Tamara : Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science

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Vol. 4, No. 4.3/4.4, 2005

Letter from the Editorial Assistant - Students Making Sense
I am one of the most recent recruits to this project. This project began when I had just taken my first steps to being an undergraduate. At that point I don't think I had ever heard of journals let alone contemplated the work that went into creating...
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I Am the Very Model of an Eloquent Postmodernist
AbstractThis is a parody of a song by Gilbert and Sullivan. It is meant to provide a model of postmodern reading.To Gilbert and Sullivan's tune: "I am the very model of a modern Major-General'I am the very model of an eloquent postmodernist,I know not...
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The Guru in Me
ABSTRACTThe purpose of this article is to deconstrct guru Tom Peters for his religion of management, and its mass worship. In the work presented, my intention was to confront myself with own assumptions, attitudes and perceived values. In my opinion...
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Postmodernism Offers Little in the Way of Organisational Theory to the Practicing Manager: A Reflexive Account
ABSTRACTThe paper is an exploration of the usefulness of postmodern theory to today's manager. In particular, the paper asks whether it can be applied in practice. Decentring the self through a two-voice device aids in this analysis but leads to another...
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Postmodernism' Is of Little Use to the Practicing Manager
ABSTRACTIn this essay, it is argued that postmodernism has acquired an organisational theory, and it is accepted that the tools of postmodernism can be translated into the workplace. It has been proposed that postmodern tools are merely a means of oppression,...
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A Treatise on Military Weapons Containing the Radioactive Material: Depleted Uranium
ABSTRACTA look at the historical, legal, health and political issues surrounding the use of radioactive waste in military weapon. The United States (U.S.) and many other countries use the radioactive metal uranium-238, so-called "depleted uranium," or...
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Empire Reading of Manet's Execution of Maximilian: Critical Visual Aesthetics and Antenarrative Spectrality
AbstractI am researching the five versions of the Manet series on the Execution. Believe it or not, the paintings (and a lithograph I am still searching for) are the subject of heated debate in visualization, historical narrative, and painting research....
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Treatise on Depleted Uranium
ABSTRACTA look at the historical, legal, health and political issues surrounding the use of radioactive waste in military weapon.BackgroundThe United States (U.S.) and many other countries use the radioactive metal uranium-238, so-called "depleted uranium,"...
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A Contradiction of Organization Democracy among Labor-Managed Firms
ABSTRACTIdeas can influence the reproduction of social orders in our work lives, and ideas can alter activities to create new social orders. A key concern of my research is whether individuals can engage new ideas to create organization social structures...
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Co-Operative Metatheatre: An Old & Unappealing Script? Nathan's Account
ABSTRACTIn this paper, the Co-operative movement's relevance to contemporary society is evaluated through a metatheatre type of analysis. With the help of a two-voice device, the author debates whether co-ops are out of touch with commercial reality...
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Vol. 4, No. 1/2, 2005

