The Triumph of Emptiness : Consumption, Higher Education, and Work Organization

The Triumph of Emptiness : Consumption, Higher Education, and Work Organization

Book Title: The Triumph of Emptiness : Consumption, Higher Education, and Work Organization

Author: Mats Alvesson

Format: Paperback | 256 pages

Publication Date: 21 Oct 2014

ISBN-13: 9780198708803

In this book, Mats Alvesson aims to demystify some popular and upbeat claims about a range of phenomena, including the knowledge society, consumption, branding, higher education, organizational change, professionalization, and leadership. He contends that a culture of grandiosity is leading to numerous inflated claims. We no longer talk about plans but 'strategies'. Supervisors have been replaced by 'managers', managers are referred to as executives. Management is
about 'leadership'. Giving advice is 'coaching'. Companies become 'knowledge-intensive firms'. The book views the contemporary economy as an economy of persuasion, where firms and other institutions increasingly assign talent, energy, and resources to rhetoric, image, branding, reputation, and
visibility.

Using a wide range of empirical examples to illuminate the realms of consumption, higher education, organization, and leadership, this provocative and engaging book challenges established assumptions and contributes to a critical understanding of society as a whole.