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Storytelling and the Future of Organizations: An Antenarrative HandbookŠ

ISBN: 9780415873918 | 0415873916
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Routledge
Pub. Date: 2/22/2011

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The concept of narrative is explored in many different fields from organization studies to studies on identity, psychology, and learning. Organization and management studies have overwhelmingly focused to date on rational narrative structures with beginnings, middles, and ends, where narrative has proved to be a handy concept in qualitative studies ' such as in the analysis of interviews or in understanding an organization's history and identity. Far less attention is given however to the more spontaneous and 'non-staged' storytelling that occurs in organizations. The collective and joint storytelling of everyday conversations and interactions in business is less well understood, but is arguably vital to an organization's dynamics and ability to cope with change.Pioneering thinker in organizational communication David Boje here compiles a collection of new essays on the theme of 'antenarrative,' or non-linear narrative, as applied to organizations and business, bringing together different approaches and philosophical interpretations of the concept. The essays combine a strong theoretical background with empirical cases as diverse as Wal-mart, information systems, and Nordic banking. Storytelling and Antenarrative in Organizations is the first volume to offer such a varied but systematic examination of non-traditional narrative inquiry in the management realm, organizing and developing its approach, and providing new insights for management students and scholars.

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