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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.

Ruling Passions: Sexual Misconduct at Work
Ruling passions: Sexual misconduct at work

The ruling passion, be it what it will

The ruling passion conquers reason still.

Alexander Pope, ‘Moral Essays’, III

This chapter is about sexual misbehaviour, ‘mating manoeuvres on company time’, as Roy (1974, 44) memorably described it in one of the few early studies. For such phenomena to be identified and discussed, sexuality has to be seen as part of organizational life. From the frequency with which office politics is intertwined with sexual politics in a variety of high profile court cases, it would appear that it is. A recent case of a Royal Navy officer, who wore novelty musical underpants (which played ‘Jingle Bells’) and who chased a teenage Wren around a warship while wearing a ...

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