Temporality and Space in Knowledge Work

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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Anna Growe, Suntje Schmidt
Chairs: Anna Growe

Call for Submissions

The session invites papers that deal with these and related issues, ranging from conceptual and methodological contributions to empirical examples and practical implications.


The transformation to the knowledge economy led to a fundamental re-organisation of knowledge-driven work, characterized by three dimensions in particular:
(1) Work is increasingly organized in temporary settings, such temporary and cyclical clusters like fairs or congresses. Additionally, work has temporary boundaries, e.g. by projects or in other forms of temporary settings such as business meetings.
(2) Knowledge work is increasingly multi-local, e.g. performed in offices, at clients’ locations, or other locations of service provision and production.
(3) Work is organized outside organisations, e.g. in collaborative work spaces such as open creative labs or coworking spaces leading to subjective and boundaryless careers.
Even though research on temporary forms of knowledge exchange and knowledge driven work has significantly increased over the past few years, little research dealt with the interplay of temporarily organizing work and the materiality of places apt for working as well as with the possible interrelations of social practices and the design and use of specific physical places. Until now, possibilities to enhance creativity and knowledge work by temporarily locate work practices in dedicated physical surroundings are mainly discussed in management literature and architecture and design and has received only limited attention by geographers. This session therefore addresses the state of research on knowledge exchange and creativity in temporary work settings and seeks to discuss actor constellations and their social practices in relation to physical places.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Christoph Mager*, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Situating workplaces and work processes in the music industry. Evidence from a study of A&R personnel in small and medium-sized labels in Germany 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Anna Growe*, Heidelberg University, Madeleine Wagner, Heidelberg University, Eventisation as product of socio-spatial dynamics at creativity-enhancing workplaces 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Stephan Otto*, , Codification processes in a temporary setting: knowledge practices in an innovation lab 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Suntje Schmidt*, Institute for Research on Society and Space, Who is there? Types of users in Open Creative Labs 20 10:55 AM
Presenter Nancy Worth*, University of Waterloo, Alkim Karaagac, University of Waterloo, Finding the time and space to count yourself in: expert women’s engagement with the media 20 11:15 AM

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