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Postmodernism and Organizations

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July 1993 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"It carries with it the singular benefit of an enormously clear and accessible representation of the meaning of postmodernism, and an equally clear and convincing account of why postmodern theory is less compelling than postmodernists suppose. As an edited collection, it is one of the most intelligible accounts of what a postmodern perspective on organizations might require. This is a book that those who feel alienated in the face of the kinds of theoretical impulse suggested by Nicholas Fox might turn to with profit." --Health and Social Care "Postmodernism and Organizations is a lively symposium. . . . The book takes us into the heart of the current debates embroiling organizational theorists, such as those on deconstruction, gender, pluralism, and so on." --Journal of General Management Postmodernism's impact has been widely felt throughout the social sciences and humanities. Postmodernism and Organizations is the first book that specifically addresses the implications of postmodernist/poststructuralist thinking for organizations and organizational analysis. This important, groundbreaking volume not only provides a comprehensive introduction to the topic, but also examines a range of organizational themes--deconstruction, desire, difference, pluralism, and relativism--from a postmodernist perspective. Contributors take a critical look at postmodernist organizational theory, covering both its positive and negative aspects. Essential reading for those who monitor the newest developments in organization and management theory, Postmodernism and Organizations addresses contemporary issues which can't be ignored. Excellent for scholars of organizational behavior, sociology of organizations, and organizational psychology.
Martin Parker and John Hassard
Introduction
John Hassard
Postmodernism and Organizational Analysis
An Overview

 
 
PART ONE: TOWARDS POSTMODERNISM
Paul Jeffcutt
From Interpretation to Representation
Steve Linstead
Deconstruction in the Study of Organizations
Gibson Burrell
Eco and the Bunnymen
 
PART TWO: DEBATES WITH POSTMODERNISM
Pippa Carter and Norman Jackson
Modernism, Postmodernism and Motivation, Or Why Expectancy Theory Failed to Come Up to Expectation
Dag Bj[um]orkegren
What Can Organization and Management Theory Learn from Art?
Mats Alvesson
The Play of Metaphors
Albert J Mills
Organizational Discourse and the Gendering of Identity
Jeff Hearn and Wendy Parkin
Organizations, Multiple Oppressions and Postmodernism
 
PART THREE: DEPARTURES FROM POSTMODERNISM
Michael I Reed
Organizations and Modernity
Continuity and Discontinuity in Organization Theory

 
f002 Paul Thompson
Postmodernism
Fatal Distraction

 
Martin Parker
Life After Jean-Fran[ce]cois

`I very much liked Dr Michael Reed's chapter on continuities and discontinuities, as well as Professor Paul Thompson on postmodernism as a `fatal distraction', and Professor Gibson Burrell on the university in postmodern times' - Journal of General Management

`Most of the papers are written with an unusual degree of wit and good humour which gives the collection an aura of seriousness tempered by a feeling that, collectively, the authors do not take themselves - or postmodernism - too seriously. The result is a refreshing and considered commentary on the main subject matter.... The first section of the book comprising contributions from those in the main well-disposed to the postmodernist enterprise is generally interesting and accessible.... The ... paper by Gibson Burrell - 'Eco and the Bunnymen' - deserves special mention... because it is hysterically funny. Humour apart, Burrell offers a brief but penetrating analysis of the implications of postmodernist thought for an understanding of the search for universal 'truths' as mediated by the university and the academic 'community' more generally.... can be warmly recommended for academics' bookshelves and as a useful text for students on specialist courses in organisational studies.... the postmodernist's delight.' - Work, Employment and Society

`It carries with it the singular benefit of an enormously clear and accessible representation of the meaning of post-modernism (by Hassard), and an equally clear and convincing account of why post-modern theory is less compelling than post-modernists suppose (by Parker). As an edited collection, it is one of the most intelligible accounts of what a postmodern perspective on organisations might require' - Health and Social Care

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John Hassard

Martin Parker

Martin Parker is a Professor of Culture and Organization at the School of Management, Leicester University More About Author

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ISBN: 9780803988804
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