedersen
Monica Nadegger and Philipp Wegerer
'The Rhythms of Winter': Authority of and as Rhythms for Organizing in the Anthropocene
Discussant(s): Kaisa Laitinen/Salla-Maaria Laaksonen/Jukka Huhtamäki
Isabelle Fabienne Neufang, Ellen Nathues, Jawwad Z. Raja and Thomas Frandsen
Blurry vision and stormy weather: Future-making as polyrhythmic orchestrating
Discussant(s): Joëlle Basque/Nicolas Bencherki/Viviane Sergi
Joëlle Basque, Nicolas Bencherki and Viviane Sergi
Is reporting about the past or the future? Future-making through past-reporting in precarious organizations
Discussant(s): Isabelle Fabienne Neufang/Ellen Nathues/Jawwad Z. Raja/Thomas Frandsen
Kaisa Laitinen, Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, Jukka Huhtamäki and Erjon Skenderi
Preferred futures and haunting pasts: Exploring the company-community tensions in the temporal discourses of platform-hosted organizing
Discussant(s): Monica Nadegger/Philipp Wegerer
Session VI: Friday, July 07, 14:00 to 15:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Anticipating Futures through Technology - Room: Ingegneria – C – 0_Alfa
Chair: Laure Cabantous
Emma Christensen
Into the mystery: Authoritative matters and future imaginaries in the materialization of AI
Discussant(s): Sam C. Horner/Mike Zundel
Chris Schäfer and Blagoy Blagoev
Discussant(s): Oona Hilkamo
Oona Hilkamo
From distant to near future in quantum computing
Discussant(s): Chris Schäfer/Blagoy Blagoev
Sam C. Horner and Mike Zundel
Technological time: Conceptualizing the digital mediation of temporal structuring and its implications for temporal work
Discussant(s): Emma Christensen
Parallel Stream B: Governing (un)Desirable Futures - Room: Ingegneria – A – 0_Berio
Chair: Mie Plotnikof
Anja Svejgaard Pors, Mie Plotnikof and Mie Plotnikof
Governing (gendered) STEM futures? Contradictory governance discourses promoting STEM to young females
Discussant(s): Andrea Kerstens/Angela Greco/David J. Langley
Jenni Myllykoski and Sari Laari-Salmela
Avoiding the undesired future: A study of the accumulating decision communications of the Finnish Government's Covid-19 strategy
Discussant(s): Niina Erkama/Kirsi Eraranta/Johanna Moisander
Niina Erkama, Kirsi Eraranta, Johanna Moisander and Kirsti Eraranta
Struggles over authority in public health governance
Discussant(s): Jenni Myllykoski/Sari Laari-Salmela
Andrea Kerstens, Angela Greco and David J. Langley
Digital sustainability: A recipe for unintended consequences? The case of predictive digital twins for social housing
Discussant(s): Anja Svejgaard Pors/Mie Plotnikof
Session VII: Saturday, July 08, 09:00 to 10:30, Ingegneria – C – 0_Alfa
Performing Potential Futures Communicatively
Chair: Ellen Nathues
Dennis Schoeneborn, Árni Jóhan Petersen and Dan Kärreman
The Faroe Islands and the oil that was never found: How even-if fantasies about the future can foster (inter-)organizational transformations
Discussant(s): Mark van Vuuren/Boris Brummans
Ann Bager and John McClellan
Dialogic Organizational Change: Co-creating Possible Plurivocal Futures Communicatively
Discussant(s): Frank Meier/Ellen Nathues
Frank Meier and Ellen Nathues
Matters of necessity: Speaking in the name of the situation, shaping next actions
Discussant(s): Ann Bager/John McClellan
Mark van Vuuren and Boris Brummans
Festina lente: Organizational patience as a future-making practice
Discussant(s): Dennis Schoeneborn/Árni J. Petersen/Dan Kärreman
Session VIII: Saturday, July 08, 11:00 to 12:30, Ingegneria – C – 0_Alfa
Future Performativity
Chair: Liliana Doganova
Anna E. Young-Ferris, John Roberts, Jean-Pascal Gond and John Roberts
Propositional dualism and diffracted performativity: Tracing the journey of a proposition about ESG integration at an investment firm
Discussant(s): Miriam Madsen
Orso Marie Roger, Liliana Doganova and Benjamin Cabanes
Scenarios as instruments of future-making: A practice-oriented analysis of RAND Europe scenarios
Discussant(s): Anna E. Young-Ferris/John Roberts/Jean-Pascal Gond
Miriam Madsen
Forecasting technologies as future-making devices: Organizing decision-making as a pursue of optimal balance
Discussant(s): Orso Marie Roger/Liliana Doganova/Benjamin Cabanes