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Title: In my practice : working with reluctance, playful subversion and fundamentalist thinking in organisations
Author: Hayes, Elizabeth Susan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2736 7136
Awarding Body: University of the West of England, Bristol
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 2011
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In my Practice: Working with Reluctance, Playful Subversion and Fundamentalist Thinking in Organisations - is a practice-based action inquiry that is about attending to the marginal and subverting a singular and generic view of leadership. Drawing on my work as an organisational development practitioner. I address issues of gender, power, culture, history and one's role and status as representing the rudiments of engagement in any context. By using different story methods, I play on the boundaries of what's possible now that different forms of knowledge are increasingly acceptable and affirmed in an organisational studies context. This thesis is written and produced in a manner that seeks to represent and to an extent, enact reluctance while playfully subverting fundamentalist thinking in organisations. I focus on a number of themes like the ordinary day-to-day business of work, the practical and emotional consequences of collaboration and the on-going playful subversion of assumptions around how knowledge is created and located in various formal and informal networks and disciplinary contexts. Paradox and ambiguity are present and constantly interrogated. I have developed new insights by using biography and evolving and crafting a philosophical organisational development practice that explores and deconstructs organisational thinking, dominated by managerialist tendencies with colleagues, clients and friends. I grapple with binaries that infuse our thinking and explore the extent to which it is possible to develop theory in a practice-based context. Out of this practice-based and on-going journey I offer a transparent and 'true to life' creative presentation of how I maintained a continuous interface between making a living, being reflexive and doing scholarly practice while playfully subverting dominant ideas about leadership and organisations in our time.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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