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Work, Postmodernism and Organization provides a wide-ranging and very accessible introduction to postmodern theory and its relevance for the cultural world of the work organization. The book provides a critical review of the debates that have shaped organization theory over the past decade, making clear the meaning and significance of postmodern ideas for contemporary organization theory and practice. Work, Postmodernism and Organization will provide valuable material to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of organization theory, organizational behaviour, industrial sociology, and more general business & management and sociology courses.


As you may recall, in our introduction we made it clear that, while ostensibly a book about postmodernism, this was not intended to be a postmodern book; though exactly what such a book might look like is, of course, open to debate. Indeed, as far as we can tell, with the possible exception of Burrell's aforementioned work, Pandemonium (1997), no one, as of yet, has really attempted to produce such a text within organization theory. Not that Burrell ascribes the label of postmodern to his own creation (though both he and the sleeve reviewers do allude to the term). Rather, what he aims to provide is an esoteric journey through the dystopian, or perhaps utopian (one is never quite sure), underside of organizational life, ...

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