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Presentation for annual meeting of adult education researchers, 18,2.2016
How can we reach, define and become more conscious on the role of emotions in organizations, the way they influence and construct the interaction, different kind of emotional dilemmas and tensions? The main aim of this presentation is to present some conceptual, but concrete tools to be used in diagnosing the organizational “health”, preferably by both researchers and practitioners.
My thinking is based on the research on governance of organizations, so called affect theories and my own research on the role of emotions in development of higher education. These theoretic resources are used in constructing the idea of the organizational change and life as “an organic tissue”, where possibilities and obstacles are in flux. Organizations are seen as constantly evolving, historically layered and socially constructed places, where internal and external forces meet and the different kind beliefs and practices arise, meet and conflict.
Emotions are understood as social and physical elements of the human behaviour and social life. Emotions are something, which are both uncontrollable by their nature and something which we – at least to some extent – can influence in. Role of emotions is crucial if we are interested in the way different kind of conflicts are handled, and how categorizations (gender, occupation, ethnic and cultural differences) are constructed and re-constructed.
The presentation consists on the short introduction to theoretic thinking and the concepts, and the illustration of their use in practice.
Main concepts: governance, emotions, organizations