Tamara Journal of Critical Organisation Inquiry

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 1/2, 2007

Art as "The Great Refusal": Lessons for Organization Studies and Management
ABSTRACTThis article revisits and seeks to add to some of the author's earlier work to highlight, once again, the manner in which art is able to return our gaze and induce critical reflection. In line with Herbert Marcuse's notion of "The Great Refusal",...
Artaud's Passion, Sacrament and Excrement: Some Thoughts on the Relationship between Catholicism and Organisational Performance
This paper is concerned with the theatre of organisational life. It gives particular attention to the work of the playwright Antonin Artaud and his relationship with the Roman Catholic Church. In every aspect of his life, Artaud was a man of extremes....
Corporate Life and the Imagination: The Place of Unconscious Processes in the World of Business
ABSTRACTThe question giving shape to this paper is: Can the workplace in today's corporate world ever be constructed, legitimately, as a psychological place? This paper will argue that it is the responsibility of the individual to engage their imaginative...
Fantastic Performance and Neurotic Fantasy: A Case-Based Exploration of Psychodynamic Development
ABSTRACTThis paper takes up the themes of organization as dreamscape, the psychodynamics of everyday organizational performance and organizational rituals and the enactment of death and desire in the context of a longitudinal case study of an academic...
Guest Editorial 6.1: Paris, Art, Aesthetics, Work and the Unconscious
ABSTRACTThis is a guest editorial to the TAMARA JOURNAL special issue, Art & aesthetics of the unconscious.Ah, Paris, often regarded as a city of romance, a city of culture, a city that gave rise to numerous art movements and as a city known for...
Have We Begun to Listen to Organisations?
AbstractMost theories of organisation express themselves through only one sense: that of sight. Can we begin to listen to organisations? If we examine ourselves in this [i.e. When we try], we find that, above and beyond our comprehension, nudging it,...
Heterophony and the Postponed Organization Organizing Autopoietic Systems
AbstractOrganisational systems communicate and create themselves through decisions and therefore consist of nothing but premises for decision making (Luhmann 1993, Seidl & Becker 2006). Organisations are founded on principles of exclusion: Everybody...
INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL GUEST ISSUE 6.2 2007: Is There Anybody Listening?
ABSTRACTThis special number of Tamara presents papers on systems, (im-)possibilities and possibilities of listening, which is a very rich theme, needing exploration. The articles are less applied and more experimental. They reflect the interest in applied...
Organisation, Listening and the Aesthetics of Disposal
ABSTRACTTristram Shandy deconstructs the conventions of the emerging modern novel almost as fast as its conventions were minted on the page by other 18th century writers. In consequence, readers of this early novel could not just consume the words on...
Parasites and Self-Organization or Is Self-Organization Researchable?
ABSTRACTOn a theoretical level, complexity theory offers an emergence-based insight into organizing. The unicity of events, the undetermined nature of creative change, and the multifarious nature of circumstances are all honored. But how can (successful...
Picturing Organizations: A Visual Exploration of the Unconscious at Work
ABSTRACTThis article describes and considers the process and outcome of an experiential workshop held in the 'Art & Aesthetics of the Unconscious' stream at the second 'Art of Management & Organization Conference', Paris, 2004. The workshop was...
The Iron Rose: Mackintosh and the Psychodynamics of Organizational Design
ABSTRACTGlaswegian born Charles Rennie Mackintosh is perhaps one of the most notable early contributors to modern(ist) architecture and design In this somewhat exploratory paper, it is my intention to open this relationship up to critical consideration...
Three Minutes of Silence: Thinking in Duration in Organization Studies
AbstractIn this paper I wish to make, or perhaps force a link between three very distinct sets of debates in organization studies. The first concerns the status of 'memory' in organizational terms, and how to best preserve shared knowledge, as defined...
Unleashing the Power of the Creative Unconscious within Organizations: A Case of Craft, Graft and Disputed Premises
ABSTRACTFrom 'the learning organization', through creating cultures of fun and play, to commissioning beautifully designed office spaces, many contemporary organizations are trying to tap into the aesthetic sensibilities of their employees by building...