Schlagwort-Archiv: Macht

„Kein Gott, kein Herr! – Eine kleine Geschichte der Anarchie“ – Dokumentarfilm Arte

Bereits gestern lief der zweiteilige Dokumentarfilm zur Geschichte der anarchistischen Bewegung auf Arte. Über Proudhon und Kropotkin entfaltet sich diese instruktive Geschichte der Anarchie in ihrer Beziehung zur Arbeiterschaft, zur Entwicklung der Gewerkschaften und Kooperativen, zur Idee des Streiks, zu den aufkommenden Massenmedien bis hin zum Kampf im spanischen Bürgerkrieg und den vielfältigen und brutalen Repressionen, welchen der Anarchismus aber auch die Arbeiterschaft über die geschilderten Jahrzehnte ausgesetzt waren. Beide Teile sind noch für wenige Tage in der Mediathek nachzusehen:



„Organizational Behaviour – Verhalten in Organisationen“ – neu in der 2. Auflage erschienen | Employment Relations

Das von Albert Martin herausgebene Buch „Organizational Behaviour“ ist in der zweiten Auflage im Kohlhammer-Verlag erschienen. (Martin, A. (Hrsg.). (2017). Organizational Behaviour R…

Quelle: „Organizational Behaviour – Verhalten in Organisationen“ – neu in der 2. Auflage erschienen | Employment Relations

„Dead Man Working“ – Spielfilm zum Banken- und Finanzsektor in der ARD

Heute um 20.15 Uhr läuft in der ARD der Spielfilm „Dead Man Working“, gewissermaßen ein fiktionaler Bericht aus dem Innenraum des Bankensektors. Regie führte Marc Bauder, Regisseur des Dokumentarfilms „Der Banker – Masters of the Universe“. Das verspricht also interessant zu werden. Hier der Trailer zum Film:

DEAD MAN WORKING – Trailer from bauderfilm on Vimeo.

Arbeitsverhältnisse: ‚Gig Economy‘ und ‚Algorithmic Management‘ bei Uber, Deliveroo und Co.

Hier ein Hinweis auf gleich zwei instruktive Beiträge über die expandierenden ’selbständigen‘ Arbeitsverhältnisse bei Lieferdiensten etc. Unter dem Titel „Self-employment used to be the dream. Now it’s a nightmare“ diskutiert Peter Fleming die Prekarität von Beschäftigten bei Uber, Deliveroo und Co. unter dem Vorzeichen der ausgerufenen ‚entrepreneurial society‘:

In der Financial Times findet sich zudem ein weiterer instruktiver Artikel, welcher auch die Kontrolle der Beschäftigten durch Algorithmen (‚algorithmic management‘) thematisiert, Bezüge zum Taylorismus herstellt und auch die Frage adressiert, wie in diesem Bereich Widerstand möglich ist – indem man bei den Kolleg_innen Pizza bestellt und bei Lieferung zum Mitmachen beim Protest auffordert:

Nebenbei: Der Euphemismus ‚Gig Economy‘ wäre sicher einen eigenen Beitrag wert.