They Knew but Did Not Care - Then Again, Why Should They Care?
AbstractThis article is about why organizations should take time to understand and care for employees and why they probably do not. The discussion is set against the backdrop of stories from 28 people separated from the job in August 2000 during a downsizing...
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Manufacturing Identity: Synchronicity and Correspondences in Kronos Capitalism
ABSTRACTA sense of loss of identity exists in modern Kronos capitalism with its constant need to devour its own reproductions in order to survive. Discovery of identity comes through deconstruction and techniques of mysticism which are seen as similar...
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Conceptualizing and Engaging in Organizational Change as an Embodied Experience within a Practical Reflexivity Community of Practice: Gender Performance at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy
AbstractIn this article, we outline our organizational change initiative, our "small experiment," and our attempt to understand how organizational change is actually accomplished. It is our desire to first change our selves and how we perform gender...
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A Case of "Acting out the Missing Leader": Understanding Aspects of the Psychodynamics of Group Identity
AbstractThis article revisits a previously published case study of group dynamics that related to when a leader dies (or is absent). The conceptual lens used to re-read these group dynamics, is one derived from psychoanalysis and specifically features...
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Can Critical People Also Be Spiritual? Reconciling Critical and Spiritual Approaches
AbstractSpirituality and religion have gained increasing prominence in recent years. Several critical reviews of spirituality have pointed out ways in which spirituality can be misused by both employees and management. Yet, many of these critical authors...
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Risk Sensemaking, Broadband Technology and Identities: A Critical Perspective
ABSTRACTThis paper investigates sensemaking by rural community residents concerning a large scale, broad band computer network - the Alberta SuperNet. Our goal is to understand the impacts of this broad band network on rural communities and to use critical...
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Sensemaking and Senseimposing
These articles are about the currencies of sensemaking. Currency has a double meaning. First it means value in interpersonal or interorganizational exchange. For example, stories are the primary sensemaking currency in exchanges. Secondly, currency means...
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Manufacturing Corporate Identities: An Analysis of Financial Statement Footnote Disclosures
AbstractFinancial reporting of organizational performance is facilitated primarily through financial statements and the related supplemental disclosures found in the annual report or Form 10-K. Standardized financial statements, such as the income statement,...
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Embodied Identities: Toward an Organizational Research Agenda in a Material World
ABSTRACTRecently scholars have begun to explore the influence of materiality on organizations. For example, Gagliardi (1996) notes that the physical setting cultivates human senses and Gieryn (2002) asserts that buildings are a stabilizing influence...
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Dissolution: OT Track Goes from IABD TO Sc'MOI
ABSTRACTIn San Antonio in March 2004 David Boje, President-Elect of the International Assembly of Business Disciplines (IABD), was asked to resign by the IABD President. David responded that he would not resign since he is quitting and moving the Organizational...
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Third Cybernetic Revolution: Beyond Open to Dialogic System Theories
AbstractWe question Systems Theory by adopting a Bakhtinian dialogism approach. We argue that a dialogism approach gets us beyond first order cybernetic (control) and second order (open) system thinking to a third order cybernetics (multi-dialogisms)....
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The Complexification of Work-Family Conflict Theory: A Critical Analysis
AbstractThis paper provides an extensive review and categorization of the work-family conflict literature, followed by a discussion of paradigmatic assumptions found within that literature and critical recommendations. The article describes the five...
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Vol. 3, No. 2, 2005

ENRON: Taking Our Cue from the World of Object Relations
ABSTRACTAs a boy, summering with his extended family in Kennebunkport, Maine, George W. Bush was Boss Cousin: the oldest in a swarm of his own brothers (and sister) and the sons and daughters of his aunts and uncles. They played games all day, from tag...
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Knowledge Management or Management of Knowledge? Why People Interested in Knowledge Management Need to Consider Foucault and the Construct of Power
ABSTRACTIn this article we argue that, to date, the knowledge management literature has insufficiently addressed the construct of power. The power literature is reviewed using three categories: power-as-entity, power-as-strategy and power-is-knowledge....
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Rhetorical Vision of the Independent and Sovereign Nation of Hawai'i[1]: A Fantasy Theme Analysis[2]
ABSTRACTThe rhetorical vision of the Independent Nation of Hawai'i, a sovereignty group seeking independence from the United States, was analyzed via fantasy theme analysis of two artifacts in their website. Spirit, Kupuna, and Lili'uokalani symbolized...
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Enron, Postmodern Capitalism, and Answerability: Introduction to the Enron Special Issue
Once upon a time I made a promise to my dad (Daniel Q. Boje), to study the relationship between the presidency and the oil industry. This was before the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and before Enron became scandalous. It turns out that Enron was a major...
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Illness, Work and Organization: Postmodern Perspectives, Antenarratives and Chaos Narratives for the Reinstatement of Voice
ABSTRACTThis paper explores the possibilities that exist when the affirming aspects of a postmodern perspective are utilized to reinstate the voice of marginalized organizational members. Stories, specifically antenarratives (Boje 2001), are shared as...
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Vol. 3, No. 3/4, 2005

