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Revisiting organization theory; integration and deconstruction of gender and transformation of organization theory.


Revisiting organization theory; integration and deconstruction of gender and transformation of organization theory.

Bendl, Regine.

Peter Lang Publishing Inc


341 pages




Working with feminist postmodernism/poststructuralism, Bendl (gender and diversity in organization, Vienna U. of Economics and Business Administration, Austria) explores organizational texts in terms of their gendered subtexts, aiming to describe the notions and patterns by which males and females are (re)produced within organizational texts and how this gender subtext influences and changes organizational discourse and contributes to the development of a new field or space for organization research. After describing the theoretical basis of her investigation, rooted in feminist approaches to Saussure's "structural linguistics" and Lacan's "law of the father," she excavates the "phallologocentrism" found in a review of 23 organizational texts. Finally, she focuses in more detail in the gender subtext of the Behavioral Approach to Decision-making Processes found in Herbert Simon's Administrative Behavior (1976).

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