Powers of romance: The liminal challenges of managing organizational intimacy

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Abstract

Problematic organizational relationships have recently been at the core of highly visible media coverage. Most analyses of sexual relations in organizations have been, however, simplistic and unidimensional, and have placed insufficient systematic emphasis on the role of governmentality in the social construction of organizational romance. In this article, we proceed in two theoretical steps. First, we elaborate a typology of organizational romance that covers different manifestations of this nuanced process. We think of these as organizational strategies of governmentality. Second, we elaborate and identify liminal cases that fall into the interstices of the four predominant ways of managing sexual relationships in organizations. We think of these as vases of liquid love and life that evade the border controls of regulation by governmentality. Finally, we relate these issues to debates about the nature of the civilizational process and suggest hypotheses for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-148
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2015

Keywords

  • affect/emotions
  • corporate culture
  • diversity/gender
  • emotional intelligence
  • power and politics

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