13. Mai 2019: "Neoliberal Ideology in Work and Organizational Psychology: Assessing Workplace Fantasies and Alternatives"

Prof. Matthijs Bal - Vortrag
Matthijs-Bal

Dr. Matthijs Bal
Professor of Responsible Management; Department of People and
Organisation; Lincoln International Business School, Univ. of Lincoln (UK)

Datum: MO, 13. Mai 2019
Uhrzeit: 17:15 Uhr
Raum: Hörsaal 5 3/4, Campus Innrain 52 (EG, Hörsaaltrakt NatWi-GeiWi)

This lecture will explore the role of neoliberal ideology in workplace practices and in work and organizational psychology (WOP) research. It will analyze how neoliberal ideology manifests in these two domains by using a prominent framework from the field of political theory to understand ideology through three different logics: political, social and fantasmatic logics.

The lecture will explore the main neoliberal assumptions underlying existing practices in the workplace as well as in WOP research, how individuals are gripped by such practices, and how the status quo is maintained. It will analyze how individuals in the contemporary workplace are henceforth influenced by neoliberalism, and how this is reflected in the practices and dominant paradigms within WOP. In particular, the lecture will focus on three ways neoliberalism affects workplaces and individual experiences of the workplace: through instrumentality, individualism and competition.

The lecture will finish with practical recommendations for researchers and practitioners alike on how to devote more attention to the, often implicit, role of neoliberal ideology in their work and research, and will elaborate on how alternative paradigms in the workplace can be developed which address the downsides of neoliberalism.

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