Management Research Seminar Series: All Equal in Death? Fighting inequality in the contemporary funeral industry

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Luc Audebrand, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Management

Université Laval

This paper examines how alternative economic organizations can fight inequality without help from traditional partners such as social movement organizations. We focus on co-operatives’ successful battle against corporate dominance in the Québec funeral industry. We analyse their actions through the lens of Nancy Fraser’s tridimensional theory of justice, which utilizes the cultural dimension of recognition, political dimension of representation, and economic dimension of distribution. We demonstrate how funeral co-ops empowered their federation to influence institutional inequality while maintaining a co-op identity by embodying the potentially contradictory flexibility of social movements along with co-op principles. This paper contributes to scholarship on collective social action by exploring the dual role of model and movement played by secondary co-ops such as the federation of Québec funeral co-ops, which draws on local institutional and organizational resources to disrupt unfair structures. We also extend Fraser’s theory, using it as a framework for understanding the dynamic relationships between inequality and its potential remedies at different levels of analysis.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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About the Speaker

Luc Audebrand is an associate professor in the Department of Management at Universite Laval. His research interests include Creation and Management of Social Economy Organizations, Paradoxes and Tensions in Social Economy Organizations and Metaphorical Pluralism in Management Education in a Sustainable Development Perspective. Luc has received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Master of Human Resources Management (MSc) from HEC Montreal, and Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Montreal.

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