Ian Lennie's topical and practical text relates everyday management practice to contemporary management theories. This book discusses the impact of postmodern and constructionist thought on the traditional framework for understanding the behaviour of managers. By examining the importance of language, aesthetics, ethics and the individual psyche, this innovative book gives management students a new framework for understanding and applying management techniques in a complex environment. This book will give students a sense of the practical relevance of contemporary theory and will offer managers a radically different way of perceiving thier enterprise ad evaluating iots effectiveness.
Chapter 1: Management without Body
Management without Body
Towards the end of his study of the production of space, Henri Lefebvre makes a sweeping proposition:
The whole of (social) space proceeds from the body, even though it so metamorphoses the body that it may forget it altogether – even though it may separate itself so radically from the body as to kill it. The genesis of a far-away order can be accounted for only on the basis of the order that is nearest to us – namely, the order of the body. (Lefebvre, 1991: 405)
This proposition, calling for a radical reassessment of the basis of order, implies an equally radical reassessment of the way that we manage. The space we actually inhabit, Lefebvre asserts, is not the empty space ...