Quick fixes, drug culture and management culture : excellence and ecstasy, BPR and Brown

Wray-Bliss, Edward 2003, Quick fixes, drug culture and management culture : excellence and ecstasy, BPR and Brown, Culture and organization, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 161-176.

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Title Quick fixes, drug culture and management culture : excellence and ecstasy, BPR and Brown
Author(s) Wray-Bliss, Edward
Journal name Culture and organization
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 161
End page 176
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, U. K.
Publication date 2003-09
ISSN 1475-9551
1477-2760
Keyword(s) excellence
business process re-engineering
management gurus
drugs
Summary This paper critiques the prescriptions of management gurus by charting parallels between management culture and drug culture over the last two decades. I argue that the ‘quick fixes’ peddled by gurus mirror the illicit drug fix of choice popularised in the same era. I suggest that, in terms of the specific nature of their promised highs, Excellence mirrored Ecstasy, and Business Process Reengineering mirrored Heroin. By tracing resonance with drug fixes, I introduce another way to understand why particular corporate fixes are found so attractive, locating this in patterns of addiction and in the gurus’ ability to exploit wider shared cultural contexts. The paper ends by suggesting that the comparison with the world of illicit drugs has lessons not only for our understandings of management and management gurus, but also for critical management academics engagement with both the gurus and our wider audiences.
Language eng
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041666

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