Myths, Stories, and Organizations: Premodern Narratives for Our Times

Myths, Stories, and Organizations: Premodern Narratives for Our Times

by Yiannis Gabriel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199264473

ISBN-13: 9780199264476

Pub. Date: 04/15/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Scholars of organizational studies—from the social sciences, the humanities, and business—each takes a myth, legend, story, or fable and explores its contemporary relevance to the world of globalization, organizations, and consumerism. Within sections on knowledge, heroic, tragic, and reflexive narratives, they discuss such topics as Dante's Ulysses at the…  See more details below

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Scholars of organizational studies—from the social sciences, the humanities, and business—each takes a myth, legend, story, or fable and explores its contemporary relevance to the world of globalization, organizations, and consumerism. Within sections on knowledge, heroic, tragic, and reflexive narratives, they discuss such topics as Dante's Ulysses at the end of the known world, the blind people and the elephant, friendship and leadership in the story of David and Jonathon, the legend of Cú Chulainn, Demeter and the curse of consumption, the Flying Dutchman and the discontents of modernity, and the Velveteen Rabbit and passionate feelings for organizations. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199264476
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/15/2004
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction
1The Narrative Veil: Truth and Untruths in Storytelling17
2Knowing as Desire: Dante's Ulysses at the End of the Known World32
3The Blind People and the Elephant49
4Paradise in Heaven and on Earth: Western Ideas of Perfect (Non)-Organization66
5Overcoming the Hydra: Leaderless Groups and Terrorism85
6Divided Neither in Life, Nor in Death: Friendship and Leadership in the Story of David and Jonathan101
7The Legend of Cu Chulainn: Exploring Organization Theory's Heroic Odyssey116
8The Flying Dutchman and the Discontents of Modernity137
9Arachne and Minerva: Women, Power, and Realization151
10Prometheus Unleashed: The Quest for Knowledge and the Promise of Salvation through Technique165
11Phaethon: Seizing the Reins of Power176
12Demeter and the Curse of Consumption192
13The Velveteen Rabbit and Passionate Feelings for Organizations209
14Shy William and the Gaberlunzie Girl223
Index236

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