A1 Journal article (refereed)
A sense of spacing : Toward a diffractive reading of organizational space (2022)

Kuismin, A. (2022). A sense of spacing : Toward a diffractive reading of organizational space. Management Learning, 53(4), 718-733. https://doi.org/10.1177/13505076221100923

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Kuismin, Ari

Journal or series: Management Learning

ISSN: 1350-5076

eISSN: 1461-7307

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 28/06/2022

Volume: 53

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 718-733

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/13505076221100923

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82240


This article explores how a diffractive methodology can enrich research on organizational space and the senses. Through the creation of interferences, a diffractive methodology directs attention to how differences in sensing are created in the ongoing production of space and what the effects of these are. By using examples from an ethnographic study of the Hub, a university-based entrepreneurship space designed to invoke positive “buzz”, the article illustrates how a diffractive methodology allows for the exploration of the sensory design of space and how it governs the possibilities of sensing among participants. The article contributes to organizational research by demonstrating how a diffractive methodology can be utilized to explore sensing as a spatial, unstable achievement and by highlighting how differences in the possibilities of sensing can be an important analytical starting point.

Keywords: organisational research; working spaces; space planning; space; senses; methodology; research methods; ethnography

Free keywords: diffraction; entrepreneurial hub; intra-action; methodology; senses; space

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Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 2

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