Category Archives: bureaucracy

From taunting the heart-attack gods to dissecting bosses

Not literally, in either case, and that’s probably a Good Thing. Went running Saturday morning, for the first time in forever. Am overweight, so knees and ankles probably won’t love me for it, even though I was running on soft … Continue reading

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Education for obedience…

This from facebook.

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The point of tipping – status, power, anger and all that jazz

Staggeringly brilliant post brought to my attention by my friend Sam. After comparing the Republican anger at Federal Government workers to the anger experienced by dinners at a restaurant that had abolished tipping, he goes onto say – Let me … Continue reading

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Your handy diaspora article checklist, or “Games academics play”

Oh, such cynicism in one so young  old….

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Ego-potlatches and Proust – or “Looking a Gift Economy in the mouths”

What is a potlatch? A potlatch[1][2] is a gift-giving festival and primary economic system[3] practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and United States. This includes Heiltsuk Nation, Haida, Nuxalk, Tlingit, Makah, Tsimshian,[4] Nuu-chah-nulth,[5] Kwakwaka’wakw,[3] and … Continue reading

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Oil Rig “safety” culture and #bullying

Juking the Stats #94.  The game is the game, you feel me? This from the Guardian – “North Sea oil culture needs to change” by Terry Macalister One offshore worker, who has spent 20 years in the industry, told the … Continue reading

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Juking the stats and juicing the SWATS

There’s some interesting stuff on SWAT teams proliferating in the United States (the Department of “Homeland Security” is dishing out money for kit to everyone, including little towns in middle of nowhere. And once you have the kit you start … Continue reading

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Dilbert: Health is the war of the state-corporate nexus? #panopticon

Another awesome Dilbert cartoon “War is the Health of the State” said Randolph Bourne, talking about how war and preparations for war strengthen the state (it can impose more taxes, create more secrecy, lock up people it doesn’t like on … Continue reading

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Book I gotta read – “The Triumph of Emptiness: Consumption, Higher Education, and Work Organization”

From Oxford University Press, by Mats Alvesson Provocative book of institutional and cultural critique Offers a critique of materialism, consumerism, and branding Debunks inflated rhetoric and narcissism of contemporary world Employs a wealth of wide-ranging empirical examples In this book, … Continue reading

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omfg- “A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations”

I haven’t read all of this yet, but omfg… Abstract below, with my translations into English in [square brackets]. Journal of Management Studies 49:7 November 2012 doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01072.x A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations joms_1072 1194..1220 Mats Alvesson and André Spicer … Continue reading

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