Chapter 3: From membership to self-enrollment: the production of the employee who creates herself in the organizational image
This chapter provides the basis for the book’s evolving diagnoses. It shows how the question of transience challenges formal membership and opens up towards what I have referred to as “the membership of self-enrollment” (the chapter elaborates Andersen and Born 2001, 2007, 2008; Andersen 2007b). I have chosen membership as my portal to the diagnosis of the present because membership is anything but an arbitrary element in organizations. Our society consists of a multiplicity of social systems constituted in rather different ways. Organizations are social systems, whose social dimension is constituted precisely through membership. Membership, I argue, is the constitutive element for organizational systems. If I can show that membership as a form shifts in accordance with the question of transience, then I will not only have shown that an element of modern organization has changed but also that the constitutive conditions for organization as such have changed. This is a comprehensive question.
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