Vampire's Empire: Another Gaming Environment for American Psychos
ABSTRACTLOAD MAP DATA # O BOOT CAMP: GROUND ZEROIn Vampire's Empire - a violent 80s arcade game - players crusade through unreal dungeons and haunt a cute-old-little vampire. Alike within any capitalistic endeavour, virtually controlling and violently...
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From (Anti-)Imperialism to (Counter-)Emperialism
ABSTRACTThis article is a critical presentation of the discourse on US imperialism, covering the work of both pro- and anti- imperialists. It presents the contrasting theory of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, to who "U.S imperialism" is far from an...
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TAMARA Interview with Michael Hardt
TAMARA: You seem to present two different and apparently opposed types or instances of technology: technology as a 'biopolitical tool' - meaning technology in the service of Empire; and technology as central in the self-constitution of the multitude....
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An Occupied Country
ABSTRACTIt has become clear, very quickly, that Iraq is not a liberated country, but an occupied country.We became familiar with the term "occupied country" during World War II. We talked of German-occupied France, German-occupied Europe. And after the...
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When Spaces Meet: Images of Spirituality and Organizing[1]
ABSTRACTThe aim of this article is to propose a narrative (syntagmatic) theory of how a meeting between spirituality and organizing can occur. The theory is composed of fictive stories collected by me from various authors. It takes the form of another...
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Defacing the Corporate Body, Or: Why HRM Deserves a Kick in the Teeth
A horror story. The face is a horror story.Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand PlateausINTENSITY, EVERYWHERE INTENSITYIn a late text titled 'Postscript on the Societies of Control', Gilles Deleuze performs an imaginative reading of Michel Foucault's...
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The Son of Patriot Act and the Revenge on Democracy
ABSTRACTPatrick Bateman appears to be the incarnation of a proto-typical Empire citizen. He is Vampire's Empire's dream come true: Maximising his score in the top-of-the-line investment banking league, celebrating his determination to partake and push...
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A Deleuzian Future for Organization Theory?
The past couple of decades have witnessed an expanding interest in the work of the French twentieth century philosopher Gilles Deleuze, inside and outside philosophy. Interpretations and applications of Deleuzian philosophy have been pursued by scholars...
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Technology, Text, Subject: 'After' the Human
ABSTRACTRecent theories of technology have argued that in order to take constructivism seriously we need to understand technologies as organizational texts, replacing the study of technological artefacts with an appreciation of the ways in which these...
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Deleuze's Rhizome and the Study of Organization: Conceptual Movement and an Open Future
ABSTRACTThe application of the rhizome to the study of organization is examined. A use of the rhizome which reflects its expansive and ephemeral nature, rather than one which forecloses its conceptual possibilities, is promoted. This nature is examined...
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Nomad Aesthetics and the Global Knowledge Economy
ABSTRACTDigital technology and software networks enable large numbers of knowledge workers to incorporate themselves wherever and whenever they wish and to choose between a sedentary or nomadic lifestyle. One way of configuring these new circumstances...
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Deleuzian Interrogations: A Conversation with Manuel DeLanda and John Protevi
(2004).This conversation explores some of the connections between Deleuzian philosophy, organization theory and work by DeLanda and Protevi, and it springs out of questions initially posed by Torkild Thanem to DeLanda and Protevi as well as questions...
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Vol. 3, No. 1, 2004

