Storytelling in organizations : facts, fictions, and fantasies / Yiannis Gabriel.

by Gabriel, Yiannis, 1952-Looking glass.

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2000]Description: vii, 266 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780198297062; 0198297068; 0198290950; 9780198290957.Other title: Storytelling in organisations.Subject(s): Organizational sociology -- Case studies | Organizational effectivenessLooking glass | Organizational behaviorLooking glass | ManagementLooking glass | StorytellingLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-256) and indexes.
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Myths, stories, and folklore are part of the fabric and life of all organizations, enabling us to understand, identify, and communicate the character of the organization - its ambitions, conflicts, and peculiarities. Drawing on extensive fieldwork of storytelling in five organizations, thisbook argues that stories open valuable windows into the emotional and symbolic lives of organizations. By collecting stoires in different organizations, by listening and comparing different accounts, by investigating how narratives are constructed around specific events, by examining which events inan organization's history generate stories and which ones fail to do so, researchers can gain access to deeper organizational realities, closely linked to their members' experiences. In this way, stories enable researchers to study organizational politics, culture, and change in uniquelyilluminating ways, revealing how wider organizational issues are viewed, commented upon, and worked upon by their members.The book's first part develops the theory of storytelling by building on various approaches, including narrative, folkloric, ethnographic, symbolic, social constructionist, and psychoanalytic, while the second offers a set of four studies which make use of stories in exploring particular aspects oforganizational life.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-256) and indexes.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part I Towards a Theory of Organizational Storytelling
  • Chapter 1 Same Old Story or Changing Stories? Folkloric, Modern, and Postmodern Mutations
  • Chapter 2 Storytelling and Sensemaking
  • Chapter 3 Poetic Modes: Characters, Plots, and Emotions
  • Chapter 4 Stories, Symbolism, and Culture
  • Chapter 5 Stories, Culture, and Politics
  • Part II Working with Stories
  • Chapter 6 Using Stories in Organizational Research
  • Chapter 7 Heroes, Villains, Fools, and Magic Wands: Computers in Organizational Folklore
  • Chapter 8 Studying Emotion Through Stories: Organizational Nostalgia
  • Chapter 9 The Organizational God: When Organizational Members Come Face to Face With the Supreme Leader
  • Chapter 10 Insults in Storytelling
  • Conclusion: Happily Ever After

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Yiannis Gabriel is a lecturer at The Management School, University of Bath. He is currently engaged in a study of organizational folklore, collecting, classifying, and interpreting a large number of organizational myths and stories. He is the author of Freud and Society (Routledge, 1983), Working Lives in Catering (Routledge, 1988), and joint author of Organizing and Organizations (Sage, 1993), The UnmanageableConsumer (Sage, 1995), and Experiencing Organizations (Sage, 1996). He has also written numerous articles that bring together his research interests in psychoanalytic theory and organization studies. He is Joint Editor of Management Learning.