The question of power in large companies and in entrepreneurial projects : a comparative analysis inspired by Foucault [Article] by Adrien Couret


The author was part of the "Alternative Management" third year program in HEC Paris in 2006/2007.

Entrepreneurship is often seen as opposed to large companies. Here we analyse such a classical opposition inspired by Foucault's work on power. Two main points arise: first, while large companies are characterised by the panoptic form of power, in SMEs power remains visible and well-identified. Further, it appears that the relation between ‘power' and ‘knowledge' has different modalities according to the type of organisation considered.

Quote article  Adrien Couret, « The question of power in large companies and in entrepreneurial projects : a comparative analysis inspired by Foucault », 12 december 2007, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Article]

In the same section

The Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics - by Eric D. Beinhocker

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : Guo Bai

The Origin of Wealth declares a paradigm shift from Traditional Economics to Complexity Economics which interprets economy as a complex adaptive system made up of realistically rational agents who dynamically interact with each other. These dynamics lead to evolutionary processes of variation,...

>>Read more

Impact of the diverse visions of social entrepreneurship on resources-organizations practice

[Research paper]

[Research paper] : Camille Portejoie

The dynamic of social entrepreneurship is getting stronger in Europe. The number of organizations, which dedicate themselves to social entrepreneurship support is growing. At the same time, researchers strive to find an unanimous definition of the concept and their works emphasize the many...

>>Read more

No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies - by Naomi Klein

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : Peggy Nicod

This analysis goes further than a regular analysis of Naomi Klein's major essay, No Logo. It puts in perspective her own criticism of the big, bad « corporations » and their abuse in communications with the true impact of her alternative propositions for the future.

>>Read more

The Shock Doctrine: the rise of disaster capitalism - by Naomi Klein

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : Guillaume Narbonne

In The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein strongly denounces ultraliberalism and its methods of implementation for the past 35 years. By adopting a chronological approach and evoking precise examples, she makes her militant point stronger while shedding light on the logic of the shock doctrine and...

>>Read more

From theory to reality: how liberalism tends to materialize its assumption of universal egoism of man


[Essay] : Yann Auger

Noticing that men are unable to agree on a mutual conception of morale and life, liberalism advocates for a society which does not lean on moral conceptions, that is to say an amoral society. Based on individual free determination, this system relegates morale in the private sphere. Managing...

>>Read more

With the same doctype


Which ethics for moral critics? « Does... In his movie « The Constant Gardener... by Céline Peudenier
The technological society - by Jacques... In The technological society,... by Alexis Lemeillet
Alternative entrepreneurship, a... Are all company founders in the... by Florent Gitiaux
The notion of « meaning » at work... Based on a survey conducted in a call... by Hélène Doutriaux, Arnaud Alias, Yahia Bensouda
The question of power in large... Entrepreneurship is often seen as... by Adrien Couret
Art, entreprenariat: the creation's path This article aims to draw up a parallel... by Olivia Conil Lacoste
Being an entrepreneur against « the... Whereas our western democracies have... by Kevin Cardona
Wall Street from Oliver Stone (1987): a... This article tries to address some of... by Mathilde Denoits