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WBS Event - The Play Ethic

WBS Event: The Play Ethic

Date: Wednesday 8 March 2006

Time: 11:00-16:00

Venue: Warwick Business School

Speaker: Pat Kane, a musician, broadcaster, writer, consultant, activist, founding editor of Scotland's Sunday Herald and recently appointed Visiting Fellow at York University's School of Management.

The Warwick Organisational Theory Network and University of Leicester Management Centre have organised this event. The day will commence at 11am, and will consist of a presentation by Pat - considering why the work ethic is ill-suited for the modern world; a chance to question him about his ideas and vision; and will culminate in a roundtable discussion between Pat and critical management academics from Warwick Business School and the University of Leicester Management Centre.

Dr Philip Hancock, Lecturer in Organisation Studies at Warwick Business School, said:
"While Pat Kane is known to many people as one half of the soul/jazz duo Hue and Cry, he is also an established cultural and political commentator who has made significant waves with his 2004 book, 'The Play Ethic: A Manifesto for a Different Way of Living'.

"The book is a call for a new way of both working and living. Drawing on wide and varied sources - from the Enlightenment to Eminem and Kierkegaard to karaoke - Pat argues that play is fundamental both to society and to the individual, and that the work ethic which has dominated the last three centuries is ill-equipped to deal with the modern world.

"Pat Kane will be at Warwick Business School to discuss these ideas and just how they might inform critical ways of thinking about work, management and organisation."

Places are limited - to register to attend, please e-mail: Dr Philip Hancock, Warwick Organization Theory Network at