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Note on a work life (qualifying as a new sport for the Olympic Games): When performance management and contemporary work life are in perfect harmony

Introduction

I often wonder whether contemporary work life could qualify as a distinct sports event for the Olympic Games? Once in a while, I catch a glimpse of indications that this might be the case. This note is an allegory of contemporary work life as an elite sport told by high profiled management consultants.

Recognizing the human: A psychoanalytic engagement with HRM and its discontents

Introduction

‘It is joy to be hidden but disaster not to be found’

Donald Winnicott, Communicating and not communicating

To many critics and readers of this journal, the ‘human’ in HRM is hardly human. The images of Marx’s alienated proletarian, Weber’s disenchanted bureaucrat, or Foucault’s biopolitical subject are now so etched in the mind to render a practical engagement with HRM impossible. Best to abandon the enterprise altogether.

Political art without words: Art’s threat of emergence, and its capture within signification and commodification

We lack creation. We lack resistance to the present!

(Deleuze and Guattari, 1994: 108)

The rise of stagnancy and emergent possibilities for young radicals: Deleuze and the perils of idolatry

It’s only another fold

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them. (Exodus, 20: 4-5)

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