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dc.contributor.authorFarnsworth, Johnen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorLewis, Malcolmen_NZ
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dc.date.copyright2006en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationFarnsworth, J., & Lewis, M. (2006). The tyranny of transparent accounting: Corporate face and Levinasian ethics as a political critique of business practice (Working Paper No. 06/01). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/1560en
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dc.description.abstractWe begin with the key idea, following Callon (2004) that data is a form of politics or political action. This we will argue enables us to see technologies as well as actors in organisations as involved in creating political activity. Our interest is in the way Levinas’s ethics allows us to articulate what otherwise remains silent: this opens enquiry into the engagement with the Other’s ineradicable alterity, to questions of justice and the third, and to the way that accounting practice persistently reduces the Other to the Same. To move from the politics of data to the ethics of accounting and business practice we draw together elements of actor network theory with Levinas’s thinking. We do this to show how data can speak its politics: in speaking, it revives the possibility of the uncontainable Saying over the fixed codification of the Said. We develop this argument by looking at how the seemingly transparent activities of accounting and audit practice as forms of codification conceal a form of domination that silences ethical engagement with the Other and the third. We link such practices to the larger economic system of financialisation in which contemporary accounting practice is embedded. Lastly, we take the case of Telecom New Zealand, a medium-sized international IT company, to point to the way it routinely deploys data, in forms such as the annual report, to obscure the politics in which it is engaged.en_NZ
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otagoen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.business.otago.ac.nz/mgmt/publications/wpapers.htmlen_NZ
dc.subject.lcshHF Commerceen_NZ
dc.subject.lcshHF5601 Accountingen_NZ
dc.titleThe tyranny of transparent accounting: Corporate face and Levinasian ethics as a political critique of business practiceen_NZ
dc.typeWorking Paperen_NZ
dc.description.versionUnpublisheden_NZ
otago.bitstream.pages17en_NZ
otago.date.accession2006-06-01en_NZ
otago.schoolManagementen_NZ
otago.openaccessOpen
otago.place.publicationDunedin, New Zealanden_NZ
dc.identifier.eprints313en_NZ
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