ephemera workshop on ‚theorizing whistleblowing‘

*Speaking truth to power? Theorizing whistleblowing*

*Organizers: *Kate Kenny and Meghan Van Portfliet

*Date: 14 December 2016 *

*Location: Queen’s University Belfast *

This workshop explores the relation between whistleblowing and forms of organizational power, and with critique. With the shocking revelations of Snowden and Wikileaks, and news of Manning’s mistreatment in custody, whistleblowing is a ‘hot topic’ in news debates. Even so, public perceptions of whistleblowers are rife with ambivalence; for some they represent ‘traitorous violators’ of a code of fidelity to their organization, suspicious figures who reject their obligations of loyalty to the employer, and dangerous tellers of secrets. Others view whistleblowers as heroes: martyrs to the cause of transparency and openness and the veritable ‘saints’ of today’s secular culture (Grant, 2002). Where is organization theory in this? Specifically, how can we conceptualize the variable ways in which whistleblowing intersects with, challenges, and/ or reinforces structures of power and domination in today’s organizations? Organizational research into this area tends to be somewhat a-political, evaluating whistleblowing in terms of whether predefined rules defining employee disclosures have been followed. Studies in the field range from predicting the likelihood of whistleblowing occurring in a given organizational setting (Bjørkelo et al., 2010; Miceli, 2004), and creating typologies of motivations for why people speak up, to studying whistleblowing as an ongoing process rather than a one-off event and examining the kinds of retaliations and personal impacts that organizational whistleblowers suffer (Alford, 2001; Glazer and Glazer, 1989). Such approaches are valuable indeed for enhancing our understanding of whistleblowing as an experience, but where the focus is explicitly upon micro-level issues such as retaliation, motivation and personal impacts, there is a tendency to ignore the wider political and cultural context in which they occur. Some scholars have explored the relation between whistleblowing and power, seeing the former as a type of organizational resistance (Martin, 1999; Vinten, 1994; Rothschild and Miethe, 1999), as caught up in societal discourses of domination (Perry, 1998), or as an instance of Foucault’s parrhesia (2001), in which the whistleblower risks all in the process of speaking ‘truth to power’ (Contu, 2014; Andrade, 2105; Weiskopf and Willmott, 2013; Weiskopf and Tobias-Miersch, 2016; Wildavsky, 1979). These examples notwithstanding, issues of power and domination are somewhat absent from extant literature in the field and as a result our theories of whistleblowing and its relation to organizational power are somewhat anaemic. These omissions are important; academic research can shape public and policy debates and thus has a tangible impact on people’s lives (see for example ACCA, 2016). The ways in which whistleblowing is conceptualized within such research is therefore important to examine in depth, to critique, and to develop further where possible. This is particularly relevant in light of changes in the context of whistleblowing in the past five years, in the US, Europe and beyond. Many NGOs now campaign for and with whistleblowers. Regulators solicit whistleblowers to approach them, while legal professionals seek them out for business. We see a new form of journalism that brands itself as the facilitator of whistleblowing, in the form of Wikileaks (cf Panama papers and LuxLeaks). These shifts might represent sources of support for whistleblowers, but might also lead to their enmeshment in dynamics of power and domination even beyond the context of the organization in which they have blown the whistle (i.e. media pressure, party politics, and so on, see for example how NHS whistleblowers have been incorporated into campaigns protesting the privatisation of the NHS).

Against this background, the *ephemera* collective will host a workshop on *14th December 2016 *at Queen’s University Belfast*.* The focus is upon the possibilities and limitations of theorizing whistleblowing in relation to power along with the ethical and political consequences of this. The event will be free to all participants by registration.

*Confirmed speakers and preliminary program *

10.30-10.45 Welcome

10.45-11.45 Richard Weiskopf and Paul Zimmermann ‘The construction and regulation of truth-telling in the discourse of anti-corruption: the example of Transparency International

11.45-12.00 Tea and Coffee

12.00-13.00 S. Hilary Anne Ivory, ‘Teasing the Minotaur from the labyrinth: Mytho-poetic analysis of the social experience of a handful of medical whistleblowers’

13-14.30 Lunch 14.30-15.30 Wim Vandekerckhove and Marianna Fotaki, ‘Whistleblowing as truth-telling?: Parrhesia in organization theory

15.30-15.45 Tea and Coffee

15.45-16.30 Discussion and close Evening Dinner and Drinks

*Venue: *Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast. See here for a map:

*Organization and contact *

This ephemera workshop is hosted by the Queen’s University Belfast Management School. To participate please let Kate (k.kenny [at] know that you would like to join. The venue is located at Queen’s University Belfast.


ACCA (2016) *Effective speak-up arrangements for whistleblowers: A multi-case study on the role of responsiveness, trust, and culture. *London, ACCA.

Alford, F. (2001) *Whistleblowers: Broken lives and organizational power*. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Andrade, J.A. (2015) ‘Reconceptualizing whistleblowing in a complex world’, *Journal of Business Ethics*,* 128*: 321-335.

Bjørkelo, B., S. Einarsen and S.B. Matthiesen (2010) ‘Predictive proactive behavior at work: Exploring the role of personality as an antecedent of whistleblowing behavior’, *Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology*, 83: 371-394.

Contu, A. (2014) ‘Rationality and Relationality in the Process of Whistleblowing: Recasting Whistleblowing Through Readings of Antigone’, *Journal of Management Inquiry*, 23(4): 393-406.

Foucault, M. (2001) *Fearless speech*. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e).

