Work and play in management studies: a Kleinian analysis

Show simple item record Kavanagh, Donncha 2016-06-28T11:41:12Z 2016-06-28T11:41:12Z 2011-12
dc.identifier.citation Kavanagh, D. (2011) 'Work and play in management studies: a Kleinian analysis', Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization, 11(4) pp. 336-356. en
dc.identifier.volume 11 en
dc.identifier.issued 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 336 en
dc.identifier.endpage 356 en
dc.identifier.issn 2052-1499
dc.identifier.issn 1473-2866
dc.description.abstract This paper takes some of Melanie Klein’s ideas, which Bion (1961/1998) previously used to understand group dynamics, to analyse the discipline of management studies since its ‘birth’ in the United States in the late 19th century. Specifically, it focuses on the idealisation of work and play, and argues that at its inception, for idiosyncratic historical reasons, the discipline was rooted in a ‘paranoid-schizoid’ position in which work was idealised as good and play as bad. The paper maps out the peculiar set of factors and influences that brought this about. It then examines how and if, again following Klein, the discipline has evolved to the ‘depressive’ position, where the idealisations are replaced by a more ambiguous, holistic semantic frame. Seven different relationships between work and play are then described. The paper contends that the originary splitting and idealisation is foundational to the discipline, and provides an enduring basis for analysing management theory and practice. It concludes by using this splitting to map out five potential future trajectories for the discipline. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Leicester; University of Essex en
dc.rights © 2011 the author en
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dc.subject Work en
dc.subject Play en
dc.subject Klein en
dc.subject Management en
dc.title Work and play in management studies: a Kleinian analysis en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Donncha Kavanagh, Management & Marketing, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization en
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