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Politics of place: the meaningfulness of resisting spaces

Courpasson, David, Dany, F. and Delbridge, Rick 2017. Politics of place: the meaningfulness of resisting spaces. Human Relations 70 (2) , pp. 237-259. 10.1177/0018726716641748

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Abstract

The meaningfulness of the physical place within which resistance is nurtured and enacted has not been carefully considered in research on space and organizations. In this article, we offer two stories of middle managers developing resistance to managerial policies and decisions. We show that the appropriation and reconstruction of specific places by middle managers helps them to build autonomous resisting work thanks to the meanings that resisters attribute to the place in which they undertake resistance. We contribute to the literature on space and organizations by showing that resistance is a social experience through which individuals shape physical places and exploit the geographical blurring of organizations to develop political efforts that can be consequential. We also suggest the central role played by middle managers in the subversion of these meaningful places of resistance

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: meaningfulness, middle managers, place, resistance, space
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0018-7267/ (accessed 15/06/2016)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0018-7267
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 April 2016
Date of Acceptance: 12 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 12:51
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/90191

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