The Desire to Rethink Power AND Performativity AND Process

Ian Fouweather, Bas Bosma

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Power AND performativity AND process. Three concepts. Three theoretical perspectives that shape current studies of organizing, of organizations, how they come into existence and how they are maintained. Three distinct trajectories that have already been traced; their separate articulations creating tension, paradox and contradiction. Can we resist existing conceptualizations to create new immanent relations? Can we dissolve the necessity of binary logics, of order, of finality, and embrace simultaneity and multiplicity? In this paper we reimagine the interplay between power and performativity, embracing the role of resistance within the emergent micro-processes of organizational becoming. To do this we take inspiration from the work of Gilles Deleuze.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganization Studies
Early online date11 Feb 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Feb 2021


  • Deleuze
  • desire
  • performativity
  • power
  • process
  • resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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