Narratives We Organize By

Barbara Czarniawska | Goteborg University, Sweden
Pasquale Gagliardi | ISTUD, Milan-Stresa and The Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy
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This book is a collection of texts that explore the analogy between organizing and narrating, between action and text. The raw material of everyday organizational life consists of disconnected fragments, physical and verbal actions that do not make sense when reported with simple chronology. Narrating is organizing this raw and fragmented material with the help of such devices as plot and characters. Simultaneously, organizing makes narration possible, because it orders people, things and events in time and place. The collection, written by organization researchers from many different countries, explores this analogy in both directions, reporting studies that show how narratives are made in situ, and applying narrative analysis (structuralist and poststructuralist) to stories already in existence.

Barbara Czarniawska is Skandia Professor of Management Studies at GRI, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University, Sweden.

Pasquale Gagliardi is Professor of Sociology of Organization at the Catholic University of Milan, and Managing Director of ISTUD- Istituto Studi Direzionali, Milan-Stresa, Italy.

[Advances in Organization Studies, 11] 2003.  x, 276 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[...] the editors succeed not only in offering us more insight into complex processes of sense making in organizations. Their book also presents different ways to analyze empirical data to such organizational processes in organizations by using narrative approaches.”
“This is a truly fascinating book, a rich tapestry of interwoven lines of argument which take as their point of departure the organizing qualities of narrative and reach a destination in the narrative qualities of organizing. There are many real gems in this collection, and different readers will discover many different insights that challenge them, intrigue them and enchant them. This is a book that will immediately appeal to people who are both lovers of narratives and scholars of organizations.”
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Communication Studies

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JMJ: Occupational & industrial psychology

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PSY021000: PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology
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