Identifying Flexibilities

Identifying Flexibilities

Marja-Liisa Trux (Helsinki School of Economics, Finland)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-564-1.ch019


This chapter takes you to a data security workplace in Finland. It presents reflections on the tensions of managing selves and others, as experienced by the employees and the managers. It argues that a generally critical approach to normative management may be overlooking the actual complexity and ambiguous nature of the late modern cultural environment. Both self-authoring and manipulative moves are made difficult by the amalgamating hegemonic and countercultural currents. The author points at chances for resistance through new forms of literacy. Instead of dropping “culture” as a conservative or managerial pursuit, we must learn to navigate successfully in the broken cultural landscape of today’s workplaces. The very same images that can be used for manipulation are open to more solidary configurations by the cultural and social imagination of organisational members.

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