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Multiplicity, virtuality and organization: the contribution of Gilles Deleuze

Linstead, S. and Thanem, T. (2007) Multiplicity, virtuality and organization: the contribution of Gilles Deleuze. Organization, 28 (10). pp. 1483-1501. ISSN 0170-8406

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Formal organization is often seen as opposed or resistant to change, in theory as well as in practice. Drawing primarily on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze we argue that the reverse is true — that organization is itself a dynamic quality and that change and organization are imbricated in each other. We expand several key concepts of this philosophy in relation to organization (the multiplicity of order and the multiplicity of organization, strata and meshworks, virtuality and multitude) all of which draw attention to the unstable but ever-present forces that subvert and disrupt, escape, exceed and change organization. This enables an understanding of organization as creatively autosubversive — not fixed, but in motion, never resting and constantly trembling.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2009 14:49
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2009 14:49
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840607075675
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Identification Number: 10.1177/0170840607075675
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7121

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