Unequal Matters

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School of Business | Doctoral thesis (article-based)
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35 + app. 91
Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL THESES, 6/2023
This doctoral dissertation consists of an introductory chapter and four articles. The articles are grounded in a relational onto-epistemological stance and are developed with an embodied and material sensitivity as well as a feminist ethos. While the articles are positioned within different fields of management and organization studies, they all focus on how difference is 'done' in organizational practices and through material-discursive entanglements and how this relates to the materialization of (in)equalities and ethics. More specifically, the articles explore the organizational (im)possibilities of difference alongside the tensions that often emerge in attempts to organize for equality, diversity, and inclusion, for example, the ongoing perpetuation of otherness and commodification of sameness. Together, the articles bridge various streams of relational, philosophical thought with management and organization studies and respond to the recent scholarly interest in the materialization of (in)equalities as well as the noted need to further theorize the relational nature of inclusion/exclusion with an emphasis on difference.
Supervising professor
Moisander, Johanna, Prof., Aalto University, Department of Management Studies, Finland
Thesis advisor
Eräranta, Kirsi, Dr., Aalto University, Finland
inequality, difference, diversity, materiality, feminisms, ethics
Other note
  • [Publication 1]: Wickström, Alice. (2021). Girls gone bad: An essay on “Existence” in Chytilová's Daisies. Publisher. Gender, Work & Organization, 28(6), 2058-2075.
    Full text in Acris/Aaltodoc: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:aalto-202108258373
    DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12732 View at publisher
  • [Publication 2]: Johansson, Janet, and Wickström, Alice (2022) Constructing a ‘Different’ strength: A feminist exploration of vulnerability, ethical agency, and care. Accepted for publication in Journal of Business Ethics.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-022-05121-1 View at publisher
  • [Publication 3]: Wickström, Alice, Kuismin, Ari, and Katila, Saija. (forthcoming). Erasure on-demand: A diffractive reading of algorithmic management. Accepted for publication in A Research Agenda for Organization Studies, Feminisms and New Materialisms (eds. Marta Calás and Linda Smircich), Edward Elgar
  • Kuismin, Ari, Katila, Saija, Hietanen, Joel and Wickström, Alice. The (capitalist) production of an ‘inclusive’ space for entrepreneurship. Manuscript under review in a journal