Sexuality in organizations: An approach based on Georges Bataille’s theory of eroticism

Abstract : Purpose – This article aims to examine the theme of “sexuality in organizations” according to the theory of eroticism of Georges Bataille (1897-1962). Design/methodology/approach – The author reviewed Bataille’s essays in order to identify the salient points of his analysis of eroticism, before applying them to the organizations. Findings – The anthropologic notions of prohibition and transgression (antagonistic yet complementary) facilitate a different view of the opposition formulated in critical management studies as between desexualization and resexualization. These notions also open up quite a number of lines of research in the analysis of the sexuality of organizations. Research limitations/implications – These lines of research call for further work particularly in the basic ground work. Originality/value – Georges Bataille’s insights have been used very rarely in organizational analysis, even those of critical stream in management. The theme of sexuality in organizations has been largely ignored by mainstream.
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François de March. Sexuality in organizations: An approach based on Georges Bataille’s theory of eroticism. Society and Business Review, Emerald, 2014, 9 (1), pp.74-84. ⟨10.1108/SBR-02-2013-0018⟩. ⟨hal-01385134⟩

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