‘Blowing up the Pylon’: The Limitations to Lacanism in Organization Studies, Seen from the Perspective of Deleuze and Guattari

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We critically engage with the Lacanian notions of fantasy and lack through an understanding of desire as ontologically productive. The introduction of the Lacanian psychoanalytic notions of fantasy and lack into organizational studies has helped to widen the understanding of the mechanism that makes employees desire the idealized images of identity provided by the organizations for which they work. Our claim is that Deleuze’s and Guattari’s conception of desire as productive contributes to the understanding of the role that desire plays in producing and organizing the social setting in which such fantasies and a sense of lack emerge in the first place. Furthermore, we argue that Deleuze and Guattari can help point to the inherent danger of Lacanism’s blunting its own analytical and critical potential when trying to understand such social settings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCulture and Organization
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)189-201
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

Bibliographical note

Published online: 16. September 2016


  • Lacan
  • Fantasy
  • Lack
  • Deleuze and Guattari
  • Desire

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