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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.

Organization, Postmodernism and Culture
Organization, postmodernism and culture

The last decade has seen the most concerted attempt to transform organizational culture since the rise of modern, bureaucratic organization. (Tuckman, 1994: 727)

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. (Nietzsche, cited in Peters and Waterman, 1982: 81 original emphasis).

Around the late 1970s, the concept of culture began to have a profound impact on the way many of us would come to think and write about work organizations. While not as novel a concern as many would have it, its subsequent ability to occupy the minds of an emergent breed of organization and management theorists has been significant to say the least.

Embraced by two seemingly distinct traditions within the field – on the one ...

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