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"Invisible walls" and "silent hierarchies": A case study of power relations in an architecture firm

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stewart Clegg, Professor Chris Carter


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In this article we investigate how power relates to the production of creative identities and outcomes. We report on an in-depth case study of an award-winning creative architecture firm. Our data show how talk about creativity and the creative identities of architects can be analysed as effects of power. Theoretically, our study represents an investigation into the disciplining of professional architects’ discourse about their selves, their organization, and their work. This article adds to debates on creative industries, demonstrating that creativity is deeply embedded in organizationally based relations of power.

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Author(s): Brown A, Kornberger M, Clegg S, Carter C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Human Relations

Year: 2010

Volume: 63

Issue: 4

Pages: 525-549

Print publication date: 08/01/2010

ISSN (print): 0018-7267

ISSN (electronic): 1741-282X

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0018726709339862


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