Authority and Autonomy: Paradoxes of Modern Knowledge Work

Susanne Ekman

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandlingForskning

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The thesis is a thorough empirical study of discourses, fantasies, and patterns of interaction in highinvolvement knowledge work. My interest in the issue was sparked by a fascination with the intensity and contradictory nature of working life for many high-skilled workers. I was curious about the ambiguities and paradoxes existing within the same dynamic, and I was puzzled by the fact that such tension-ridden and precarious machinery could keep functioning despite its constant episodes of breakdown – be they emotional or organizational. My intention was to find a gaze and a language which could capture these ambiguities and tensions, rather than insisting on classical dualisms such as profit versus meaning, instrumentality versus authenticity, power versus freedom, and influence versus vulnerability. [Extract]
Udgivelses stedFrederiksberg
ForlagCopenhagen Business School [Phd]
Antal sider245
ISBN (Trykt)9788759384350
StatusUdgivet - 2010
NavnPhD series


Ekman, S. (2010). Authority and Autonomy: Paradoxes of Modern Knowledge Work. Frederiksberg: Copenhagen Business School [Phd]. PhD series, Nr. 22.2010