Organization, atmosphere, and digital technologies: designing sensory order

Jørgensen, L. and Holt, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4049, 2019. Organization, atmosphere, and digital technologies: designing sensory order. Organization, 26 (5), pp. 673-695. ISSN 1350-5084

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We argue technology and organization are inherently spatial phenomenon. We conceptualize this conjunction as atmosphere: a gathering of mood, human practice, material and environmental conditions, and values that has sufficient coherence and distinction to constitute a distinct interior. Atmospheres, however, are not entirely stable and present: the interior is porous to outside influence, and the interior is never wholly ordered. We show this through the study of digitally mediated architectural design practice. We find the technological mediation of atmospheres is constituted in sensory and affective spatial arrangements, and not in rationally calculated configurations of assets and goals. An atmosphere is inherently aesthetic. This allows us to gesture toward a definition of organization as technologically mediated spatial struggle to reconcile interior coherence with outward exposure.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Organization
Creators: Jørgensen, L. and Holt, R.
Publisher: Sage
Date: September 2019
Volume: 26
Number: 5
ISSN: 1350-5084
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 27 Apr 2020 11:07
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2020 11:07

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