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Nostalgia for Because

Article in Journal of Management Inquiry · June 2017
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You can read it below. At the time I joined Copenhagen irony—had it been intended. arrived was vaguely remembered from a senior seminar in reader response theory taken when I majored in English lit- NOSTALGIA FOR BECAUSE erature as an undergraduate. True. discharge. The up as going Their dogs sitting atop the next hill. deeper appre- My submission went out to two reviewers.nav DOI: 10. because it is the only academic journal I know that onto something new.1177/1056492617711600 my we chase Meaning into the Past field of study. USA. holes comprised the now crumbling walls of a temple built (pursuing things that never were) from causal knowledge. . was the decaying surface whose nostalgic like Science used to hound the Truth.S. whom I think was Paul Hirsch. though soundly rejected. coinciden- nowhere. And. just ruined temples to Because Email: mjhatch@virginia. in the wake of writing it. sonal evidence is . . No matter. hunting. An emotional the latter resting patiently in my computer for over 20 years. .1177/1056492617711600Journal of Management InquiryHatch Article Journal of Management Inquiry Nostalgia for Because 1­–2 © The Author(s) 2017 Reprints and permissions: sagepub. Because postmodernism had not yet gained remember clearly enough to say for sure. had sent me on a hunt for causal explanation. I wanted to not for meaning. The poem invites that opening. pull up reading in earnest in order to fit into my new intellectual home Mary Jo Hatch1 At least 20 years ago. they’ve forgeten there ever Reading postmodern philosophy showed me that my PhD was a fox . or pasts. . business schools. any merit in it whatsoever. the hunt goes on. training. all I knew about it when I now. Neither saw ciation for postmodernism appeared within me. the poem was predicated on my initial efforts to I believe more resides in this imagery than can be summed come to terms with postmodernism and its implications. JMI was my choice. lost the scent. here it is traction in U. Suddenly the leaders. I love that the reviewer seemed to get what otherwise would remain unsaid: what my first encoun. That image inspired the crumbling surfaces poem’s first lines. These came in a flash and kept repeating in holes filled with nostalgia my head until I wrote them down. the poem denies progress and the thought I had in offering it to JMI was that the poem might looking back it embraces is more deconstructive than con- speak to my academic colleagues in a different voice than the structive. I moved to Denmark. What I now believe the reviewer ter with postmodernism felt like. ideas sparked by the then new postmodern rejection was accompanied by a note of condolence from the philosophy had already taken my departmental colleagues by editor. perhaps. at Copenhagen Business School. that without knowing it.1177/1056492617711600 jmi. the poem just worked out how.” with what would have been perfect postmodern tally. Inquiry (JMI) a poem. Well aware that readers might accuse postmodernism of ruining the temple. as it had in the wall I encountered on that drive in the torn from the webs our lust for Proof winds into Identity—not 1 Independent scholar that there is one (or ever was) Corresponding Author: Mary Jo Hatch. reaction to postmodernism. and much prior education leading up to it. My per- seeks out and supports creative scholarship. . I offered Journal of Management Looking back on both the writing process and the poem. when. but neither of us can collective storm. Organization theory. “this poem goes The poem was written in the mid-1990s. Business School. resist by declaring that the process of ruination produces but so knowledge rips free at last. I knew these two things were tongues out. beauty. not only have intimately related. but these are among the most provocative ideas one academic writing called for and. . smiling. panting.sagepub. .711600 research-article2017 JMIXXX10. One complained. communicate postmodernism offers. The writing began with a drive in the Danish countryside Ruin: decaying object where I was struck by the beauty of a crumbling wall barely standing by the side of the road. The rest came from juxta- posing this nascent imagery with my overwhelming emotional .sagepub. of overlooked is how denial of past ways of knowing opens course. about which I had recently begun on horseback and full of their riding. I sent it in.

