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Title: A Question of Power: How does Management Retain it
Authors: Devi Akella
Issue/Year: Jul-2003
Section: Research
Abstract: This paper examines whether it is possible to create a knowledge-generating environment within contemporary organizations. Learning organizations or knowledge-creating companies are able to intertwine the aspects of workplace democracy and liberation of human spirit with the profit objective of management. This paper draws upon various power discourses present in management literature and empirical data gathered from two case studies of professional accounting firms, both cited as learning organizations, to understand whether the notions of workplace democracy, egalitarian, and cooperatively minded enterprises are realistic.
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