critical management Category

The Brand Called You

In several of my recent posts, I referenced a Tom Peters’ article in Fast Company entitled The Brand Called You. Tom Peters has been described as the best-selling business author in history, but he is perhaps most well known for his book In Search of Excellence, which he has said he wrote in response to the cookie-cutter […]

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Talent Management

In my dissertation research, I explored the different mechanisms of control at work within the corporate context.  I took advantage of my insider access as a corporate employee to describe and analyze varied of business practices and deconstruct them from an anthropological point of view.  I looked at everything from employee communications, to budgeting, to […]

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Consuming Work, Producing Self – Chapter Summaries

This dissertation will describe the how practices of employee control in the corporation reflect both the changing global context and specific, local forces at play in one U.S. high tech corporation.  The chapters are organized to some degree around Foucault’s four arenas of power (see pages 7 through 10 of the Introduction), though there are almost […]

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