John Hassard, Professor of Organizational Analysis, University of Manchester, UK
'The field of organization studies has been slow to develop the visual methods used in anthropology, ethnography, and sociology. Visual images are often mistakenly seen as decorative. But we live in an organized world'saturated by imagery designed to influence, persuade, motivate, excite, and to sell, with individual and corporate consequences. Our understanding of the power of the visual has become more pressing with developments in online presence, social media, digital photography, and surveillance techniques. The editors also argue that the role of visual imagery in the social construction of our reality has taken second place to language, and they seek to correct this imbalance.
This benchmark volume clearly signals the visual turn in organization studies. It brings together an extraordinarily rich collection of work - ideas, perspectives, lines of enquiry, methodological approaches - that has until now been scattered. At last we have a unique and comprehensive overview of the scope, diversity, and above all the future potential of this exciting and rapidly developing field.'
David A. Buchanan, Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Cranfield University School of Management