An Encounter with Zizek
15 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2005
In this chapter we aim to broadly outline Zizek's radical project and explore possible connections to, and subversions of, lines of thought in organization theory. Whilst his work clearly provides strong connections with important organizational themes - power, subjectivity, ideology, and the philosophy of organization - Zizek would probably balk at being described as an "organization theorist". Indeed, a Zizekian approach to "doing organization theory" would probably result in the destruction of the very idea of organization theory, as the field would have to confront its own impossibility. Perhaps we should see Zizek therefore not so much as an organizational theorist, but rather as the "objet petit a" of organization theory; "that "bone in the throat" which gives a pathological twist to every symbolization."
Keywords: iek, Organization theory, ideology, philosophy, subjectivity, capitalism, power
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