Foucault, Governmentality, and Organization: Inside the Factory of the Future

Alan McKinlay, Philip Taylor

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This book traces how abstract managerial ideas about maximizing production flexibility and employee freedom were translated into concrete, day-to-day practices at the Motorola plant in East Kilbride, UK. Using eyewitness accounts, the book describes how employees dealt with the increased freedom Motorola promoted amongst its employees, how employees adapted to managerial changes, specifically the elimination of large-scale management, and where the ‘managerless’ system came under strain. This book will be of essential reading for researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates interested in the areas of management studies, human resource management, and organizational studies, among others.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages174
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2014


  • managerial ideals
  • managerial changes
  • human resource management


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