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Multiplicity, Virtuality and Organization: The Contribution of Gilles Deleuze
Växjö universitet.
2007 (English)In: Organization Studies, ISSN 0170-8406, E-ISSN 1741-3044, Vol. 28, no 8, 1483-1501 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Formal organization is often seen as opposed or resistant to change, in theory as well as in practice. Drawing primarily on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze we argue that the reverse is true — that organization is itself a dynamic quality and that change and organization are imbricated in each other. We expand several key concepts of this philosophy in relation to organization (the multiplicity of order and the multiplicity of organization, strata and meshworks, virtuality and multitude) all of which draw attention to the unstable but ever-present forces that subvert and disrupt, escape, exceed and change organization. This enables an understanding of organization as creatively autosubversive — not fixed, but in motion, never resting and constantly trembling.

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2007. Vol. 28, no 8, 1483-1501 p.
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Deleuze, change, order, virtual
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-10305DOI: 10.1177/0170840607075675OAI: diva2:176824
Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2007-12-27 Last updated: 2012-08-22Bibliographically approved

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