Organizing disciplinary power in a knowledge organization

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This article provides a systematic attempt to analyze the effects of performance appraisals, here conceptualized as tools for executing disciplinary power, and how the agency of employees is shaped. The article demonstrates how agency is enrolled by a broad set of disciplinary technologies aimed at behavior as well as the self, orchestrated in way that effectively short-circuits resistance. Drawing upon data collected from a Swedish subsidiary of a large American consultancy firm, the article provides a detailed account for the use of disciplinary technologies in knowledge-intensive work and other types of high-commitment work settings. Furthermore, the article pays specific attention to how punishments, rewards and human agency interact in this context. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Business Administration


  • Consultants, Performance appraisal, Knowledge work, Disciplinary power
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-190
JournalScandinavian Journal of Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch