Dark organizational theory

Brown, S.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-7841-3225 and Reavey, P., 2017. Dark organizational theory. Journal of Cultural Economy, 10 (3), pp. 280-295. ISSN 1753-0350

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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.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Cultural Economy
Creators: Brown, S.D. and Reavey, P.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date: 2017
Volume: 10
Number: 3
ISSN: 1753-0350
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 21 Nov 2019 12:32
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 12:32
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38424

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