Resisting resistance: Counter-resistance, consent and compliance in a consultancy firm

Karreman, D and Alvesson, M (2009) Resisting resistance: Counter-resistance, consent and compliance in a consultancy firm. Human Relations, 62 8: 1115-1144. doi:10.1177/0018726709334880

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Author Karreman, D
Alvesson, M
Title Resisting resistance: Counter-resistance, consent and compliance in a consultancy firm
Journal name Human Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0018-7267
Publication date 2009-08
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0018726709334880
Volume 62
Issue 8
Start page 1115
End page 1144
Total pages 30
Editor Stephen Deery
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
1503 Business and Management
910402 Management
Abstract Consent, obedience and resistance can be seen as key concerns in management and organization. Why people comply is a crucial issue in the field. We address the theme within a specific area: management consultants in a big firm that places quite a lot of pressure on its personnel to be hardworking and predictable and to subordinate themselves to hierarchy, standards and tight production schedules. By studying how the discourses of Ambition and Autonomy clash and interact in a consultancy firm, we add and develop the concept of counter-resistance to expand our understanding of the dynamics of resistance. The idea is to show how the impulse to resist becomes countered and neutralized. The study offers insights into the deeper mechanisms and dynamics behind consent and shows the multidimensional character of resistance.
Keyword discourse analysis
organizational theory power
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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