Speaking truth to power: The academic as jester stimulating management learning

Stewart Clegg, Miguel Pina e Cunha, Arménio Rego, Marco Berti

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Abstract

The jester embodies an ancient social institution, which serves a paradoxical purpose: to mitigate the excesses of power, while serving and supporting the ruler through a license to jest. The metaphor of the jester, used constructively, offers a unique window on the contradictions of organizational studies and their paradoxical role in relation to corporate practices. We explore how jesting may inform academic work through using humour and laughter to deconstruct organizational taboos and convey truth to power. We suggest that academic jesting constitute a wise and undervalued way in which management learning can occur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-565
JournalManagement Learning
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Jester
  • learning
  • management learning
  • paradox

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