"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.
Chapter 59: Maternal Organization
Look at any organizational textbook and it is immediately apparent that, with few exceptions, issues of gender are rarely dealt with and, even where they are dealt with, the attention given to the subject is usually scant. Consequently, conventional representations of the organization are patriarchal, masculine and directed by the animus. They reduce the notion of ‘organization’ to abstract relationships, rational actions and purposive behaviour. In contrast, there are alternative ways in which the organization might be conceived. This chapter on Maternal Organization seeks to explore ways in which it is possible to restore the m/other to the text and thereby, give emphasis to the organization as embodied experience.
It is perhaps ironic to think that the term ‘perpetrator’ refers to actions, usually ...