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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.

Management and Misbehaviour
Management and misbehaviour

In the last chapter we dwelt in some detail on the self-organization of employees. This was for two reasons. First, it is essential to establish the idea that people at work are not inert or passive. They actively engage with their work, developing identification with workmates and the activities they undertake. They adapt their conduct to what they experience. These tendencies have been recognized by a good deal of research and writing about work, as we have seen. It is suggested here, then, that self-organization is active everywhere. Second, because of this, self-organization continues to be of enormous importance to the experience of work and to the effect of management initiatives. People at work can and do make innovations in ...

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