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


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


  • Burkard Sievers


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Author Biography

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.
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How to Cite
Sievers, B. (2011). On my way to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, I found… some preliminary remarks from an unwritten book. Cuadernos De Administración, 25(41), 139-150. https://doi.org/10.25100/cdea.v25i41.397