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The second presentation on the SCOS conference (see last post) was together with Bibiana Pulido on work migration within the games industry. I’m already looking forward to SCOS 2016 in Uppsala on the theme Animal!

It is said that cultural industries require a qualified and mobile labour force. Careers in these industries are often characterised by “boundarylessness” (Arthur and Rousseau, 1996). These persons are described as having “boundaryless and protean careers” where they self-manage their own careers and move from one work place to another (Arthur and Rousseau, 1996; Briscoe and Hall, 2006). They do not have the perspective of doing a lifetime career in one work organization, but see the evolution of their career, through mobility between different firms, which enables them to work in different projects; the Silicon Valley model of personal mobility is said to be the essence in the “new economy” (Benner, 2002). Although clusters, like the Silicon Valley, have adopted this discourse it is equally important to highlight what these changing attitudes toward work have had on personal development, organising and life quality (Boltanski and Chiapello, 2007).

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This July I spent a few wonderful days at the SCOS conference in Nottingham, UK. This is one of the truly inspiring academic conferences with a welcoming athmosphere and great presentations. The theme for this year was HOME, and it was impressing to see what people had done with this. Me, I as part of two presetations. The first with Stphen Webley on home and war.

“This is my Home!”

WarDaddy (Brad Pitt) referring to ‘Fury’ his Sherman Firefly tank in the film of the same name. 2014.

War is hell, we tell ourselves yet war and ideology mobilises the concept of the home to motivate the human mind to accept the hell of warfare. Popular culture refers to this aspect of combat motivation in books, films and games, yet this ideological act of fantasy has very real connotations. During the 20th Century the ideologies of modern war negated the concept of home itself. The Fatherland of Nazi Germany dictated that every home becomes a pillbox and every cellar a fighting retreat. In Soviet Russia every city became a fortress under siege, furniture became firewood and objects of comfort took new forms, just as every pet became a potential meal. Every trench became a home that fostered its own new brand of communal existence and the politics of trench socialism. In modern war even technology itself became home – submariners and sailors, tankers and pilots all referred to their war machines in the context of home. Read the rest of this entry »

Peter Zackariasson, Ph.D.

I am an associate professor at University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law, also affiliated with Gothenburg Research Institute. I have written numerous articles and chapters on organization, leadership and marketing. Mostly these are about the video game industry. You can contact me at peter@zackariasson.com.
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