and painstakingly I developed the writing as well as the content to serve the theorizing capacities of my I now believe that truth ceases to sustain us once we recog- students. She is now avidly pursuing a sec- dents as the editions have piled up. my response to teaching nonnative English speakers who appreciated the content but not my use of nearly all my native Funding vocabulary to explain it. and so each revision ond career as a painter. revis. leads from those ruined Temples to Truth postmodernism Several years prior to moving across the Atlantic. As multiple perspectives were all Keats.” chapters with next semester’s students. Her textbook Organization Theory: Modern. Stanford University) is professor doctoral candidates found it useful as preparation for field emerita. as recorded in my poem and explained ship. though even in the United States Mary Jo Hatch (PhD. to whom thou say’st sharing drafts with my students over several semesters. As it happened. my hope is that its might offer. and/or publication of this article. and restructured the manuscript accordingly. written a poem about that. and I agreed to a Declaration of Conflicting Interests contract with Oxford University Press (OUP). there was great interest in the manuscript among European publishers. Ode on a Grecian Urn. “Beauty is truth. giv- quest for knowledge. understanding and appreciation. View publication stats . (1919). Oxford University Press).). I called the thing Organization The Oxford book of English verse: 1250–1900 (poem no. University of Virginia. lots to work on. truth beauty. Her academic and consulting work exams. a friend to man. I was in the throes of writing one publication will encourage taking the path of beauty that when I moved to Denmark. to be published in 2017). since I had by then confronted The author(s) received no financial support for the research.2 Journal of Management Inquiry 00(0) Danish countryside—the experience I believed my poem moves the textbook a little closer to what once so confounded communicated. I was deconstructed. And. To my amazement and delight. J.—that is all ing according to their comments. Than ours. University (now Cal State Chico) on a 4/4 teaching load. and I took my sweet time. MacMillan rejected it. It then occurred to me that appreciation for me. Symbolic and Postmodern Perspectives lines 46-50). Symbolic and edition is underway. Theory: Modern. design and leadership program at George Washington University in organizing. This once more opens the question: What’s next? the beauty of what we thought we knew is what a textbook Today. Quiller-Couch (Ed. which I was then teaching at Chico State 1820 claimed. for me my encounter nization theory in the United States. OUP picked it up on condition that I update the material. Following my move. Postmodernism Postmodern Perspectives will appear soon in its fourth edition has become more and more familiar if not acceptable to stu. but what I wrote instead turned Thou shalt remain in the midst of other woe into a textbook. started shopping for a new publisher. The commissioning editor gave me lots of leeway to write at my own pace. (2018. and/or publication of this article. She has published over 75 at Benedictine University and the Cranfield School of articles in academic and practitioner journals as well as multiple Management to which I moved after leaving CBS (a fourth books. Maybe I should have When old age shall this generation waste. author- postmodernism. postmodernists but also with the poet John Keats who in zation theory. authorship. all 4 sections devoted to this one subject:. It was picked up by the new doctoral level executive since retirement has focused on the intersection of art. I began rewriting my manuscript as a paean to mod- ernist organization theory that opened onto symbolic and Reference postmodern alternatives. So in ing as their reason the now rapidly shrinking market for orga- its strange and often awkward ways. nize its fragility. the rage across Europe. by now several The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect years old. That process gave me —Keats (1919). and later by similar programs creativity in the practices of managers. I with postmodernism elevated beauty as it took away Truth. 625. My revision included simplifying the language— to the research. and using the redrafted Ye know on earth and all ye need to know. But I also know that this state of doubt opens When I finally submitted the textbook manuscript about a wonderfully onto appreciation for what is beautiful about the year before moving to Denmark. A lot was going on in that move. 1985. above. Standing shoulder to shoulder not only with commissioned by MacMillan to write a textbook on organi. May the poem do something equally stimulating for you. In A. again offering the poem to JMI. The first edition (1997) was a success everywhere but Author Biography where I had come from. with particular interest in uses of studio pedagogy to enrich student learning in management training efforts and unleash which I have taught ever since.