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Excessive Value Creation: Under the Tyranny of a New Imaginary
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
2012 (English)In: Managing Dynamic Technology-Oriented Business: High-Tech Organizations and Workplaces / [ed] Jemielniak, Dariusz & Marks, Abigail, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2012, 192-208 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter demonstrates how contemporary imaginary structures, which urge us to move up in life by making the most of the possibilities we are faced with, may operate in an industrial setting where users are involved in the production of heavy duty vehicles. Opening up new domains for value creation, devoid of established norms and regulations, this appeal to elevate ourselves arguably provides little guidance for how to do so. Demanding ever more from those subjected to its call, this appealing power, the chapter suggests, follows the logic of the Lacanian superego, which according to Salecl (2004, p. 51) “commands the subject to enjoy yet at the same time mockingly predicts that he or she will fail in this pursuit of enjoyment.” As such, it makes out a central component in a creative force that feeds excessive outgrowths, which perpetually contribute to pervert, displace, and fragment established grounds for value creating activities within this industrial domain.

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Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2012. 192-208 p.
, Business Science Reference
National Category
Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-181055ISBN: 9781466618367OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-181055DiVA: diva2:552846
Available from: 2012-09-17 Created: 2012-09-17 Last updated: 2012-09-27Bibliographically approved

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