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CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life Paperback – Apr 15 2018

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books; 1 edition (May 15 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786990725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786990723
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“When the answer to any problem is sending a CEO to the rescue, we are in deep trouble. This smart and insightful book takes a look at the increasing veneration of CEOs, and the damage it is doing to our society.”
(André Spicer, author of Business Bullshit)

“In spite of the thorough and still growing critique of the leadership cult, CEOs proliferate in both private and public sectors. Let us hope that Bloom and Rhodes’s book will serve as an antidote to this worrisome trend.”
(Barbara Czarniawska, author of Cyberfactories: How News Agencies Produce News)

“Bloom and Rhodes skillfully follow the ideology of the CEO into every corner of our society, revealing its sources, its impacts, and the resistance it is generating. Highly recommended for anyone concerned with contemporary capitalism.”
(Nick Srnicek, coauthor of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work)

“This unique book sheds light on one of the most tragic paradoxes of contemporary life: Why do we celebrate neoliberalism, through today’s ‘cult of the CEO’? Bloom and Rhodes valuably explain our deep-seated attachments to ideologies that are not only flawed but also dangerous.”
(Kate Kenny, Queens University Belfast)

“Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the contemporary fetishization of corporate leadership. Rhodes and Bloom trace the rise of the cult of the CEO, mounting a strong defense of democracy in the face of this celebratory authoritarianism.”
(Chris Land, Anglia Ruskin University)

About the Author

Peter Bloom is a lecturer in the Department of People and Organizations at the Open University. His previous books include Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Globalization. Carl Rhodes is professor of management and organization studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Critical Representations of Work and Organization in Popular Culture and coauthor of the Companion to Ethics and Politics in Organizations.

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