Monstrous Reanimation: Rethinking organizational death in the UK financial services sector

Simon Kelly, Kathleen Riach

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Abstract

This article presents a new perspective for analysing organizational death through the concept of reanimation. Mobilising recent discussions of the monstrous in organization theory, we draw on the figure of the reanimated monster to analyse an apparent case of organizational dying in the UK financial services sector. Through this, we explore how organizations may neither live nor die, but instead constitute a continual process of reanimation in which organizational spaces and the materials, bodies and narratives surrounding them are recycled, reintegrated and reused to maintain the appearance of the immortal organization. However, reanimation is not merely the clean and efficient synthesis of old and new. There is an unsettling consequence to living and working within the reanimated organization and it is here that the article considers the value of the monstrous for challenging and rethinking established categories of continuity, change, death, life and loss in contemporary working life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-22
Number of pages16
JournalCulture and Organization
Volume20
Issue number1
Early online date22 Nov 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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