What does a stockbroker in Istanbul navigating the rush of incoming trading figures have in common with a mother in Stockholm trying to organize a growing pile of baby clothes? They are both coping with excess or overflow. This book explores the ways in which institutions, corporations and individuals define and manage situations of 'too much' - too much information, too many choices, too many commodities or too many tasks. By analyzing a wide range of settings - from corporate firms and public administration to everyday domestic routines - the book offers an in-depth understanding of the complexities of overflow phenomena. It questions when, where and why overflow emerges and for whom this is a problem or a blessing. This broad introduction to a striking contemporary phenomenon will prove an enlightening read for a wide-ranging audience including academics and researchers in the disciplines of business and management, political science, economic history and sociology.
Barbara Czarniawska was born 2 December 1948 in Bialystok, Poland, where her family moved from Vilnius after the World War II. She is a Swedish citizen since 1988. She holds an MA in Social and Industrial Psychology from Warsaw University, (1970); Ph.D.in Economic Sciences from Warsaw School of Economics (1976); a title of Doctor honoris causa from Stockholm School of Economics (2005); Copenhagen Business School (2006); and Helsinki School of Economics (2006).
She is at present Chair of Management Studies at Gothenburg Research Institute, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Sweden; a Titular Professor at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels; and a Visiting Professor at University of Rome I "La Sapienza", Italy.
Her research applies a constructivist perspective on organizing, most recently exploring the connections between popular culture and practice of management. She is interested in methodology, especially in fieldwork techniques and in the application of naratology in social science studies.
She writes in Polish, English, Swedish and Italian; her works have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Danish, French, German and Russian.
She is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Royal Engineering Academy, the Royal Society of Art and Sciences in Gothenburg, and Societas Scientiarum Finnica. Lily and Sven Thuréus Technical-Economic Award for internationally renowned research in organization theory, 2000; Wihuri International Prize "in recognition of creative work that has specially furthered and developed the cultural and economic progress of mankind", 2003.