Conceptualizing business logistics as an ‘apparatus of security’ and its implications for management and organizational inquiry

Fleming, Peter, Godfrey, Richard and Lilley, Simon (2022) Conceptualizing business logistics as an ‘apparatus of security’ and its implications for management and organizational inquiry. Human Relations . ISSN 0018-7267

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Abstract

Global commodity capitalism necessitates the fast and efficient movement of all manner of entities across the globe. Importantly, this commercial flow needs to be secured against the undocumented and unregulated flow of illegitimate people, finance and information, counterfeits, drugs, terror, and other undesirables. The organizational practices of business logistics are central for achieving this objective. Yet they have received little attention in management and organization studies to date. We suggest a fruitful avenue is via Foucault’s notion of ‘biopower’ – particularly his less discussed concept (in management studies, at least) of an apparatus of security. This is useful for understanding the emergent organizational/management practices of security in the border spaces in which business logistics operate. If ‘Society Must Be Defended’, as Foucault ironically notes in his famous lecture series that introduces biopower, then so too must contemporary organizations and their net-like activities within the global economy.

Keywords:Apparatus of security, Biopower, Business Logistics, Foucault
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:49686
Deposited On:20 Jun 2022 14:16

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