Organisation Studies

Speaker:Ann Rippin, University of Bristol
Date: Wednesday 17 February 2016
Time: 14:30
Location: Pearson Teaching Room, Building One

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Cloth is a universal element in human existence, well-being and organising. This paper will explore the importance of cloth at work. It will look at what we wear and what we need to wear. It takes a deliberately provocative stance on organisations as arenas of masculine violence with the modern business suit being a direct descendant of the suit of armour. This field of battle has no place for the feminine, and so this art or studio-based project proposes a series of war collars for women and early career academics to wear as protection. The point of the paper, however, is to ask: what happens when we take arts-based or studio-based methods seriously? What happens when the output of the project is not a paper but an artefact? Biographical Note Ann Rippin is a reader in Management at the University of Bristol. Her research interests are in art as research, gender and history in management, and narrative approaches to research. She has published widely in these areas. As part of her research practice she makes textiles which represent a visual and tactile way of (re)presenting research ‘findings’. She is currently working on a large-scale study of the role of Laura Ashley plc in the definitional moments in women’s lives in the generation which were involved in the new wave of patchwork and quilting in the 1970s. She is a former Chair of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS), and the co-editor of Culture and Organization. Her blog can be found at