Foucault, M. (2005) *The hermeneutics of the subject: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1981-1982,* (ed.) F. Gros, (trans.) G. Burchell. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Glazer, M.P. and Glazer, P.M.(1989) *The whistleblowers: Exposing corruption in government and industry*. New York: Basic Books.

Grant, C. (2002) ‘Whistleblowers: Saints of secular culture’, *Journal of Business Ethics*, 39: 391-399.

Martin, B. (1999) ‘Whistleblowing and nonviolence: Activist paradigm’, *Philosophy and Social Action* 25: 5-18.

Miceli, M.P. (2004) ‘Whistle-blowing research and the insider: Lessons learned and yet to be learned’, *Journal of Management Inquiry*, 13(4): 364-366.

Perry, N. (1998) ‘Indecent Exposure: Theorizing whistleblowing’, *Organization* Studies, 19(2): 235-257.

Rothschild, J. and T.D. Miethe (1999) ‘Whistle-blower disclosures and management retaliation the battle to control information about organization corruption’, *Work and Occupations*, 26(1): 107-128.

Vinten, G. (1994) *Whistleblowing, Subversion or corporate citizenship*. London: Sage.

Weiskopf, R. and Y. Tobias-Miersch (2016) ‘Whistleblowing, parrhesia and the contestation of truth in the workplace’, *Organization Studies, *doi 10.1177/0170840616655497.

Wildavsky, A.B. (1979) *Speaking truth to power: The act and craft of policy analysis*. Boston: Little, Brown.

Willmott, H. and R. Weiskopf (2013) ‘Ethics as critical practice: The Pentagon papers, deciding responsibly, truth-telling, and the unsettling of organizational morality’, *Organization Studies*, 34(4): 469-493.

„Die Macht der Pharmaindustrie“ – Dokumentation in der ARD

Nur noch für kurze Zeit in der ARD Mediathek – Eine instruktive Zeitreise durch die Geschichte und auch die Skandale und politischen Verstrickungen der deutschen Pharmaindustrie, von der IG Farben über Contergan und den Bluterskandal bis zur Auseinandersetzung um eine Positivliste für Arzneimittel:

CfP – „Momentum16: Macht“ vom 13. – 16. Oktober 2016 in Hallstatt (Österreich)

Hier die Änkundigung des diesjährigen „Momentum“ Kongresses – Abstracts können bis 16.April eingereicht werden:
Zum neunten Mal findet von 13. – 16. Oktober 2016 der Kongress „Momentum“ statt, der über 250 Interessierte aus Politik, Gewerkschaft und Wissenschaft versammelt. Im Jahr 2016 steht der Begriff „Macht“ im Zentrum des wissenschaftlichen und politischen Diskurses. „Wie sieht eine egalitäre Gesellschaft aus und wie können wir diese erreichen?“ sind die Fragen denen sich der Kongress Momentum16: Macht widmet. Alle Informationen zum Kongress finden sich unter
Tracks Momentum16
Zentrum des Austausches bilden die zehn Tracks. Themenvorschläge (Abstracts) zu den einzelnen Tracks werden bis 14. April 2016 unter angenommen.
Der Track #10: „Globale Machtpolitiken“ wird in englischer Sprache abgehalten.
Track #1: Grundlagen der Macht
Track #2: Macht, Geschlecht & Identität
Track #3: Markt, Macht & Globalisierung
Track #4: Macht sozialer Bewegung(en)
Track #5: Klasse, Schicht und Verteilung
Track #6: Gehorsam und Widerstand lernen
Track #7: Hegemonie & Subversion
Track #8: Politische Machtarchitekturen
Track #9: Macht der Ökonomie, Ohnmacht der Ökologie?
Track #10: Globale Machtpolitiken
Weitere Informationen zu den Tracks finden sich unter:
Call for Papers: Momentum16
Bewerbungen für die einzelnen Tracks sind bis spätestens 14. April 2016 an zu richten. Die Bewerbung sollte neben dem Abstract auch Angaben zum gewünschten Track (sowie Zweitwahl) beinhalten. Die eingereichten Abstracts sollen einen inhaltlichen Überblick über den geplanten Kongressbeitrag geben und rund 7000 Zeichen (also zwei A4-Seiten) umfassen. Die Entscheidung über die Teilnahme und ein erstes Feedback erhalten die TeilnehmerInnen ab Juni 2016. Die finalen Beiträge sind bis 12. September 2016 einzureichen.

