Title: Why and how management tools can amplify violence at work

Authors: Dominique Philippe Martin, Christophe Vignon

Addresses: CREM – UMR CNRS 6211, European University of Brittany (UEB), 11 rue Jean Mace – CS 70803, 35708 Rennes cedex 7, France. ' CREM – UMR CNRS 6211, European University of Brittany (UEB), 11 rue Jean Mace – CS 70803, 35708 Rennes cedex 7, France

Abstract: Management tools can be understood as |action schemas| which can be used to solve practical problems (instrumental rationality). They may also be interpreted as |interpretative schemas| (|sensemaking| processes). Their conception and implementation can interact with the psychic apparatus in different ways such as the identification process through the language, the feeling of |lack of being|, the time perception and the relationship with others. Because management tools can be conceived, used or interpreted in an ambivalent way this can lead to the generation of specific forms of violence in the workplace.

Keywords: management tools; perverse appropriation; ambivalence; violence at work; workplace violence.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMCP.2010.037813

International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 2010 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.282 - 293

Available online: 30 Dec 2010 *

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