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Management fashion as image-spectacle : the production of management best-selling management books.

Clark, T. and Greatbatch, D. (2004) 'Management fashion as image-spectacle : the production of management best-selling management books.', Management communication quarterly., 17 (3). pp. 396-424.


Drawing on the work of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle and Daniel Boorstin’sThe Image, this article argues that aesthetic and management fashions are not separate forms, as both represent the preeminence of the image spectacle. Central to this is the increasing emergence of pseudoevents and synthetic products. Using empirical findings from a study of the production of six best-selling management books, it shows that they are manufactured coproductions that result from an intricate editorial process in which the original ideas are moulded in order for them to have a positive impact on the intended audience. Central to this is a set of conventions that stress the vivification of ideas. The editorial process thus seeks to enhance the aesthetic attractiveness of the ideas. The implications of the conceptual approach and empirical findings are considered with respect to current understandings of management fashion.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Management gurus, Management fashion, Spectacle.
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Record Created:28 Jan 2009
Last Modified:31 May 2011 11:57

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