Time’s up! Feminist theory and activism meets organization studies

Emma Bell, Susan Carita Meriläinen, Scott Taylor, Janne Tienari

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Feminism is a long established, often neglected empirical and theoretical presence in the study of organizations and social relations at work. This special issue provides a space for research that focuses on contemporary feminist practice and theory. We suggest that now is a new time for feminism, noting very recent examples of sexist oppression in social relations to illustrate why this rejuvenation is happening now. We then reflect on the process of knowledge production involved in guest editorial work for an organization studies journal like Human Relations, to address the issue of why feminism is so poorly represented in the journals that our academic community constructs as prestigious. We suggest that feminism provides opportunities for distinctive practices of knowledge production that challenge the patriarchal social formations which characterize academic work. We conclude with speculations about the future of feminism in organization studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-22
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • activism
  • feminism
  • intersectionality
  • patriarchy
  • politics of knowledge production
  • sexism
  • theory

Field of science

  • Gender studies
  • Business and management

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