The Naked Manager: The Ethical Practice of an Anti-establishment Boss

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Abstrakt

This article explores how an allegedly ‘non-hierarchical’ and aestheticized managerial practice reconfigures power relations within a creative industry. The key problematic is ‘governmental’ in the sense suggested by Michel Foucault, in as much as the manager’s ethical self-practice—which involves expressive and ‘liberated’ bodily comportment—is used tactically to shape the space of conduct of others in the company. The study foregrounds the managerial body as ‘signifier’ in its own right. Empirically, this is done through an analysis of video material produced by the film company Zentropa about their apparently eccentric Managing Director, Peter Aalbæk. Contrary to much of the literature discussing embodiment and ethics in organization studies, we do not identify an ‘ethics of organization’ dominated by instrumental rationality, efficiency and desire for profit which is ostensibly juxtaposed to a non-alienating, embodied ethics. Rather, when the body becomes invested in management, we observe tensions, tactics of domination and unpredictability.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftOrganization
Vol/bind22
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)251-268
Antal sider18
ISSN1350-5084
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2015

Emneord

  • Body
  • Ceremony
  • Creative industries
  • Film
  • Organizational aesthetics
  • Power
  • Zentropa

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