This chapter discusses the assumption that inexorable rationalization and disenchantment is the only narrative of modernity. Although the empirical evidence of disenchanting rationality is impressive, there is equally impressive evidence of a countervailing narrative of re-enchantment in the world. The chapter describes the core components of Weber's theory of rationality that form the basis of neo-institutional organization theory. It presents evidence drawn from both academic research and the popular press that challenge each of these assumptions by offering a competing narrative of ongoing enchantment. The chapter introduces four competing constructs- authenticity, reflexivity, mimesis and incantation, each a form of a "rational magic" that contradicts and counterbalances neo-institutionalism's assumptions of ever-expanding reason. The resurgence of craft modes of production in Europe and North America offers a powerful illustration of the re-enchantment of work and economy. Reflexivity offers the possibility of re-enchanting institutional theory by articulating a role for the uniquely human capacity for creative insight and self-awareness.
|Title of host publication||Management research|
|Subtitle of host publication||European perspectives|
|Place of Publication||New York ; London|
|Number of pages||32|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Sep 2017|
|Name||Routledge studies in international business and the world economy|
Firstly published in European Management Journal, 35(3), 285-296.