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This volume draws together critical assessments of Michel Foucault's contribution to our understanding of the making and remaking of the modern organization. The volume provides a valuable summary of Foucault's contribution to organization theory, which also challenges the conventions of traditional organizational analysis. By applying Foucauldian concepts such as discipline, surveillance and power//knowledge, the authors shed new light on the genesis of the modern organization and raise fresh questions about organization theory. The bureaucratic career is, for example, analyzed as a disciplinary device, a mechanism that seeks to alter rational choice rather than constrain bodies. This raises questions about Foucault's link

Discursive Formations, Strategized Subordination and Self-Surveillance
Discursive formations, strategized subordination and self-surveillance

It is one of my targets to show people that a lot of things that are part of their landscape – that people think are universal – are the results of some very precise historical changes. All my analyses are against the idea of universal necessities in human existence. They show the arbitrariness of institutions and show which space of freedom we can still enjoy and how many changes can still be made. (Foucault, 1988: 11)

Workplaces throughout the world are rapidly changing owing to new technologies, new market conditions, and new conceptions of employer–employee relations. With this has come new concerns with workplace control – concern from dominant groups with how to acquire and exercise ...

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