Time, Timing and Being on Time: The Play of Race and Ideology in the Postmodern Political Organization
ABSTRACTAn understanding of the definition and dynamics of time is necessary to the conception of a "postmodern" political organization. Additionally, the nuances of time illustrate the shifting role that race has and continues to play in postmodern...
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The Standardization of Efficiency and Its Implications for Organizations
ABSTRACTTime has become increasingly utilized as a tool for organizations to increase productivity and control workers. Since the advent of the mechanical clock in the fourteenth century, time has structured organizational experience. This increased...
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Time, Narrative and Organizational Culture: A Corporate Perspective
ABSTRACTThis paper is a generalized discussion related to the nature and implications time, story and organizational culture play in corporate decision-making, CEO selection; treatment of long-term employees; the change process and the language used...
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The Senses of Velocity and Acceleration in Routine Worklife
ABSTRACTThe purpose of this paper is to understand the senses that people give to the machines used in their daily work with special emphasis on new technologies. The present essay is based on the constructionist methodological theoretical referential,...
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Vol. 2, No. 3, 2003

The Discovery of a Peculiar Good: Towards a Reading of Nell Stroud's Josser: Days and Nights in the Circus
ABSTRACTThis paper draws on the author's experiences as a member of a circus family to give attention to a neglected area of research. The paper uses a range of readings and published accounts of circus life and in particular it examines Nell Stroud's...
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Humanization through Discipline? Foucault and the Goodness of Employee Health Programmes[1]
ABSTRACTThere is no doubt that health management can improve employee well-being and can have positive outcomes for the organization. But, the mere goodness of such programmes has to be questioned. First, the paper shows how health management activities...
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Good Order: On the Administration of Goodness
ABSTRACTThis paper argues that conventional patriarchal representations of the organisation reduce the notion of "organisation" to abstract relationships, rational actions and purposive behaviour which always and relentlessly presents itself as a quest...
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Guest Editors' Introduction: Management and Goodness
Every art and every investigation, and similarly every action and pursuit, is considered to aim at some good. Hence the Good has been rightly defined as 'that at which all things aim' (Aristotle).Aristotle begins his Ethics with these words and thus...
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Campus Bitch & White Trash: Pardoning the Injury of Language Acts in Participatory Contexts[1]
ABSTRACTCampus Bitch and White Trash are the kind of appellations that can draw one into the dark heart of a world where words wound, images enrage, and speech is haunted by hate. One need look only as far as the latest outbreak of violence in the workplace...
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Ethical Discriminations? Representing the Reprehensible
ABSTRACTThis paper reflects upon the 'goodness' or 'ethics' of Critical Management/ Critical Organisation Studies (COS) research practices. I argue that academic representations of others entail an ethical responsibility to the researched, a responsibility...
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Vol. 2, No. 4, 2003

Using Brechtian Ideas and Theatrical Practices to Reconceptualize Role Distance and Facilitate Learning in Organizations
ABSTRACTThe purpose of this paper is to explore how the ideas and theatrical practices of Bertold Brecht may be applied in organizational contexts. A model is developed that builds on Brechtian conceptions of alienation and integrates organizational...
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Power, Subjectivity and Strategies of Resistance: The Case of the Acme School
ABSTRACTThe central aim of this study is to provide a critical analysis of oppositional practices in the workplace by exploring the role of worker subjectivity in shaping and articulating contemporary strategies of resistance. First, a theoretical analysis...
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Getting the Story Straight: Illusions and Delusions in the Organizational Change Process[1]
ABSTRACTThis paper considers the methodological implications arising from competing narratives of an organizational change process in a large acute city teaching hospital. This qualitative case study was informed by a processual-contextual perspective,...
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The Emergence of Critical Postmodern Art
ABSTRACTIn the midst of the postmodern art tumult of the 1980's there emerged a group of artists whose artwork was outwardly focused and culturally critical in a broad Debordian sense. Focusing on the subjects of postmodern culture, critical postmodern...
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'Living in the Blender of Change': The Carnival of Control in a Culture of Culture
ABSTRACTTraditional structural-functional approaches to organisational change, as well as critics of those approaches, often offer overly structured and rationalised views of how change occurs. This paper attempts to build upon processual studies of...
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Guest Editor's Introduction: Re-Imagining Change
INTRODUCTIONMuch has been written about the phenomenon of change; about the complexities of change and about the challenges that 'change' poses for business and for society more generally. Indeed practising managers (civil servants and politicians[1])...
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Vol. 2, No. 2, 2003

