The Absurd Workplace. How Absurdity is Normalized in Contemporary Society and the Workplace

Bal, Matthijs, Brookes, Andy, Hack-polay, Dieu, Kordowicz, Maria and Mendy, John, eds. (2022) The Absurd Workplace. How Absurdity is Normalized in Contemporary Society and the Workplace. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 9783031178870, 9783031178863

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The current world is absurd. Faced with climate change, health pandemics, and ever-growing inequality, it is striking how globally, governments and organizations are malingering to find effective responses to these crises, leading to absurd situations where we are facing the destruction of the planet, while humankind is not making the necessary transformation towards truly sustainable societies and workplaces.
Focusing on these grand, global challenges from an absurdity and hypernormalization lens, the book aims to elucidate what is happening in contemporary society and workplaces, why there is so little improvement being made in relation to the grand global challenges, and how a more sustainable social transformation can be made in organizations. It offers a wide, yet in-depth, perspective on absurdity in society and the workplace and presents a theoretical framework, as well as in-depth case studies of sectors or organizations where absurdity manifests itself.

Presenting an overarching new perspective on society and workplaces, this book helps students and academics make sense of what is currently unfolding, and what can be done. The book therefore bridges theory, science and the everyday practice of organizational life, and how individuals working in a variety of organizations can contribute to more sustainable economies and societies.

Keywords:Absurdity, Absurd Workplace, Hypernormalization, Hypernormalisation, Ideology
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:52775
Deposited On:08 Dec 2022 15:37

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