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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 Emotion
Organization, postmodernism and emotion

You have to have a vision, and you have to care – passionately. (Peters and Austin, 1985: 288)

Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved. (Goethe, cited in Weber, 1989: 182)

As the 1980s drew to a close, talk abounded of an emerging era in which, in contrast to the ‘me’ culture of the past decade, a more sensitive and caring approach to life would come to dominate. The twenty-first century was to be one in which the heart, rather than the head, would underpin our attitudes and actions. This more caring, sharing age, one in which we would care about the environment and about the plight ...

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