Managerial Control and Organizational Order: A Discussion Based on the Analyses of Michel Foucault and Zygmunt Bauman

Ozcan K.

AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.47, no.2, pp.1-42, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Title of Journal : AMME IDARESI DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-42


Mainstream organizational approaches have examined order and control from a functionalist point of view focusing on the managerial effectiveness and efficiency and have tried to generate suggestions for managerial rationality. However, critical views, which have been rising in recent years, examine these two concepts within the positions of employees where they are under power pressure. This paper aims to study order and control from the critical perspective. With this aim, thoughts of Foucault and Bauman are paid attention whose analyses on power, domination, and control have created a great deal of interest. In one respect, the study is an attempt to reread managerial control and order moving from the thesis and theories developed by Foucault and Bauman. The projections of the practices in disciplining and making people submissive that have been explained by Bauman especially with the metaphor of "gardening" and by Foucault with "panopticon" and "pastoralism", are tried to exhibit in some aspects and dimensions in the work setting.