Kritik, Organisation und Ästhetik II – Das Projekt „Bilder der Arbeit“ von Klaus Türk

Die ästhetische Dimension von Kritik weiter aufgreifend, hier ein weiterer Verweis auf das Projekt „Bilder der Arbeit“ von Klaus Türk. Der Organisationsforscher Türk hat es unternommen, in historischer Perspektive der Darstellung von Arbeit in der Kunstgeschichte nachzuverfolgen und diese auch auf eine ‚politische Ökonomie der Organisation‘ zu beziehen. Entstanden sind Ausstellungen, Ausstellungskataloge und Publikationen, darunter das im Jahr 2000 erschienene, gleichnamige Buch „Bilder der Arbeit“. Das gesamte Projekt ist hier dokumentiert:

Call for Papers – 9th Organization Studies Summer Workshop, Corfu, Greece, May 22-24, 2014: „Resistance, resisting, and resisters in and around organizations“

Aus dem Call:

„Resistance has had a rather curious and paradoxical history. From the resistance to Nazi occupation and colonial domination, to the recent Arab Spring and Indignados of Spain, resistance is often celebrated in the public imaginary. However, while it has been a central and enduring theme in political and social theory, traditionally resistance has had a marginal reputation in conventional organization studies. Viewed as a problem, a challenge, and something to be avoided or eradicated, resistance is often equated with troublemaking. In other words, the dominant view in organization studies holds that resistance is adversarial, problematic and harmful for organizations, communities, and societies alike. However, recent, alternate voices have argued that the study of resistance, resisting and resisters has the potential to bring new perspectives to the intersection of economic, social, and political aspects and processes in and around organizations and organizing.“

Deadline für Abstracts: 16. Dezember 2013

Weitere Informationen gibt es hier:

Call for Submissions – CMS Division, AoM Meeting in Philadelphia 2014

Die Critical Management Studies Division in der Academy of Management ruft zu Einreichungen für die AoM-Konferenz in Philadelphia auf:

2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, August 1-5
Critical Management Studies (CMS) Division Call for Submissions: Scholarly Program

Program Co-chairs: Emma Bell, Keele University, UK; Scott Taylor,
University of Birmingham, UK

The CMS Division invites submissions for the scholarly program at the 2014 Academy of
Management meeting in Philadelphia. CMS serves as a forum for the presentation of
analysis that is critical of established mainstream management practice and the taken-for-
granted social or economic orders surrounding organization and business.  Our premise is
that structural features of contemporary society encourage organizations and their members towards domination and exploitation. Approaches to understanding these dynamics draw on a wide range of perspectives including postcolonial theory, feminist analysis, ethical theory, Marxist and post-Marxist frameworks, ethnography and labor process theory.  Popular topics in recent years include but are not limited to: social change and social movements, alternative economic and organizational forms, globalisation and power elites, and critical histories of management thought.

We particularly encourage papers and symposia that relate to the theme of this year’s
conference, The Power of Words (  This focuses
attention on the role of language in the politics of inclusion and exclusion and the violence
that can be done through words.  Possible questions include:
–  How does language contribute to constructing and maintaining global or local
inequalities of race, gender, class, religion, identity?  How does language define
relations between ‘the West and the rest’?
–  How are words and linguistic discourses used to support the profit imperative,
and how can alternative discourses be created?
–  How can words be used to challenge managerial action, organizational
domination and exploitation?  What is the role of digital communication technologies,
including social media, in enabling activism and critique?
–  How does the dominance of the English language affect scholarship and
teaching?  How does English language hegemony restrict our ability to give voice
and listen to others, and explore diverse forms of critique?

Division Awards will be given for:
•  Best Paper
•  Best Doctoral Student Paper
•  Best International Business Paper
•  Best ‘Dark Side’ Case Study
•  Best Doctoral Dissertation
•  Best Developmental Reviewer

Please refer to our website for more detail on these awards and the remit of the Division.  All award winners are celebrated at the CMS business meeting.

The submission website,, is scheduled to open on November 5, 2013. It includes guidance on how and when to submit, as well as the format paper and symposia submissions must take. The deadline to submit is January 14, 2014 at 5 PM US Eastern Time. To discuss potential submissions, especially symposia, please email us at or no later than December 16 2013.  Please also sign up to review others’ submissions when you submit.