Title

A ‘sampled’ account of organisation: being a de-authored, reflexive parody of organisation writing

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Westwood, RI 1999, 'A ‘sampled’ account of organisation: being a de-authored, reflexive parody of organisation writing', Studies in Cultures, Organizations and Societies, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 195-233.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10245289908523526

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

To abstract is to remove, take away ... to steal... Something taken out, summary, epitome ... essence2 Thus: This supplementarity to the text below ‘steals’ from it; it pretends to ‘abstract’ the ‘essence’ of it and re-present it here. The text also ‘steals’ extensively from other texts – an inevitability parodied by the device of ‘sampling’ – which is explicit theft.

This supplement as complement gives a flavour of the essence of the text and reflexively models its form: This is an open text. It is writerly. This text plays [with] the academic game [just gaming]. It is a parody.

the structure ‘preface–text’ becomes open at both ends. The text has no stable identity, stable origin… each act of reading ‘the text’ is a preface to the next. The reading of a self-professed preface is no exception to this rule1

This text is fragmentary. Is a heterogloss that struggles against its own monologic linearity. This text is an inscription on the degree zero. This text appropriates the undecidable. This text organises. This text is Organisation.