The Consulting Arcade: Walking through Fetish-Land
ABSTRACTThis paper presents autobiographical images of management consulting that are juxtaposed with a variety of historical images of modern capitalism. The method employed in this paper, montage[1], has been inspired by Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project,...
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Evaluating Organizational Change: The Role of Ontology and Epistemology
ABSTRACTThe evaluation of organizational change is a thorny issue. Firstly, accurate data depicting the organization's response to a change process are very difficult to collect, and the process can be corrupted by the Macnamara Fallacy. Secondly, the...
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The Fetish of Change
ABSTRACTThis paper is a polemical critique of the current orthodoxy that the world is changing at an ever faster rate, that organizations must adapt to this change in order to survive, and that change management techniques enable organizations to do...
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Consilio Manuque: The Learning Organization Paradigm and the Problem of Unity
ABSTRACTThis paper draws on literature in the fields of organizational studies, industrial relations, and industrial sociology to attempt to address 'new paradigm' managerial initiatives that espouse sentiments of unitarism in their discourse from a...
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Discourses and Paradigms: Editorial Comments
Editorial - Fest & ArsenaultAs co-editors for this issue on Discourses and Paradigms, we have selected four submissions. In the following, we will each introduce two articles, creating a postmodern collage of storylines and authorship.When I (Susanne)...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, 2002

Art and Aesthetics at Work: An Overview
INTRODUCTION Over recent years the field of organization studies has exhibited an increasing interest in the aesthetic dimension of work and its organization. Whilst this interest may have been awakened, more generally, by the publication of such philosophically...
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Art as a Form of Knowledge: The Implications for Critical Management
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW Theodor Adorno (1970/1997) declared that art was a form of knowledge. In a somewhat related vein, his critical theorist colleague Herbert Marcuse (1956/1998) characterized art as a mode of cognition that is an alternative to...
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Organisational Performance: A View from the Arts
ABSTRACT This paper suggests that most understandings of organisational performance appears to be about developing a set of rules or prescriptions, that need to be followed if successful performance is to be achieved. It proposes that organisations are...
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The Power of Organizational Song: An Organizational Discourse and Aesthetic Expression of Organizational Culture
OVERVIEW In this research, the authors examine organizational songs, referring to songs that are created and sung by members of an organization as an aesthetic expression of organizational culture. Specifically, the study examines the organizational...
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On the Manager's Body as an Aesthetics of Control
OVERVIEW This paper stems from a larger project which aims at developing an understanding of the ways in which managers are subordinated to the organizations in which they work. Managers make up a large percentage of the students I teach, and I meet...
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An-Aesthetics and Architecture
Labour produces works of wonder for the rich, but nakedness for the worker. It produces palaces, but only hovELs for the worker; it produces beauty, but cripples the worker; it replaces labour by machines but throws apart of the worker back to a barbaric...
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Aestheticizing the World of Organization: Creating Beautiful Untrue Things
The final revelation is that ing, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of art. Oscar Wilde - The Decay of Lying (1905/1913, p. 54) INTRODUCTION The aesthetic has long endured an uneasy relationship with institutions of power and...
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Vol. 1, No. 4, 2001

