Un coach pour battre la mesure ? La rationalisation des temporalités de travail des managers par la discipline de soi

Abstract : This article studies temporalities at work as three managers expose them during individual coaching sessions – a device founded on psychological techniques, which has been “prescribed” to them by their firm. Three figures taken by time at work appear: a time reduced to present, almost to instant; a fragmented time; lastly, an overflow, a time that runs over. Coaching presents itself as a neo-managerial answer to help higher executives to cope with the complexity and the diversity of their work activity, which include entanglements – if not conflicts – between different temporalities at work. Nevertheless, on the contrary to the “new spirit of capitalism”, coaching tends, in fact, to extend the limits of planning and to reassert social norms, which are opposite to connexionnist society. Indeed, it recommends attention’s focus, but also what we call “territory hygiene”, which consists in the strictest and most possible watertight task distribution, and in the reaffirmation of the boarder between private and professional life.
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Scarlett Salman. Un coach pour battre la mesure ? La rationalisation des temporalités de travail des managers par la discipline de soi. Revue d'Anthropologie des Connaissances, Société d'Anthropologie des Connaissances, 2014, A la recherche du métronome invisible des organisations, 8 (1), pp.97-122. ⟨10.3917/rac.022.0097⟩. ⟨halshs-01265781⟩

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