Making The Policy-Makers: Askesis, Or To Continuously Work On Oneself

Chini, Ioanna (2012) Making The Policy-Makers: Askesis, Or To Continuously Work On Oneself. In: 4th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, 21-23rd June, 2012, Kos, Greece.

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This paper uses a Foucauldian discursive approach to shed light into how organisational actors are ‘made’ to act as strategists, incorporating into their work practices the demands and expectations of what it means to be a strategist in a specific context at a specific time. It draws on a Foucauldian understanding of governing and self formation to explore the ways in which actors work on themselves in order to act meaningfully as strategists. I argue that, rather than organisational identities being static or finished, organisational actors actively say and do things in their continual attempts to attain a more complete, acceptable and congruent identity. In contexts with high degrees of uncertainty and heavily power- and conflict-laden relationships, both discourses of how strategy is made and the practices involved in it can be seen as exercises (askesis) which strategists actively perform to better embrace their responsibility of rendering the future governable for others. The paper brings together the literatures on identity and on strategic practices to show the dialectic relationship between them.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations > HM0786 Organisational sociology. Organisational theory
Depositing User: Ioanna Chini
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2012 09:36
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2012 09:36

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