Feminist theorizing in organization studies: A way forward with Marta Calás and Linda Smircich

Susan Meriläinen, Janne Tienari, Mrinalini Greedharry

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The founders of Organization include Marta Calás and Linda Smircich who are among the most influential feminist theorists in organization studies. We take inspiration from their work to outline ideas for feminist and other critical scholars studying organizations and organizing. We draw especially on their consistent interest in transnational feminism, engagement with feminist new materialisms, and emphasis on epistemological and ontological questions about (feminist) organization studies. We highlight key theoretical points and show how feminism(s) can remain socially, societally, and globally meaningful. Our aim is to continue to create feminist organization theorizing that, as Calás and Smircich’s scholarship does, remains critical and vigilant about who its knowers are, what kind of knowledge it produces, and what this knowledge is for.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1188-1194
Number of pages7
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • feminist
  • feminist new materialism
  • knowledge production
  • theorizing
  • transnational feminism

Field of science

  • Gender studies
  • Administrative science


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