Organisation as containment of acquisitive mimetic rivalry: The contribution of René Girard

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Title: Organisation as containment of acquisitive mimetic rivalry: The contribution of René Girard
Authors: Desmond, John
Kavanagh, Donncha
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Date: 2003
Online since: 2014-09-15T14:42:30Z
Abstract: This paper considers relations between violence and organization as seen through the lens moulded by Rene Girard. This is because more than any other writer of his generation Girard postulates the primacy of violence in his sociological theorising. In this paper we first outline Girard's theory. Next we discuss this in relation to Freudian theories of organization. We then draw out some of the implications of his theory for the understanding of topics within Organization Theory, such as bureaucracy and sexual harassment. Finally we suggest a research agenda.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Journal: Culture and Organisation
Volume: 9
Issue: 4
Start page: 239
End page: 251
Copyright (published version): 2003 Taylor and Francis Ltd
Keywords: GirardViolenceOrganisationMimetic rivalryFreudBureauracyEmpowermentSexual harassment
DOI: 10.1080/1475955042000195427
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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