Journal of Business Anthropology <p>The <em>Journal of Business Anthropology</em> (JBA) is an Open Access journal which publishes the results of anthropological and related research in business organizations and business situations of all kinds. This website is the home of JBA, and here you will find all <a href="/index.php/jba/issue/archive">Published Issues</a>, as well as additional materials.</p> en-US <p>Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:<br><br></p> <ol> <li>Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a href="">Creative Commons Attribution License</a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.</li> <li>Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.</li> <li>Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See <a href="" target="_new">The Effect of Open Access</a>).</li> </ol> (Kasper Tang Vangkilde) (Claus Rosenkrantz Hansen) Fri, 23 Dec 2022 07:49:51 +0000 OJS 60 Back to Copenhagen: A Few Words from the New JBA Editors Kasper Tang Vangkilde, Samantha Dawn Breslin, Simon Lex Copyright (c) 2022 Kasper Tang Vangkilde Thu, 22 Dec 2022 13:12:17 +0000 Like Clockwork: Experts and Expertise in Stockholm’s Startup and Innovation Ecosystem <p>SthlmTech, Stockholm’s startup ecosystem, is famous for being an innovation hub that produces more billion-dollar startups per capita than anywhere else except Silicon Valley. This success, people within the community say, is down to the ecosystem of organizations and experts that facilitate the creation and growth of startups via a well-organized curriculum that guides entrepreneurs through the “business” of starting-up. In this article, I examine this understanding of the ecosystem as a neutral, smooth, and ordered apparatus for maximizing the speed and efficiency of innovation. Specifically, I challenge how this popular conception of the ecosystem conceptualizes expertise and experts as mechanistic components ready to be deployed along the path of entrepreneurs training. By analyzing the expertise of ecosystem experts in practice, this paper aims to demonstrate what the ecosystem curriculum foregrounds and what it obscures and how the ideas behind this curriculum shape much more than routine business procedure.</p> Angela Kristin VandenBroek Copyright (c) 2022 Angela Kristin VandenBroek Mon, 05 Dec 2022 23:21:08 +0000 Appropriate Disturbances: Team Development in Sports and Business <p style="font-weight: 400;">In this article, we will present an anthropological research project that explores possible benefits of comparing a professional handball club and a software company. More specifically, we turn our attention to the phenomenon of “disturbances.” In workplace contexts, disturbances are most often experienced as hindering focus and immersion, thus having a negative impact on job performance. However, by exploring everyday practices in the Danish professional handball club Bjerringbro-Silkeborg Handball, it becomes apparent that (former) head coach Peter Bredsdorff Larsen deliberately uses what he calls “appropriate disturbances” to provoke change and give direction to processes of team development. This causes us to ask one of the fundamental questions of our overall research project: what form would such appropriate disturbances take in a software company? In an effort to explore this question, we describe our experiments with the concept of “reflection time” as an appropriate disturbance to team development in the software company Systematic. We argue that such disturbances can create moments and spaces in which the potential for improvement and development emerges through a temporary destabilization of everyday life in the workplace.</p> Kasper Pape Helligsøe, Rikke Rønnau, Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen Copyright (c) 2022 Kasper Pape Helligsøe, Rikke Rønnau, Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen Mon, 05 Dec 2022 23:09:17 +0000 Muddling Through Tamara Hale Copyright (c) 2022 Tamara Hale Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 How an Animation Production Studio Survived the Pandemic: The Case of Graphinica, Inc. Nao Hirasawa, Ryotaro Mihara Copyright (c) 2022 Nao Hirasawa, Ryotaro Mihara Mon, 05 Dec 2022 16:41:19 +0000 Organizing Cultural Change: Leveraging the Four Forces Framework Matthew J. Hill, Mario Moussa Copyright (c) 2022 Matthew Hill, Mario Moussa Mon, 05 Dec 2022 16:28:38 +0000 Book Review: Digital Cultures, Lived Stories and Virtual Reality by Thomas Maschio, Anthropology and Business Series. London and New York: Routledge <p>The author of this book, Thomas Maschio, has lived two anthropological lives; an earlier one as an academic anthropologist and a later one as an anthropologist running a company (Maschio Consulting) that specializes in the use of ethnographic research methods to help solve business problems and provide new kinds of information for business decisions. This combined background shows, as this volume is full of insights that translate both to the rough and tumble world of business practices and the more abstract world of academic understandings. This is to say that it offers readers insights into common social practices, such as the use of personal devices (for instance, smart phones) or the production of contemporary journalism, that can be utilized by both business practitioners and university-based researchers to think more about the ever-increasing role that digital technology is playing in our lives. As such, I could see this volume being used as a standard textbook in different kinds of social science or business courses, as well as being of interest to those who are simply curious about the intersection between business and anthropology or who want to gain a greater understanding of contemporary digital practices.</p> Wayne Fife Copyright (c) 2022 Wayne Fife Tue, 06 Dec 2022 15:12:36 +0000 The Making of Pieces of the Puzzle: Reflections on a Collaborative Ethnographic Filmmaking Process <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>This is a companion piece to the “Pieces of the Puzzle” film. </em></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><a title="Pieces of the Puzzle" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="/public/site/images/mke/pieces_of_the_puzzle2.png"></a></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;</p> Thomas Scott Hughes, Brady Welch, Janine Schuurman Copyright (c) 2022 Thomas Hughes, Brady Welch, Janine Schuurman Mon, 19 Dec 2022 23:46:04 +0000