Strategizing with organizational videoblogs: sensegiving, self-branding or spectacle?

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Abstract

Purpose – Despite the increased interest in video methods and the role of visuality in organizations and management, the use of video in organizations has received scant attention. The purpose of this paper is to explore organizational videoblogs as a phenomenon, and discuss avenues that open up for qualitative
research. The paper examines the affordances of organizational videoblogs in a strategy context by contrasting them with more conventional corporate videos, in order to discuss how spectacularization and social media style communication is influencing social practices in organizations.

Design/methodology/approach – First, this paper introduces the phenomenon of organizational videoblogging and its implications for research. Second, it engages in a theoretical discussion on videoblogs as a strategizing activity, through three different analytical lenses: strategic sensegiving, strategic self-branding and strategy as spectacle. Illustrative empirical examples are used to support the theoretical discussion.

Findings – The paper argues that organizational videoblogging is a phenomenon that changes social practices in organizations by injecting a visual, social media type communication. Organizational videoblogs emphasize authenticity and provide new affordances for sensegiving and self-branding in strategizing, but
ultimately lead us to ask whether they risk turning strategizing into an infotainment-like spectacle.

Originality/value – The value of this paper lies in conceptualizing how and why organizational videoblogs can be studied in organizations. The paper provides future research with vocabulary and characteristics to distinguish different types of video in organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalQualitative Research in Organizations and Management : An International Journal
Volume14
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)465-480
Number of pages17
ISSN1746-5648
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15.05.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • sensegiving
  • affordances
  • strategy as practice
  • visuality
  • video methods
  • videoblogging

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