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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.

Only Joking? From Subculture to Counter-Culture in Organizational Relations
Only joking? From subculture to counter-culture in organizational relations

Our analysis so far has been concerned with giving a better account of misbehaviour as it has expressed itself in the past, and the historical role of management in shaping and redirecting it. However, there is a second part to what we have to say about misbehaviour. This concerns the present and the future. In this chapter and the next, we redirect our attention to look more carefully at the contemporary situation to consider what is happening to organizational misbehaviour today. We begin by suggesting that although there is, undoubtedly, significant continuity with the past in workplaces, and the old repertoire from absenteeism to sabotage continues, there are ...

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