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Title: Struggling with Lack: A Lacanian Perspective on Organizational Identity
Authors: Driver, Michaela
First Published: Jan-2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Organization Studies, 2009, 30 (1), pp. 55-72
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to contribute to research on organizational identity by developing a psychoanalytic perspective. In particular, the author draws on Lacanian theorizing to explore how organizational identity discourse is informed by imaginary constructions of subjectivity. It is proposed that the collective construction of coherent, unitary, and definably organizational identity discourse is validated by and validates conscious but illusory constructions of the self. The resulting discourse is inevitably disrupted by unconscious subjectivity and invariably fails. Therefore, the collective construction of fragmented, dynamic, and emergent organizational identity discourse is equally inevitable. While such discourse can be illusory, it also contains the opportunity for engaging in liberating struggles with identity as lack. The implications of this perspective for the theory and practice of organizational identity are discussed.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0170840608100516
ISSN: 0170-8406
eISSN: 1741-3044
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2009 SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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