After organization studies

volume 2, number 3
August, 2002
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One sometimes wonders if there is something pathological in the mind of the child who, on finding a small dead animal by the side of the road cannot resist turning the corpse over (with a stick usually – children do know their limits) in order that they can better ‘pick over’ the remains. They uncover the rancid carcass, prod at the bits that are not totally decomposed, peer with intrigue at the maggots that wriggle through the dead body, eating out every last scrap of stinking meat and imagine what might have happened and what is still to come.

But then, a fascination with morbidity is not always a morbid fascination.

Here, as there, various authors walk along a trail and are fascinated by what they see and are tempted to ‘pick over’ the various parts of the corpus/corpse of organization studies. Figuring a possible death (if it hasn’t already happened, that is) they toy with what has been organization studies. Not knowing if it is dead yet, or if anybody knows of this actual or immanent death, we have all the conditions of a perfect crime.