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Performative narcissism: When organizations are made successful, admirable, and unique through narcissistic work
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2294-7898
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6980-3448
2017 (English)In: Management Learning, ISSN 1350-5076, E-ISSN 1461-7307, Vol. 48, no 4, p. 431-452Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Dramatic stories of corporate crises appear in newspapers and magazines all over the world; one explanation offered by scholars has been that the affected organization suffered (literally) from narcissism. As responsible, ethical, non-narcissistic behavior is claimed to be crucial for management, the purpose of this article is to advance our knowledge about narcissism in organizations by developing an understanding of which organizational work enacts organizations as successful, admired, and unique. The dominant use of narcissism as a pathological condition limits the possibility to learn about organizing processes since it provides simplistic explanations. By introducing the notion of performative narcissism, we re-focus attention from the pathological condition of organizations to potentially pervasive organizational practices. Thus, we see that narcissistic work is a sociomaterial process not limited to organizational borders, but connecting and enrolling people, artifacts, animals, and places into mutually dependent, shifting, and composite assemblages that emerge through practices reproducing the organization as successful and unique.

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SAGE Publications Ltd , 2017. Vol. 48, no 4, p. 431-452
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Expressive organization, narcissistic work, organizational narcissism, performative narcissism, performativity, sociomaterial
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36296DOI: 10.1177/1350507617692295ISI: 000407907100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85027841741OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-36296DiVA, id: diva2:1137317
Available from: 2017-08-31 Created: 2017-08-31 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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