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Monstrous reanimation: Rethinking organizational death in the UK financial services sector

Kelly, Simon and Riach, Kathleen (2014) 'Monstrous reanimation: Rethinking organizational death in the UK financial services sector.' Culture and Organization, 20 (1). pp. 7-22. ISSN 1475-9551

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Abstract

This article presents a new perspective for analysing organizational death through the concept of reanimation. Mobilizing recent discussions of the monstrous in organization theory, we draw on the figure of the reanimated monster to analyse an apparent case of organizational dying in the UK financial services sector. Through this, we explore how organizations may neither live nor die, but instead constitute a continual process of reanimation in which organizational spaces and the materials, bodies and narratives surrounding them are recycled, reintegrated and reused to maintain the appearance of the immortal organization. However, reanimation is not merely the clean and efficient synthesis of old and new. There is an unsettling consequence to living and working within the reanimated organization and it is here that the article considers the value of the monstrous for challenging and rethinking established categories of continuity, change, death, life and loss in contemporary working life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: global financial crisis, hedge fund, monstrous, organizational death, reanimation, renewal
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Jenny Connolly
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2014 16:31
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2014 16:31
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10870

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