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Toward Post-Positivist Organizations
Toward post-positivist organizations

At the close of each episode of the 1950s TV program The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, George would turn to Gracie and say, “Say good night, Gracie” and Gracie would reply, “Good night Gracie.” In one interpretation, this is merely a grammatical misunderstanding of where the comma is placed: “Say good night, Gracie” or “Say, good night, Gracie.” In another interpretation, it's an indicator of a different feature of language, one that suggests language not only evolves and changes over time but also that at any given time language may not be as stable or grounded as we tend to believe. In this example we see a shift from what is assumed to be a clear, shared, ...

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