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Discourse and Organization

by David Grant

Discourse and Organization Synopsis

This major work from renowned scholars in the field, analyzes the role of language and symbolic media and shows how this enables us to move to new levels of understanding of contemporary organizational issues. An introductory chapter examines the role and growing importance of discourse in the study of organizations. It critically evaluates the contributions of various disciplines and defines organizational discourse as a subject area. The chapters in the first section, Talk and Action, explore the relationship between discourse, action and interaction and their impact on organizational structure and behaviour. Stories and Sensemaking focuses on the analytical potential of the `story' as a means of illuminating the ways in which organizational members make sense of their experience of organization. Discourse and Organization includes contributions which demonstrate 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.

Discourse and Organization Press Reviews

`The book represents a gold mine of references on the subject and should appeal to those academics organizing a research methods course for postgraduate students of business and management. An interesting and at times complex book, which contains a lot of intellectually stimulating material and deserves a place in every library' - British Academy of Management News

Book Information

ISBN: 9780761956709
Publication date: 29th September 1998
Author: David Grant
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Organizational theory & behaviour, Semantics, discourse analysis, etc,

About David Grant

Cliff joined Cass in 2011. Before coming to Cass he spent 4 years at Queen Mary, University of London as a Professor of Organization Theory in the School of Business and Management and also served as Dean of the Faculty of Law & Social Sciences. He has also previously held posts at University of Leicester (2002-2007), King's College, University of London (1990-2002), and Westminster University (1988-1990). Before becoming a full-time academic in 1988, Cliff worked as a HR manager in local government. Cliff's research interests focus on the application of aspects of discourse, dramaturgy, tropes, narrative and rhetoric to the study of management, organizations, ...

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