The Emergence of Banking Panopticons

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Publication date: 1 April 1996


The research is based upon HRM and technological changes and explanations of these changes offered to employees in the “big four” clearing banks between 1990 and 1994. The specific aim of this paper is to suggest that the metaphor of the panopticon aids our understanding of changes in banking in the 1990s. The essence of the panopticon is caught by Foucault in the following quote:


Hughes, M. (1996), "The Emergence of Banking Panopticons", Management Research News, Vol. 19 No. 4/5, pp. 17-22.

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