The Nomadic Organization: The Postmodern Organization of Becoming
ABSTRACT From contingency theory, resource-dependency theory, evolutionary theory, and institutional theory, we learn that organizations respond to their external environment. In a postmodern, fluid, and continuously changing capitalism, there are few...
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"I Dream a World": Re-Imagining Change
"I Dream a World": Re-imagining Change[1] ABSTRACT In this paper, I argue that perspectives on change would benefit from a consideration of literature by and about black women that is little known within organization studies. My goal is to introduce...
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The Discursive Construction of Older Worker Identity: A Reflection on Process and Methods
ABSTRACT This paper presents a reflection on the process of doing critical discourse research using examples from a current project on the discursive construction of older worker identity. While the study targeted an under-researched topic in the discourse...
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The Prison with Symbolic Walls: Complexity and Structuration in Havel's Power of the Powerless
A dear friend who, as I write, is in a Chinese prison once told me this tale: For want of something to do, a prisoner gleaned from the sweepings of the shop floor tiny bits of glittering wire, which he deposited in a bottle. Years passed. On the day...
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Contesting the Spiritual Space: Patriarchy, Nureaucracy, and the Gendering of Women's Religious Orders
Contesting the Spiritual Space: Patriarchy, Nureaucracy, and the tendering of Women's Religious Orders[1] ABSTRACT This paper focuses on (Catholic) women's religious orders and relates the legacy of their evolution, and the external forces which shaped...
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Satisfying Ambiguity
The unfolding story of 'satisfying ambiguity' is somewhat postmodern. Though it has a beginning and a middle, its ending is indeterminate. Furthermore, we already know this story about a future grounded in the present, in the same way that the audience...
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Vol. 1, No. 3, 2001

Postcolonial Research as Relevant Practice
ABSTRACT Located within movements for social justice and ecological restoration, this paper assesses public forest lands reform initiatives in Orissa, a state in eastern India. It addresses the use of research as liberatory practice within postcolonial...
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Textuality and the Postmodernist Neglect of the Politics of Representation
Textuality and the Postmodernist Neglect of the Politics of Representation[1] ABSTRACT Those in the vanguard of postmodernist theorising, who have collectively been labelled "skeptical postmodemists," have produced a discourse that has said much about...
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Adjusting the Granularity of Management Perception and Action
ABSTRACT A danger that postmodernism faces is that it is branded as irrelevant to practicing managers -- those who daily influence the lives of others. Part of the accusation of irrelevance derives from attacks on postmodern thinking that see it as propounding...
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Information Systems in Use: A Representational Perspective
ABSTRACT This paper looks at a theoretical framework recently developed by Paul Jackson (1997) that adopts the information systems metaphor as a means to understand the representational aspects of organisation. Jackson's approach particularly highlights...
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Postcolonial Sites and Markets: Indigenous Organizations in Chiapas, Mexico
Postcolonial Sites and Markets: Indigenous Organizations in Chiapas, Mexico[1] ABSTRACT This article discusses different forms of misrecognition regarding indigenous people in Chiapas. It is based on the author's extensive fieldwork with Chiapas organizations...
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Just Buy It: Nike Advertising Aimed at Glamour Readers: A Critical Feminist Analysis
ABSTRACT The growing popularity of women's sports has helped steer fitness companies such as Nike to carefully craft advertising messages aimed at women. The current study assessed Nike's marketing campaign in Glamour, a popular consumer magazine aimed...
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Vol. 1, No. 1, 2001

