The idea of organizations using `storytelling' to make sense of themselves and their environment has generated a lot of excitement. Written by the leading scholar in this field, Storytelling Organization explores how narrative and storytelling is an important part of an organization's strategy, development and learning processes. With excellent examples from Nike, McDonald's and Disney, readers are shown how the theory that underpins organizational storytelling connects with storytelling in everyday organizational life. David Boje's theories and ideas in relation to the study of storytelling in organizations are highly influential and this book will be a `must have' for any student or scholar interested in the area.
Part IV examines frontier issues of living story method, and closes the book with a Socratic story symposium. We conclude with answering two questions: How to move beyond text to living story method and whom would you invite to a Socratic storytelling symposium?
No doubt about it, story methods are dominated by textuality. One way out is living story method. Living Story Theory is defined in Chapter 11 as the emergence, trajectory, and morphing of living story from antenarrative-conception to the death of decomposition and forgetting to tell anymore (Boje, 2007b). Living story is neither being nor non-being. It is a form of haunting. The living story is in-between dead and alive, between forgotten fragments and revitalizing those into one's own life. I ...