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This major work from renowned scholars in the field analyzes the role of language and symbolic media and show how this enables us to move to new levels of understanding of contemporary organizational issues. Chapters examine the role and growing importance of discourse in the study of organizations; the relationship between discourse, action, and interaction and their impact on organizational structure and behavior; the analytical potential of the “store” as a means of illuminating the ways in which organizational members make sense of their experience of organization; 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.

Introduction: Organizational Discourse: Of Diversity, Dichotomy and Multi-disciplinarity
Introduction: organizational discourse: Of diversity, dichotomy and multi-disciplinarity
DavidGrant, TomKeenoy and CliffOswick

The analysis of organizations. as they struggle to survive and expand within the context of globalizing market forces, presents us with a bewildering diversity of managerial strategies, policies and practices. In order to make sense of progressively uncertain, inconsistent and fluctuating managerial behaviour, commentators have increasingly turned to the identification and analysis of the language and symbolic media we employ to describe, represent, interpret and theorize what we take to be the facticity of organizational life. In many instances this has enabled them to move to new levels of understanding in the analysis of contemporary organizational issues. These developments lead to two broad assertions. First, that it ...

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