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Title: Dark Organizational Theory
Authors: Brown, Steven D.
Reavey, Paula
First Published: 22-Mar-2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Journal of Cultural Economy, 2017
Abstract: Institutions and organizations are defined by competing sociomaterial logics. Divergence between the ‘visible’ and the ‘hidden’ side of organization invites a critical work of ‘unveiling’. But such critique does not enable understanding of how coherency is accomplished between different modes of reason. This is performed in emergent third spaces, where parasitic relations are enacted. During moments of ‘crisis’ or ‘breach’, contradictions are both acknowledged and given concrescence. Management comes into being in the anticipation of its breaking. Four accounts of this process are offered – a discussion of a remark from Michel Serres’s The Parasite, a description of China Miélville’s novel The City and The City, stories from fieldwork in medium-secure forensic psychiatric units, and set of conceptual propositions. Together they perform a descriptive practice called ‘dark organization theory’ which analyses the functional aspects of divergence and breaking in management and organizational practices.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17530350.2017.1298533
ISSN: 1753-0350
eISSN: 1753-0369
Embargo on file until: 22-Sep-2018
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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