TAMARA Board Room History
The TAMARA MANIFESTO defines how various knowledge areas intermingle in the dialogs of Tamara; in my editorial I explain how Tamara is the Mansion of Science with many rooms. Here I provide one founding story. Censorship - In August, 2000 I made the...
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TAMARA Manifesto
Tamara: Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science is an interdisciplinary dialog whose time has come. In their Communist Manifesto, written in late 1847, Marx and Engels wrote, "A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of communism. All the...
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A Response Essay to TAMARA Manifesto
In writing my response, I have chosen a somewhat different tack from the norm. I want to write what the articles moved me to write - not a scholarly criticism, but what the articles caused me to feel, to think, to believe, to express. Essentially, I...
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A Response Essay to TAMARA Manifesto
As this is not up a paper as such it is not possible to discuss the (Tamara Manifesto) treatise in terms of the review criteria set out as per the reviewers report. I therefore intend to present some overall impressions and then proceed to introduce...
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Cows, Capitalism, and Cover-Ups: The Politics and Economics of Mad Cow Disease
Abstract The world changed in 1986 when Mad Cow Disease showed up in cattle and began to kill human beings too. The destructive consequences of Mad Cow Disease have little to do with natural processes, and everything to do with social process, with how...
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KNOWLEDGE R.I.P.? Resurrecting Knowledge Requires Rediscovering the University
In a world where sociologists routinely call ours a 'knowledge society' and 'Chief Knowledge Officers' ('CKOs') occupy top posts in universities, corporations and public sector agencies, it may come as a shock to learn that the pursuit of knowledge is...
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Think Global, Act Local: From Naive Comparison to Critical Participation in the Teaching of Strategic International Human Resource Management
Abstract In this paper, we examine the implications of ethnocentrism and paternalism in teaching approaches for the field of strategic international human resource management (SIHRM), as an example of management studies. We argue that the teaching of...
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Response: Critical Theory in Education: Remembering the Lessons of El Abuelito
When asked to serve on the TAMARA Editorial Board, we were honored. To be able to work and theorize with colleagues in such diverse and important fields as organizational science, critical postmodernism, green theory and left economics was a rare treat....
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"A Brief Manifesto"
The idea of the reviews section is that it should cross (between and beyond) some of the traditional boundaries of organizational and management 'science'. It will include reviews of published material (paper and web-based), performance, art, installations,...
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From the Waste Land to the Waste World
In this edition, we offer a review of absence. John Coopey writes on the marginalization of issues of environment in contemporary society, and uses T.S. Elliot's The Wasteland as a vehicle to draw together a diverse range of critical revelations and...
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What Is TAMARA Play?
In TAMARA, Los Angeles' longest-running play, a dozen characters unfold their stories before a walking, sometimes running, audience. The spectators are expected to choose which characters to follow from room to room. The play was written by John Krizanc...
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Vol. 1, No. 2, 2001

Editorial: Athletic Apparel Industry Is Tamara-Land
This issue of Tamara is about corporate predators. I will forego reciting the abstracts and contributions of the articles in the issue. Rather, I want to look at Tamara as a way to understand corporate predators in the Athletic Apparel Industry. It is...
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The Etymology of 'Corporate Predatorship': A Critical Commentary
What is a corporate predator? From a semiotic perspective, what does this term 'denote' and 'connote' (Eco, 1979)? The line of argument developed here is that the deployment of the word 'predator', when used in connection with corporations, is imbued...
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Corporate Predators
An invited essay from the leader of Not Milk The dairy industry has corrupted America's political system and has become the successful model for a new American government in which corporate donations buy political favors. It all began with Richard Nixon,...
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The Internet and Grassroots Politcs: Nike, the Athletic Apparel Industry and the Anti-Sweatshop Campaign
Abstract This paper examines ways in which the Internet has been employed to enhance political struggle in contemporary society. It uses a case study of the Nike Corporation to highlight the power and autonomy of Transnational Corporations operating...
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Just Buy It: Nike Advertising Aimed at Glamour Readers: A Critical Feminist Analysis
Abstract The growing popularity of women's sports has helped steer fitness companies such as Nike to carefully craft advertising messages aimed at women. The current study assessed Nike's marketing campaign in Glamour, a popular consumer magazine aimed...
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Review of Memento (Director, Christopher Nolan, 2000
As Kierkegaard (1996:161) posits, "life must be understood backwards. But then one forgets the other principle: that it must be lived forwards 'Facts, not memories. That's how you investigate'. So, what does the following tell us of any value to organizational...
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Spin, Spin, Spin: Responsorial
I will contrast one poet who adores Nike with a guitar poet who sees tragedy there. Acquenetta Taylor is a Nike fan and Randy Granger is the critic. Acquenetta's poems present a counter-point to our special theme issue of Tamara on corporate predators....
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Flying Home
I asked guitar poet Randy Granger if he would let Tamara publish part of a song he wrote, called "Flying Home." He told me it reminded him of Nike's global business practices. What are we gonna do/ They've got our children there/ In a factory where/...
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