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Developing Programmatic Research

Developing programmatic research

Life after the Dissertation

I completed my dissertation, Organization Theory and Technocratic Consciousness, in 1983. As the title indicates, it did not pass without problems and resistance. My major source of inspiration (the critical theory of the Frankfurt school) represents an intellectual tradition well outside the mainstream of academia, especially with regard to disciplines such as business administration and applied psychology. It was during my time spent as a PhD student at the University of Lund in southern Sweden that I became associated with both, owing to my wish to reduce dependence and minimize constraints regarding intellectual space.

The idea of maximizing autonomy from social domination (perhaps an illusory project, at least according to current postmodernist fashion, although this does not prevent ...

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