Bullshit and Organization Studies

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Bullshit and Organization Studies. / Christensen, Lars Thøger; Kärreman, Dan; Rasche, Andreas.

In: Organization Studies, Vol. 40, No. 10, 2019, p. 1587-1600.

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Christensen, LT, Kärreman, D & Rasche, A 2019, 'Bullshit and Organization Studies', Organization Studies, vol. 40, no. 10, pp. 1587-1600. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840618820072

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Christensen, Lars Thøger, Dan Kärreman and Andreas Rasche. "Bullshit and Organization Studies". Organization Studies. 2019, 40(10). 1587-1600. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840618820072

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Christensen, Lars Thøger ; Kärreman, Dan ; Rasche, Andreas. / Bullshit and Organization Studies. In: Organization Studies. 2019 ; Vol. 40, No. 10. pp. 1587-1600.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Bullshit and Organization Studies

AU - Christensen, Lars Thøger

AU - Kärreman, Dan

AU - Rasche, Andreas

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - Bullshit is a ubiquitous communication practice that permeates many dimensions of organizational life. This essay outlines different understandings of bullshit and discusses their significance in the context of organization studies. While it is tempting to reject bullshit as corrosive to rational organizational practice, we argue that it is necessary to understand its organizational significance and performative nature more systematically. We outline different social functions of bullshit focusing on two particular types of managerial practices in which bullshit is likely to play a significant role: commanding and strategizing. On this backdrop, we consider bullshit in terms of the messages, senders and receivers involved, focusing especially on the dynamics between these dimensions in the context of organizations. The final part of this essay debates the reasons why bullshit, which is recognized by organizational members, is rarely called and rejected explicitly.

AB - Bullshit is a ubiquitous communication practice that permeates many dimensions of organizational life. This essay outlines different understandings of bullshit and discusses their significance in the context of organization studies. While it is tempting to reject bullshit as corrosive to rational organizational practice, we argue that it is necessary to understand its organizational significance and performative nature more systematically. We outline different social functions of bullshit focusing on two particular types of managerial practices in which bullshit is likely to play a significant role: commanding and strategizing. On this backdrop, we consider bullshit in terms of the messages, senders and receivers involved, focusing especially on the dynamics between these dimensions in the context of organizations. The final part of this essay debates the reasons why bullshit, which is recognized by organizational members, is rarely called and rejected explicitly.

KW - bullshit

KW - bullshit receptivity

KW - communication

KW - organization studies

U2 - 10.1177/0170840618820072

DO - 10.1177/0170840618820072

M3 - Article

VL - 40

SP - 1587

EP - 1600

JO - Organization Studies

JF - Organization Studies

SN - 1741-3044

IS - 10

ER -