the employee as a figure of construction - and the organisation as a multitude of fictitious selves making trouble with themselves
Taking a study of an open-plan office (Amhøj, 2007) as an illustrative example, the article claims that the modern employee is informed to be a figure of construction that constantly create and recreate the conditions of the organisation and the possible subject positions in it. This challenges our understandings of the formal and bureaucratic organisation and our notions of counter-power: Subjective and particular conditions are not necessarily signs of ‘the death of the organisation' or resistance against power but of how the employee tries to by recognised as a member in the self-created organisation. Analytically the article points to the necessity of not reducing the subject to a role, a competence, an essence or a discursive subject position which per se is capable of negotiating the social conditions. This type of essentialist reductions and analytical presumptions will already in advance fixate on notions of how the subject is, becomes or is able to situate itself in the social, organisational or personal system of co-ordinates. Consequently, the article argues in favour of including Foucault's studies of events such as confession and examination but it tries to pull them a bit further by purposing that management technologies today creates construction as an central event. From this point of view intersections between different so called ‘active selves' is what makes organisation and power possible.