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The Resource Authority and autonomy : paradoxes in modern knowledge work, Susanne Ekman, (electronic book)

Authority and autonomy : paradoxes in modern knowledge work, Susanne Ekman, (electronic book)

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Authority and autonomy : paradoxes in modern knowledge work
Title
Authority and autonomy
Title remainder
paradoxes in modern knowledge work
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Susanne Ekman
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Language
eng
Summary
Offers a detailed and entertaining analysis of the daily interactions between managers and employees in creative knowledge intensive organizations. Based on vivid examples, the book shows how both managers and employees entertain contradictory understandings of their mutual commitment.
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Ekman, Susanne
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Knowledge management
  • Organizational behavior
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Authority and Autonomy invites you on an ethnographic journey into the heart of creative knowledge work. Based on detailed and vivid examples, it analyses the concept of work entertained by employees in these companies. It shows the existence of fairly contradictory ideals: classical bureaucratic and professional virtues, and ideals drawing on late modern values about self-realization, authenticity and limitless exploration. The same set of contradictory values is carried into the hierarchical dynamics, as managers and employees make unpredictable shifts in their expectations towards one another. Without signaling or even reflecting on the shifts, managers and employees jump back and forth between norms about authority, order-giving and hierarchy on the one hand, and autonomy, dialogue and self-direction on the other. These unpredictable shifts give rise to volatile conflicts, but also to intense mutual fantasies and passion. The author argues that this paradoxical environment in knowledge organizations has become more or less inevitable due to the high-velocity, growth-driven market. Furthermore, she highlights both the risks and gains associated with paradoxical environments and how it is important that we look at both
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Authority and autonomy : paradoxes in modern knowledge work, Susanne Ekman, (electronic book)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-245) and index
Contents
List of Tables Introduction Desire, Discovery, and Disillusionment in Modern Working Life Affective Labor and Post-bureaucracy Setting the Scene - Analytics of Compassion Methods - The Solidarity of Detachment Contractuality and Authenticity - the Dual Discourses about Work Captain or Comrade - What Employees Expect from their Managers Predictable or Pioneering - What Managers Expect of Employees Coping with Contradictions - Tensions, Double Binds and Hybrids Conclusion Shaking Analytical Habits - an Empirical Quest for Compassion Appendix Methodological Details Bibliography
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9781137272881
Extent
viii, 253 p.
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Isbn
9781137272881
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ill.
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unspecified
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PDF.
Label
Authority and autonomy : paradoxes in modern knowledge work, Susanne Ekman, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-245) and index
Contents
List of Tables Introduction Desire, Discovery, and Disillusionment in Modern Working Life Affective Labor and Post-bureaucracy Setting the Scene - Analytics of Compassion Methods - The Solidarity of Detachment Contractuality and Authenticity - the Dual Discourses about Work Captain or Comrade - What Employees Expect from their Managers Predictable or Pioneering - What Managers Expect of Employees Coping with Contradictions - Tensions, Double Binds and Hybrids Conclusion Shaking Analytical Habits - an Empirical Quest for Compassion Appendix Methodological Details Bibliography
Control code
9781137272881
Extent
viii, 253 p.
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Isbn
9781137272881
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
PDF.

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