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Power from the C-Suite: The Chief Knowledge Officer and Chief Learning Officer as Agents of Noopower

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This essay critically considers two corporate executive positions: the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) and the Chief Learning Officer (CLO). I argue that these positions are key instantiations of noopower, or power over thoughts, perceptions, and memories. Theorized by Deleuze, Arquila and Ronfeldt, and Lazzarato, noopower is an assemblage of older forms of power such as sovereign and disciplinary power into a new form that is prevalent in a time where knowledge, perceptions, and images are the hegemonic forms of value. This essay traces the CKO and CLO literatures' theorization and suggested deployment of this form of power in global corporations.
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Keywords: Chief Knowledge Officer; Chief Learning Officer; Critical Organizational Studies; Knowledge Economy; Noopower

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2014-04-03

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