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“This excellent, pioneering book is a must-read as we enter the new millennium.” --David J. Farmer, State University of New York Comprehensive and timely, Postmodern Management and Organization Theory provides a critique of postmodern theory as it stands today. The text gives an overview of issues as they relate to management and organization theory and its history and assembles in one volume a variety of important works on postmodern philosophy--including feminist, cultural, and environmental philosophies. The contributors address the future of postmodern advancement in management and organization theory and method, establishing an agenda for future research. This thought-provoking book will be useful to scholars, researchers and upper-level students in organization theory, organization behavior and change, management, and industrial psychology.

Technologies of Representation in the Global Corporation: Power and Polyphony
Technologies of representation in the global corporation: Power and polyphony
Kenneth J.Gergen
DianaWhitney

The postmodernizing of the organization is virtually synonymous with the thrust toward globalization. However, it is the globalized corporation that is most often viewed with suspicion. In their competitive telos, global corporations threaten to destroy the modes of life, value systems, ecological balance, and political autonomy of all cultures they invade. In this chapter, we shall propose not only that this critique is overdrawn but also that such organizations may indeed open a way toward a polyphonic or multivoiced world. Our thesis places an important emphasis on technologies of communication. As organizations expand to global proportion, they place increasing weight on representations from a distance. ...

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