Discourse and organization / edited by David Grant, Tom Keenoy and Cliff Oswick.

by Grant, DavidLooking glass; Keenoy, TomLooking glass; Oswick, CliffLooking glass.

Publisher: London ; Sage Publications, 1998.Description: viii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0761956700; 0761956719.Subject(s): Interpersonal relationsLooking glass | Organizational behaviorLooking glassNote: Cover title: Discourse & organization.Note: Includes bibliography (pages [222]-242) and index.
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This major work from renowned scholars in the field analyzes the role of language and symbolic media and show how this enables us to move to new levels of understanding of contemporary organizational issues. Chapters examine the role and growing importance of discourse in the study of organizations; the relationship between discourse, action, and interaction and their impact on organizational structure and behavior; the analytical potential of the "store" as a means of illuminating the ways in which organizational members make sense of their experience of organization; the fundamental significance of linguistic usage and discursive construction to the ontologies of "organization." Finally, a concluding discourse explores the claims and limitations of organizational discourse as a means of enriching our understanding of organization.

Cover title: Discourse & organization.

Includes bibliography (pages [222]-242) and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • Organizational Discourse: Of Diversity, Dichotomy and Multi-Disciplinarity
  • Part 1 Talk and Action
  • A Discourse on Discourse
  • Redeeming the Meaning of Talk
  • Workplace Conversations
  • The Text of Organizing
  • Emotional Discourse in Organizations
  • Talk and Action
  • Conversations and Narrative in Interorganizational Collaboration
  • Part 2 Stories and Sense-Making
  • Same Old Story or Changing Stories? Folkloric, Modern and Postmodern Mutations
  • As God Created the Earth... A Saga That Makes Sense?
  • The Struggle with Sense
  • Part 3 Discourse and Social Theory
  • Linearity, Control and Death
  • An Organization Is a Conversation
  • Metaphor, Language and Meaning
  • Organizational Analysis as Discourse Analysis
  • A Critique
  • Part 4 A Concluding Discourse
  • Discourse, Organizations and Paradox

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