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Organizational diaspora: The aftermath of the Saleninvest bankruptcy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
2013 (English)In: Culture and Organization, ISSN 1475-9551, E-ISSN 1477-2760, Vol. 19, no 5, 430-450 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I argue that the concept of diaspora, meaning the mass and usually involuntary migration of people from their homeland, which is widely used in disciplines such as anthropology, can contribute to organization studies both theoretically and empirically. Theoretically, the concept of diaspora urges scholars to study the identifications with roots, routes and the new home, the emotional relation the people in the diaspora have to these roots and routes, and the exchanges within the diaspora. This contributes to understanding organizational identity. Empirically, the concept of diaspora brings up issues of remembering and recovery of the homeland, but connotations can also be positive. I focus on diaspora in the aftermath of bankruptcies by drawing on a case study of Swedish shipping firm Saleninvest's bankruptcy in 1984. I will describe the Saleninvest diaspora that both remembered and reconstructed Saleninvest, and whose members did not feel at home in their new workplaces.

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2013. Vol. 19, no 5, 430-450 p.
Keyword [en]
bankruptcy, diaspora, recovery, roots, routes, shipping
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Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
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Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211758DOI: 10.1080/14759551.2013.824447ISI: 000325959400005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-211758DiVA: diva2:669136
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2014-01-09Bibliographically approved

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