Authority and Autonomy: Paradoxes of Modern Knowledge Work

Susanne Ekman

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Abstract

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]
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherCopenhagen Business School [Phd]
Number of pages245
ISBN (Print)9788759384350
Publication statusPublished - 2010
SeriesPhD series
Number22.2010
ISSN0906-6934

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Ekman, S. (2010). Authority and Autonomy: Paradoxes of Modern Knowledge Work. Frederiksberg: Copenhagen Business School [Phd]. PhD series, No. 22.2010
Ekman, Susanne. / Authority and Autonomy : Paradoxes of Modern Knowledge Work. Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd], 2010. 245 p. (PhD series; No. 22.2010).
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Ekman, S 2010, Authority and Autonomy: Paradoxes of Modern Knowledge Work. PhD series, no. 22.2010, Copenhagen Business School [Phd], Frederiksberg.

Authority and Autonomy : Paradoxes of Modern Knowledge Work. / Ekman, Susanne.

Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd], 2010. 245 p. (PhD series; No. 22.2010).

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