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Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

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Year 6/2022 
Volume 19 
Issue 1

Faciality and the Assembly of Organizational Subjectivity: Considering the Possibilities of Emancipation in Management Theory

Eric Austin
Montana State University, US

Ryan Rouse
School of Public Administration University of Nebraska, Omaha

6/2022 19 (1) Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

DOI 10.7206/tamara.1532-5555.11

Abstract

One ongoing theme in management theory focuses on mitigating the dehumanizing effects of organizational systems and related forms power over employees. Perhaps paradoxically, the alienating tendencies of neoliberalism resulted in various humanist and emancipatory theories intended to mitigate that alienation, which operate in a way that almost exclusively benefits the organization and subtly yet profoundly subjugates the worker. Critiques of contemporary management theory and practice, most notably by critical management studies and psychoanalytic theory, made important contributions in revealing many of the pernicious mechanisms and resulting effects of human relations approaches. However, in our assessment these critiques still struggle to respond to the emergent socioeconomic and political structures of neoliberalism. As an alternative, this article considers Deleuze and Guattari’s (1987) work on faciality in order to re-examine the form and function of those structures in a way that explains their perniciousness and suggests that there is a space within those structures for a more liberated form of subjectivity.

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Faciality and the Assembly of Organizational Subjectivity: Considering the Possibilities of Emancipation in Management Theory. (2022). Faciality and the Assembly of Organizational Subjectivity: Considering the Possibilities of Emancipation in Management Theory. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, 19(1), 24-43. https://doi.org/10.7206/tamara.1532-5555.11 (Original work published 6/2022AD)

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“Faciality And The Assembly Of Organizational Subjectivity: Considering The Possibilities Of Emancipation In Management Theory”. 6/2022AD. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, vol. 19, no. 1, 2022, pp. 24-43.

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“Faciality And The Assembly Of Organizational Subjectivity: Considering The Possibilities Of Emancipation In Management Theory”. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 19, no. 1 (2022): 24-43. doi:10.7206/tamara.1532-5555.11.