Storytelling in Organizations: Facts, Fictions, and Fantasies

Paperback | April 23, 2000

byYiannis Gabriel

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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.

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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...

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), a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:April 23, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198297068

ISBN - 13:9780198297062

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Table of Contents

Part I: Towards a Theory of Organizational StorytellingChapter 1: Same Old Story or Changing Stories? Folkloric, Modern, and Postmodern MutationsChapter 2: Storytelling and SensemakingChapter 3: Poetic Modes: Characters, Plots, and EmotionsChapter 4: Stories, Symbolism, and CultureChapter 5: Stories, Culture, and PoliticsPart II: Working with StoriesChapter 6: Using Stories in Organizational ResearchChapter 7: Heroes, Villains, Fools, and Magic Wands: Computers in Organizational FolkloreChapter 8: Studying Emotion Through Stories: Organizational NostalgiaChapter 9: The Organizational God: When Organizational Members Come Face to Face With the Supreme LeaderChapter 10: Insults in StorytellingConclusion: Happily Ever After

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`informative, well-written, well-researched and a pleasure to read'O.S. Vol.22, No.2, 2001