A consulting diaspora? Enterprising selves as agents of enterprise
Sturdy, Andrew and Wright, Christopher (Christopher Alec). (2008) A consulting diaspora? Enterprising selves as agents of enterprise. Organization, Vol.15 (No.3). pp. 427-444. ISSN 1350-5084Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350508408088538
While the concept of enterprise identity has been extensively discussed, the active role of individuals in promoting enterprise is less understood. This article presents enterprising selves not simply as a self-disciplinary outcome of power, but as agential, whereby actors support regimes of enterprise, either actively or symbolically. In particular, it explores a neglected group-former management consultants working as change agents within organizations. This 'consulting diaspora' is appointed on the basis of the prestige of their former occupation, as well as their enthusiasm for, and skills in, change management. They also embody enterprise through their 'personal brand' in the labour market and an anti-bureaucratic, pro-change orientation. However, these characteristics, combined with the perishability of their status, limit the ability of these actors to embed enterprise. Rather, it is through the loss of their novel, enterprising appearance-'going native'-that change is reinforced. Thus, paradoxically, their enterprising nature runs counter to the adoption of techniques of enterprise. This has implications for our understanding of enterprise as organizational change, as well as the promotion of management ideas more generally.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Industrial Relations & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Business consultants, Organizational change, Business enterprises|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Organization|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 427-444|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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