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Organization violations in practice: a case study in a university setting

Hearn, Jeff (2003) Organization violations in practice: a case study in a university setting. Culture and Organization, 9 (4). pp. 253-273. ISSN 1475-9551

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Organizational structures and processes produce and reproduce violence and violations. To conceptualize the complex interplay of violations and organizations, we may speak of “organization violations”: the simultaneous (re)production of “organization” and “violation”. This article examines micro-organizational violations in focusing on our own organizations in academia. Contemporary constructions of organization violations are examined through a case study of a university professorial appointment process, drawing on extensive public documentation. This has included a bizarre series of events, including giving false information, invention of procedures and many exclusionary practices. It has also involved the development of a reflexive composite methodology combining participatory action research, documentary analysis, and autoethnography. Multiple perspectives on and readings of the material are presented: the experience of organization violations; developing processes of organization violation over time; national, cultural violations in exclusion of “outsiders”; intersections with gendered power; and ethics, morality and moral practices.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Catherine Parker
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2008 11:07
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:39


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