An Encounter with Zizek

15 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2005

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Christian De Cock

University of Essex

Steffen Boehm

Essex Business School, University of Essex

Abstract

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: Žižek, Organization theory, ideology, philosophy, subjectivity, capitalism, power

Suggested Citation

De Cock, Christian and Boehm, Steffen, An Encounter with Zizek. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=650682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.650682

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Steffen Boehm

Essex Business School, University of Essex ( email )

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United Kingdom
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