By Barbara Czarniawska
“It is too a lot” is a typical criticism of the fashionable age. This booklet appears to be like at how humans and associations take care of overflow - of information, consumption or offerings. The essays discover the ways that notions of overflow – framed when it comes to extra and abundance or their implicit opposites, shortage and dearth – crop up in a couple of contexts comparable to sociological and financial thought, administration consulting, client stories, and the politics of lifestyle. Chapters diversity from reviews of overload at domestic, at paintings or on the planet of cyber details; concepts of dealing with overflow in associations akin to information firms; and old comparisons. while, the place, how and for whom is overflow an issue or a blessing?
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Managing Overflow in Affluent Societies by Barbara Czarniawska