Making Things Valuable

Hardcover | September 13, 2015

EditorMartin Kornberger, Lise Justesen, Jan Mouritsen

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What if value is neither an intrinsic quality of an object, nor a reflection of a subjects preferencesbut rather something that is organized and brought into existence through mechanisms, technologies and practices of valuation? This edited book addresses the question of valuation theoretically and through empirical analyses of diverse objects of valuations, such as university ranking lists, ice skating scoring, wind power, insurances, gold and big data. The theoretical inspiration is interdisciplinary and the volume bringstogether scholars from economic sociology, accounting, organization studies, and science and technology studies with the aim of understanding through which practices and processes things are made valuable. Valuing is understood as a plural activity where pricing things is just one way of signifying value. Socio-economic reality is constituted through different orders of worth that are grounded in the way people praise and prize things. The book is arranged around five concerns that underpin the debateabout making things valuable. These concerns are: calculating/economizing; commensurating/switching; visualizing/hiding; modelling/tracing; and knowing/disciplining.

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What if value is neither an intrinsic quality of an object, nor a reflection of a subjects preferencesbut rather something that is organized and brought into existence through mechanisms, technologies and practices of valuation? This edited book addresses the question of valuation theoretically and through empirical analyses of diverse...

Martin Kornberger is professor of Strategy and Organisation at Copenhagen Business School and visiting professor at the WU Wien. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Vienna, followed by a decade at the University of Technology, Sydney where he worked last as associate professor for design and management and research...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:September 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198712286

ISBN - 13:9780198712282

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Martin Kornberger, Lise Jusesen, Jan Moursitsen and Anders Koed Madsen: Introduction: Making Things Valuable1. Wendy Nelson Espeland and Stacy E. Lom: Noticing Numbers: How Quantification Changes What We See and What We Dont2. Paolo Quattrone: Value in the Age of Doubt: Accounting as a Maieutic Machine3. Pierre Penet: Rating Reports as Figuring Documents: How CRAs Build Scenarios of the Future4. Neil Pollock and Gian Marco Campagnolo: Subitizing Practices and Market Decisions: The Role of Simple Graphs In Business Valuations5. Liliana Doganova and Fabian Muniesa: Capitalization devices: business models and the renewal of markets6. Trine Pallesen: Valuable assemblages or assembling values7. Sabina Du Rietz: Valuation devices orientation to each other: Imitation and differentiation among devices valuing companies social and environmental performance8. Laure Cabantous and Theodora Dupont-Courtade: What is a catastrophe model worth? The (e)valuative practices of cat analysts in insurance companies9. Jose Ossandon: The enactment of Economic Things: The Objects of Insurance10. Juliane Reinecke: The politics of values: A case study of conflict-free gold11. Celia Lury and Noortje Marres: Notes on Objectual Valuation12. Anders Koed-Madsen: Tracing Data Paying Attention: Interpreting digital methods through valuation studies and Gibsons theory of perception