On my way to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, I found… some preliminary remarks from an unwritten book

  • Burkard Sievers


Purpose: The author is revisiting the body of hismanuscripts on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick,which he began writing some 15 years ago.Though these writings have remained an‘unwritten book’, Melville’s works had a lastingimpact on his thinking and writing up to thepresent. He reveals some of the experiences andemotions concomitant with academic writing thatremain more often than not hidden from the reader. Design/methodology/approach: This paper is apersonal reminiscence on the experience ofacademic writing for about four decades. It is astory of how an academic becomes acquaintedwith and then influenced/inspired by a piece ofliterature and discovers how many organisationaltopics may be illuminated by works of literature.Findings: Even an unwritten book does notnecessarily lead to completely neglecting whathad been written. This may be a relief and an encouragement to others, who realize they arenot alone in this respect. Originality/value : Thepaper adds some further insight into the not-soobviousand broadly hidden experience of the ‘production process’ of academic writing andillustrates the relevance and importance ofliterature for further thinking on such topics asmanagement and organization


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Author Biography

Burkard Sievers
Profesor emeritus de Desarrollo Organizacional de la Escuela de Negocios y Economía Schumpeter de la Bergische Universität Wuppertalen Alemania. Se enfoca en la teoría de la Administración y la organización desde una perspectiva psicoanalítica y un acercamiento deinvestigación activa. Ha sido presidente de la Sociedad Internacional para el Estudio Psicoanalítico de las Organizaciones durante elperíodo 2007-2009, y co-director de ´Administración y Consulta en las Organizaciones´, un Programa Internacional de Desarrollo Profesional llevado a cabo en Colonia, Alemania.
How to Cite
SIEVERS, Burkard. On my way to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, I found… some preliminary remarks from an unwritten book. Cuadernos de Administración, [S.l.], v. 25, n. 41, p. 139-150, nov. 2011. ISSN 2256-5078. Available at: <http://cuadernosdeadministracion.univalle.edu.co/index.php/cuadernos_de_administracion/article/view/397>. Date accessed: 18 jan. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.25100/cdea.v25i41.397.


Academic writing, Herman Melville, Management, Moby Dick, Organization, Unwritten books