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The Resource The triumph of emptiness : consumption, higher education, and work organization, Mats Alvesson

The triumph of emptiness : consumption, higher education, and work organization, Mats Alvesson

Label
The triumph of emptiness : consumption, higher education, and work organization
Title
The triumph of emptiness
Title remainder
consumption, higher education, and work organization
Statement of responsibility
Mats Alvesson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In this book, Mats Alvesson aims to demystify some popular and upbeat claims about a range of phenomena, including the knowledge society, consumption, branding, higher education, organizational change, professionalization, and leadership. He contends that a culture of grandiosity is leading to numerous inflated claims. We no longer talk about plans but 'strategies'. Supervisors have been replaced by 'managers', managers are referred to as executives. Management is about 'leadership'. Giving advice is 'coaching'. Companies become 'knowledge-intensive firms'. The book views the contemporary economy as an economy of persuasion, where firms and other institutions increasingly assign talent, energy, and resources to rhetoric, image, branding, reputation, and visibility. Using a wide range of empirical examples to illuminate the realms of consumption, higher education, organization, and leadership, this provocative and engaging book challenges established assumptions and contributes to a critical understanding of society as a whole."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Alvesson, Mats
Dewey number
302.35
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Consumption (Economics)
  • Corporate culture
  • Organizational behavior
  • Materialism
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Branding (Marketing)
Label
The triumph of emptiness : consumption, higher education, and work organization, Mats Alvesson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [226]-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction - Zero-Sum Games, Grandiosity, and Illusion Tricks -- Consumption - the Shortcomings of Affluence -- Explaining the Consumption Paradox: Why aren't People (More) Satisfied? -- Higher Education - Triumph of the Knowledge Intensive Society or a Statistical Cosmetics Project? -- Higher Education - an Image-Boosting Business? -- Modern Working Life and Organizations - Change, Dynamism, and Post-Bureaucracy? -- Organizational Structures on the Beauty Parade: Imitation and Shop-Window Dressing -- A Place in the Sun - Occupational Groups' Professionalization Projects and Other Status and Influence Ambitions -- Leadership - A Driving Force or Empty Talk -- The Triumph of Imagology - A Paradise for Tricksters? -- The Costs of Grandiosity
Control code
825557423
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 243 pages
Isbn
9780199660940
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)825557423
Label
The triumph of emptiness : consumption, higher education, and work organization, Mats Alvesson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [226]-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction - Zero-Sum Games, Grandiosity, and Illusion Tricks -- Consumption - the Shortcomings of Affluence -- Explaining the Consumption Paradox: Why aren't People (More) Satisfied? -- Higher Education - Triumph of the Knowledge Intensive Society or a Statistical Cosmetics Project? -- Higher Education - an Image-Boosting Business? -- Modern Working Life and Organizations - Change, Dynamism, and Post-Bureaucracy? -- Organizational Structures on the Beauty Parade: Imitation and Shop-Window Dressing -- A Place in the Sun - Occupational Groups' Professionalization Projects and Other Status and Influence Ambitions -- Leadership - A Driving Force or Empty Talk -- The Triumph of Imagology - A Paradise for Tricksters? -- The Costs of Grandiosity
Control code
825557423
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 243 pages
Isbn
9780199660940
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)825557423

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