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'Girls' working together without 'teams' : how to avoid the colonization of management language.

Learmonth, M. (2009) ''Girls' working together without 'teams' : how to avoid the colonization of management language.', Human relations., 62 (12). pp. 1887-1906.


Many of us increasingly experience our personal and working lives through a range of categories and classifications that have come to be strongly associated with the formal management of organizations, the effect of which has been explained as a subtle colonization of our minds and imaginations. This article presents insights from an organizational ethnography based in a UK hospital’s medical records library where participants rarely used management discourses, the only managerial terms they used at all being teams and teamwork, and then mostly by way of parody, while strongly preferring an alternative collective identity, the girls. This article therefore illustrates and analyses how these workers shunned, if not entirely avoided, management language’s colonizing incursions.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Ethnography, Hospital clerks, Management language, Teams, Women in organizations.
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Publisher statement:The final definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal Human relations, 62 (123), 2009 Copyright © 2009 by The Tavistock Institute by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Human relations page: on SAGE Journals Online:
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:16 April 2013
Date of first online publication:December 2009
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