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Chaos theory and the Larrikin Princip

Working with organisations in a Neo-Liberal world

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  • Sider: 243
  • Språk: Engelsk
  • ISBN: 9788215017372
  • Utgivelsesdato: 13.08.2010
  • Bokgruppe: 703
This lively, accessible book applies ideas from chaos and complexity theory to core issues in
organisation studies.
It develops a new critique of Managerialism and its global god-father, Neo-Liberalism, still dominant ideologies in management today. It complements theoretical critique with stories and voices from the front line of organisational life, in Australia, Mexico and Brazil. It argues that Managerialism is not only unjust. Linearity, rigidity and will to control produce dysfunctional organisations which require alternative practices in order to survive. Managerialism¿s efforts to ignore these basic facts of organisational life leave it enmeshed in unacknowledged contradictions, unable to understand itself or develop new strategies. The book gathers these alternative practices under the rubric of the Larrikin Principle. The Larrikin is known in Australian popular culture as a carrier of a distinctive Australian identity, egalitarian improviser, rule-bender, relentless foe of managerial double-speak. This book takes the Larrikin figure back to its archetypal origins which have similar manifestations across the globe, in Australia and Latin America. The transcultural, postmodern larrikin principle carries principles and strategies of critical management and chaos theories into academic management studies and contemporary organisational life. It is a breath of fresh air that will be appreciated by students, practitioners and victims of managerialism today.

Bob Hodge

Bob Hodge is Foundation Professor of Humanities in the Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney. He has published widely in chaos and complexity theory, cultural studies, critical organisation studies and discourse analysis.
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Fernanda Duarte

Fernanda Duarte is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, University of Western Sydney, and member of the Social and Environmental Responsibility group. She has degrees in sociology, and has researched and published on issues of corporate social responsibility, management education, and culture and organisations in Australia and Brazil.
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Gabriela Coronado

Gabriela Coronado is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, University of Western Sydney, and member of the Centre for Cultural Research. She has degrees in anthropology, linguistics and social ecology, and has researched and published on complexity, crosscultural issues and community organisations in Mexico and Australia.
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Gregory Teal

Gregory Teal is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, University of Western Sydney. He has degrees in anthropology, and has researched and published on issues of labour and organisations and heritage and environmental management in Latin America and Australia.
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