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.
Chapter 8: Linearity, Control and Death
Linearity, Control and Death
On 1 August 1914, 11,000 troop trains were poised within Germany's boundaries to follow a very tight and punctilious schedule of movement to the frontiers. News came through that Britain would only become involved in the looming conflict if France itself was attacked.
‘This calls for champagne’, said the Kaiser. ‘We must halt the march to the west.’
‘It is impossible,’ said General Moltke. mindful of the railway timetable. ‘The whole army will be thrown into confusion.’
In 1915, the Allies made a series of offensives at Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Ypres and Loos which made the essence of mechanized warfare plain to see. A German officer described a British advance thus:
Ten columns of extended line could clearly be distinguished, each one estimated ...