unpacking the crisis: un(der)employment, entrepreneurship, participation and resistance

Cultures of Un(der)employment: Living with employment vulnerability in Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain.

Paper presented at the 8th EGOS Organization Studies Summer Workshop. Mykonos, Greece, May 2013.

Current research in organizational culture aims to reflect the rapidly changing environment of contemporary organizations, where inter-organizational alliances (Boyacigiller and Adler, 1991; Brannen and Salk, 2000; Vlaar et al, 2007) and the effects of international markets and multinational market processes are commonplace (Ailon-Souday and Kunda, 2003; Hermans and Kempen, 1998; Martin, 2002; Riad and Vaara, 2011). Moving from earlier paradigms, where organizational cultures were described as systems of shared collective meanings within particular organizational boundaries (Pettigrew, 1979; Schein, 1990), recent research puts more emphasis on the discontinuous and fragmented cultural meanings that permeate our post-industrial organizations (Alvesson, 2002; Bourne and Edwards, 2012; Czarniawska, 1992; McKenna and Rooney, 2012). Following this tradition, this paper sets out to expand our understanding of organizational cultural processes exploring the effects of the current financial crisis on employment and organizations through the experience of young un(der)employed Europeans.