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Licence to Kill: The Organization of Destruction in the 21st Century - An Autumn Workshop, sponsored by 'Organization'
Date: 15 September 2014 Time: 9.00 am-5.00 pm
Venue: Lancaster University
Licence to Kill: The Organization of Destruction in the 21st Century
War, the intentional destruction of human beings, of human lifeworlds and modes of livelihood, may appear far from the usual preoccupations of organization studies but nevertheless constitutes a prominent manifestation of the organized character of the contemporary world.
The relationship between the organization of production (as exemplified by the factory) and the organization of destruction (as exemplified by the battlefield) is of course as longstanding as it is well-known. Weber saw violence and its monopolisation as crucial to the development of state bureaucracies and it might also be argued that the institutional form of the 'arsenal' has been the site of many organizational innovations such as Eli Whitney's development of the 'American System of Manufacture' or the rejection of Taylorism at the Watertown Arsenal. More recently, the RAND Corporation came to be seen as synonymous with the development of military-managerial techniques which aspired to be as applicable to the organization of destruction as they were to the organization of production.
Yet, important and well-documented as such histories may be, what we wish to encourage in this workshop is a more direct engagement with contemporary forms of organized destruction such as 'war', 'terror' or 'insurgency' and with the apparatuses through which they are enacted. We therefore seek to understand the links between organization and destruction by military/para-military forces within the very circumscribed time frame of the still young (but already quite bloody) 21stcentury.
Areas of interest include but are not restricted to the following:
In summary, the workshop will seek to engage with the issue of how organized destruction in the form of warfare and related forms of violent conflict can be better understood and theorised, and with the consequences such an understanding might have for organization studies as a whole.
Brian Bloomfield, Lancaster University Management School
Gibson Burrell, School of Management, University of Leicester
Theo Vurdubakis, Lancaster University Management School
9.15: Coffee and Registration 9.45: Introduction to Workshop: Brian Bloomfield (Lancaster) 10.00: Session 1. Keynote: Sinisa Malesevic (University College Dublin)
'The Organization of Military Violence in the 21st century'
11.00: Coffee 11.15: Session 2. Leo McCann (University of Manchester)
'Management is the Gate', But to Where? Rethinking Robert McNamara's 'Career Lessons'
12 noon: Session 3. Steffen Bohm (University of Essex) 'Sustainability: Of Mass Destruction'
12.45: LUNCH 1.45: Session 4. Part 1: Laurence Hemming (Lancaster)
'The Annihilation of Work - The Essence of Power' 2.15: Session 4. Part 2: Bogdan Costea and Kostas Amiridis (Lancaster)
'War and Work in Ernst Junger's essay The Worker: Dominion and Form (1932)'
3.15: Session 5. Lucy Suchman (Lancaster and Copenhagen) 'Disciplining Destruction: Configuring the Other in training simulation'
4.00: Round - up. Brian Bloomfield, Gibson Burrell, Lucy Suchman, Theo Vurdubakis
Attendance fee: £30 for professionals and free for PhD Students
Event website: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/organization-workshop/
Who can attend: Anyone
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