We are pleased to announce the publication of a recent article from David Courpasson, Dima Younes and Michael Ivor Reed in Organization Theory


Ref: Courpasson David, Dima Younes, and Michael I. Reed. 2021. « Durkheim in the Neoliberal Organization: Taking Resistance and Solidarity Seriously ». Organization Theory 2(1)


Abstract: Durkheim’s contributions to organization studies have so far been decidedly marginal, and largely concentrated on culture. In this paper, we draw upon his theory of anomie and solidarity to show how a Durkheimian view of contemporary organizations and work has special relevance today for debates about how workers, particularly middle managers, can reshuffle a capacity to resist neoliberal efforts to profoundly disrupt their working conditions, in particular their autonomy to define what is a job well done. We show how Durkheim’s insights can account for the unexpected rekindling of forms of social solidarity in highly competitive and individualistic organizational settings, through dissident efforts that convey a renewal of a certain work ethos severed by neoliberal managerial policies and practices. Recent studies on resistance confirm Durkheim’s view that forms of collective activity, resembling supposedly ‘old’ mechanisms of former days, continue to exist and develop in contemporary societies and organizations, in response to pressure to put people in situations of inter-individual competition that disrupts social relationships.


DOI: 10.1177/2631787720982619

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2631787720982619