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Organizing risk: discourse, power, and 'riskification'

Hardy, Cynthia ORCID: and Maguire, Steve 2016. Organizing risk: discourse, power, and 'riskification'. Academy of Management Review 41 (1) , pp. 80-108. 10.5465/amr.2013.0106

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Drawing on the work of Foucault, we develop an integrated framework for understanding how risk is organized in three different modes: prospectively, in real time, and retrospectively. We show how these modes are situated in a dominant discourse of risk that leads organizations to normalize risk in particular ways by privileging certain forms of knowledge and authorizing certain risk identities over others. In addition to identifying the common way risk is organized in each mode and showing how it is held in place by the dominant discourse, we propose alternative ways to organize risk that resist this dominant discourse, and we explain why they are difficult to enact. We then extend our analysis by theorizing how, even when it occurs, resistance to the dominant discourse of risk can contribute to “riskification,” with more and more organizing undertaken in the name of risk because of intensification, discipline, and governmentality.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Additional Information: Published online before print March 9, 2015 Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 01/02/2016)
Publisher: Academy of Management
ISSN: 0363-7425
Funders: Australian Research Council, Social Sciences & Humanitities Council of Canada
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 4 March 2015
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 10:41

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