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Title: Employing James Bond
Authors: Parker, Martin
First Published: 27-Jan-2017
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US), Western Academy of Management
Citation: Journal of Management Inquiry, 2017
Abstract: This article is concerned with the representation of one particular form of work within popular culture during a particular period, in order to understand just how much representations of work have altered over the past half century. I discuss the James Bond phenomenon and the ways in which it has been understood by cultural theorists. I then look at what the novels suggest about understandings of work and organizations in Britain in the 1950s before comparing that period to later Bonds. The latter operation necessarily involves thinking through the ways in which an understanding of historical context is crucial to thinking through the production and consumption of any text, whether about work and organizations, or any other topic. The article concludes with some thoughts on the impossibility of the Bond novels being written now, when the organization and its executives are assumed to be agents in generalized conspiracies.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1056492616689305
ISSN: 1056-4926
eISSN: 1552-6542
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © SAGE Publications (UK and US), Western Academy of Management 2017. This version of the paper is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License (, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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