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Title: Kafkaesque power and bureaucracy
Authors: Clegg, S.
Cunha, M. P.
Munro, I.
Rego, J.
de Sousa, M. O.
Keywords: Kafka
Organization
Kafkaesque organization
Bureaucracy
Vicious circle
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis
Abstract: The metaphor of Kafkaesque bureaucracy has attracted the imagination of organization theorists for decades. While the critical and metaphorical approach offers vibrant insights about organizing, it has not been complemented by systematic empirical analysis. We take a step in that direction and conduct an inductive study of how people experience and deal with the Kafkaesque bureaucracy. We focus on the Kafkaesque organization as constructed in process and practice by those who experience its effects as citizens and clients. Data uncovered three major affordances of Kafkaesque bureaucracy: inactiveness, helplessness and meaninglessness. These combine in a mutually debilitating configuration that constitutes the Kafkaesque bureaucracy as an effortful everyday accomplishment.
Peer reviewed: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10071/13021
DOI: 10.1080/2158379X.2016.1191161
ISSN: 2158-379X
Ciência-IUL: https://ciencia.iscte-iul.pt/id/ci-pub-36952
Accession number: WOS:000387973700002
Appears in Collections:BRU-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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