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]

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