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The Triumph of Emptiness: Consumption, Higher Education, and Work Organization

Mats Alvesson


In this book, Mats Alvesson aims to demystify some popular and upbeat claims about a range of phenomena, including the knowledge society, consumption, branding, higher education, organizational change, professionalization, and leadership. He contends that a culture of grandiosity is leading to numerous inflated claims. We no longer talk about plans but 'strategies'. Supervisors have been replaced by 'managers', managers are referred to as executives. Management is about 'leadership'. Giving advice is 'coaching'. Companies become 'knowledge-intensive firms'. The book views the contemporary econ ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660940
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199660940.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mats Alvesson, author