The Language of Organization

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The importance of communication for organizations has been an ongoing concern since management was first theorized. Yet language has tended to be viewed as simply a medium of communication - without language per se being theoretically problematized. This book enables a more critical exploration of the major theoretical positions on language and organization, explaining why language warrants a more central and considered place in organization studies.

Language and Organization explains how various perspectives on the relationship between language and organization can be represented and explored. Concerned with issues such as power, knowledge and organizational discourse, this book will provide essential new links for a prope

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, a Japanese term roughly meaning the idea of carrying feudalism, paternalism, and family rule into the new industrial society, exemplifies the problem of finding language to characterize organizational management practices across cultures. Westwood (Australian Graduate School of Management) and Linstead (management, U. of Sussex, UK) note that is was not until fairly recently that language vis a vis organizations was viewed solely pragmatically as the medium of communication rather than from theoretical perspectives. These 14 essays employ ethnomethodology, dramaturgy, hermeneutics, "narratologies," and other postmodern lenses to mine for meaning and compare metaphors of organization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761953340
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/29/2002
  • Series: Organizational Theory Series
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

My background includes undergraduate and Masters degrees in English Literature from the universities of Keele and Leeds , and a further Masters in Organization Development and PhD from what is now Sheffield Hallam University . More recently I was awarded a D.LItt from Durham University . I have held Chairs in Wollongong (NSW), Sunderland . Essex and Durham before moving to York . I also spent 2 years as a Visting Scholar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
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Table of Contents

Language/Organization - Robert Westwood and Stephen Linstead
Talking Sense - David S Richards
Ethnomethodology, Postmodern and Practical Action
Language That Organizes - Ian Lennie
Plans and Lists
The Language of Strategy - Simon Lilley
The Scripted Organization - Dan K[um]arreman
Dramaturgy from Burke to Baudrillard
Mining for Meaning - Tojo Joseph Thatchenkery
Reading Organizations using Hermeneutic Philosophy
Reclaiming Story in Organization - David M Boje, Rossana C Alvarez and Bruce Schooling
Narratologies and Action Sciences
The Prison-House of Language - Graham Sewell
The Penitential Discourse of Organizational Power
After Knowledge - Rolland Munro
The Language of Information
Rhetoric and Organizational Control - Stephen Linstead
A Framework for Analysis
Appropriating the Other in the Discourses of Comparative Management - Robert Westwood
Telling It Like It Is? - Joanna Brewis
Gender, Language and Organizational Theory
The Language of Organization Theory - Robert Chia and Ian King
Meaning beyond Language - Stephen Linstead and Robert Westwood
Monstrous Openings
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