Language and Communication at Work: Discourse, Narrativity, and Organizing

Paperback | July 18, 2015

EditorFrancois Cooren, Eero Vaara, Ann Langley

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With the growing influence of discursive and narrative perspectives on organizing, organizational scholars are focusing increasing attention on the constitutive role that language and communication play in organizational processes. This view conceptualizes language and communication asbringing organization into being in every instant and is therefore inherently sympathetic to a process perspective. However, our understanding of the role of language in unfolding organizational processes and as a part of organizational action is still limited. This volume brings together empiricaland/or conceptual contributions from leading scholars in organization and communication to develop understanding of language and communication as constitutive of work, and also analyze how language and communication actually work to achieve influence in the context of organizations. It aims to elucidate the role language, communication, and narrativity play as part of strategic and institutional work in and around organizational phenomena. In keeping with the preceding volumes in the Perspectives on Process Organization Studies series, this collection demonstrates why we needto start thinking processually and offers a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to studying these "works in process" that we call organizations, companies, businesses, institutions, communities, associations, or NGOs

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With the growing influence of discursive and narrative perspectives on organizing, organizational scholars are focusing increasing attention on the constitutive role that language and communication play in organizational processes. This view conceptualizes language and communication asbringing organization into being in every instant a...

Francois Cooren is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Universite de Montreal, Canada. Eero Vaara is Professor of Management and Organization at Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland. Ann Langley is Professor of Management at HEC Montreal. Haridimos Tsoukas is Professor of Strategic Management, University...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.81 inPublished:July 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Language and Communication in Organizations1. Francois Cooren, Eero Vaara, Ann Langley, Haridimos Tsoukas: Language and Communication at Work: Discourse, Narrativity, and Organizing: Introducing the Fourth Volume of Perspectives on Process Organization Studies2. James R. Taylor: Impersonating the Organization: Reflections on the Communicative Constitution of Organization3. Ruth Wodak: Analyzing Interaction in Meetings: Perspectives from Critical Discourse Studies and the Discourse-Historical Approach4. Andrea Whittle, William Housley, Alan Gilchrist, Peter Lenney and Frank Mueller,: Power, Politics and Organizational Communication: An Ethnomethodological Perspective5. Philippe Lorino: From Speech Acts to Act Speeches: Collective activity, a discursive process speaking the language of habits.6. Genevieve Musca Linda Rouleau, and Bertrand Faure: Time, Space, and Calculation in Discursive Practices: Insights from the Crow s Flight Chronotope of the Darwin Expedition7. Timothy Kuhn and Nicholas R. Burk: Spatial Design as Sociomaterial Practice: A (Dis)Organizing Perspective on Communicative Constitution8. Florian Schulz and Chris Steyaert: Studying Talk-at-Work: An Analysis of the Discursive Processes of Management Coaching Conversations9. David M. Boje and Rohny Saylors: Quantum Storytelling: An Ontological Perspective on ProcessPart II: Process Perspectives10. Maxim Ganzin, Robert P. Gephart Jr., and Roy Suddaby: Narrative and the Construction of Myths in Organizations11. Katharina Hohmann and Jeanne Mengis: Temporal Work in Coordination: Co-orienting Around a Fleeting Object of Concern12. Emmanouil Gkeredakis, Davide Nicolini, Jacky Swan: Moral Judgements as Organizational Accomplishments: Insights from a Focused Ethnography in the English Healthcare Sector13. Kjersti Bjorkeng, Arne Carlsen, and Carl Rhodes: Between the Saying and the Said: From Self-reflexivity to Other-vulnerability in The Research Process

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"The recent decades witnessed conspicuous changes in organization theory: a slow but inexorable shift from the focus on structures to the focus on processes. The whirlwinds of the global economy made it clear that everything flows, even if change itself can become stable. While the interest inprocesses of organizing is not new, it is now acquiring a distinct presence, as more and more voices join in. A forum is therefore needed where such voices can speak to one another, and to the interested readers. The series Perspectives on Process Organization Studies will provide an excellent forumof that kind, both for those for whom a processual perspective is a matter of ontology, and those who see it as an epistemological choice." --Barbara Czarniawska, Professor of Management Studies, School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden