Boredom in Meetings

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Abstract

For managers, meetings may be an arena “where the action is”: situations to display competence and moral character. However, others may feel less involved, and meetings may be experienced as nonsense, as meaningless and worthless. A recurring theme in various studies is complaints about meetings, particularly regarding their frequency, their emptiness, and the forced attendance, taking time from what the employees consider their core tasks. In this paper I discuss such experiences: in interviews by retold experiences or stories, in field observations by noticing small talk, by photographs of side-involvement such as meeting scribbles or observing the use of smart phones or laptops during meetings, and other practices of “aways”.

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  • Sociology
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedNo
EventGothenburg Meeting Science Symposium - Gothenburg university, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 2017 May 232017 May 24
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ConferenceGothenburg Meeting Science Symposium
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period2017/05/232017/05/24
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