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The absurd workplace: How absurdity is hypernormalized in contemporary society and organizations


A psychiatrist who has a 30-minute appointment with a patient, needs another 20-25 minutes to process all paperwork attached to the meeting (Spaans, 2017). There is now so much bureaucracy involved in health care provision, that the time that health care providers spend on their actual jobs is substantially reduced, seriously impeding the quality of care because of the very procedures meant to ensure quality of care.

Bad governance of family firms: The adoption of good governance on the boards of directors in family firms


Shareholder value maximization has been termed ‘a new ideology of corporate governance’ and has become the point of convergence for the mainstream literature in corporate governance research (Lazonick and O’Sullivan, 2000). This ideology appeared in the United States during the 1970s, shifting the focus of large, managerially governed corporations from a ‘retain and reinvest’ to a ‘downsize and distribute’ philosophy (Fiss and Zajac, 2004; Stout, 2012).

The communism of capital?

The communism of capital? What could this awkward turn of phrase mean, and what might it signify with regards to the state of the world today? Does it merely describe a reality in which communist demands are twisted to become productive of capital, a capitalist realism supplemented by a disarmed communist ideology? Or does the death of the capitalist utopia mean that capital cannot contain the antagonism expressed by Occupy and other movements anymore, and therefore must confront communism upfront?

Pro Bono? On philanthrocapitalism as ideological answer to inequality


In the spring of 2010 four Danish youths started an enterprise called ‘Initiative for Life’, which sells graduation caps. The project is supported by the non-governmental organisation Save the Children and the proceeds go towards educating Ethiopian children. On their website they write: ‘When you buy Initiative for Life’s cap you not only get a good price but also a good conscience’. What interests us here is the blend of purchase and charity, the good price and the good conscience.

Throwing shoes...

What is the structure of the social? If we accept organismic metaphors, the social is analogous to the body, usually the human body. The foot/shoe is the most basic foundation, the ground upon which the rest of the socialbody rests. By standing on two feet, the hands are freed to become tool making and using appendages, and the mouth is thereby freed from carrying to bear words instead. In structural terms, the foot/shoe functions as base to the face’s superstructure. But when a shoe is thrown at the face of power, a double inversion comes into play.

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