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Discourse, Interpretation, Organization

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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521181426

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  • This much-needed systematic exploration of the emerging field of organizational discourse addresses scholarly perspectives and empirical applications of the concepts. The interpretive, functional, critical, and structurational perspectives are examined in detail. Issues discussed include the constructive potential of discourse; prominent interpretive approaches; the role of discourse, in particular metaphor, in fostering certain organizational outcomes; a critical view addressing the power and political dimensions of discourse; and the dual aspects of discourse as both communicative actions and deep structures, interrelated through the modality of interpretive schemes. Application chapters illustrate how discourse theory can be employed in field research, aiding the analyst in gaining a deeper understanding of the social context and of the effects of discourse on that context. In particular, a view of discourse as situated symbolic action, and a structurational view of discourse are illustrated empirically, using examples from a major IT organization and a global consulting firm.

    • Addresses the main streams of research in organizational discourse, helping to put this complex field into perspective
    • Draws on the work of prominent social theorists such as Anthony Giddens, Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, and Paul Ricoeur, to produce a sophisticated view of discourse grounded in social science
    • Suggests ways of thinking about organization at the intersection of theory and practice
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    “[ Discourse, Interpretation, Organization] is a well-conceived, practically oriented, clearly expressed, and focused piece of writing…The book avoids formulaic rules; offers useful references for follow-up reading; and provides a unified view of the field, integrating and relating diverse concepts in creative ways...Throughout the text, readers remain aware of the breadth, depth, and complexity of the intellectual territory it explores.”
    Monika Wallmon, Uppsala University - Sweden, Business Communication Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521181426
    • length: 218 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Images of discourse: interpretive, functional, critical, and structurational
    2. Interpretive approaches to organizational discourse
    3. Functional approaches: metaphor in organization change and development
    4. Critical approaches: Michel Foucault's conceptions of discourse
    5. A structurational approach to discourse
    6. Analyzing discourse I: discourse as situated symbolic action
    7. Analyzing discourse II: a tale of three discourses

  • Author

    Loizos Heracleous, University of Warwick Business School

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