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> (Greg Urban) (Claus Rosenkrantz Hansen) Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000 OJS 60 The Editor's Two Cents The Editor's Two Cents Greg Urban Copyright (c) 2019 Greg Urban Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000 Conflicting Interpretations: On Analyzing An Agribusiness’ Concerns About Critique <p>This article explores different ways to interpret the extent to which (capitalist) critique influences corporate practice. Starting from (self-) reflection upon negotiations between the author and a European company involved in land-based investment in Zambia, this contribution shows that corporate actors may be more responsive to their critics, such as NGOs, journalists, local communities, and (activist) scholars, than often assumed. It may be argued that anthropology partly misses this dynamic, due to its limited interest in ethnographic engagement with the powerful and its critical interpretations of capitalism. At the same time, with persistent unequal corporate advantages and wrongdoing, critical interpretations remain of significant relevance to understanding the limits of corporate responses. Reflecting on the balance between these different interpretations, the article aims to discuss the intricacies of analyzing and critiquing corporate practices. </p> Tijo Salverda Copyright (c) 2019 Tijo Salverda Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000 Business Anthropology Fieldwork Problems in the 21st Century <p><em>Comment on Salverda: </em></p><p>Business Anthropology Fieldwork Problems in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century</p> Bill Beeman Copyright (c) 2019 Bill Beeman Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000 To Critique or not to Critique? That is (perhaps not) the Question… <p><em>Comment on Salverda:</em></p><p>To Critique or not to Critique? That is (perhaps not) the Question…</p> Hannah Appel Copyright (c) 2019 Hannah Appel Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000 Between Access and Critique <p dir="ltr"><em>Response to Beeman &amp; Appel:</em></p><p dir="ltr"><span>Between Access and Critique</span></p><div><span><br /></span></div> Tijo Salverda Copyright (c) 2019 Tjio Salverda Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000 His Master’s Voice? Conceptualizing the Relationship Between Business and the World Economic Forum <p>Commonly, the relationship between corporations and non-for profit organizations, such as foundations, think tanks and private research institutes, is analyzed in terms suggesting that when acting as funders corporations set the frames for the non-for profit organization who, in turn, not only mimics but also serves as to broadcast the views of its funder. Drawing on the case of the Swizz based foundation/think tank World Economic Forum and its corporate funders we scrutinize this relationship. We show that as an organization interested in global policy making it is of vital importance for the Forum to construct its own agency, not merely giving voice to its funder’s views, and that it will do so drawing on the resources that the funders provide. Moreover, we submit that as organizations all partaking actors will endeavor to construct their own agency, oftentimes by drawing on the resources of others. In so doing, actors may have both overlapping and divergent interests. Evoking the Lévi-Strauss concept of the bricoleur, we analyze how the various and multifaceted priorities of corporations will not only be filtered by the Form, but it will also make use of the resources at hand for organizing forth own policy messages. The result is a complex and dynamic web of actors and voices.</p> Christina Garsten, Adrienne Sörbom Copyright (c) 2019 Christina Garsten, Adrienne Sörbom Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000 Unfair Trade: Protectionism, Protests and the Pursuit of Free Trade in New Zealand <p>Is free trade dead? In January 2017, President Trump withdrew the United States from the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement (TPP). This paper examines some of the anthropological implications of what emerged out of the “death” of the TPP. It analyses what this reveals about the changing contours of the neoliberal state, business-government relations and the subjectivity of corporate leaders. More broadly, it seeks to explain the tenacity of free trade and what is at stake in pursuing free trade agreements such as the TPP. Drawing on fieldwork among state and business elites in New Zealand, the paper suggests that rather than rethink its policy direction, the state deployed discursive strategies and elicited the help of business to reposition free trade as the solution, <em>not</em> the cause that eventually “killed” the TPP. Thus, rather than undermine neoliberalism, the demise of the TPP opened the possibility of its advancement.</p> Sasha Maher Copyright (c) 2019 Sasha Maher Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000 The Future Airport – Experiments and Innovative Technologies Zooming in on the micro-processes involved in developing and user testing new technologies for airports, this article works with the notion of experiments as a way to understand iterative practices and future (re)orientations. In doing so, I aim to think through experiences and experiments with applied anthropology and corporate ethnography within a dialogic framework of 1) current airport industry efforts of re-visioning stakeholder collaboration and airport re-branding and 2) the attempts of a Danish start-up company to create market disruption through innovative technology development. Although the experiments take place at different scales and are performed in different ways, I contend that they must be considered within a common frame in order to tease out their interconnectedness, particularly with regards to experimental confines and motivations. Based on some relatively raw case material, this article unfolds the different layers of experiments and the underlying assumptions that they make apparent. Helene Ilkjær Copyright (c) 2019 Helene Ilkjær Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000 Short-term Anthropology: Thoughts from a Fieldwork Among Plumbers, Digitalisation, Cultural Assumptions and Marketing Strategies <p>Long-term fieldwork and the methodology that goes with it have long set the golden standard for anthropological practice. Quick deadlines, relevance for economic growth, and bigger commercial market shares rarely equal solid anthropology. However, conditions like these are more often than not daily reality for many anthropologists working in the private and public sectors. Through an ethnographic case report this article emphasises the ability to scale up and down anthropological research methodologies and analytic tools used when performing “short-term anthropology.” It will be argued that short project deadlines within days or weeks, specific objectives, and commercial settings do not exclude anthropological practices. On the contrary, such conditions and the requirements involved encourage methodological adjustments and specificity.</p> Mette Marie Vad Karsten Copyright (c) 2019 Mette Marie Vad Karsten Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000 Why Businesses and Consumers Need Us <p><em>Millennial &amp; Post-millennial Perspectives </em></p><p>Why Businesses and Consumers Need Us</p> Elisabeth Powell Copyright (c) 2019 Elisabeth Powell Mon, 29 Apr 2019 14:47:43 +0000