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From `soldiering' and absenteeism to humour in organizations and the emergence politics of sexuality, this book explores the latest forms of organizational subversion and offers fresh insights of the underlying dynamics of management and organizational processes. The book opens with a critique of orthodox organizational analysis and maps out the wide terrain across which organizational `misbehaviour' occurs. The authors go on to examine the interconnections between identity formation, the pursuit of autonomy and organizational misbehaviour, and explore how clearly the tendency to misbehave is deeply embedded in organizational life.

Irresponsible Autonomy – Self-Organization as the Infrastructure of Misbehaviour
Irresponsible autonomy – self-organization as the infrastructure of misbehaviour

The research discussed in the last chapter suggests there is a range of misbehaviour to be observed in workplaces. As we have now seen, forms of misbehaviour have been written about by many groups of researchers. All of the specific forms of behaviour we suggested were possible in our initial chapter, and which we summarized in the map of forms of misbehaviour in Chapter 1 (see Figure 1.2, p. 25), have been discovered and discussed by others. The overt resistance of the recalcitrant worker and the associated tendency to work limitation has been discovered again and again in the annals we have reviewed. The related phenomena of absenteeism, ...

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