Grandiosity in contemporary management and education

Alvesson, Mats and Gabriel, Yiannis (2016) Grandiosity in contemporary management and education. Management Learning, 47 4: 464-473. doi:10.1177/1350507615618321

Author Alvesson, Mats
Gabriel, Yiannis
Title Grandiosity in contemporary management and education
Journal name Management Learning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-7307
Publication date 2016-09-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1350507615618321
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 47
Issue 4
Start page 464
End page 473
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Contemporary practitioner and academic discourses of organizations and management have developed a tendency to discuss everyday organizational phenomena in overblown and remarkable ways. It is now commonplace to view organizations in terms of visions, missions, strategies, charisma, entrepreneurship, best practice and so on. A hyped-up language is becoming endemic to ordinary discussions of ordinary organizations doing ordinary things. This calls for some critical attention. One way of capturing this tendency to hype is through the idea of grandiosity that is taking over the ways mundane organizational phenomena are constructed and debated. In this essay, we argue that grandiosity is the product of the narcissism of our times, reinforced by contemporary consumerism; we suggest that grandiosity not only affects adversely critical reflection of organizations and management, but more importantly that it undermines organizational performance and learning.
Keyword Grandiosity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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