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Chapter Fourteen: Organizational Discourse
The study of organizational discourse allows us to understand and explore the ways in which the most mundane aspects of organizing – employee conversations, meetings, documents, daily rituals, and so forth – are actually the very ‘stuff’ of organizations. While we often tend to think of these as large, imposing, and stable structures that exist independently from the people who work ‘in’ them, research from a discourse perspective suggests that organizations are surprisingly precarious structures that only exist through members’ everyday discursive practices. This process-oriented perspective suggests that discourse is constitutive of organizing (Deetz, 2003; Pacanowsky and O'Donnell-Trujillo, 1982; Putnam, 1983); thus, it is impossible to separate the everyday discursive practices of members from the organization itself. This approach ...