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Rogue Logics: Organization in the Grey Zone

Land, Christopher and Loren, Scott and Metelmann, Jörg (2014) 'Rogue Logics: Organization in the Grey Zone.' Organization Studies, 35 (2). pp. 233-253. ISSN 0170-8406

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This paper explores the concept of the ‘rogue’ through an examination of how the figure appears in business ethics and as the rogue trader. Reading the rogue trader through institutional logics and Jacques Derrida’s book Rogues, we suggest that the rogue is not on the dark side of organization so much as in an indeterminate grey zone, where the boundary between acceptable behaviour and misconduct is unclear. We further argue that this boundary is necessarily unclear as it is in the nature of organization, at least within capitalist trading systems, to push the boundaries of what is possible and acceptable. The rogue thus helps produce the boundaries of ethically acceptable organizational behaviour in the very act of transgressing them. The location-bound specificity of the rogue, as well as the symbolic process of naming an individual or a state a rogue, finds a relevant correlate in the villain, as Derrida suggests. But what we call ‘rogue organization’ may be constitutive of organization per se. As such, there is a potential roguishness in organization that should be addressed when considering the dark side of ethics in organization studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: business ethics, Derrida, institutional logics, organizational misbehaviour, rogue traders
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
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Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2014 12:46
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 12:46

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