Overwhelmed by overflows?

How people and organizations create and manage excess

Edited by Barbara Czarniawska and Orvar Löfgren

Overwhelmed by overflows?


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-9-1984-6980-6
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Lund University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: September 2019
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Sociology: work & labour, Economics, Finance, Business & Management, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Management Decision Making, Economics, finance, business & management / General, Society & social sciences / Sociology: work & labour
  • Series: Lund University Press


This transdisciplinary volume investigates the ways in which people and organisations deal with the overflow of information, goods or choices. It explores two main themes: the emergence of overflows and the management of overflows, in the sense of either controlling or coping with them. Individual chapters show the management of overflows taking place in various social settings, periods and political contexts. This includes attempts by states to manage future consumption overflow in post-war Easter European, contemporary economies of sharing, managing overflow in health care administration, overflow problems in mass travel and migration, overflow in digital services and the overflow that scholars face in dealing with an abundance of publications.

An electronic version of this book is available under a creative commons licence:


Introduction - Orvar Löfgren and Barbara Czarniawska
1 Consumer and consumerism under state socialism: demand-side abundance and its discontents in Hungary during the long 1960s - György Péteri
2 Metamorphoses, or how self-storage turned from homes into hotels - Helene Brembeck
3 Moving in a sea of strangers: handling urban overflows - Orvar Löfgren
4 Too much happens in the workplace - Karolina J. Dudek
5 Just like any other business or a special case? Framing excess in a Swedish newspaper group - Elena Raviola
6 Overflowing with uncertainty: controversies regarding epistemic wagers in climate-economy models - Jonathan Metzger
7 More means less: managing overflow in science publishing - Sabina Siebert, Robert Insall, and Laura M. Machesky
8 Guides and an overflow of choices - Lars Norén and Agneta Ranerup
9 Virtual red tape, or digital v. paper bureaucracy - Barbara Czarniawska
Afterword: a surplus of ideas - Richard Wilk


Barbara Czarniawska is Senior Professor of Management Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Orvar Löfgren is Professor Emeritus in European Ethnology in the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University

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