Death and the Penguin: modularity, alienation and organising
Culture and Organization
The originality of this paper lies in the ways in which it seeks to explore how the depiction of a mafia organizationthe Mafiamafia within Andrey Kurkov's novel Death and the Penguin might inform our understanding of organizational modularity. We posit that Tthis non-orthodox approach might open up new avenues of thought in the study of organizational modularity while further illustrating how novelistic worlds can inform accounts of organizational realities. Two main research questions underlie
... the paper. How can Andrey Kurkov's novel Death and The Penguin further our understanding of the complexity of organizational worlds and realities by focusing our attention on different landscapes of organizing? How does Kurkov's novel help us grasp the concept of modularity by drawing attention to new forms of modular organization? Through the paper, we illustrate how a novel can expand our knowledge of organizational modularity in the management literature by developing different images of modularity to those commonly encountered in that of more applied and less imaginative literature. Drawing from our reading of Kurkov's novel, we explore organizational modularity as depicted by Kurkov (2003) and then we delve into the themes of alienation and isolation with respect to modular organizing.