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This volume brings together some of the best writing published in the journal Management Learning since its re-launch under this title in 1994. The selection very much reflects the mission of the journal to act as a showcase for innovative, international and interdisciplinary work which covers a wide gamut of issues connected to management, organizations, learning and knowledge. The field of management learning, widely drawn in this way, brings together some of the key preoccupations within several areas of management, organization studies and social science more generally. Learning and knowledge have become central themes within thee areas for several reasons, both practical and theoretical. These include the way that organizational learning is seen as a key source of competitive advantage, and the wider analysis that ...

The Aesthetics of Management Storytelling: A Key to Organizational Learning
The aesthetics of management storytelling: A key to organizational learning
Steven S.Taylor, DalmarFisher and Ronald L.Dufresne

Stories play a prominent part in the practice of management and, correspondingly, in organizational research. Some research is written like a story; some is about organizational stories; some conceptualizes organizational life as storymaking (Czarniawska, 1998). Management practice has long been viewed as ‘a matter of art rather than science’ (Barnard, 1938: 325), and more recently as ‘a performing art’ (Vaill, 1989). Recently, there have been a variety of calls for an aesthetic perspective in organizational research (e.g. Dean et al., 1997; Ebers, 1985; Ottensmeyer, 1996; Ramirez, 1996). Because storytelling is recognized as a folk art, and because stories and storytelling are ...

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