Et spil for galleriet? En analyse af organisationsteater som en styringsteknologi

Tenna Andersen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis has arisen against the background of an interest in the phenomenon of organizationtheatre (OT). There seems to be a tendency for the various businesses and organizations of increasingly usage and praising of OT as a new transformation tool, despite the fact that it is difficult to demonstrate an actual effect. This thesis argues that OT is a management tool, which tries to influence the employees toward a particular behaviour. With a theoretical perspective from Michel Foucault’s concept of power and Erwing Goffman’s theory of social interactions this thesis thus offers an analytical reflection on how OT functions as a management tool, and what conditions of possibility this creates for the managerial space. In all, this thesis consists of three different studies designed to highlight the various aspects of the practise of governing employees through OT. The first analysis queried into the observations, concepts and specific procedures for truth, which can be identified through OT when used in an organisation. The analysis shows that OT emphasis that the organization and its members as well as power and change are created in reversible micro-relationships, rather than anchored in more permanent structures and positions. Changes in entrenched roles and understandings must therefore be based on changes in the employees’ behaviour and personality. The second analysis examines the specific characteristics, capabilities and conducts of the employees that OT tries to foster or create. It follows that the employees sought shaped as independent and responsible actors that can create themselves anew. This is made possible in particular because the process of OT is organized in a specific way, which limits the employees’ modes of actions and conduct. The last part deals with analyzing the mechanisms of power forms and techniques used in trying to influence and operate employees. The analysis shows that OT through play, dialogue and monitoring are trying to get employees to be empowered and self-governed. Finally, this thesis offers a final reflection and discussion of how OT as a management tool has become possible, and what possibilities and conditions OT as a management tool requires in the case of management in organizations.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2010
Number of pages103