The first international SCOS (Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism) Conference in Lund, Sweden 1984 hosted by Per-Olof Berg was the second or third conference I had ever attended, and was around 6 weeks before my PhD viva, and 2 weeks before my daughter was born. This tape was made by three academics rather than being a fully professional product, and given the fact that editing processes involved sticky tape and scissors it's a marvellous job. Robert Poupard dragged presenters down to a subterranean room where they were interviewed, usually after their presentation but occasionally before if they'd had chance to read it (presentations were all on OHP slides in those days - if you had photos you needed 35mm slides and a separate carousel). Everyone looks so young - I was just over half my current age - and several of them are no longer with us.
This tape is over 30 years old - you can tell by the shirt collars, spectacle frames and hair styles - and I've digitised a cassette copy rather than the master. The tape I got ended rather abruptly and there was stretch at the beginning which affected the music badly, so I've redubbed that, but otherwise I've left it as it was. I hope it's of interest. I came from a little college at the bottom of the UK pecking order and met several of my heroes there - I was stunned by their approachability and that they treated me as an equal, which was from a beginning a hallmark of SCOS. I was really inspired - I wanted all conferences to be like that! My ambition became to do the keynote at a SCOS conference - the keynotes were more like performances than anything else, and instead of workshops there were "symbolic events" in the evenings - entertainment that was nevertheless part of the intellectual programme, cognitive, affective and in some cases conative simultaneously. But although I was Secretary, editor of the Newsletter (Notework), eventually became Chair, and co-edited the SCOS journal Culture and Organization, and organised two SCOS Conferences in Lancaster and Athens, that other ambition remained unfulfilled. But I did get to work with some wonderful scholars and people both older and younger than me, and it's great that what was initially a marginal, guerilla and even "non"-organization has continued to be meaningful for, and to nurture, continuing generations of new imaginative scholars. Initially a break-away group from EGOS (European Group of Organization Studies), is has inspired and supported its own break-away groups like the Art of Management and Organization,and ACSCOS (Australian Caucus of SCOS), and contrbuting to the development of organizational identity and organizational aesthetics..
Presented by Per-Olof Berg, it features interviews with scholars from Canada, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Italy, the USA and the UK - although a further 15 nations were represented at the conference. Interviewees are Harry Abravanel, Omar Aktouf, Ake Aredahl, Brenda Beck, Tom Dandridge, William de Marco, Anders Ekstrom, Pasquale Gagliardi, Bengt-Ake Gustavsson Jeremy Hendricks, John Martin, Kalra Pihlamaki, Robert Poupard, Dick Raspa, Guje Sevon, Burkard Sievers (missspelt in the video), Steven Smith (incorrectly identified as Peter Smith in the video),Barry Turner, Robert Witkin,, ,... and me. Although I have only a short interview, I have easily the best jumper. IMHO, of course.