Resistance, Misbehavior, and Dissent

David Collinson and Stephen Ackroyd

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780199299249
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Resistance, Misbehavior, and Dissent

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The title of this article implies a continuum of oppositional workplace practices ranging from, through misbehavior, to dissent. This article gives a review of the disciplines that initially revealed this subject area. Not including the early consultancy studies, it is within the last fifty years that this subject area was even noticed, and it was well after this that it began to be seen as a field of study. There is no claim here that resistance, misbehavior, and dissent had entirely escaped attention before 1950, but, rather, there was little recognition of the range of related behavior that might be studied. Furthermore, this article gives a review of the main perspectives on this field of study today. It distinguishes four distinct perspectives: managerialist organizational behavior, labor process, post-structuralism, and feminism. Finally, it looks at resistance and misbehavior in different kinds of contemporary organizations.

Keywords: misbehavior; dissent; resistance; managerialist organizational behavior; labor process; post-structuralism; feminism

Article.  9004 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Human Resource Management

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