New work ethics? The corporate athlete's back end index and organisational performance

Kelly, Peter, Allender, Steven and Colquhoun, Derek 2007, New work ethics? The corporate athlete's back end index and organisational performance, Organization, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 267-285, doi: 10.1177/1350508407074228.

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Title New work ethics? The corporate athlete's back end index and organisational performance
Author(s) Kelly, Peter
Allender, StevenORCID iD for Allender, Steven
Colquhoun, Derek
Journal name Organization
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 267
End page 285
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1350-5084
Keyword(s) care of the self
individualization and normalization
workplace health and fitness
Summary Drawing on Michel Foucault’s later genealogies of the Self the paper will illustrate particular dimensions of the increasingly powerful individualizing and normalizing processes shaping the lifeworlds of worker-citizens in a globalizing risk society. Processes that require those who wish to be positively identified as professional, entrepreneurial, resilient, effective, athletic to do particular sorts of work on themselves. Here the paper argues that we can identify the emergence of what we call New Work Ethics. We illustrate this more general argument via an analysis of the ways in which a large Information Technology (IT) organization seeks to produce—via a workplace health and fitness program—employees who imagine themselves as embodying the behaviours and dispositions that mark the person as a corporate athlete. Knowledge of the Self in these terms can, it is promised, enhance the performance of the Self, and the organization.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1350508407074228
Field of Research 160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, SAGE
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