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Organization and Mimetic Excess: Magic, Critique, and Style

Alexandra Pitsis, Carl Rhodes

International Studies of Management and Organization, Volume: 38, Issue: 1, Pages: 71 - 91

Swansea University Author: Carl Rhodes

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<p>This paper presents a series of connected reflections that consider the process of representation, mimesis, and poiesis in textuality, with a particular focus on writing about management and organizations. The paper juxtaposes and partially connects stories, narrative fragments, and argumen...

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ISSN: 0020-8825
Published: 2008
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