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Secrecy at Work, Drugs and Employment

Laurie Taylor explores the hidden architecture of people's working lives. Also, drug-taking and employment.

Secrecy at Work: the hidden architecture within our organisations. Laurie Taylor talks to Christopher Grey, Professor of Organization Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, about his study into the secrecy which is woven into the fabric of our lives at work - from formal secrecy, as we see in the case of trade and state secrets based on law and regulation; informal secrecy based on networks and trust; and public or open secrecy, where what is known goes undiscussed.

Also, drug taking and employment: how does the UK anti drugs policy shape our concept of 'employable citizens'? Charlotte Smith, Lecturer in Management at the University of Leicester, argues that drug consumption, in neo liberal times, is positioned as the antithesis of economic potential.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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28 minutes


Charlotte Smith at the University of Leicester 

Christopher Grey at Royal Holloway, University of London


Jana Costas and Christopher Grey, Secrecy at Work: The Hidden Architecture of Organizational Life, (Stanford University Press, 2016)


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