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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.

Organizational Analysis as Discourse Analysis: A Critique
Organizational analysis as discourse analysis: A critique

This chapter evaluates the contribution of Foucauldian discourse analysis to our understanding of organization. The argument is divided into three broad segments. First, a general overview describes the major ontological and analytical features of Foucauldian discourse analysis and the manner in which it has been carried into organizational analysis in recent years. Second, a thematic component highlights three major research areas where discourse analysis has been extremely influential in contemporary organizational analysis; that is, in relation to organizational subjectivities or identities ('technologies of the self), organizational surveillance and control ('technologies of discipline') and organizational change ('technologies of government'). And third, the chapter concludes by identifying the crucial features of Foucauldian discourse analysis ...

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