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The “Finger Puppets”: Examining the Use of Artifacts to Create Liminal Moments in Management Education

Elliott, Carole; Stead, Valerie; Heneberry, Pam; Turner, Arthur; Kempster, Steve


Carole Elliott

Valerie Stead

Pam Heneberry

Arthur Turner
Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies (ILM)

Steve Kempster


The resource review we examine here is provided by the Unemployed Philosophers Guild On the company’s website they comment: “. . . we have discovered that people seem to really like the giants of our culture reduced to little finger puppets . . .” In particular, we consider the use of the “finger puppets” to generate a liminal moment (Hawkins & Edwards, 2013) in management education. Liminal moments have been described as “moments in and out of time” (Delanty, 2010, p. 31). A sense of “neither here nor there; they are betwixt and between the positions assigned and arrayed by law, custom, convention, and ceremony” . . . that allow for the “realm of pure possibility” (Turner, 1967, p. 95). We explore the use of this resource as a liminal tool and its value to management education.


Elliott, C., Stead, V., Heneberry, P., Turner, A., & Kempster, S. (2015). The “Finger Puppets”: Examining the Use of Artifacts to Create Liminal Moments in Management Education. Journal of Management Education, 39(3), 433-438.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Oct 24, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Journal of Management Education
Print ISSN 1052-5629
Electronic ISSN 1552-6658
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 3
Pages 433-438
Keywords finger, puppets, artifacts, liminal, management, educaton
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