The virus of management

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dc.contributor.author Kjær, Peter en_US
dc.contributor.author Frankel, Christian en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:24:23Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:24:23Z
dc.date.issued 2004-01-21T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6707
dc.description.abstract The virus metaphor may be used in studies of management knowledge not only as a way of describing diffusion processes but also as a way of thinking about viral elements of knowledge production. In the present article, organizational viruses are viewed as ensembles of basic distinctions that are constitutive of concrete bodies of knowledge and which form mutable engines of organizational self-descriptions. Organizational viruses, we contend, are both characterized by stability in terms of their basic productive configuration, while at the same time allowing for a high degree of variation in terms of concrete management knowledge and practice. The article is structured as follows. After the introduction, we first develop the notion of organizational virus as into an analytical approach. Second, we discern in the work of Frederick Taylor on scientific management and Max Weber on bureaucracy, two quite distinct viral configurations that we claim have infected most modern management knowledge – both on a discursive level and on the level of concrete organizational self-descriptions and practice. Third, we discuss our findings and raise the question of how viruses ‘work’, how they interact, and why they become infectious. en_US
dc.format.extent 18 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2003-18 en_US
dc.subject.other taylorisme en_US
dc.subject.other bureaukrati en_US
dc.subject.other organisationssociologi en_US
dc.subject.other videnskabelse en_US
dc.subject.other scientific management en_US
dc.title The virus of management en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt04jan21 mielmo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Organisation og Arbejdssociologi en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IOA en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Organization and Industrial Sociology en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort OIS
dc.idnumber x656378416 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2003 en_US
dc.title.subtitle A viral perspective on bureaucracy and scientific management en_US


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