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AbstractThe argument of the paper is that the pervasive nature of information technology in today’s work environment, though instrumental for organizational efficiency, engenders serious implications for organizational leadership and administrative discretion. It challenges our traditional...
AbstractCritical management studies scholars occupy a tenuous pos/tlOn in business schools. Their location and intellectual trajectory needs to be understood in the political context of the historical defeat of the Left since its highpoint in 1968. One of the tributaries of critical management...
AbstractIn drawing attention to the prevalence of images, spectacles, and simulations in contemporary service organizations, the paper points at a blind spot in recent debates about new forms of “soft” control. Whereas the trend from negative to positive power, from hard to soft control, from...
AbstractThis paper uses the work of Georges Bataille to claim that we Westerners seek to stave off death by engaging in various future-oriented projects, by organizing ourselves, each other, and our environments in particular ways. Given that we organize to try to forestall death, we therefore...
AbstractThis paper considers private-public partnerships as a central feature of efforts to reinvent government and the delivery of public services in the UK. Specifically, it examines the contracting out of services by a major government department and a National Health Service hospital....
AbstractI propose a critical postmodern application of Debord’s Spectacle and the carnivaJesque of Bakhtin to the theatrics I see happening in city streets, on college campuses, and Internet resisting the new globalized economy. In the past decade public administration has experienced the...
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