Organizations and death:A view from death studies


Walter, T., 2014. Organizations and death:A view from death studies. Culture and Organization, 20 (1), pp. 68-76.

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    This article reflects on two indirect ways in which death arguably intersects with organizations. Some analysts use the term ‘organizational death’ as a metaphor that, unlike euphemism, serves to highlight rather than hide the human suffering entailed in organizational change. Some analysts have applied to organizations Becker's idea that repression of death awareness/anxiety drives human – and thus organizational – behaviour; whether or not one accepts the Freudian concept of repression, it is certainly possible to argue that a desire for personal immortality can influence behaviour in organizations, while in certain circumstances employees may assume the organization is immortal.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsWalter, T.
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    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research CentresCentre for Death and Society
    ID Code38108


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