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The Triumph of Emptiness: Consumption, Higher Education and Work Organization by Mats Alvesson

By: Alvesson, Mats.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oxford Oxford University Press 2014Description: 243p.ISBN: 9780198708803.Subject(s): Corporate Culture | Organizational Behavior - Social Aspects | MaterialismDDC classification: 302.35
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1. Introduction: zero-sum games, grandiosity, and illusion tricks
2. Consumption - the shortcomings of affluence
3. Explaining the consumption paradox - why aren't people (more) satisfied?
4. Higher education - triumph of the knowledge-intensive society?
5. Higher education - an image-boosting business?
6. Modern working life and organizations - change, dynamism, and post-bureaucracy?
7. Organizational structures on the beauty parade - imitations and shop-window dressing
8. A place in the sun - occupational groups' professionalization projects and other status and influence ambitions
9. Leadership - a driving force or empty talk?
10. The triumph of imagology - a paradise for tricksters?
11. The costs of grandiosity

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